Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Astor Piazzolla Themed Masterclass with "Tango Royalty" Leonardo Suarez-Paz

Here is a unique opportunity for the musicians amongst you to study with a great artist who received the direct lineage of Astor Piazzolla. Don’t miss it!

WHEN: Friday December 3, from 5-6:30pm
WHERE: SF Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street (at Market)
SF, CA 94102
COST: $25
Leonardo will use a piece composed by Astor Piazzolla and teach you how to play this particular style of music: a mixture of Tango, Jazz and Classical. He will focus on the difference (for all the instruments) in phrasing, legatos, staccatos, rubatos ... and how to express the melody.
All musicians are welcome; notes will be provided.
For more info and to register your participation please contact Sonja Riket at 415.661.1852


Leonardo Suarez Paz , a fourth generation tango artist, billed by the press as “tango royalty”, is a representative of the Academia Nacional del Tango of Buenos Aires. He is known for his uncommon talent as a singer, a career which he began at the age of six, a tango dancer, and an artist who “possesses a unique spirit and is a virtuoso extraordinaire on the violin” (Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York) Leonardo’s mother Beatriz Suarez Paz, a leading tango singer in Buenos Aires, has passed along to Leonardo his vocal passion and talent. “Suarez Paz’s father, a brilliant tango violinist, had been one of Piazzolla’s principal collaborators, and from the first bar it was clear that the father and the son were made of the same stuff” (“Flying High,” JAZZIZ Magazine by Alexander Gelfand, Music Critic Cuartetango in Birdland, New York.)

By the time he was 14, Leonardo was playing and touring with tango orchestras and was the only young, teenage member of the last Horacio Salgan orchestra, in which each musician was a tango star. He is the only violinist of his generation who played with most of the great directors of the Golden Age as a violin soloist. He was also influenced by the Nuevo Tango, thus carrying the torch that was handed down from Astor Piazzolla to his father and to him, “Leonardo plays with the same intense passion and clarity heard a generation ago on his father's recordings.” (Barnes & Noble, Music Review February 2004)

In Buenos Aires, he brought together the best in tango and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, who has also commissioned tango arrangements from Leonardo Suarez Paz. An EMI Classics artist, violinist, arranger and composer, Leonardo’s experience as a classical musician is part of the legacy, which makes him a leading tango violinist today.
Throughout his intense career, he has performed and recorded with a bouquet of international stars enhancing the productions of Placido Domingo (“Mariachi” Capitol Records 2000), American jazz legend Stanley Jordan (“My Favorite Things” TCB Records 2002), Latin star Luis Miguel (“Amarte es un Placer,” EMI 1999), and Carlos Franzetti’s (“The Jazz Kamerata”/“Tango Bar” Chesky Records). One can hear the sound of his tango violin in motion pictures Bossa Nova, Imposters and Flawless with Robert DeNiro. In 2009 and 2010 he toured throughout Brasil, China, Korea and Singapore with the show Café de Los Maestros, dedicated to the legends of tango.

Leonardo has performed with the tango shows Tangox2 , Forever Tango and Tango Argentino on Broadway.
Leonardo directs Cuartetango String Quartet, who’s latest album L’Atelier was released by EMI Classics. His Cuartetango Music & Dance Company and Romance de Tango shows were featured on an Emmy-winning program, “Rhythm and Roots,” which is currently airing in the US, Europe and the Middle East.
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