Do you remember the Tango scene in Scent of a Woman with Al Pacino and Gabrielle Anwar? The name of that tango song is Por una Cabeza. If you liked that scene you are going to love this pop-up performance by The London Tango Quintet. It is five acclaimed musicians who were drawn together by a love of tango, and they will be playing one of their rare concerts.
Tango Dancers Image from London Tango Quintet)
Chart topping guitar virtuoso, Craig Ogden, is joined by the extraordinary accordionist, Miloš Milivojevic; pianist/composer David Gordon who regularly tours as a jazz musician, harpsichordist and director of internationally renowned ensemble; double bassist, Richard Pryce, who works with major orchestras and artists; and violinist and founder of the quintet, David Juritz, who made headlines when he busked around the world for charity.
London Tango Quintet (image from website)
For their first appearance of 2018 the London Tango Quintet bring a programme of music by Piazzolla, Salgan, Troilo and more to the wonderful acoustic of St Peter's Acton Green in West London. Seating is at cabaret style tables with an open area for tango dancers. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase.
Musicians David Juritz - Violin
After a scholarship at the Royal College of Music, David joined English Chamber Orchestra before being appointed leader of the London Mozart Players, a position he held until 2010. He made many appearances as soloist and director with the LMP, including his debut at the 2006 BBC Promenade Concerts. His recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons has been hailed by critics. David plays on a violin made by J.B. Guadagnini in Piacenza in 1748.
Milos Milivojevic - Accordion Milos is an exciting young musician who was born in Serbia. His commitment to music has taken him to festivals around the globe and he has performed many world premieres. His repertoire ranges from contemporary music with the London Sinfonietta to tangos on Strictly Come Dancing. In 2014 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. He is an official artist of Pigini Accordions and performs exclusively on their instruments.
Craig Ogden - Guitar Craig is the youngest instrumentalist to have received a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and one of the UK's most recorded guitarists. He is Head of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Adjunct Fellow of the University of Western Australia, Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Curator of Craig Ogden's Big Guitar Weekend at The Bridgewater Hall and Director of the Dean and Chadlington Summer Music Festival.
David Gordon - Piano David has degrees in mathematics and logic, but also performs and composes music. In 2009 he was awarded an Ability Media International Award for 'Semmerwater', a community musical play commissioned. With a passion for the music of South America, David is a musician perfectly at ease whether he's playing Samba rhythms, directing the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra or sat at his harpsichord in a concert hall.
Richard Pryce - Bass Richard was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music where he won the Eugene Croft Solo Double-Bass Prize, and went on to do the post-graduate Jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has worked with artists including The Dixie Chicks, Kanye West and Shirley Bassey and he is regularly invited to play electric bass with ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra and The Philharmonic.
Image from London Tango Quintet's website
For anyone wishing to try out tango for the first time there will be an hour-long beginners class starting at 6:30 given by one of London's most experienced teachers, Federico Mazandarani. If you wish to take the class please buy the combined ticket. This will be limited to a maximum of 20 people.
Tickets available on the door subject to availability. Early Bird tickets are available. For further details click here.