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Whatever the origins of ‘tango’, thanks to brilliant composers such as Carlos Franzetti, the dance music remains as popular now as it was a hundred years ago. Carlos is one of New York’s most skillful composers and so it was a great thrill when he agreed to write a piece for GABE. He writes about Brasstango:
“Notwithstanding the fact that tango, as a style of music, falls into the popular genre, many classical composers have incorporated this Argentine dance in orchestral and chamber compositions. When Graham Ashton asked me to compose a tango for GABE, my immediate concern was the use of brass instruments instead of the typical tango orchestra, comprised of bandoneon, strings and piano. Obviously, the title Brasstango was the easiest part of this composition. It was both difficult and rewarding to write this piece, which begins as a tango and departs into other Argentine musical styles as milonga and even candombe with its very rhythmic sixteenth-note patterns. My gratification came after hearing the absolute musicianship of the members of GABE, augmented by a bandoneon (yes, I needed the color of the instrument most identified with tango) and a double bass. I would say that Brasstango as performed by some of the most talented brass musicians in the world, represents a mini tour of Buenos Aires and its surroundings”.
from notes by Graham Ashton © 2007