Austin, TX 78702
Friday, July 14 at 7:30 pm
North Door, 501 Brushy
Experience award-winning film shorts with live accompaniment by bandoneon master Raul Jaurena, the Tosca String Quartet, and pianist Michelle Schumann.
Oblivion | Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
String Quartet No. 2, Notturno | Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
Tango | Carlos Gardel (1890-1935)
Hungarian Dances | Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
La Campanella | Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Danse Macabre | Saint Saens (1835-1921)
Piano Concerto No. 2 | Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Raul Jaurena, bandoneon
Raul Jaurena, master of the Tango, is among today’s most prominent bandoneon players. Raised in Uruguay, his first bandoneon lessons came from his father. At the age of eight, he had already joined a tango orchestra, and in the sixties and seventies he became involved with well renowned tango-ensembles throughout South America.
Jaurena’s arrangements and his skills as a composer and a solo player have made him popular both in the USA and in Europe. In 1995, he performed at the White House and in the same year received a Grammy nomination for his album Tango Bar. In 2007 he received a Latin Grammy for Best Tango album for his album Te Amo Tango.
Jaurena has played with Paquito D’Rivera, Yo Yo Ma, Giora Feidman, Tango Five, Astor Piazzolla, and many others. As a soloist, he has performed with prominent ensembles and orchestras throughout The United States and Europe and regularly performs a series of programs including Klezmer and Tango Music.
Raul Jaurena – the man that Astor Piazzolla once called one of the greatest bandoneon players ever – has established a special connection to his instrument: genuine, open, touching, with stunning technical brilliance. In his continuous search for new experiences, Jaurena’s music has turned into something truly unique. It reflects the influences of different cultures as well as one hundred years of tango history, in turn greatly enriching modern tango interpretation.
Tosca String Quartet
The Tosca String Quartet is Leigh Mahoney, Tracy Seeger, Ames Asbell, and Sara Nelson. They began in 1996 as members of the Tosca Tango Orchestra, a seven-piece ensemble that captivated the Austin live music scene in the late 1990s. The Tango Nuevo orchestra performed new compositions by composer Glover Gill along with Astor Piazzolla covers, and released six albums. In 2000, the group gained an international following with soundtrack and on-screen work in Richard Linklater’s arthouse hit film Waking Life, and an appearance by invitation at the World Tango Summit in Argentina.
In 1999, the Tosca String Quartet began presenting concerts of new music by local composers in alternative performance spaces. These collaborations led to the very successful Golden Hornet Project (founded by Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski) and ongoing relationships with several local composers. The quartet are also founding members of the American Repertory Ensemble, a contemporary chamber music & dance collective of international renown, which performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006 and won an Austin Critics Table Award in 2007.
Although the members of the quartet are classically trained, they also know how to rock. They form the core of the Tosca Strings, who toured internationally with David Byrne from 2001 to 2005 and were featured on his Grown Backwards album. The quartet also appears on the Dixie Chicks’ Grammy-winning album Home, and has recorded and/or performed with artists such as Arcade Fire, Spoon, Bonnie Raitt, Ray LaMontagne, Susana Baca, Bob Schneider, Ian McLagan, Ray Benson, Vampire Weekend and DeVotchKa.
Michelle Schumann, piano
Hailed for her “sensitive, flexible, and tempestuous dexterity” (Fanfare Magazine), pianist Michelle Schumann has built a reputation for evocative and moving performances.
Since 2006, Michelle has served as Artistic Director of the Austin Chamber Music Center, where she “is fearlessly expanding our definition of chamber music.” (Austin-American Statesman). Her brand of performance includes an enthusiastic interplay with the audience and her trademark includes bringing diverse music together under a blanket of narrative events.
Schumann is artist-in-residence and professor of piano at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and additionally holds a Performance Diploma from the Vienna Conservatory.