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Mendocino Music Festival
Mendocino, California
July 22, 2008
8:00 p.m.

QuinTango
Joan Singer, violin Jennifer Rickard, violin Kerry Van Laanen, cello
Libby Blatt, bass Philip Hosford, piano
Guest Dancers:
Carina Losano & Anton Gazenbeek
Los Macana

Program

Libertango....................................................................Astor Piazzolla

Oblivion.........................................................................Astor Piazzolla

Don Agustín Bardi...........................................................Horacio Salgán

Carina & Anton

Otoño Porteño.......................................................Astor Piazzolla/Espinoza

Canaro en Paris.......................................................Scarpino y Caldarella

Los Macana

El Día Que Me Quieras.................................................Carlos Gardel

La Trampera..................................................Anibal Troilo/Berlinghieri

Anton Gazenbeek

Chau Paris......................................................Astor Piazzolla/Marcelli

Tanguera.................................................................Mariano Mores

Carina & Anton


intermission


Fuga y Misterio........................................................Astor Piazzolla

9 de Julio.....................................................................Jose Padilla

Los Macana

Por una Cabeza..........................................................Carlos Gardel

Nocturna.............................................................................Julian Plaza

Carina & Anton

Los Mareados..................................Juan Carlos Cobián/Berlinghieri

Balada para un Loco...............................................Astor Piazzolla

Carina & Anton

Adios Nonino................................................................Astor Piazzolla

Taquito Militar..............................................................Mariano Mores

Los Macanas

La Cumparsita.....................................................Gerardo Rodriguez



QuinTango CDs will be on sale following the concert.

For further information, visit www.quintango.com.



Meet QuinTango


          Four-time WAMMIE award-winner QuinTango is the only tango music group to give a Command Performance at The White House and the only American tango group to give a Command Performance at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires. A finalist in the 2004 International Tango Competition, QuinTango has been heard on NPR's Morning Edition, CNN, and network television in both the USA and Costa Rica.

         QuinTango has appeared as soloist with the Augusta, Charleston, Wichita, Ars Flores, and Fairfax Symphony Orchestras, and the Orquesta de Sinaloa in Mexico. They have also performed in Europe and South America.

         QuinTango has appeared at two international music festivals in Costa Rica. QuinTango members have appeared as soloists at the San Miguel Tango Festival in Mexico. Festival performances here include nine seasons at Piccolo Spoleto; the Kennedy Center Open House; Wolf Trap's Theatre-in-the-Woods; Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing and the Virginia Highlands and the Mendocino Festival.  

         QuinTango’s educational residencies in Oklahoma, Appalachia, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia have incorporated students ranging from ages 8 to 18 in QuinTango performances. Supported by Washington Performing Arts Society, Chamber Music America, MidAtlantic Arts Foundation and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, these activities are an important part of the group’s schedule

         QuinTango’s music made its commercial film debut in a 2007 Taiwanese film release, “My DNA Says I Love You.” QuinTango’s music is currently appearing in the television special “Inside the Living Body,” which premiered on the National Geographic Channel in 2007. QuinTango's recordings have provided sound tracks for Inside Straight (USA, 2001) and Fiction (Australia, 2002). Qantas has featured QuinTango in their in-flight classical offerings. QuinTango’s latest recording, Triunfal, was released in May 2008.

         QuinTango’s fusion tango chamber music has delighted audiences from Appalachia to Palm Beach, prompting the Washington Post to proclaim QuinTango "one of Washington's musical treasures


Meet the Artists

Libby Blatt, bass, is a founding member of QuinTango. She has performed with USO tours, in an acclaimed all-girl gypsy orchestra in New York City, a touring all-girl trio, and numerous chamber ensembles. She has concertized with the Capitol Chamber Ensemble in France, Italy, Germany and Holland and with QuinTango in Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Argentina, and throughout the USA. She can be heard on all of QuinTango’s albums. She resides in Maryland.

Anton Gazenbeek, dancer, is a performer, choreographer and researcher specializing in traditional tango. Born in Holland but raised in Buenos Aires, Anton's passion for traditional tango has led him to create the most comprehensive tango video collection in the world. He has written articles for magazines, filmed four teaching DVDs and created both "The Anthropology of Tango Dance" show and "The Argentine Tango Cultural Tour." Anton has taught tango dance in Argentina, Europe, the USA and Asia. He has lectured at international conferences and festivals. Juan Carlos Copes, the legendary tango dancer, recently engaged Anton to compile a book about Copes' career. He is the founder and director of The School of Traditional Argentine Tango in New York City, where he currently resides

Los Macana, dancers,are one of the hottest acts on the international tango scene.Though only in their early twenties, the Argentine brothers Enrique and Guillermo di Fazio are famous worldwide for their breathtaking and witty tango interpretations. Their stage name comes from the Lunfardo, the language of the harbour quarters of Buenos Aires and means “a witty guy”, but also “one who’s just got it”. Playful, comical and technically brilliant, the traditional style of “Los Macanas” recalls the old days when men practiced their tango steps with men, a practical solution to the lack of women partners in early Buenos Aires.

Phil Hosford, piano, is a pianist of international reputation, touring the U.S., Europe, South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. The Washington Post acclaims his playing as “ the perfecting meeting of artistry and pyrotechnics...gripping and powerful.” Performance highlights include those at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Center for the Arts, New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Teatro del Opera in Buenos Aires and Kolarec Narodni Hall in Belgrade. He is the winner of top prizes in fifteen national and international competitions, including the Terrence Judd International Auditions in London, the United States Artistic Ambassador Auditions and the Beethoven Foundation’s Triennial Awards and is a recipient of the Solo Performers Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1995, he and his wife, pianist Hayuru Taima, founded the Academy of Music in Gaithersburg, MD. He lives in Maryland with his wife and daughter Hedy.

Carina Losano, dancer, grew up in Buenos Aires, where she received numerous awards, including the "Golden Obelisk"and "Dedication to Tango", awarded by Juan Carlos Cope and First Prize in the "Championship Hugo del Carril." In 1999 she came to the US as a cultural ambassador. Her choreography credits include coaching Madonna on tango technique for her role in “Evita” and co-choreographing the PEPSI commercial starring Shakira. She recently co-choreographed an international commercial for HSBC Bank and the National Geographic Special on the Human Body. She has been an invited guest artist on cruises to numerous countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Turkey, UK and Uruguay. Carina currently directs the tango dance program at the Embassy of Argentina in Washington, D.C. She resides in Maryland, where she frequently collaborates with QuinTango both as performer and as principal teacher in the Mad Hot Tango Workshop project, an educational series under the sponsorship of Washington Performing Arts Society.

Jennifer Rickard, violin, is a member of the National Philharmonic, National Gallery Orchestra, and performs often with the Richmond Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and Washington National Opera. She is on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. She has been a member of the Phoenix and New Orleans Symphonies and holds degrees from Barnard College and the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. She lives in Virginia with her husband, saxophonist Andy Axelrad, and their daughter Victoria.

Joan Singer, violin, is the founder and director of QuinTango. She fell in love with Latin music while teaching school at Escuela J.F. Kennedy in Queretaro, Mexico. She holds degrees from Earlham College, where she was an English major, and DePauw University, where she earned a master’s degree in violin performance. She has performed in concert in England, France, Mexico, Italy, Holland, Germany, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Sikkim, and Argentina, as well as throughout the United States. Since founding QuinTango, she has become a record producer, tour manager, publicist, grant administrator, arts panelist, Master Teaching Artist, and international lecturer on tango. She lives in Virginia with her husband Irwin Singer, a physicist by day and tango dancer by night.

Kerry Van Laanen, cello, performs regularly with the Baltimore Opera, Washington National Opera, National Gallery Orchestra, Post-Classical Ensemble, Wolf Trap Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. A highly respected chamber musician, she has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as in concert in Italy and at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. She maintains an active cello studio in Maryland, where she lives with her husband, bassist Edgardo Malaga, and daughters Rebecca and Elena.

 


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