• John Minns and Sharon Ben-Porat

    John Minns and Sharon Ben-Porat

  • Faye Bendrups, Beatriz Mollerach and her husband Ambassador of Argentina  Hugo Javier Gobbi, Dave Evans and Guillermo Anad

    Faye Bendrups, Beatriz Mollerach and her husband Ambassador of Argentina Hugo Javier Gobbi, Dave Evans and Guillermo Anad

  • Helena Chan, Keith Notley and Jacqi and Alex Tewes

    Helena Chan, Keith Notley and Jacqi and Alex Tewes

  • Gia Shoobridge and Rachael Fenimore

    Gia Shoobridge and Rachael Fenimore

  • Jason Deutsch, Wendy Neil and Malcolm Beazley

    Jason Deutsch, Wendy Neil and Malcolm Beazley

  • Antonella Salpietro, Paola Cerrato and Anna Rita Tamponi

    Antonella Salpietro, Paola Cerrato and Anna Rita Tamponi

  • Parissa Poulis, Dominiqe and Jane De Stoop

    Parissa Poulis, Dominiqe and Jane De Stoop

  • Ambassador of Belgium Jean-Luc Bodson, Ivana Damjanovic and Stephaie Mbombo Bodson

    Ambassador of Belgium Jean-Luc Bodson, Ivana Damjanovic and Stephaie Mbombo Bodson

  • Michael Berrone and Connie Wong

    Michael Berrone and Connie Wong

Tango Mundo @ The School of Music

7 July 2016

To love the tango is to be swept up in the passion and power of the dance and the music that is integral to the history of its place and influence on Argentina. It is inextricably linked to Argentina as a musical genre but is of course a global phenomenon.  To hear that history in a unique presentation of the music, the story of its beginnings with its roots in European immigrants blending in the melting pot of rhythms from local Argentines and Africans in Buenos Aries became with Tango Mundo an enlightening and fascinating tribute at a concert celebrating the bi-centenary of Argentina at the School of Music.

Tango Mundo is a trio made up of Fay Bendrups on piano, Guillermo Anad on viola and Dave Evans with his accordian who’ve created a presentation that combines the background of the genesis of the tango with stories, a treasure trove of pictures and posters as well as their music and tributes to the greats of the tango from the 1920’s standards through to the revolutionary style of Astor Piazzola and original new works.

Bendups on the School of Music Steinway gave it a work out befitting a great exponent of the tango style presenting not just the work of the greats but playing and singing her own compositions with Anad on viola balancing that power and Evans bringing his unique accordion style to the trio and the passion inherent in the tango. The accordion is so rarely a feature instrument but let me recommend the Annie Proulx book Accordian Crimes where the story of a little green accordion unites a disparate group of people on a fascinating journey of ownership.

I digress – this night was about people, music and a country that fostered the unique tango style and sent it out to the wider world. That the Larry Sitsky rehearsal room was overflowing with devotees, was a fitting tribute to this trio and their efforts to make space for all guests, some surrounding the trio on the small stage area creating a salon akin to a Benos Aries club; sadly there was no room to dance. The concert was in conjunction with ANCLAS, the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies with John Minns the Director joining the Embassy of Argentina in the presentation of the concert.