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Gig Alert: Rómulo Larrea Tango Ensemble

Friday, April 29, 2011

Rómulo Larrea Tango Ensemble
“Mi Buenos Aires Querido”
Playing Friday at Town Hall
(123 W. 43rd St., Midtown West)
Get: Tickets ($45-50) | Directions

Since the dawn of the Argentinean tango revival that swept the globe in the '90s, there have been plenty of slick music and dance productions full of smoldering glances and frilly dresses. But not too many of them can boast the musical bona fides of the Rómulo Larrea Tango Ensemble, performing at Town Hall this Friday at a show titled “Tangos From Gardel To Piazzolla.” The show’s music will be performed by a real-deal tango orchestra led by Rómula Larrea, a Uruguayan master of the bandoneón, the complex accordion-like instrument responsible for tango’s signature wail. Larrea, who claims to be responsible for introducing tango to the now booming scene in Montreal, will lead his ensemble through tangos by the great Argentinean masters, including Carlos Gardel, the genre’s premier vocal star from the 1930s. “Mi Buenos Aires Querido” (“My Dear Buenos Aires”) is one of Gardel’s best known tunes, sung here by fellow Uruguayan-Canadian Veronica Larc.

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