Thursday, October 29, 2009

Astor Meets Michael

The tune was familiar and was clearly written by Piazzolla but I couldn't quite identify it. And then, just after I sent a note to Pedro-with-the-golden-ears, I realized what I was hearing.

Folksmilch, the rather formal quartet in today's video is from Austria and contains four very talented and creative musicians: Christian Bakanic - accordion, Eddie Luis - contrabass, Klemens Bittmann - violin, and Gerald F. Preinfalk - clarinet. From looking at their website, I can assure you that they have an eclectic interest in music and a delightful sense of humor. From watching this video more than once, I can also assure you that they have good ears and have been listening to too much Piazzolla. They have nailed his style. If you enjoy their music, they have three CD's which you can purchase through their website.

Let's see if you can recognize this Piazzolla classic:

If the video does not appear below, click here.

Yes, it is Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. There is another Piazzolla connection here. Quincy Jones produced Michael Jackson's album, Thriller, which contained Billie Jean. Quincy Jones and Piazzolla both studied composition under Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

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

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