Maria de Buenos Aires | Queens Hall Edinburgh  | Thu 14th June 2018 Lineup

Maria de Buenos Aires

Queens Hall in Edinburgh

Thursday 14th June 2018

7:30pm til 10:00pm

No age restrictions

To mark Mr McFall’s Chamber’s twentieth anniversary the group revisits Astor Piazzolla’s operita, Marķa de Buenos Aires.

 

Maria de Buenos Aires on Thursday 14th June 2018

This work represents the very summit of Piazzolla’s nuevo tango and, as such, also represents a coming together of twenty years of the group’s programming of his music, from our very earliest days at the old Bongo Club.

Directed from the bandoneón by Victor Villena, the performance also features tango singer Juanjo Lopez Vidal as el duende, the narrator of the colourful spoken text by Horacio Ferrer, as well as Nicholas Mulroy as “the voice of a payador” (an itinerant gaucho singer) and Valentina Montoya Martínez as María herself. Instrumentalists include violinist Cyril Garac, pianist Phil Alexander, guitarist Malcolm MacFarlane, flautist Alison Mitchell and percussionist Iain Sandilands, along with the group’s core members, Robert McFall, Su-a Lee, Brian Schiele and Rick Standley.

The performance also features original film of Buenos Aires street-life by the young Argentine film director Geraldine Comte. This moving backdrop is entirely in accordance with Piazzolla’s original intentions as to the staging of the piece. There is also a speaking chorus of “brothel keepers, spaghetti makers, brick-layers and psychoanalysts”. Shot through with religious imagery mixed with Buenos Aires slang, the work presents María as both virgin mother and essence of the street culture in which the tango tradition developed.

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Music Genres: 

Classical, World Music

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