Jazz Quartet in Gugs on Sunday

2015-10-01 06:00

Horacio Acosta on piano, Gustavo Firmenich on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Alejandro Beelmann on drums and Federico Hilal on bass

Horacio Acosta on piano, Gustavo Firmenich on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Alejandro Beelmann on drums and Federico Hilal on bass

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Jazz in the Native Yards continues to bring the beautiful sounds of jazz in eKasi.

This time they bring the Tango Jazz Quartet, an Argentinian band, which will perform at Sec’s Place in NY138 number 52 in Gugulethu on Sunday.

JTQ have performed to sold out gigs in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Maputo last week, after their fourth tour to European countries in as many years.

They will round off in Cape Town this week, and music lovers and tango dancers alike are in for a treat.

Band leader Gustavo Firmenich said they were happy to be back in the country.

“We’re really excited to return to South Africa, and playing in Africa is very special,”, he said.

Their first visit to South Africa was in 2013, where they played to rapt audiences at the Joy of Jazz festival. Their blend of the melodies and rhythms of tango with the harmonies and improvisation of classic straight-up jazz, and their creative approach to this musical fusion, has received an enthusiastic and appreciative response from audiences in Argentina as well as internationally.

The music comes from Buenos Aires where, in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the stages at dance halls used to be shared by tango orchestras and jazz bands, with both music genres including an important aspect of improvisation.

A cross-pollination between the two styles started to occur and Tango Jazz Quartet has focused on exploring this, playing with various ensembles over the years, and with older tango musicians who played in this “Golden Age” of tango.

Tango Jazz Quartet is made up of Alejandro Beelmann on drums, Federico Hilal on bass, Horacio Acosta on piano, and Gustavo Firmenich on tenor saxophone and clarinet. They have released four CDs, with the latest entitled “On Tour 2015”. Their nine gig tour is supported by the Embassy of Argentina and produced by Nikki Froneman and Proyecto 34°S, continuing with the arts exchange programme that has seen such events as the Argentinian Cultural Week present the cream of this South American country’s arts and culture to the South African public. The show starts at 3PM.

Tickets cost R60 a head and R100 a couple

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