First Listen: Tomas Cotik and Tao Lin - Astor Piazzolla 'Legacy'
In the year of the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla's death, Argentinean-born violinist Tomas Cotik and Chinese- American pianist Tao Lin follow their critically acclaimed Tango Nuevo with more of Piazzolla's richest and most exciting compositions.
Cotik explains: "I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and I went to Germany when I was 18 years old. I wasn't that interested in this music growing up, it was rather a background presence, but when I was living on the road as a late teenager, I got more interested in that background music from my youth."
These fresh adaptations for two or three musicians preserve and celebrate the Nuevo tango master's legacy:
"We hear a little bit of everything in here, of course it has the flavor of the old tango, but it has some qualities of jazz, it has the power of rock, it has some of the inventiveness and distinct melodies of contemporary classical music from the time, which means Ginastera, Stravinsky, Bartok. It also has some Italian folk melody aspects and some rhythm from klezmer music. And it obviously has its own identity, which has continued to develop in other musicians, but Piazzolla remains the big creator and master of new tango."