Leonardo Suarez Paz’s Piazzolla 100 is an interdisciplinary performing arts project that showcases a groundbreaking new style, which draws on the common roots of Tango, Jazz and Classical Music, as shaped by the culture of African and European migration to the new world. Celebrating the centennial of Astor Piazzolla's birth, the project honors the legacy of the revolutionary composer who was born in 1921 in Mar del Plata, Argentina and grew up in New York, by promoting and demonstrating the genre as a complex, evolving art form while challenging the artistic and sociocultural constructs.
The Artistic and Sociocultural Mission of the project is to represent the culture of Tango in all of its forms of expression - music, poetry, dance, art and film, affording an opportunity for generations of artists across genres and disciplines to come together and express through a renewed artistic idiom of cultural unity and inclusion. The project includes an educational outreach program and specifically focuses on bridging the people and cultures of North and South America, demonstrating the high quality of art produced in collaboration and the invaluable contribution of women and immigrants to society.
"EL TANGO - UNA CULTURA " "TANGO - EN ENTIRE CULTURE"
- Horacio Ferrer
Artistic Director and “virtuoso extraordinaire,” Leonardo Suarez Paz, creates across cultures and genres, continuing a family legacy of over 100 years in the genre, beginning with Gabino Ezeiza to Fernando Suarez Paz who was instrumental in creating the Nuevo Tango alongside Piazzolla. As a young soloist, Leonardo formed part of the most distinguished tango orchestras including those of Mariano Mores, Horacio Salgan, Atilio Stampone, Osvaldo Berlingieri and the shows Tangox2 and Perfumes de Tango where he was also featured as a dancer. He was the soloist in both Broadway tango shows Forever Tango and Tango Argentino, with Placido Domingo, Ruben Blades, Carlos Franzetti, Patience Higgins, Jim Hall, Kenny Drew Jr., Steve Kuhn, Savion Glover and many others. Following in the footsteps of his mentors Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer, Leonardo “shows us how easily we can communicate across cultures if the desire and effort are there.” (Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Leonardo Suarez Paz is surely now the torchbearer of Argentine Tango and the legacy of its greatest composer, Astor Piazzolla.
Leonardo Suarez Paz is Tango Royalty... powerful and sensual.
The harmonically sophisticated arrangements by Leonardo Suárez Paz are superb, as is his sardonic Milonga de los monsters – an unlikely yet happy marriage of Prokofiev and tango nuevo.”
His knowledge of the tango violin playing conveys a century of individual styles.
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