Saturday, November 7, 2009

Lanciano Festival Winners

The October 27 edition of this blog featured a video from the International Libertango Competition in Lanciano, Italy. Winners of that competition are now listed on the Competition's website. First place in the solo competition was shared between two entrants: Fumito Nunoya, a marimba player from Japan and Ekaterina Rumyantseva, a vocalist from St.-Petersburg, Russia. Videos from both of these performers at the festival are featured today.

The first video is of Nunoya performing a jazz version of Libertango accompanied by Evgeny Gutchin on piano. It is a creative and well executed perfomance - deserving of a first prize. If the video does not appear below, click here.

The second video features Ms. Rumyantseva singing Balada para mi muerte accompanied by the group Club Tango. Ms. Rumyantseva does not have the drama or vocal skills of Saule Iskakova, another St.-Petersburg vocalist who frequently sings the music of Piazzolla, but she does have a smokey voice that brings to mind Amelita Baltar, who sang the original. The judges have made another good choice. Club Tango also shared first place in the ensemble competition at Lanciano. If the video does not appear below, click here.

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  1. Thanks for posting the great videos! Fumito's last name should be "Nunoya", not "Nanoya".