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Reed Hosts Tango Music Institute


Portland, Ore (June 10, 2013) —Reed College will host the inaugural Tango Music Institute, aimed at proficient musicians interested in tango music performance. Organized by Morgan Luker, Reed music professor, ethnomusicologist, and leading scholar on contemporary tango music, the music institute will run from June 23 to 30, with a concert in the Reed chapel open to the public on Saturday, June 29.

Four tango master players will serve as guest faculty, leading hands-on ensembles, rehearsals, sectionals, workshops, and master classes. Three are Argentine artists living in the United States and one is an American living in New York. The lead instructor will be Pablo Aslan, a bassist and educator renowned for his knowledge of both traditional and contemporary tango. Aslan has produced more than a dozen albums for the Soundbrush label, including the 2007 Latin Grammy Winner Te Amo Tango by Uruguayan bandoneonist Raul Jaurena. His most recent album, Piazzolla in Brooklyn (Soundbrush Records 2011), is a tribute to the late Nuevo Tango master.

Founder and director of Orquesta de la Academia Nacional del Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentine-born Julian Hasse has developed a career as a bandoneón and guitar player. The bandoneón is a traditional squeezebox instrument used in tango. In addition to being an arranger and conductor, Hasse is the director of Tangoscores.com, the largest online store for tango musicians. He currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

New York violinist Nick Danielson, a highly regarded musician in the Argentine tango scene, will teach a variety of tango techniques. He has frequently performed with Aslan and has an extensive background in classical music as well, having played for many years in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Danielson is the assistant concertmaster at New York City Ballet. His latest recording with tango artist Fernando Otero, “Vital,” won the 2010 Latin Grammy for best classical album.

Pianist Octavio Brunetti rounds out the quartet of guest artist-teachers. Winner of two first prizes in the New York International Tango Competition for Best Solo Pianist and Best Duo, he has recorded with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

“Some of the ensembles at the institute will have an orquesta tîpica instrumentation, which is basically a tango big band,” Luker says. “Students don’t often get a chance to play in this larger format. For people who are interested in tango the institute is a unique opportunity. You can only learn things like rhythmic articulation and performance practice in the context of performing with other people, coaches, and masters.”