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Tango Spectacular Rodolfo Mederos Trio in South Africa

10 October 2017

Tango legend Rodolfo Mederos from Argentina will be delighting South African music lovers with his trio this month.

Mederos is a bandoneonist, composer and arranger. As a young man he was captivated by fellow bandoneonist and composer Ástor Piazzolla. He played with Piazzolla for several years before joining the Osvaldo Pugliese Orchestra, alongside other young musicians.

In 1976 he put together a new group, Generación Cero, which was part of the modern current of tango, inaugurated in 1970.

The group attracted a cult following and made Mederos a tango icon. From then on his works reached a widespread recognition, and Mederos artistic personality grew and achieved public acclaim, especially abroad.

In the 1990s, already with a solid position in the musical scene, he recorded a new series of CDs with a trio that included pianist Daniel Barenboim.

Mederos' special ductility to blend different rhythms and genres with an air of tango can be evidenced by the series of recitals in which he was invited to appear alongside folk, pop and rock musicians. Notable collaborations include recordings with the late Argentinian folk singer Mercedes Sosa and Spanish singer and composer Joan Manuel Serrat.

For this tour of Africa and the Middle East, which starts in Egypt on 16 October and ends in Mozambique on 30 October, with performances in the United Arab Emirates and in South Africa in the middle, the trio will perform a classic tango repertoire with sounds that move from touching melancholia to vibrant sensations, indicative of Buenos Aires’, their home city, constant and thus interesting changes of mood.

The trio, which is completed by Armando de la Vega on guitar and Sergio Rivas on double bass, are very excited to come back to perform on African soil. In 2014 they performed with the New School Orchestra at Soweto Theatre during the Argentinian Cultural week.

It is also a very exciting period for them to be playing, they’ve just learnt that the last album Mederos composed, called "13", played together with his typical orchestra, where the two musicians who integrate the trio are also present, is nominated to the Latin Grammy 2017 for best Tango album. Grammys are going to be awarded on 16 November at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, United States of America.

Medero’s trio will be performing in the City of Johannesburg, slaying the stage on the 26th of October 2017 at the Auto & General Theatre in Sandton, moving right along to the Brooklyn Theatre (Pretoria) on the 27th of October 2017. As the great maestro says “If there’s infinity, I believe it must be music. It is a permanent resurrection”. We have no doubt that these musicians have the capacity to transport their listeners to infinity.

Rodolfo Mederos 2017 Tour is partly supported by the Argentine Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs.  Ambassador Javier Figueroa comments: “It is an absolute pleasure for the Embassy to finally be able to host maestro Mederos again. Together with De la Vega and Rivas, he is amongst the great names of contemporary tango. Plus, he is one of the very few bandoneonists in the world. A bandoneon is not the same as an accordion, it is the synonym of tango, and very few musicians have yet mastered the art of playing such a complicated instrument”.

Embassy of Argentina in South Africa

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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