Thursday, March 26, 2009

Avant-garde tango group Astillero live in Sofia

For those who love the contemporary forms of tango music, Messechina Music organizes 2 concerts of the Argentine tango group Astillero in Sofia on 20 and 21 April at the Central Military Club.

Astillero opens the challenge with its music. This rock-solid group starts tango out to a completely new vision, rough and violent, according to the times we live in. Astillero is a tango formation that has nothing to do with the "tango" of our collective conciousness.

The orchestra, even though it is composed of classical instruments associated with tango, is revolutionary. It is the first sextet in the history of tango formed by two bandoneons, violin, cello, double bass and piano. And there's more: they only play their own new compositions. They have a repertoire of new tangos, instrumentals and songs, generating their own identity, inextricably linked with modern life. The sounds of Astillero are the sounds of Buenos Aires today and the way they play the music refects the unbalance of this city in which we are inmersed. It kicks, breaks, hurts, moves. The new lyrics add their weight in this rawness. A rough but tender voice, that cares and tears at the same time. But the concept does not end there, but keeps on developing by means of video images perfectly designed to join this hecatomb of sound. Impacting in shapes and colors projected over the players, completing the dynamic of the music.  An innovative proposal, original, different, to enjoy the new wave of tango : Tango de Ruptura.

The members, although young, have an important history among the genre. Their experience and research as musicians has led them to a fundamental teaching duty which is carried in different institutions (School of Popular music of Avellaneda, Conservatory of Styles Argentino Galván, National Academy of Tango, in between others) and for the last two years, in the Orlando Goñi School, created by themselves and other young tango musicians.

Since the conception of Astillero the group has earned international recongition thanks to diverse tours. In Europe they are well known and called back every year to take part in diferent events. This year, for instance, the Orchestra has been selected out from 900 groups from all over the world to be part of the prestigious « Womex », Music World Festival.

The activities of the orchestra go on and its music is gaining ground. The solid esthetic of Astillero attracts new groups as old masters. This is reflected in their compositions that pose a completely new approach to the genre. So much so that in November the new album « Sin descanso en Bratislava (Glosas fuera de tiempo) » will be released, including a very special guest Master Leopoldo Federico.

More information can be found on the special event website from where you cana also download photos and where you can listen to Astillero's music:

You can listen to Astillero's music on the websites of the group:

You can see videos from Astillero's concerts on:

You can buy tickets for the concerts in Sofia from, more details here:
Official poster