Sunday, August 16, 2009

Fuga Y Misterio - Che Trio

Fuga y misterio was incidental music for Piazzolla's 1968 operita, Maria de Buenos Aires. The music, one of three instrumentals in the work, accompanied action on the stage where Maria leaves the barrio, arrives in the city and walks around observing the nightlife. It opens with a 12-bar, three part fugue and then abruptly changes into music which would still be comfortable in a Broadway musical. It is a favorite of classical musicians but is rarely heard in the jazz idiom. That has been an oversight based on the marvelous jazz interpretation by the Che Trio which is featured today.

This performance was filmed in 2007, at the annual Encuentro de Musicos Populares in Rosario, Argentina. The trio had just released an album, Guitarras Del Mundo, which contained this piece along with a second Piazzolla piece, Fracanapa. The trio includes two fine guitarists, Daniel Homer and Ricardo Lew whose resumes suggest they are in strong demand as touring and back-up musicians. In addition, Homer writes much of the music the trio performs. The third member of the trio, is Daniel Homer's nephew, Lucas Homer on bass guitar. The trio is joined here by young saxophonist, Victor Carrion, whose feel for this music belies his age. Together, they provide a well assembled and crisp performance that kept my attention from start to finish. The trio has two other recordings, Tres al Toque and Barrio San Vincente which look interesting although they do not contain any additional Piazzolla.

As far as I can tell, Che Trio is not performing together today but YouTube contains a good set of other pieces performed by the group at the 2007 Encuentro in Rosario. If you enjoyed their Fuga y misterio, you will enjoy the others also.

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To learn more about Piazzolla videos, visit the Piazzolla Video site.

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