Daniel Binelli/Polly Ferman/Eduardo Isaac
New Tango Vision
CD Release Event
Merkin Concert Hall
Press: Audrey Ross Public Relations
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 29, 2006
(See a Review of Binelli and Ferman at Satalla).
Astor Piazzolla: Buenos Aires Hora Cero
Astor Piazzolla: Libertango
Mariano Mores: El Firulete
Astor Piazzolla: Bordel 1900
Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion
Daniel Binelli: Tango de los Cuadros
Daniel Binelli: Anhelo y Misterio
Carlos Aguirre: Romanza & Baiao
Astor Piazzolla: Novitango
Astor Piazzolla: Violentango
Nestor Marconi: Gris de Ausencia
Astor Piazzolla: Verano Porteño
Astor Piazzolla: Adios Nonino
Tonight’s repertory spans traditional Argentine tangos to those of edgy contemporary motif. The trio is celebrating the release of its new cd, New Tango Vision, with 12 tracks, and tonight’s concert includes all 12 songs, plus Piazzolla’s famed Adios Nonino, written at the time of the loss of his father. Binelli, Argentinean bandoneonist, has toured the world, first as part of Piazzolla’s sextet and Osvaldo Pugliese’s orchestra, and later as bandoneón soloist, theatrical music director, orchestra leader, member of tango trios/quartets, accompanist to modern dance, and much more. Polly Ferman, Uruguayan pianist, also touring the globe, interprets Latin American musical genres, plays solo, duo, and trio contemporary tango concerts, accompanies modern dance, performs with classical music and tango orchestras, and directs PAMAR, a non-profit arts organization. Eduardo Isaac, Argentinean guitarist, is considered a new generation guitarist and performs at international festivals.
The compelling program began with two Piazzolla works, the first with a slow bandoneón introduction and skillful guitar and piano, ending in atonal angst, and the second with Isaac playing the theme, during a guitar, piano, bandoneón sequence. The Mores work included a piano-guitar duet and then the guitar dancing through this rapid, engaging “milonga” (a fast tango). Ferman played solo piano for an impassioned interpretation of Oblivion, yet without overstating the emotion or edge that this work can inspire. A Binelli-Ferman duet gave electric energy to Tango de los Cuadros, with its staccato sequences. Binelli’s other presented composition, Anhelo y Misterio, was announced as a “candombe” from Uruguay.
In fact, Polly Ferman, onstage host of this evening’s event, was warm, humorous, glamorous, and informative at numerous intervals throughout the program. Aguirre’s guitar solo was the first of three showcases for Eduardo Isaac, and this new figure to New York stages was captivating and talented. Romanza & Baiao had contemporary dance qualities. Novitango, by Piazzolla, had Isaac and Ferman in duet, and it was elegantly evocative of Buenos Aires, while Violentango, another guitar-piano duet, included rapid, racing passages. Binelli’s solo, the Marconi work, found the bandoneonist in his signature elongated, endless chords, with the instrument stretched floor to arms’ height. Gris de Ausencia was replete with mournful moodiness.
Binelli and Ferman teamed for Verano Porteño, the Summer section of Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons”, and their performance chemistry enhanced this musical conversation. Adios Nonino, the closing work, was performed by the trio and featured Ferman’s extensive and energized piano solo. Kudos to Daniel Binelli, Polly Ferman, and Eduardo Isaac for this rapturous concert of mainly contemporary tango.
Polly Ferman, Eduardo Isaac, Daniel Binelli
Photo courtesy of the Artists