Band from Argentina “Tango & Jazz Quartet” is going to perform at Nišville at Saturday August 13th. Band members are: Alejandro Beelmann on drums, Federico Hilal on bass, Horacio Acosta on piano, Gustavo Firmenich on tenor saxophone and clarinet.
The band mixes the melodic and rhythmic patterns of Tango with the harmonies and improvisation of Jazz. This results in a new concept of our music. This new approach to Tango and Jazz has received an enthusiastic reaction both in Argentina as well as internationally. Over the last few years, the band has managed to establish istself on the international music scene.
“It is the first time that I hear a fusion of Jazz and Tango that works and makes sense”, said the great french accordionist Richard Galliano. He also mentioned that both the incorporation of drums into Tango music and the respect with which the melodies have been treated are indeed remarkable.
Gustavo Firmenich, the leader of Tango Jazz Quartet, has recreated in a few of his shows the performances which were common a few decades ago in Buenos Aires, where dancing evenings both with Tango Orchestras and Jazz Bands were organized. These nights were announced as « Tipica and Jazz ». In his research about Jazz and Tango, which have a lot in common, he found that there was one musical aspect which was clearly different between the two : the improvisation. This was the reason, why Gustavo Firmenich started in 2000 to look for ways and means to combine the two musical genres.
For that purpose, he carried out a great number of studies and trials. He formed duos and trios with tango musicians who had many years of experience in tango music in order to learn from them, by oral transmission, the secrets of tango from those who lived in the golden age of tango. He also documented himself by consulting record collectionners to find out about other attempts of fusion of the two music styles.
All these studies have led to the formation of Tango Jazz Quartet in 2005. In order to find the best suited musicians for this concept, many different musicians have taken part in the group. In 2007, the group was consolidated and received quickly a very favourable reaction both from the public and the specialized press.
Up to now, the group has recorded three CD’s. The first one was presented in a joint concert given with the great french accordionist Richard Galliano. It has also undertaken international tours which received a very warm reception both in Argentina and outside. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Culture has declared this performances to be of cultural and artistic interest. The first tour was made in 2011, which led to a second tour through Europe in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, the european tour was extended by a tour to South Africa. The tour led them to France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy and South Africa.
In 2014, the band made a long world tour. The tour took almost two months. They started in Usa, then they flew to Europe, after that went to Russia and Siberia, and finally they concluded the tour in Hong Kong and China.
After four international tours, the band gained a place in the most important Jazz Clubs and Festivals all over the world.
In 2015 TJQ makes its fifth tour in Europe, strengthening itself in the best Jazz Clubs of the continent.
They performed at the Sunset-Sunside Jazz Club in Paris for the fourth consecutive year; at the Music Village in Bruxels for the third consecutive year; at the Porgy and Bess Jazz Club in Vienna, at the IF Cabezo Jazz Club in Budapest and at the Theater de la Voirie in Pully for the second consecutive year. They have also played for the first time at the St George Jazz Club in Lyon, at the Marcellaz Jazz Club, at the September Musical Festival in Montreaux, and at the Chez Sasha Jazz Club in Grenoble. It's to be highlighted that these concerts were all made with sold-out localities.
After that, they made their second South African tour that took them to play at The Orbit Jazz Club and Winnie’s Jazz Club in Johannesbourg; at 6 Spin Street and Savoy Cabagge in Cape Town, at The Masque Theater from Muizenberg, at the Argentinian Residence in Pretoria and at the KWA Jazz Club from Gugulethu. They have also played in Mozambique at the Central Restaurant and Gil Vicente Music Club, both in Maputo.
After that, TJQ made their first Brazilian Tour playing at the SESC Theatre from Madureira in Rio de Janeiro and at the SESC Theater from Vila Mariana in San Pablo. Those concerts have had a great impact on people, a fact that allowed TJQ to get several contracts for the next year and to plan two Brazilian Tours for 2016.
By the end of 2015, TJQ made their first Nigerian Tour, playing at the Argentinian Residence and at the Sky Lounge Music Club, both in Abuja.
Countries where TJQ has played:
Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, Wales, England, Czech Republic, South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Brazil, The United States.
As a consequence of TJQ strengthening in the European Jazz Scene, the sixth tour they will make in August and September has contracts in Switzerland, England, Wales, France, Belgium, Spain, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, including six performances in Jazz Festivals and 15 in Jazz Clubs.
The most important concerts and shows were:
San Jose Summer Jazz Festival, California, Usa, 2014
September Musical Festival, Montreux, Swiss, 2015
Hong Kong International Jazz Festival, 2014
Aberjazz Festival, Fishguard, Wales, 2014
Snug Harbor Jazz Club, New Orleans, Usa, 2014
Beishan International Jazz Festival, Zhuhai, China, 2014
Porgy & Bess Jazz Club, Wien, Austria, 2014/2015
Toshi’s Jazz Club, New York, Usa, 2014
Beijing Music Week, MOMA Museum, Beijing, China, 2014
SESC Theatre Madurheira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Tango & Jazz Festival, Tomsk, Siberia, Russia, 2014
The Masque Theater, Muizenberg, South Africa, 2015
KWA Jazz Club, Gugulethu, South Africa, 2015
If Kavezo Jazz Club, Budapest, Hungary, 2014, 2015
Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013
Jazz Train Festival, Hamburg, Germany, 2012
The Orbit Jazz Club, Johannesburgo, South Africa, 2015
Sunset – Sunside Jazz Club, Paris, 2012 / 2013/2014/2015
The Music Village, Brussels, Belgium, 2013/2014/2015
St George Jazz Club, Lyon, France, 2015
SESC Theatre Vila Mariana, San Pablo, Brazil, 2015
Volkshaus, Basel, Siwtzerland, 2012
Harlem Jazz Club, Barcelona, Spain, 2011
Volkshaus Theater, Viena, Austria, 2013
Sky Lounge Music Club, Abuya, Nigeria, 2015
Jazzman Jazz Club, Barcelona, Spain, 2012
Château de Chillon, Chillon, Switzerland, 2012 / 2013
Masterclass at the Music University of South Africa, 2013
La Cacerole Jazz Club, Paris, France, 2013
Kefu’s Jazz Club, Khayelitsha, Southafrica, 2013
Gil Vicente Music Club, Maputo, Mozambique, 2015
Mahogany Room, Cape Town, South Africa, 2013
Le Ness resto artistic, Grenoble, France, 2015
The Crypt Jazz Club, Cape Town, South Africa, 2013
648 Jazz Cafe, Marcellaz, France, 2015
Festival de Jazz de Pinamar, Argentina, 2008 to 2016
Festival de Jazz de Villa Gesell, Argentina, 2008 /2009/2010/2016
Festival Internacional de Lomas de Zamora, Argentina, 2013
Festival de Jazz de Mar de las Pampas, Argentina, 2010
Festival de Tango de Lomas de Zamora, Argentina, 2013