That’s Not Tango – Astor Piazzolla, A Life in Music to Debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Left ro right: Brandt Frederiksen, JP Jofre, Lesley Karsten, Nick Danielson – Photo by Mihyun Kang

That’s Not Tango – Astor Piazzolla, A Life In Music is a project imagined by Lesley Karsten and written by Karsten and Stephen Wadsworth. The show will be presented at The Appel Room in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on July 30 and 31 at 8:00 p.m. (Previous versions of the show have been performed at Joe’s Pub and SubCulture in New York City, as well as in New Orleans, Louisiana and Fort Myers, Florida.)

“The premise is simple,” says Karsten, who gives voice to the great Argentine bandoneon player and composer Astor Piazzolla on stage. “He’s dead, hates it and returns because he has unfinished business – with himself. He has regrets, struggles with isolation, memories of love lost. He gave what he had to give – and the music is astonishing – but he needs to set the record straight. There’s a price to be paid for immortality.”

Staged by Broadway director and co-writer Stephen Wadsworth, That’s Not Tango (the title mocks an old, familiar complaint among tango aficionados about this music) features Karsten and a quartet comprising JP Jofre on bandoneon (button accordion), Piazzolla’s instrument; Nick Danielson on violin; Brandt Fredriksen on piano and music director; and Pablo Aslan on bass.

That’s Not Tango is both drama and chamber concert. “With That’s Not Tango, first and foremost I want the audience to be moved. I want them to have an experience,” says Karsten. “As for Astor, he’s clearly a genius. His music affects people quite profoundly. But as a human being he was flawed – and we’re still accountable for our choices no matter what kind of genius we may possess.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 8pm & Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 8pm
The Appel Room
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway at 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
Event link: www.thatsnottango.com/jalc

Author: World Music Central News Department

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