Saturday, May 30
In fact Tango Siempre comprise a chamber orchestra of piano, violin, (mostly) bowed bass and bandoneon, and recreate a vanished world of Buenos Aires saloons with virtuosity and expertise. There's poignancy as well as passion, but that's what comes from recreating vanished worlds. The mood swings are mercurial. Elegant one moment, charged and turbulent the next: the wood of the bass is slapped as percussion; Ros Stephens abandons well-turned arpeggios and scratches at the fiddle fretboard; the group push time to and fro at will, in complete togetherness of course. Within the limits of the tango genre, the music has a lot of freedom.
The tango transmutes sadness to beauty, and Tango Siempre understand it thoroughly. They might even be too good for dancers, if that isn't a contradiction.