Carismático Tango Band
Tuesday 7th May at 7:30 pm
From Buenos Aires to Chipping Sodbury - Tango Came to Town!
Argentinian composer Saúl Cosentino very generously sent Karen Street some of his music after hearing her play some while ago. She was so enthused that she formed her ideal Tango Band to play his music, to explore other Tango inspired composers and to write for the band herself.
Chipping Sodbury Music Society was able to enjoy the fruits of Karen's labours at their final concert of the 2018-2019 season.
Jonathan Taylor, piano, gave the audience an insight, from his piano stool, into the bandoneon (a type of concertina particularly popular in Argentina and Uruguay), the leading exponent having been the tango composer, Astor Piazzolla. They were essential instruments in most tango ensembles in the early 20th century.
Karen Street, accordion, shares Piazzolla’s talent for composing this genre of music; her "Carussel Valse" delighted the audience.
Dave Manington, double bass, was able to showcase his musicianship with his own composition “Hullabaloo”.
Rob Millett, percussion and vibes, also introduced the audience to the vibraphone technique of using two cello bows to achieve sustained tones on the tuned metal bars. The instrument is usually played by striking using two or four soft mallets.
Andy Tweed performed several pieces on his favourite tenor saxophone, but also demonstrated his skill on the soprano saxophone, as well as duetting with Karen Street.
The evening's concluding piece was a Brazilian tango, "Escorregando" by Ernesto Nazareth.
The South American flavour was evident in all the pieces played and gave ample opportunity for all the soloists to shine. An enthusiastic audience had been treated to an evening of truly professional music making at the highest level.
Carismático is the brainchild of Karen Street who is known as one of the UK’s leading accordionists. She was contacted by Argentinian composer and pianist, Saul Cosentino, back in 2016 asking her to look at some of his compositions. This led Karen to create her ideal Tango band to perform his brilliant, emotionally charged compositions. She has added to the group’s repertoire with arrangements of classic Astor Piazzolla and her own creative and nuanced compositions.
Karen Street - accordion
Andy Tweed - saxophones
Jonathan Taylor - piano
Rob Millett - percussion
Dave Manington - bass
"Having my own Tango Band is something I have thought of creating for many years. By chance Argentinian Composer and Pianist, Saúl Cosentino made contact and very generously sent me some of his music to play. I was so enthused I knew I had to finally put together my ideal Tango Band to play his music, explore other Tango inspired composers and write for the band myself".
Carismático Tango Band website