Two to Tango - Camarada Concert Series review
by Catherine Austin as seen in the www.Camarada.Org

In its ten acclaimed seasons, Camarada has earned well-deserved renown for their interpretation of the modern tango, particularly the work of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. Camarada's "Tango" recordings and shows have not only pleased San Diego audiences, but have garnered praise from the most demanding critic: Daniel Piazzolla, the composer's son.

Last season, Camarada performed a tango program with a dance performance by the celebrated duo Tango Alma (Todd Martin and Marizabel Arango). One member of the audience said, "Watching Tango Alma dance, I understood tango for the first time. Tango is not just about sensuality, though these dancers had plenty. It's not just about grace and skill and a compelling physical presence. The tango is also about unfulfilled longing. When the dancers froze in near-embrace for a brief instant, the sadness struck me like a bolt of lightning. Their halting embrace was not just about desire. It also carried the sense of searing loss, of unreachable happiness. What bound these lovers was not only their mutual longing. What bound them was their shared destiny in a world of inevitable tragedy."

Although the tango has its roots in the underworld streetlife of 19th century Buenos Aires, it has developed into an eloquent expression of passion and pathos. Among this program's offerings, the small jewel "Adios Nonino," a eulogy and farewell from Astor Piazzolla to his departed father, may linger longest in our memories. We will hear a Camarada premiere: two tango pieces by the American film composer Christopher Caliendo. And once again we will be treated to the artistry of Tango Alma. Prepare to be struck by lightning…

Beth Ross-Buckley, flute
Fred Benedetti, guitar
Tango Alma, dance