Argentinian Neuvo Tango Master
Pianist Pablo Ziegler is known as one of Astor Piazzolla’s foremost protégés. He began performing classical music in concert as a teen and became inspired by Dixieland jazz soon after; he combined the two styles in his Pablo Ziegler Trio, which performed classical pieces with jazz arrangements.
After his years with the trio, Ziegler was invited to play with Astor Piazzolla’s New Tango Quintet in 1978, and performed and recorded with the group for over a decade. He also performed with international artists like Milva, an Italian singer with whom he collaborated on an homage to Maria Callas at the Arena de Verona, as well as American vibes player Gary Burton.
The New Tango Ziegler played with Piazzolla throughout the ’80s, appearing on albums like New Tango and Astor Piazzolla: The Central Park Concert. After Piazzolla’s death in 1992, Ziegler formed the Quintet for New Tango, performing internationally and releasing albums like 1999’s self-titled work. He has also collaborated on albums with Emanuel Ax and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, both of which showcase Piazzolla’s music.
For more of the Pablo Ziegler experience, don’t miss The Paul Taylor Dance Company performance of Piazzola Caldera featuring live music from the Pablo Ziegler Quintet. Piazzola Caldera infuses Astor Piazzolla’s tango music without a single authentic tango step. Taylor’s choreography captures the essence of tango culture, including the sexuality and the dizzy headiness.
For more info visit: http://www.northrop.umn.edu/events/paul-taylor-dance-company-7
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Where Piazzolla’s compositions brought the tango to the performance stage, Ziegler’s original compositions bring nuevo tango back out to the streets with its more vibrant and vis-ceral moments blended beautifully with old tango sound. The opposing forces of passion and restraint that form the common thread of tango are as relevant now as they were when tango was only found on the streets.” –Felicia Kuperwaser, theJustice.org