Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Odair Assad and Fernando Suarez Paz

Today's video finds two of the more accomplished performers of Piazzolla's music joined in a delightful performance of Bordel 1900 from the Histoire du tango suite. The piece was originally written for flute and guitar but works, perhaps even better, on the violin and guitar combination of this video which originally appeared on Japanese television.

The guitar part is covered by Odair Assad - a member of the famed Assad Brothers from Brazil for whom Piazzolla wrote the Tango Suite for two guitars. And the violin part is covered by Fernando Suarez Paz from Piazzolla's second quintet. The Histoire du tango suite is a favorite of classical musicians but what you hear in today's video is different. Both of these musicians know tango and instinctively add the rhythmic and ornamental flourish that adds a nuevo tango flavor. A recent article in Teen Strings by violinist Caeli Smith provides some insight into the challenges that Piazzolla's music offers the classically trained violinist. She spotlights Suarez Paz as her guide to proper tango technique. There are several examples of exactly the things she discusses in this video - it is a good lesson.

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