Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tango Quartet Extasis Performs at Strings Pavilion

Last night the Strings Music Festival audience was entertained with dramatic Argentine tango music performed by ExtasisExtasis is a tango quartet based out of Denver.  They walked the audience through the history, instrumentation, culture and rhythmic structure of tango music. 

The bandoneon defined the tango quartet and is a type of concertina instrument particularly popular in Argentina.  Some would say it looks like and accordion but the key difference being that the direction of button movement is parallel with the direction of the bellows movement with the bandoneon.

The tango ranged from traditional to contemporary, as well as tango songs that a listener might recognize from Hollywood.  The crowd was excited when Extasis started playing “Jealousy”, which has been the theme song in many movies. 

The Strings Music Festival Winter Series continues February 22nd with Dailey and Vincent known for their great country and bluegrass music. They were recently nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Don't miss this concert!


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