PIAZZOLLA AND BEYOND
Sunday 21 May 15:00
THE OAKS ESTATE
The Cape Town Tango Ensemble was established by the Classical Accordionist Stanislav Angelov in 1996. The inspiration for this was the music of Astor Piazzolla – a great Argentinean composer of 20th century and a Bandoneón virtuoso. Since 1996, besides studying the music and most importantly the interpretation style of Astor Piazzolla, the interest of this group of musicians, consisting of Angelov (accordion), Petrus de Beer (violin), Albert Combrink (piano) and Charles Lazar (double bass) spread into all styles of Tango music as well. Astor Piazzolla started his new style of music during the 1950s. It took Tango music from the dance halls of Buenos Aires to the Concert stages throughout the world. Piazzolla inspired many classical musicians to perform his music during his lifetime and after his death.
THE OAKS is a beautiful Estate 10km from Greyton on the R406 towards Riviersonderend. This is a dirt road.
Stanislav Angelov Bulgarian born, holds Music degrees and diplomas from 3 continents – from Bulgaria, UK, South Africa & Argentina. He went to Argentina in 2005 to study Bandoneón (another member of the Accordion family) – the instrument, which Piazzolla played & the instrument, which is considered to be the soul of Tango music.
In 2004 Stanislav performed the Bandoneón (or Accordion) Concerto of Piazzolla with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the Spanish born Maestro Francisco Bonin. Same year he led the orchestra for the production of Piazzolla’s Tango Operita “Maria de Buenos Aires”. In 2012 he performed again the Bandoneón Concerto of Piazzolla with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the Columbian born Maestro German Gutierez.
Petrus de Beer is a classically trained violinist (MMus RSAMD) who resides in Paarl, South Africa. He worked for the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra as a principal player and taught at various top music schools. Currently he free-lances in various combinations and styles, ranging from Classical, Blues and Jazz. He has made numerous recordings for Television, radio, CD and DVD. He teaches violin and viola.
Albert Combrink completed his MMUS in Piano Performance from Natal University as well as three UNISA Licentiates: Piano Performance, Piano Accompaniment and Teaching. He made his concerto and recording debut with the NPO at 18. Since then he has performed regularly at major centres throughout the country, as soloist and accompanist, in both classical and popular music fields. He was repetiteur for the UCT Opera School as well as Cape Town Opera, performing also as orchestral pianist and harpsichordist in operatic productions. His collaboration with singer Louise Howlett, which resulted in the CD “Night Sessions”.
Charles Lazar (Double Bass) Born in Cape Town and studied music at UCT and Berklee College of Music in Boston USA. He performes and has recorded with many local and visiting jazz artistes. He is also a member of the group “Tribe” for which he also composes some of their music.