Sonico – “The Edge of Tango” @ Maasmechelen
February 11 @ 20:15 – 22:00
“Piazzolla – Rovira: The Edge of Tango”
Album release tour
During the 21-22 season, the Brussels ensemble SONICO will pay tribute to ‘tango nuevo’ inventor Astor Piazzolla, who would have been 100 years old this year, with their third album, “Piazzolla-Rovira: The Edge of Tango”. Piazzolla was not the only pioneer and SONICO is happy to offer a broader perspective through the revolutionary compositions of Eduardo Rovira.
The title of this double portrait was not chosen at random. Astor Piazzolla and Eduardo Rovira are usually presented as the two pioneers of avant-garde tango. It has been claimed that there was a certain rivalry between them, and it is a subject of debate which of the two was the first to modernize tango. The cornerstone in the creation of modern tango was laid by Piazzolla in 1955 with the Octeto Buenos Aires. The following year, Rovira joined Octeto La Plata, but did not leave behind any commercialized recordings.
While nothing clear or definitive has emerged from this apparent controversy, it is a good starting point to understand the necessity felt by the group SONICO to create their third album, “Piazzolla-Rovira: The Edge of Tango”. The album simultaneously presents the music of both octets, the initial exponents of the avant-garde of tango. With these ensembles, Piazzolla and Rovira traveled, for the first time, to the edges of the genre.
This album will premiere on March 20, 2021 at the Klara festival / BOZAR, followed by a tour throughout Latin America.
SONICO has been hailed by the Argentine press as “the savior of the tango nuevo”. For the group’s 2 previous albums ‘Eduardo Rovira: La Otra Vanguardia’ (2018) and ‘Eduardo Rovira: Inedito e Inconcluso’ (2020) as well as their South American tours, SONICO has been hailed as one of the top 10 most essential tango ensembles of today in the magazines Billboard and Rolling Stone.