Guapo was born primarily out of a desire to play the tangos of Astor Piazzolla, and includes five of the finest musicians in Perth, chosen deliberately for their specific skills. They are:
Clarinet - CATHERINE CAHILL
Bass - PETER JEAVONS
Piano - EMILY GREEN ARMYTAGE Violin - ZAK ROWNTREE
Vibraphone - PAUL TANNER
The Argentinian tango - like jazz - began life in pubs and brothels. Originally associated with pimps and prostitutes, its late nineteenth-century childhood was in the slums of Buenos Aires, championed by Spanish and Italian immigrants. As with American jazz, the tango had to leave home and cause a sensation in Europe before being recognised as its homeland’s most important musical tradition.
Born in Argentina in 1921, but growing up in New York, Astor Piazzolla learnt to play the bandoneòn (a German button-accordion) and had played with the most famous tango singer of his day, Carlos Gardel, before reaching his teens.
Piazzolla studied with Alberto Ginastera and then in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, the resulting combination of tango, classical and jazz styles began Astor’s revolution. Tango nuevo (new tango) was born. Piazzolla’s music caused outrage amongst many in Argentina - to the point of being interrupted during a radio interview by a pistol put to his head. However, irate singers and death threats failed to stifle his creative output….