It’s time to tango with The Austin Piazzolla Quintet

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Mark your calendar to attend The Austin Piazzolla Quintet concert at St. Patrick’s on April 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. Prepare to tango.[/caption]

By Sally Neel

Special to The PREVIEW

It’s time to tango. On April 16 at 7 p.m., The Austin Piazzolla Quintet (APQ)returns to play at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.

This is the third time this professional ensemble has come to Pagosa Springs, and if you missed the first two performances, you will not want to miss this one. This is certainly an exciting and impressive musical group. Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased at the door.

The APQ specializes in the music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, as well as original nuevo tango compositions. Founded by James Anderson (violin), the APQ has been performing to captivated audiences since 2009. With Jonathan Geer (piano), Mike Maddux (accordion, bandoneon), Tony Rogers (cello) and Phil Spencer (bass), all from diverse musical backgrounds, the band continues the tradition of nuevo tango through exciting live shows that feature unique arrangements of Piazzolla’s groundbreaking works, breathtaking original compositions and fiery improvisation.

The Denver Post calls this group “The best tango band in Texas.”

“The Austin Piazzolla Quintet is taking profound steps in evolution … a veritable supergroup of Austin-based musicians … The group offers astonishing original tangos that are not to be missed … With calculating skills and precise harmonies, Austin Piazzolla Quintet left Studio 1A speechless as they performed.” — KUTX 98.5, Austin.

“World class artistic music.” — Jazz Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., is happy to bring quality music concerts to our community. Occasionally, they have the opportunity to bring the extraordinary. Whether or not you are a fan of tango music, or know anything about Astor Piazzolla, or have a clue about nuevo tango music, we can promise you that you will be highly entertained by this concert. Make your plans to come early and enjoy a concert you will not soon forget.

To hear a sample of their work, go to Let’s tango.