Tango Maestro and Educator Headline 8th Annual Festival
October 2 - 4, 2015
This year’s festival presents fabulous Tango and Latin music; our headlining performer and a music educator is Dr. Ben Thomas playing the emblematic instrument of Tango the bandoneon. (A German instrument originally made for playing church music such as Brahms and Beethoven. It travelled to Argentina with European immigrants and was adopted by the tango for it’s sad sound reflecting the immigrants longing for their homeland.) The Ben Thomas Quartet performs a concert on the 3rd of October in Wood Hall. And, he teaches a Tango Music Workshop at Larsen Music.
“ Ben Thomas is a great composer, and an energetic performer who knows how deep music can go. It is always great fun to play with him.” Jovino Santos Neto.
If tango is not Latin enough for you then El Grupo Cubano-Brisas del Palmar plays original and traditional music of Cuba at Hermann’s Jazz Club Oct 4th. This much loved and acclaimed group in Cuba has right on a capella harmonies, deep knowledge of Cuban rhythms, a warmth as big as their musicianship is good and as romantic as ballads can be.
Victoria is lucky enough to have excellent Latin music musicians. Pablo Cardenas who regularly fills Hermann’s Jazz Club will bring his Afro-Cuban group over to the Victoria Event Centre for an evening of heady Afro-Cuban beats on Oct 2nd.
An afternoon of Free activities, Oct 4th starts with a talk on Latin and Tango Music by Dr. Thomas answering such controversial questions, “is Tango Latin music or a separate genre.” It is followed by demos of traditional tango music and Tango and Latin Dances; bachata, kizomba, salsa, blues and zumba.
Workshops for musicians, audience and tango dancers will be held throughout the weekend.
The Passion for Tango Society gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors and the help of volunteers, the board of Passion for Tango Society, its members and patrons.
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