Escualo5: Astor Piazzolla

January 19, 2022, 9:00 am

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Astor Piazzolla’s music is played in concert halls around the world and has been arranged for the most varied forces: symphony orchestra, string quartet, brass ensemble, mandolin orchestra, and harpsichord. Taking their name from Piazzolla’s Escualo (Shark), the five musicians who make up Escualo5 have a different approach, replicating the formation that Piazzolla performed with for much of his career: bandoneon, violin, piano, guitar, and double bass. The aim isn’t to recreate Piazzolla’s own performances. The members are soloists in their own right, bringing their individual talents as improvisers and arrangers to the recordings.