Activities of Juan Maria Solare in Texas
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Texas 2013 Juan María Solare composer & pianist
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Juan Maria Solare's itinerary
Monday, October 21 (evening, time TBD)
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Composition workshop [contact first, this activity is on invitation basis only]
(Tango Deconstruido - the deconstruction of folkoric or popular music genres)

Tuesday, October 22
Rudder Theater (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas)

3:55-5:10 –
Lecture on Tango Music "Tango: One Century in One Hour"
5:30-6:45 – Lecture on Tango Music (with videos, audio, live musical examples)

Wednesday, October 23
Rudder Theater (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas)

10:20-11:10 –
Lecture on Tango Music
12:40-1:30 – Lecture on Tango Music
- Piano Recital "Tango Monologues"

Thursday, October 24 (time TBD)
Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Concert Conversations on Tango: Mariana Gariazzo (flute) + Juan María Solare (piano)
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Sunday, October 13, 1 pm
Composer's Voice Concert
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church - 351 E 74th Street, New York, NY 10021-3798
Agueda Fernández Abad sings my cycle "Viejas Palabras" with lyrics by Alfonsina Storni.
I'll be there.

(also music by
Caio Senna, Marisol Gentile, Claudia Montero and Robert Voisey; performed by Kenji Haba, guitar; Susan Davita Mandel, cello; and Yumi Suhiro, piano.)

Texas 2013

With tango music from 1910 to 2010, Juan María Solare's piano recital Tango Monologues presents a broad spectrum of that universal music that was born at the shores of the River Plate, in Argentina und Uruguay. This concert might become an answer to "Everything you always wanted to know about tango - and were not afraid to ask but didn't know whom".

In this sense, this recital is actually the tip of an iceberg: in the days before the concert a series of lectures and residencies will be held by Juan María Solare at the Texas A&M University - all of them about tango music in its different aspects:

- Tango Orchestras and their styles
- Tango Singers
- Tango Lyrics and its usual subjects (past and present)
- The Revolution of Tango Nuevo (Piazzolla, Rovira, Salgán) and beyond
Besides, Solare will give a workshop for composers about "deconstructed tango" including examples by Argentine composers, plus Erik Satie, John Cage and American composers of the present such as
Douglas DaSilva.

About the piano recital itself: Besides "oldies but goldies" such as Carlos Gardel, Carlos Di Sarli, Juan Carlos Cobián, Mariano Mores or Astor Piazzolla, Solare will perform music by composers of today as Jorge Pítari, Luis Menacho, José Hernán Cibils, Moxi Beidenegl (the only lady in this program, and also the most daring piece), Douglas DaSilva and Bob Siebert (from New York) - without forgetting music by Solare himself. Complete program

The title of the recital echos the name of Solare's CD "
Tango Monologues", although half of the pieces will be different. Besides, the concert will not always be a "monologue" since:

- Juan Maria uses to talk with his audience between pieces, telling some short anecdote or background information about the music they (we!) are going to listen (and this is one of the reasons why the audience at his concerts is fascinated by his warmth and quality)
- We will have a guest performer for two pieces!
Mariana Gariazzo will be playing flute in impressive pieces by Astor Piazzolla and by Mariano Mores.

Is this tango, is this classical music? Were are the limits? Some say this is classical (
Rich Rainlore, UK). Others might ask themselves "Is Chopin classical - or a waltz is always 'popular' music anyway?" Juan María would say "art music and light music are not irreconcilable extremes, but poles in a force field" - or would simply quote the movie Matrix: "there is no spoon".