Tango x 3: Unprecedented Tango Show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
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The last date listed for Tango x 3 was Sunday August 17, 2008 / 7:00pm.
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_Tango x 3 _is a most unusual event. A three-piano trio, it features three world-class pianists performing together at the same time in a concert format. These world-renowned artists will perform traditional and contemporary tango, brilliantly blended with award-winning Brazilian jazz. Steinway Artists Polly Ferman (New Tango Vision Trio) and Erika Nickrenz (Eroica Trio), plus two-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, will combine the sensuous beauty of the tangos of Argentina and Uruguay with the pulsating rhythms of Brazil. The program will feature the world premieres of Daniel Binelli’s “Golden Gate Fantasy” and Jovino Santos Neto’s “Tres Sinas”, two pieces for three pianos; both were written specifically for this event. Also featured will be two three-piece suites for piano duos by Pablo Ziegler.
Jovino Santos Neto*
The barriers between classical music, jazz, and indigenous Brazilian music have been obscured by Rio de Janeiro-born and Seattle-based pianist, flutist, and composer Jovino Santos Neto. A member of Hermeto Pascoal’s legendary band from 1977 to 1992, Santos Neto has built a solid reputation as a creative and inspired musician, producer and arranger. He also worked with such artists as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Mike Marshall, Gary Stroutsos and Richard Boukas. Santos Neto’s 1997 debut solo album, Caboclo, featuring his compositions with the accompaniment of quartet members Hans Teuber (saxophones, flute), Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums), was followed by Live in Olympia in 2000 (with the addition of percussionist Jeff Busch and Harvey Wainapel on saxes and clarinet) and by Canto do Rio in 2003, which was commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Works program and was nominated for a 2004 Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. His latest CD, Roda Carioca, was released in 2006 on Adventure Music and earned Jovino a second nomination for a Latin Grammy. Jovino has received commissions by the IAJE and ASCAP, Jack Straw Foundation, Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust and Meet the Composer. Jovino was the recipient of a Golden Ear Award as the Best Jazz Instrumentalist of the Pacific Northwest in 2004.
- Erika Nickrenz*
Erika Nickrenz, pianist, is a native of New York, where she made her concerto debut in Town Hall at age eleven. Ms. Nickrenz began her studies with German Diez and received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School as a pupil of Abbey Simon, and is an active solo and chamber musician with more than eighty concerts this season. She has toured with Music from Marlboro, and as a member of Chamber Soloists USA in Australia, resulting in performances at the Sydney Opera House. Erika Nickrenz has appeared in many festivals, including Marlboro, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Ravinia, Aspen, Interlochen, Mostly Mozart, the Hollywood Bowl, and Tanglewood, where she received the prestigious Rockefeller Award.
As a member of the Eroica Trio, Naumburg Award Winner and chosen as Carnegie Hall’s “America’s Rising Star”, Erika Nickrenz has performed with many ensembles worldwide, including the Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, Houston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, as well as tours with the Budapest Symphony and Prague Chamber Orchestra. The Eroica Trio’s first CD for Angel/EMI won NPR’s 1998 Performance Today Award for “Debut Recording of the Year” and their third CD garnered two Grammy nominations in 1999.
- Polly Ferman*
One of the leading interpreters of the music of the Americas, Polly Ferman continues to captivate audiences around the world. Founder of PAMAR, a New York-based non-profit dedicated to promoting new artists from all the Americas, she is also a member of the New Tango Vision Trio and Music Director of Leading Ladies of Tango. She is instrumental in the creation and production of New York City’s Latin American Culture Week, now in its third year and newly supported by the City of New York. She performs frequently with composer/musician Daniel Binelli.