The Wallis presents Salastina in a tango-themed chamber music program
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts continues Summer @ The Wallis on its outdoor stage with Salastina celebrating the 100th anniversary of “Tango Master” Ástor Piazzolla with his original arrangement of The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, an ensemble of four tangos for piano, violin, bandoneon (a sort of Spanish accordion), electric guitar and double bass, August 7, 2021, 8 p.m.
Other works by Piazzolla on the tango-themed program include Le Grand Tango and Romance del Diablo. Salastina also performs Jalousie ‘Tango Tzigane’ (Jalousie ‘Gypsy Tango’) by Danish composer Gade; the tango par excellence of Rodriguez La Cumparsita; the evocative Piano Sonata No. 1 by Argentinian composer Ginastera; and Boulanger’s Three Pieces for Cello and Piano. Salastina stars Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar, violins; Meredith Crawford, viola; Yoshika Masuda, cello; Hye Jin Kim, piano; Philip Graulty, electric guitar; Nathan Farrington, double bass; Seth Asarnow, bandoneon.
Piazzolla was born in Argentina and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where he became a bandoneon virtuoso and immersed himself in jazz and classical music before returning to Argentina to play in tango orchestras and, ultimately, developing his distinctive style of tango nuevo, infusing tango with elements of jazz and classical and brought him international fame as a composer.
“Salastina is deeply engaging, delighting audiences with her incredibly diverse repertoire and creative performances,” said The Wallis Artistic Director Paul Crews. “These artists broaden the notion of chamber music, taking it to another level.”
Salastina, founded in 2010 by violinists Kevin Kuman and Maia Jasper White, who describe chamber music as “the indie rock band of the classical music world,” is made up of world-class studio musicians who have participated in a series of films and television scores. Over the past decade, American Public Media’s prestigious Performance Today show – the nation’s most-watched daily classical music radio show – has featured more than two dozen performances of Salastina on its airwaves, reaching millions. people across the country. The ensemble’s free digital Happy Hour Tuesday presentations, featuring live music performances, lively conversations, and interactions with musicians and other music lovers, have also drawn legions of fans from around the world.
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Tickets for Salastina, $ 40, are on sale now for all events. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills.