Saturday, May 16, 2009

Libertango - Victor Alejandro Piseta

Some of us can whistle a tune, some can sing and accompany themselves with chords on a guitar, and some can hear complex counterpoint in their head and share it through their fingertips on the pipe organ (like Bach) or the bandoneón (like Piazzolla) or the guitar (like Victor Alejandro Piseta in today's video). Victor Alejandro's technique on the guitar is formidable - few are better - but it is his unpolished but creative arrangement of Libertango that attracts me to this video. You can hear licks from jazz, gypsy, flamenco, classical and tango in his arrangement. All suggesting a facile and complex musical thinking process. With just a little more structure and discipline, this could be one of the best guitar arrangements of Libertango ever made.

Victor Alejandro is not only a guitarist (well documented in YouTube videos in Hugo Carcabal's channel), he is also a lyricist, composer and singer. His current direction appears to be primarily folklorico with Duo Matices although he has also toured with the trio, Guitarras de Fuego, and recorded as a solo guitar artist.

This is a young man who deserves more attention as a musician. I have now watched many of the videos containing music he has arranged and believe there is considerable untapped compositional talent there. Should he read this blog, I would challenge him to move out of his comfort zone and compose works for string quartet based on his feel for the folklorico idiom and the counterpoint that flows through his head.

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