Of Note: 'Celebrating Piazzolla' with the Neave Trio

May 2, 2019

To capture the unique structure of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla's tangos nuevos on their album Celebrating Piazzolla, Neave Trio went as close to the source as possible, bringing in Piazzolla's colleagues Jose Bragato and Leonardo Suarez Paz.

"I think we all felt like we got a real window into the world of Piazzolla and the tango nuevo," says violinist Anna Williams.

The trio collaborated with Metropolitan Opera mezza-soprano Carla Jablonski for a release that combines the precision and intimacy of chamber music with the freewheeling nature of Piazzolla's tango. It mirrors the career of Piazzolla himself.

"Piazzolla actually had dreams of becoming a classical composer," says Veselov. "But he took that classical training and applied it to tango. It's not just dance music, you can actually just listen to it."

"He has this way of combining the structure of his formal training and the authenticity of this music," adds Williams. "There's really a lot in this music and you get to explore, and it's been really fun."