TONY-Award winning dancer, choreographer and director Savion Glover (Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, Shuffle Along) and GRAMMY-Award nominated, multi-talented tanguero Leonardo Suarez Paz (Forever Tango, Tango Argentino) bring years of friendship and collaboration into a new, ground breaking project, taking the roots of Tango and Tap and elevating them to new heights. Savion’s “young and funk” style and Suarez Paz’s “daring and new” sound is a tour de force when combined with Latin Grammy Award nominated Cuartetango string quartet, bandoneon, tango dance and song that is sure to inspire passion and fire.
The two artists first met in the late 90’s in New York while performing on Broadway and began to frequent jams in Harlem together. Later, Leonardo became the concert master for Savion’s acclaimed show Classical Savion. They began to explore Tango rhythms together with Escualo, a candombe dedicated to Leonardo’s father by its revolutionary composer, Astor Piazzolla. It became clear that Glover’s “rhythmic innovation” (NY Times) and Suarez Paz’s “ingenious musical concept,” (The Day, CT) Cuartetango, which continues the legacy of his mentor, Piazzolla, can demonstrate that Tango and Jazz share the same roots and can be combined to form a new, contemporary sound.
Tango and Tap are related at the roots, going back to the time when tango did not have its name yet, when the tango was called candombe, prior to the birth of milonga with the 2x4 rhythm and the 6-8 subdivision. This show is going back to these roots, elevating them with contemporary harmonies and nuances to create a new sound. The result is a "fascinating collaboration," an exhilarating, uplifting musical experience with "virtuosic dancing" and "enormous passion.” (Broadway World).
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They played with enormous passion, performing three pieces by Suárez Paz's mentor, Astor Piazzolla..."
Suárez Paz sang the beautiful ballad, "El Dia Que Me Quieras" and was joined by his wife, Olga Suárez Paz, in a short tango dance demonstration. Paz's singing voice is gorgeous, so his song was a special treat that brought loud cheers from the audience."
I have seen Glover perform many times, but I don't believe I have ever seen more virtuosic dancing than he showed us at 54 Below. Glover is to the hoofer what Picasso is to the painter or what Pavarotti is to the opera singer."
A fascinating collaboration."
[Glover] himself practically bursts with joy,” his performances are always “a revelation for the ear and eye alike.”
Leonardo possesses a unique spirit and is a virtuoso extraordinaire on the violin he shows us how easily we can communicate across cultures if the desire and effort are there.”
Barebones and pure, full of the kind of rhythmic innovation that trips down one path, splinters off in a different direction and then sweeps back home.”
Few other musics, if any, move so comfortably on the dance floor or stand so proudly on the concert stage. Leonardo Suarez Paz is tango royalty.”
[Cuartetango] “personifies and embodies the authentic spirit of Tango.”