Light Blue Tango That Waltzes

Inspired by the rhythms of North and South American classical music and folk tunes,Canada-based band Tango Boreal is in India to mesmerise the music aficionados with their compositions where tango meets the blues and Latin music forms such as milonga and waltz.

Written by Somya Lakhani | Published: March 28, 2012 3:57:18 am

Inspired by the rhythms of North and South American classical music and folk tunes,Canada-based band Tango Boreal is in India to mesmerise the music aficionados with their compositions where tango meets the blues and Latin music forms such as milonga and waltz. While one of the members of the trio,bassist Ian Simpson,is missing the India tour,the other two — bandoneon player Denis Plante and classical guitarist David Jacques — promise to make up for his absence. “This is our first time in India,we will talk about the history of Tango music and where it’s going now and also share some interesting travel stories with the audience,” says Plante. Following their performances in Chandigarh on Wednesday and Mumbai on March 23,the duo will enthrall the audience in Delhi on March 24 at Alliance Francaise. Known for compositions such as Tango Romance,Valse Pour Laura and Ya Lumba,the band has been together for almost three years and has performed across the globe. With very little exposure to Latin music,the Indian audience might feel a little out of place during their gig,but Jacques states,“If the music is well-written and well put together,one will enjoy it.” Plante adds,“We hope the audience will enjoy this exotic sound so much that they start doing the tango themselves.”

Also,what makes the band unique is the instrument that Plante plays — the bandoneon,a type of concertina from Argentina and Uruguay. Plante holds it between both his hands and pushes and pulls out the bandoneon while pressing the buttons. Often referred to as the great bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla’s “spiritual son”,Plante says,“The instrument has a very profound and expressive sound — one that can bring both tears and smiles on a person’s face.”

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