Juan-Jose Mosalini
One Man's Tango


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Astor Piazzolla's tango was about the dangers of life. Juan-Jose Mosalini's tango is about the romance of life. This Parisian expatriate plays the Argentine urban life filtered through a veil of remembrance, a haze that reveals the outlines but leaves a lot of space for the imagination. Mosalini was born in Buenos Aires in 1943, and by the time he was a teen was already well established as a student and artist of the bandoneon. In 1977 he moved to Paris, and there found himself steeped in both Argentine music (he was soloist for the Piazzolla opera, "Maria De Buenos Aires") and in the avant garde (his trio work with Gustavo Beytelmann and Patrice Caratini). He has worked with large ensembles with multiple bandoneons and in the now classic quintet style. One Man's Tango is a collection of work from his many endeavors, from intense solo work to fuller orchestrations, selected from his work over the last two decades. Most notable in the collection are two tracks from his amazing Che Bandoneon album (Label Blue/France), both duets with violinist Antonio Agri. Here is music that is steeped in tradition, unfettered by tradition, full of open space and dense complexity, driven by unexpected rhythms and syncopation. Quite amazing. - CF

see also: The Americas, accordions, Piazzolla

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