Rockport Chamber Music Festival
Saturday, July 9, 8 PM
Music of Lalo Schifrin & Astor Piazzolla
Cho-Liang Lin, violin | David Shifrin, clarinet | Alex Brown, piano |Hector Del Curto, bandoneon | Pablo Aslan, bass | Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
PROGRAM: Music of Lalo Schifrin & Astor Piazzolla
LALO SCHIFRIN: Letters from Argentina
Tango del Atardecer
Danza de Los Montes
Tango a Borges
Malambo de Los Llanos
La Muerte del Angel
Tickets: $69, $62, $49 (fees may apply)
Cho-Liang Lin, violin
Violinist Cho-Liang Lin is lauded the world over for the eloquence of his playing and for the superb musicianship that marks his performances. In a career spanning thirty years, he is equally at home with orchestra, in recital, playing chamber music, as well as teaching. As an advocate for music of our time, Mr. Lin has enjoyed collaborations and premieres with composers such as Tan Dun, John Harbison, Christopher Rouse, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and many more. Most recently, Mr. Lin presented the European and American premieres of Tangos Concertantes, a concerto by Hollywood icon, Lalo Schifrin. As Music Director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest since 2001, Mr. Lin has helped develop a festival into a multidiscipline festival featuring dance, jazz and a burgeoning new music program. Lin’s extensive discography have won such awards as Gramophone’s Record of the Year and two Grammy Award nominations.
Born in Taiwan, Cho-Liang Lin began his violin lessons when he was 5 years old. Inspired by an encounter with Itzhak Perlman, he traveled to New York to audition for Perlman’s teacher, the late Dorothy DeLay, at the Juilliard School, and then studied with her for six years. At the age of nineteen, Mr. Lin made his New York debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival and in 2000 Musical America named him Instrumentalist of the Year. He joined the faculty of the Juilliard School in 1991, and was recently appointed professor of violin at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He plays the 1715 “Titian” Stradivarius.
“Cho-Liang Lin has a sumptuous, lush sound well-suited to the Romantic nature of the work” The Strad
David Shifrin, clarinet
One of only two wind players to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize, David Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator. He is also a recipient of a Solo Recitalists’ Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Music Academy of the West, and top prize at both the Munich and the Geneva International Competitions.
Mr. Shifrin has appeared with orchestras throughout the US, Europe and Asia, and served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under Stokowski), and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. As a chamber musician, Mr. Shifrin often collaborates with such distinguished artists as the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets, Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts. An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, Mr. Shifrin served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004. Recipient of three Grammy nominations, Mr. Shifrin’s recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra was named Record of the Year by Stereo Review. He joined the faculty at the Yale School of Music in 1987 and was appointed Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Yale.
Alex Brown, piano
Fast emerging at the forefront of a new generation of artists, Alex Brown is armed with the technique of jazz tradition, reinvested with fresh curiosity and vision for what jazz is, and can be. Featured in the January 2010 issue of Keyboard Magazine, Brown’s reputation continues expanding via his notable performances from innovative saxophonist Miguel Zenon to the legendary Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. A member of Paquito D’Rivera’s group since 2007, Alex Brown now makes appearances at some of the world’s top jazz venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland and the Blue Note in New York.
In 2009, Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory where he studied with Danilo Perez and Charlie Banacos, among others. He received the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards in 2003 and 2004 and was a winner in the Jazz Soloist category of Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards in 2007. Also an accomplished classical musician, Alex has recorded and performed with Imani Winds as well as with the clarinetist Sabine Meyer, and has performed with major orchestras in the United States, Mexico, Chile, and Spain.
Hector Del Curto, bandoneon
Praised by The New York Times as a “splendid player,” Argentinean bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto’s career, spanning for more than twenty–five years, has encompassed the traditional Tango, New Tango, Jazz, Classical and World music. As one of the most sought–after bandoneonist, he has performed with luminaries across many musical genres including Tango legends Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese. By the age of 17, he had won the title “Best Bandoneon Player Under 25” in Argentina, and was invited to join the orchestra of the legendary Osvaldo Pugliese, the “Last Giant of Tango.” In 1999, Mr. Del Curto received the Golden Note Award from the Italian–American Network in recognition of his artistic achievements. As a music director, he directed the spectacular show Forever Tango on Broadway and founded the Eternal Tango Orchestra. He also founded the Stowe Tango Music Festival, the premier tango music festival in the United States.
Mr. Del Curto recently released his second album Eternal Piazzolla, featuring his quintet. Both this CD and his first CD Eternal Tango were featured on BBC News which was televised nationally and internationally and on Public Radio International’s The World.
Pablo Aslan, bass
Argentine-born Pablo Aslan is in demand for his skills as a producer, bassist, and educator, and for his knowledge of traditional and contemporary tango. His most recent album is Piazzolla in Brooklyn. His previous CD, Tango Grill, was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album and a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album. Currently he is a member of the Glass House Orchestra and the Astoria Tango Orchestra. He plays regularly with small ensembles in the New York City area, including a three-year residence at Zinc Bar with Grammy nominee Emilio Solla.
Aslan recorded Tango Jazz: Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Cuban maestro Paquito D’Rivera and toured Europe the following year as music director of D’Rivera’s Tango Jazz Septet. Other recent productions include “Romance” by pianist/composer Fernando Otero, “Live at Caffe Vivaldi” and “Te Extraño Buenos Aires” with pianist/composer Roger Davidson. Aslan has performed and recorded with artists from Yo-Yo Ma and the Philadelphia Orchestra to Shakira and Lalo Schifrin. He has produced over a dozen albums for the Soundbrush label, including the 2007 Latin Grammy Winner Te Amo Tango by Uruguayan bandoneonist Raul Jaurena.
An active researcher and educator, he has produced educational programs for Lincoln Center Institute, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, and Arts Connection in New York City. He served as the Artistic Director of the Reed Tango Music Institute in 2013-14 and is currently Featured Artist at the Indiana University Tangueros Conference.
Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito, Japan. He studied music at Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee he developed an interest in the music of South America and went to live in Colombia for four years forging many musical and personal relationships.
One of the projects he worked on while in Colombia was ‘Macumbia’ with composer/arranger Francisco Zumaque in which traditional, jazz and classical music were combined. With this group he performed with the Bogota symphony orchestra to do a series of concerts honoring the music of the most popular composer in Colombia, Lucho Bermudes. In 1986 he returned to Miami, where he began working as an arranger/producer as well as a performer.
Since moving to New York in 1991 he has performed and recorded in vast variety of genre, including world music, jazz, contemporary classical music and experimental electronic music with musicians such as Eliane Elias, Eddie Gomez, Paul Winter Consort, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ying String Quartet, and Lalo Schifrin to name a few.