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March 7, 2017 > Southern Exposures

Southern Exposures

Submitted By Vickilyn Hussey

Let the music of South America sweep you away to the Andes, Peru, Argentina and Brazil with Music at the MissionÕs ÒSouthern ExposuresÓ at Old Mission San Jose. The high-energy program opens with flute tours de force ÒMiami Flute and Piano SuiteÓ by Miguel de Aguila, followed by Gabriela Lena FrankÕs folkloric ÒSue–os de Chambi for Violin and Piano.Ó Then itÕs off to the streets of Brazil and the tango halls of Buenos Aires as Quinteto Quilombo performs Astor PiazzollaÕs incendiary tangos and milongas.

ÒIf there is any composer who captures the energy and experience of South America, it is Piazzolla. Combining the classical, jazz and tango worlds into his own fusion style, this is the modern sound of Argentina,Ó said Bill Everett, Music at the Mission Artistic Co-Director.

Miguel de AguilaÕs three-piece ÒMiami Flute and Piano Suite,Ó with Rhonda Bradetich (flute) and Aileen Chanco (piano), begins with a lyrical introduction, I. Seduction (rhythm being the seductive element) evoking the style of the Brazilian ch™ro, giving way to a restless Latin dance. A percussive, almost primal theme becomes increasingly breathless and intense. II. Silence is slow, nostalgic and introspective with elements from Latin American jazz and tango. It references an absent person, a voice that is no longer heard. III. Milonga concludes the suite with a light, upbeat dance inspired by early Uruguayan milonga (a fast-paced dance that preceded the tango). Here, the milonga rhythm is manipulated into irregular, constantly shifting patterns that drive the piece forward.

ÒItÕs great to finally feature music by Bay Area composer Gabriela Lena Frank. She has spent a huge amount of time in the Andes, recording in both folk music and every day life,Ó Everett noted. ÒWhile PiazzollaÕs music captures the urban sound, GabrielaÕs music documents the rural experience of Peru. ItÕs the perfect combination.Ó

ÒÔSue–os de Chambi (Dreams of Chambi)Õ is my musical interpretation of seven photos from Chambi's vast collection of pictures,Ó described Gabriela Lena Frank. ÒChambi's desire to integrate his Indian heritage with his artistic talent, his unassuming nature and ease in meeting people regardless of class, caste, or race, and his natural curiosity meant that he avoided exoticizing the inhabitants of the high altiplano of Peru.Ó Ertan Torgul (violin) joins Aileen Chanco (piano) in this work Òincorporating poetry, mythology and native musical styles in a western classical framework.Ó

To those who have been waiting patiently, Everett brought good news: ÒWe are so happy to bring Quinteto Quilombo here for another program. PiazzollaÕs music has risen in popularity, yet it is fairly rare to hear it in his original state: the quintet of bandoneon, violin, guitar, bass, and piano.Ó

PiazzollaÕs works demand virtuosity and the members of Quinteto Quilombo Ð Ertan Torgul (violin), Seth Asarnow (bandoneon), Jeff Massanari (guitar), Aileen Chanco (piano), and Bill Everett (double bass) Ð deliver it and then some, plus the essential deep passion.

Concert ticket holders are invited to meet the artists at the After-Party Reception sponsored by J. R. Griffin Construction, held at Mission Coffee. Details and tickets are available online, by phone or at the door.

Southern Exposures
Saturday, Mar 11
7:15 p.m.: Pre-Concert Talk
8 p.m.: Concert
Old Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 402-1724
Tickets: $15 Ð $50

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