Astor Piazzolla Remixed
I wish for my music to be heard in the year 2020," Astor Piazzolla once said. Piazzolla, the world renowned genius of Argentinean tango, is credited for bringing tango from the dance floor of Buenos Aires to the most prestigious concert halls around the world.
Although it is not quite the year 2020 yet, Milan Records has put together the "Astor Piazzolla Remixed" project. Artists from the contemporary electronic music scene, worldwide, revisited, remixed and reinterpreted Astor Piazzolla's most famous compositions, while using the original masters with no separate tracks. Almost 15 years after his death, with the support of the Piazzolla family, these artists have come together in the hopes of spreading the message of tango as a universal language that can cross musical boundaries.
Liner Notes by Gilles Peterson
"Has music lost its passion?" It's a commonly heard question in these days of manufactured pop and global marketing campaigns. Passion, a quality that engenders love, hate, joy, pain, laughter and tears, is the motor that drives all great music. In the case of Astor Piazzolla's music the answer is simple. His music IS passion. Taking the physical frisson of the tango and combining it with the technical prowess of the classical musician, Astor Piazzolla created a unique yet eternal legacy that has a universal attraction. Because it comes from, and appeals to, the head, heart and feet, Piazzolla's canon is a perfumed garden laden with fruit within which creative souls can find nourishment. For this project, a wide ranging school of producers, musicians and DJs met the challenge of interpreting and contextualising the classicism of the tango with contemporary sounds and techniques of today.
Koop's post modern swinging bop takes "Vuelvo Al Sur" into a balmy, sun burnished zone replete with breaking waves, mellifluous vibes and Alessandro Alessandroni style whistling. You can almost feel the sun on your face. Hi Perspective's "El Tango" is like the warm hug from a lover whilst Nuspirit Helsinki's working of "Verano Porteno" takes the heat of the tango and mixes it with the clean air and open vistas of Norway. An interesting and beautiful hybrid indeed. Japanese jazz futurism meets Argentinean romance? Yes, in the form of Fantasista's "Resurrection Del Angel." Toshio Matsuura proves himself to be one of the world's most open minded and versatile producers yet again. 2 Banks of 4 do a jazz tango - Yusef Lateef meets Astor Piazzolla in a Buenos Aries sound clash. London's 4 Hero and New York's Nickodemus & Orisis are further testament to the international appeal and musical adaptability of the tango. I know this because the wonderful Gotan Project, new torch bearers of the tango, performed at my night at the Montreux Jazz Festival last year. Amongst the mountains and lakes, it never seemed more at home. It's my very great privilege and pleasure to add these few notes to this prestigious and worthy project. Now all I need to do is learn to do the dance! – Gilles Peterson
01 METIER - Prelude
02 KOOP - Vuelvo al Sur
03 HI PERSPECTIVE - Tango
04 ALEXKID - Luna (Full Moon Remix)
05 ZEB - Prelude Fugue VMM (Zeb v Piazzolla mix)
06 4HERO - Viaje
07 2 BANKS OF 4 - Milonga del Angel
08 OSUNLADE - Milonga
09 JOHN BELTRAN - Revirado
10 NICKODEMUS AND OSIRIS - Tanguedia III
11 NUSPIRIT HELSINKI - Verano Porteño
12 FANTASISTA - Resurrección del Angel (Libertango mix)
13 JOHN ARNOLD - Calambre
14 PROJECTIONS - Ballada para Mi Muerte
15 RICOCHET - Duo de Amor