Today is the birthday of Astor Piazzolla, born in 1921. An Italian Argentine, his family moved to New York City in the mid-20s. It was here Astor learned jazz and classical music, later incorporated these genres into his native tango. Opposition to his experimental styles came from more traditional composers that felt it went against Argentina’s greatest cultural export. But Piazzolla persevered. Astor introduced ‘nuevo tango’ in the 1950s by adding the saxophone and electric guitar. He also changed the the genre’s music structure, revolutionizing tango music forever. The result? An experience unlike any other. You can hear several of Piazzolla’s works this weekend for two nights of sizzling music and dance!
Mar. 15 & 16, 8pm
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre