Quinteto Astor Piazzolla is a group of five musicians that was formed by his wife, Laura Escalada Piazzolla, to perform the music of Astor Piazzolla, one of the most important composers and bandoneón players of the 20th century. The group was modelled on his sensational 60s quintet with the goal of interpreting Piazzolla’s music, which fused elements of jazz, classical music, and tango, in a way that would be true to the composer’s vision and style.
Astor Piazzolla is known for his innovative approach to tango music, which he transformed into a new genre known as “Nuevo Tango.” This style of music has since influenced many other musicians and has gained a large following around the world. The Quinteto Astor Piazzolla seeks to keep the composer’s legacy alive by performing his works with energy and passion.
The group typically consists of a bandoneón player, a piano, a double bass, a violin, and a guitar, which are the traditional instruments used in Piazzolla’s music. The musicians in the group are often highly skilled and experienced in playing tango music, and they aim to bring the composer’s works to life in a way that is true to his original arrangements.
The Quinteto is formed by 5 musicians and a musical director:
- Pablo Mainetti, bandoneon
- Bárbara Varassi Pega, piano
- Serdar Geldymuradov, violin
- Armando de la Vega, guitar
- Daniel Falasca, double bass
- Julián Vat, (musical director)
The Ensemble is the Winner of the 2019 Latin GRAMMY ® for Best Tango Album for Revolucionario.
“The playing by this quintet—modelled on the one Piazzolla himself led—is brilliantly assured.” – BBC Music Magazine
The group will be in Australia in March 2023 with performances scheduled in Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney. Their schedule performances are: