The Berlin trio Luz y Sombra gives a new face to Tango Nuevo with their joy of playing, creativity and virtuosity.
Since its founding 15 years ago, the ensemble has dedicated itself to Astor Piazzolla’s compositions, presenting them in previously unheard arrangements for their instrumentation of violin, clarinet/ bass clarinet and piano.
The three classically trained musicians constantly reinvent their own playing and Piazzolla’s music, bringing it to the stage with ease and brilliance.
Numerous concert tours have taken the three classically trained musicians throughout Germany, to other European countries and beyond. Luz y Sombra has performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Französischer Dom Berlin and the Felicja Blumental Music Center Tel Aviv, among others.
In collaboration with Skycap Records, the trio has released two albums to date: „Luz y Sombra“ (2012) and „Milonga Loca“ (2016). Since 2017, the ensemble has also performed as a quartet with singers Diego Valentín Flores and Nicolás Lartaun in concerts that focus on Piazzolla’s vocal music.
Funded by the Berlin Senate, the third album „Chiquilín“ will be released on 5/14/2021 in collaboration with Galileo Music, on which the trio invites singer Nicolás Lartaun as guest artist.
The homeless boy Chiquilín sells roses in the theater district of Buenos Aires and dreams of finally flying away with his self-made kite. If only he had let himself be enchanted by the destiny on the white bicycle that rattles through the city these days. Meanwhile, behind one of the many illuminated windows, a man is drinking his penultimate whiskey. While he reviews his life, a love-struck dancer with a bowler hat on his head waltzes in the streets. If you follow him, you meet Maria, who herself embodies the story of the tango through revival and death, rebirth and ghost existence.
All these wondrous characters and surreal scenes come to life in the concert program „Chiquilín“ by Luz y Sombra and Nicolás Lartaun.
Horacio Ferrer created them in the 1960s in his lyrics for Astor Piazzolla and his outrageously avant-garde music, which moves boundlessly between tango, classical modernism and jazz. A long collaboration between the two masters of their art resulted in impressive songs and ballads that at the time stirred and polarized the world.