The SAMA nominated Cape Town Tango Ensemble is the only established Tango Ensemble in South Africa which specializes in the Argentinean Tango, covering various styles withing this genre, ranging from the old fashioned traditional tango style from the first half of 20th century to the Tango “Nuevo” synonymous to the famous Argentinean composer and Bandoneón virtuoso Astor Piazzolla.
Founded in 1996 the ensemble has included a number of distinguished Cape Town musicians, but it’s core members – all experts in their field are Stanislav Anguelov on accordion and Bandoneón, Albert Combrink on piano, Piet de Beer on violin and Charles Lazar on bass.
The ensemble released their first CD “El Tango en Africa” (Tango in Africa) in 2003, where the group explored the fusion between African Rhythms and sounds, and the “Tango Nuevo” style. This album has been locally and internationally acclaimed and have been receiving a great deal of air time worldwide, up to today.
It is a rare opportunity to see the ensemble in concert where they are able to give full focus to the music. For our concert on 19 August, they will play a carefully selected programme of virtuosic chamber music from the Tango repertoire. Cornerstones of Piazzolla’s works will be interspersed with French and Eastern European concert-tangos, as well as first performances of new works by members of the ensemble itself. The ensemble has delighted classical audiences with their performances of the art-music of this genre, as far afield as Berlin, Singapore and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. To demonstrate to the physical dance aspect of Tango, the concert will be followed by live dancing at a Milonga in the foyer, celebrating the Baxter’s 40th year on a suitably festive note and open to all audience members.