“Tango has the power to pull two strangers together into one, to dance out their desires...to be great lovers and heroes, if only for a moment. It's the whisper of sensuality brought on by the hint of perfume. The tango is also the glamour of the ballroom and the allure of the underworld. It's the opulence of Paris and the smoky darkness of a Buenos Aires cafe. It's the world of subtle metaphors that captures the melancholy heart (Guadalupe Jolicoeur, host of This is the Tango).”
Although tango originated in Argentina and Uruguay, it is not limited to the bars and dance clubs of Latin America. As you will discover with Isabel Bayrakdarian’s new collection, tango fever is an international epidemic. In addition to classics by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzola (two of the most prominent names in the world of tango), this collection features the classic Danish tango by Jacob Gade called Jalousie; as well as a Finnish tango by Anselmo Aieta, an Egyptian tango by Farid El Atrache and an Armenian tango by Arno Babajanian.
Isabel is joined both by her husband, the Armenian-Canadian pianist/arranger, Serouj Kradjian, and by the Argentine bandoneón virtuoso, Fabian Carbone. The tango ensemble is made up of several of Canada’s finest musicians, including Marie Bérard, violin; Roman Borys, cello; Roberto Occhipinti, bass; Shalom Bard, clarinet; Daniel Bolshoy, guitar and Levon Ichkhanian, oud.