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December 06, 2008

Piazzolla-Jazz concert

Letter from Buenos Aires, December 5, 2008 By Beatriz Dujovne

Laura Escalada accepting plaque of honor from Mario Parmisiano
for her work as president of the Astor Piazzolla foundation.

After ten years touring the world with USA guitarist Al Di Meola, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John Patitucci, Steve Gadd, and Orquesta sinfonica de Moscu, Argentine pianist, composer and arranger Mario Parmisiano returned to Buenos Aires. Last night he appeared in concert combining Piazzola’s tangos and improvisational jazz. Piano, electric bass, bandoneon, and drums, were at times joined by eight strings from the opera house, the Teatro Colon. A DVD was made during this performance at the Metropolitan Teatro in Corrientes Avenue.

Jazz fans clapped enthusiastically and talked with Mario loudly from their seats. Tango fans like me could not hear the arrangement of “Soledad” without comparing it to the gripping, romantic original played by Astor himself.

Laura Escalada, actress and Astor Piazzolla’s second wife, was in attendance. When she was called to the stage to receive a plaque of honor, she mentioned how much Astor loved jazz, and, (tongue in cheek) asked Mario why he had disarranged her husband’s music. Her seat was in front of mine. Quite moved by her close presence, I watched her head in constant motion to the beat of jazz music. After Astor’s death, she became the main force to spread his cultural heritage in her capacity of President of the Foundation Astor Piazzolla.

Posted by beatriz at December 6, 2008 07:06 PM


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