Quartango, a fiery foursome of first-class musicians will heat up the Quadra Community Centre stage with their passion: the tango! Energetic yet sensual, elegant and refined, their repertoire includes the classical tango as well as the modern tango nuevo and milonga. For more than 25 years, Quartango has been shedding new light on this musical genre through arrangements and original compositions, many written for them by pianist Richard Hunt. Infused with hints of the classics, jazz or Celtic music and sparked with humour, their concert will surprise, excite and evoke deep emotions in every listener on Saturday, October 23rd at 8:00 pm.
Quartango’s founding member, René Gosselin, principal bassist with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, plays a one-of-a kind, five-string bass, which he developed in collaboration with Canadian luthier Mario Lamarre. Doctor of Piano, Stéphane Aubin works as a soloist, author-composer, arranger, musical director, vocal coach and accompanist for some of the well-known artists of Québec, namely Charles Aznavour, Michel Rivard, and Louise Forestier. Denis Plante plays and composes for one of the famous Double A series bandonéons, an unusual instrument “that has been roaming from country to country for centuries.” And on violin, Antoine Bareil, concertmaster of l’Ensemble Prima de Montréal is a world renowned and highly acclaimed guest soloist and concertmaster, recording artist and composer/arranger dedicated to contemporary music.
Winning three Opus Awards from the Conseil Québécois de la Musique, Artist of the Year in 2007-2008, a Félix Award and a Juno nomination, Quartango has performed throughout Canada and around the world. They have shared the stage with many North American symphony orchestras and their discography includes six CDs on the Justin Time label.
Critics agree that Quartango is hot stuff! “With elegantly flawless arrangements full of sensuality and wry humour, this group of classically trained musicians infuses the tango with a fascinating mixture of pathos and heat…” The Buffalo News. “The Montreal group heated things up with a concert that was nothing short of brilliant. It was dramatic. It was elegant. It was everything tango music should be…” Regina Leader-Post.
Tickets for Quartango’s Quadra concert are available at the usual outlets: the Music Plant in Campbell River, Hummingbird Office and Art Supply in Quathiaski Cove and Quadra Crafts in Heriot Bay. Advance tickets are $17 for adults; students 16 and under are admitted free with an adult. Tickets will be available at the door for $20. For concert information, please call: 250-285-3245. For information on the artists see: http://www.skysat.ca