What a thrilling way to open the 17th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival!
“Nuevo Tango!” concerts August 8th and 9th featured the internationally famous Pablo Ziegler. Buenos Aires-born Latin Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger, Pablo is currently the leading exponent of Argentinian Nuevo Tango, the musical hybrid of classic tango with counterpoint, improvisation and jazz. He performed in Astor Piazzolla’s legendary quintet for over a decade and has led his own groups for more than twenty years, refining and reimagining the bounds of the tango tradition.
Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann says, “It is an honor to have Pablo Ziegler and his colleagues in the Classical Tango Quartet starting this year’s festival.” Performing in his Quartet are Héctor Del Curto, bandoneon, Jisoo Ok, cello; and Pedro Giraudo, bass.
The audience was transported to Buenos Aires for a true tango adventure, as tango pianist extraordinaire Pablo Ziegler took the stage with cellist Bion Tsang, violist Aloysia Friedmann, pianist Jon Kimura Parker and clarinetist Owen Kotler in the first half of the program. Then Pablo and his Classical Tango Quartet heated things up with their rhythm and music for a sizzling finale!