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Fernando Otero X-Tango Plan

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Fernando Otero
2003 Twinz Records
Fernando Otero's website

Hector del Curto on Bandoneón
Inbal Segev on Cello
Nicolas Danielson on Violin
Pedro Giraudo on Double Bass
Fernando Otero on Piano
Guest Orchestra

(See January 9, 2004 Review of Fernando Otero Quartet at the Argentine Consulate)

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
February 15, 2004

This is a very exciting CD of fused, contemporary Tango with classical overtones, hinting of Shostakovich, Ravel, Pugliese, among other traditional Russian, French, and Argentinean composers. It is searing, sensual, and serendipitous. I envisioned Tango and Modern dance, as well as the historical film, Ballet Mécanique, by Fernand Leger, on Track #1.

Notable tracks:

#1 – De ahora en más -- Composed by Fernando Otero. This piece races in repetitive and dissonant trills, almost like a cubist painting. Thus, the visual image of the film, Ballet Mécanique. Danielson’s violin and Segev’s cello are extremely edgy, pushing the envelope for contemporary Tango/Jazz or new music. This music is decidedly different.

#3 –Música del circo– Composed by Fernando Otero. With the addition of Ryan Keberle’s trombone, symphonic qualities emerge. This piece is led by del Curto’s bandoneón as it develops into a skipping, upbeat tune. It is a whirling dervish of music, powerful and pulsating.

#6 – You must believe in spring -- Composed by Michel Legrand and Jacques Demy. A romantic ballad, this piece opens with a blissful duet of bandoneón and Otero’s piano. Giraudo’s bass blankets the song with warm and nurturing tones. On a cold winter day, this piece is most welcome.

#7 – Oración --Composed by Fernando Otero. With the inclusion of Jonathan Coleridge Powell’s trumpet and Keberle’s trombone, this mournful and sorrowful piece reminds one of the tragic overtones of traditional Tangos.

I look forward to dancing to several of Otero’s pieces in private Tango lessons.

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