Juan Maria Solare

  • 15 one-minute pieces of modern tango composed for Juan Maria Solare to be performed on July 17, 2012 at the University of Bremen (Germany)

    Tango is a typical Argentine culture product, nevertheless the pianist -Juan M. Solare- considers that it is also genuinely universal - this Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame explores how a composers from different cultural backgrounds approach this musical genre.

    Juan Maria Solare * Pianist & composer - tango

    He was born on 11th August 1966 in Buenos Aires, where he studied piano with Alicia Belleville privately and with Maria Teresa Criscuolo and Perla Brugola at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica "Carlos Lopez Buchardo"; at this institution he graduated in 1989 with title of "Profesor Nacional Superior de Piano", concluding his ten-years studies with a public examination.

    He also studied Conducting with Mario Benzecry and studied Composition with Fermina Casanova, Valdo Sciammarella and Juan Carlos Zorzi at the mentioned institution, where he achieved the title of "Profesor Nacional Superior de Composicion" in 1993. Paralelly he studied Music Analysis privately with Francisco Kropfl. After that he undertook postgraduate courses in Composition in Germany (Hochschule für Musik in Cologne). He received the title of Licenciado en Composicion in April 2005 (IUNA, Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte, Buenos Aires).

    He lives since 1993 in Germany with activities centres in Cologne & Bremen.

    As a composer, besides having written tangos "post-Piazzolla", is the originator of the musical genre of the tango deconstruido, that unites elements of the tanguistic tradition and principles of the avant-garde, using postmodern techniques of musical deconstruction (and reconstruction). Within this musical genre he composed titles as "Fragmentango", "Viejo Fueye Deconstruido" or "Atonalgotan", among others.

    As a pianist, Solare was part of the Trio Arrabal (together with Enrique Martin "Pitu" Entenza, bandoneon, and Claudio Elias, double bass) and integrates currently the piano duo Dinamitango, together with Gustavo Lanzon. Solare plays also in the QuinteTTTango of Bremerhaven, in the Duo Diagonal (with cellist Gesa Biffio); and mainly mainly in the Duo Tangente (with the violinist Gert Gondosch), that expands up to the Ensemble Tangente (with voice, bandoneon, cello/double bass and dance), and in the duo Tango Nomade (together with the saxophonist Eduardo Kohan).

    Solare performed at the Sexta Cumbre Mundial del Tango (Sixthe World Tango Summit) in Seville on 12th March 2005 (as part of the duo Dinamitango), representing officially to the city of Bremen (with the support of the foundation Waldemar-Koch-Stiftung). He also played at the Octava Cumbre Mundial del Tango (Eight World Tango Summit) in Bariloche (concertos on 6th and 7th March 2009) and at the 22nd Festival Internacional de Tango in Granada (concerts on 10th and 11th March 2010). He will also participate at the Novena Cumbre Mundial del Tango (Ninth World Tango Summit) in Seinajoki (Finland) both with his Duo Tangente and with Tango Nomade, in July 2011.

    Alone or in groups, Solare performed some 500 concerts in several Argentine cities (Buenos Aires & surroundings, Tandil, Cordoba, Zarate, Bariloche, Mendoza, Tucuman, Cordoba) and European (Cologne, Berlin, Gottingen, Worpswede, Verden, Bremen, Munich, Bremerhaven, Hannover, Hamburgo, Heidelberg; Amsterdam, Geneva, Seville, Madrid, Granada, Oviedo, London, Graz, etc.).

    Besides giving tango recitals, Solare performs classical music of our time (Cage, Schonberg, Scriabin, Liszt, Berio, Part, etc.) and his own compositions. S soloist or in diverse chamber music line-ups.

    Concert Dates

    • July 17, 2012 - University of Bremen (Germany)

    15-Minutes-of-Fame: modern tangos for Juan Maria Solare

    • Napoleon's Tango

      Daniel Arnold

      Daniel Arnold completed his MM in Composition at the University of Kentucky in 2012. He has been the recipient of a Kentucky Opportunity Fellowship, an Academic Year Fellowship, and a teaching assistantship from the University.

      I named "Napoleon's Tango" after I completed it. The title is in reference not only to how short the piece is, but also to the brief quotation from Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony, which was originally dedicated to Napoleon.

    • Tango Sostenido

      Jon Aveyard

      Jon Aveyard is a composer, performer and audio artist based in Preston, UK. His work often makes use of and combines skills derived from studio composition, soundwalking, binaural recording, interdisciplinary performance and electro-acoustic improvisation. He is a Lecturer in Music and Audio Art at the University of Central Lancashire.

      (2012) for Juan Maria Solare Several tango patterns were overlain at two tempi to determine the rhythm of this piece and the number of notes in each chord. This structure, filled using modified versions of the harmonic series, required 93 notes so the piece extends below even the range of most extended piano keyboards.

    • Daydreams Of Gardel On The Orbits Of Saturn

      Rodrigo Baggio

      Rodrigo Baggio has worked as an arranger and producer. His music has been performed in many cities around the world such as São Paulo, Brasilia and Tatuí (Brazil), Paris (France) and Quebec (Canada). He will be the guest guitarist of Universitè Laval (Quebec) for their winter semester/2012.

      Imagine an Intergalactic Radio Station playing arrangements of tangos by Carlos Gardel in the year 2199 ...Current Daydreams!

    • Sin-Con-ciencia

      Moxi Beidenegl

      Moxi Beidenegl was born in Buenos Aires. There she studied singing and sociology as well as multimedia composition in Hamburg. As a singer and performer it occurs in her own pieces with a focus on vocals and live-electronics. In addition, it combines the Tango with contemporary compositions. She has written music for dance performances, sound installations, radio and film.

      Moxi Beidenegl ist in Buenos Aires geboren. Dort hat sie Gesang und Soziologie studiert sowie Multimediale Komposition in Hamburg. Als Sängerin und Performerin tritt sie in eigenen Stücken mit den Schwerpunkten Gesang und Live-Elektronik auf. Außerdem verknüpft sie den Tango mit zeitgenössischen Kompositionen. Sie hat Musik für Tanzperformances, Klanginstallationen, Hörspiele und Film geschrieben.

      Compositional Vortex is a small "Sin Con ciencia". Inspired by the figures, which could make a fictional, acrobatic Tango dance pair, which like a tree on the ground that remains, but is also flexible and full motion. The title is a pun: "with or without conscience" or "with or without science". Just as I composed it.

      "Sin-Con-ciencia" ist ein kleiner kompositorischen Wirbel. Inspiriert von den Figuren , die einem fiktiven, akrobatischen Tangotanzpaar machen konnte, die wie einem Baum am Boden fest bleibt, aber auch flexibel und voller Bewegung sich zeigt. Der Titel ist ein Wortspiel: "mit oder ohne Gewissen" oder "mit oder ohne Wissenschaft". Genau so wie ich es komponiert habe.

    • Twisted Tango

      Virginia Botha

      Virginia Botha (born 1992) is currently studying Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia. She also teaches violin, piano and composition throughout the Sydney area. Recent works have been for orchestra (written for the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic), carillon (selected by the Australian Carillon Society) and harp (recently performed by Alisa Bernhard). Virginia also has an up-coming performance of a work for 5 pianos in the lead-up to the Sydney International Piano Competition.

      "Twisted Tango" grew out of a fascination with the twisting of syncopation around a steady beat (represented in the work’s opening section by keyboard syncopation balanced around the foot’s steady tapping). The piece’s name also stems from the use of convoluted chords and its unorthodox approach to the tango genre.

    • Tango del Minuto

      Jose Cibils

      Born in Santa Fe, Argentina. He graduated in Political Science (El Salvador University), Composition and Conducting (Catholic University), Buenos Aires. He was three years long student by Prof.Rolf Reuter (conducting) at the Musikhochschule "Hanns Eisler", Berlin. He has numerous compositions, some of them were first performed by members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. As pianist Jose Cibils plays with the duo "Piarango" and with "Tango Filarmonico". This group consists of members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently he is preparing his fourth Japan Tour. www.jhcibils.com

      "Tango del Minuto" is a freely composed tango piece. As argentine I can recognize therein the basic elements of tango rhythm. I hope the non-argentines can do it too. Following the metronome indications, it takes between 58 and 59 seconds. I have it specially composed for Juan Carlos Solare and the Project "15 Minutes of Fame". The piece was not yet played.

    • Pussycat Tango

      Kelly Curran

      Kelly Curran (b. 1971) is an emerging composer from Perth, Western Australia. A recent Bachelor of Music (Honours - 1st class) graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Kelly has had many of her chamber works performed around Perth, and has also enjoyed collaborations with choreographers, film-makers and laptop artists. She is married, with two sons, and also works as a teacher-librarian.

      "Pussycat Tango" is the most recent of Curran's foray into the world of tango, composed specifically for this event. Here, modal tonality is juxtaposed against chromaticism, amidst varying tempi and sudden dynamic changes, over a foundation of tango-infused rhythms. Inspired by nuevo and post-nuevo tango masters, from Piazzolla to Galliano and Solare, as well as my piano-playing cat, Alan, "Pussycat Tango" is unashamedly fun!

    • Expulsado de la Milonga

      Douglas DaSilva

      Douglas DaSilva is a composer, guitarist, educator, filmmaker ,and Artistic Director of the Composer's Voice and Premiere Salon Concerts in New York City. He composes in various styles including jazz, pop, children’s music, chamber music and experimental. Much of his writing is influenced by Brazilian music and self-inflicted stress.

      I have not attempted to compose anything authentically “tango”. Instead, I tried to paint a picture of a “tango-inspired” vignette: He sits on the sidewalk across the street from the milonga listening, frustrated, humiliated, shattered. He came to dance with Xiomara and found her with the handsome pianist Juan.

    • Something close to tango

      Jennifer Griffith

      Griffith moves between creative efforts as composer and jazz vocalist. She studied composition with Donald Wheelock, Thea Musgrave, David Del Tredici and Tania León. Her pocket opera Dream President was presented at New York City Opera’s Vox 2004, and a new, “green” opera, Beautiful Creatures, is currently in development.

      tango for me conjures up music of ernesto nazareth whose tangos brasileiros my mother loved. the first four notes of "something close to tango" use the extra bass notes on the bösendorfer, and almost match the first pitches of nazareth’s famous tango odeon. I juxtapose brazilian with argentine tango style.

    • Tango-Lá

      Micky Landau

      Micky Landau Grew up in Israel, and initiated his piano studies at 7. He studied at the Vienna Conservatory in Austria, graduating as a Vocal accompanist. After 11 years of teaching at the Vienna Conservatory he moved to Chile, where he currently teaches at the Valparaiso Catholic University. He composes film music, vocal and chamber music.

      "Tango-Lá" attempts to concentrate typical tango expression forms into a short and simple theme. The 60 second challenge required consiceness; yet it has an introduction, a melody that makes sense (I hope), and a Coda. It uses the entire piano range and a wide dynamic variety.

    • Tango Triste

      Leonard Mark Lewis

      Composer Leonard Mark Lewis (b. 1973, Great Yarmouth, England) (D.M.A., Composition, University of Texas) specializes in new music. Lewis is the recipient of awards from ASCAP, B.M.I., Columbia University, Voices of Change and MACRO. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Winthrop University.

      Tango Triste was written for the "Vox Novus-15 Minutes of Fame" project and is dedicated to Juan Maria Solare. The one-minute work is loosely based on the Gran Tango Milonga and is inspired by works of Astor Piazzolla.

    • Y se alejó por el camino de los cipreses (2012)

      Luis Menacho

      Born in La Plata, Argentina (1973- ) degree in composition at UNLP with Mariano Etkin and at UnSam with Gerardo Gandini and piano with Haydée Schvartz. Founder of the ensambles Klang and alla [breve]. His works has been performed in severals countries worldwide. He is Lecturer in composition at the UNLP.

      El tango como una música de lejanías y de una experiencia melancólica del mundo enlaza aquí en tres gestos alrededor de la imagen del camino y el ciprés, el árbol de la última morada.

    • Algo Neto

      Valentín Pelisch

      Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1983. He studied composition with Marcelo Delgado. Integrated courses, residencies, seminars and workshops with Gerardo Gandini, Mariano Etkin, Cecilia Villanueva, Daniel Ott and Santiago Santero. He also studied electroacoustic composition at the National University of Quilmes. His works have been presented in various areas of the country and some of them have been awarded and distinguished by different juries.

      Nació en la ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina en 1983. Estudia composición con Marcelo Delgado. Integró cursos, residencias, seminarios y talleres con Gerardo Gandini, Mariano Etkin, Cecilia Villanueva, Daniel Ott y Santiago Santero. También estudió composición con medios electroacústicos en la Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. Sus trabajos han sido presentados en diversos espacios del país y algunos de ellos han sido premiados y/o distinguidos por diferentes jurados.

      "Algo Neto" piece emerges from the transformation and proliferation of materials taken very freely from the works Tango of Igor Stravinsky and Leo fromTierkreis of Karlheinz Stockhausen. One by tango, another as a reference to the period of composition.

      Esta pieza surge de la transformación y proliferación de materiales tomados muy libremente de las obras Tango de Igor Stravinsky y Leo de Tierkreis de Karlheinz Stockhausen. Una por tango, otra como referencia al período de composición.

    • Today and Tomorrow

      Bob Siebert

      I received my BM and MM Music Degrees from Manhattan School of Music, and have been a performer/composer/teacher in the New York area for the past thirty five years. My music runs the gambit from pop influenced electronic realism through reinvented jazz standards to experimental electronic pieces and improvisations for the African thumb piano. My work can be found on iTunes, YouTube, and cdbaby.com/bobsiebert

      This minimalist Pop/Jazz tune represents my contribution to the genre of tango. Its soulful beginning is in contrast to the opposing mood of its second part, which kicks in with a beat!

    • Cabeceo

      David Wolfson

      David Wolfson is an eclectic, versatile composer of songs, concert music and music for theatre. Please visit his website, www.davidwolfsonmusic.net.

      "Cabeceo" is a technique of offering and/or acceptance of a dance by eye contact with a prospective partner. It's not as easy as it sounds.