MARÍA VOLONTÉ: BLUE TANGO PROJECT in AUSTIN TEXAS
The award-winning Blue Tango Project from Buenos Aires, Argentina will play THREE concerts in the Austin area:
Wed. 25 Oct – Buenos Aires Cafe Este, Austin TX
Fri. 27 Oct – Buenos Aires Cafe Galleria, (Hill Country Galleria) Bee Cave TX
Sat. 28 Oct – Esquina Tango, Austin TX
Hailing from the colorful and gritty La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Blue Tango Project is a ground-breaking exploration of the emotional and musical crossroads where tango and the blues embrace. It is a collaboration between Argentine Latin Grammy nominee María Volonté and California harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer.
“The best-kept secret of Argentinian tango!” – Songlines Magazine
“Maria Volonte is an Argentine singer whose refreshing interpretation of tango stole my heart… Her music is a potent brew. Consume responsibly.”
–NPR National Public Radio
“An entrancing creative expression that is uniquely her own” – Los Angeles Times
This globe-trotting duo celebrates the deep spiritual bond that joins tango and the blues, as two musical genres born in desire and marginality, many times censored yet always resurgent and speaking directly to our hungry souls.
With their “People of the Road” Tour, the duo doubles down on the touring life, looking to life on the road as not only a vehicle for taking their music from place to place, but also as a creative act in itself, a fount for the new songs, poetry, photos and videos for which the duo is known.
Booked at SXSW and the San Francisco Jazz Festival, nominated for a Latin Grammy and featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) Tiny Desk Concert Series, the María Volonté: Blue Tango Project presents powerful music with intensity and verve.
The duo’s adventures in places as diverse as Vancouver, Kosovo or Caracas have marked and nourished their music deeply. Their original songs reflect their embrace of the road as a way of life and their commitment to global music making as a spiritual experience.
The duo has released two albums: “Blue Tango” (2014) and “9 Vidas” (2010). As a solo artist, María Volonté has released a total of nine albums during her career.
View the Blue Tango Project EPK: www.bluetangoproject.com/about
Wednesday, 25 OCT. @ 7PM
Buenos Aires Cafe Este
1201 E. 6TH ST. Austin TX 78702
$60 prix fixe menu featuring Argentine street food
Friday, 27 OCT @ 7PM
Buenos Aires Cafe – Hill Country Galleria
13500 Galleria Circle, Bee Cave TX 78738
$85 Concert + Deluxe 4-course meal created by Chef Reina Morris
[THIS CONCERT IS ***SOLD OUT***]
Saturday, 28 OCT @ 9PM
209 Pedernales Street, Austin TX 78702
$15 adv / $18 at the door
Concert + Milonga (Tango Dancing)
About María Volonté
María Volonté is an Argentine singer, guitarist and songwriter who is a Carlos Gardel Prize winner (Argentina’s Grammy), a Latin Grammy nominee and member of the Tango Hall of Fame.
María Volonté is a powerful creative force whose “entrancing creative expression” (International Review of Music) has fascinated critics and audiences around the world. Called “the best-kept secret of Argentinian Tango” (Songlines Magazine), Volonté has gathered a fervent international following.
Dubbed “Tango’s shimmering star!” (Global Rhythm), Volonté conquered the world of tango with numerous award-winning CDs. Her current “Blue Tango Project” explores the crossroads of tango and blues.
A singer who combines the “earthiness of Edith Piaf with the sassiness of Eartha Kitt” (Jazz Perspectives), Volonté is also a restless musical innovator who “plays impressive acoustic guitar and is willing to experiment” (The Guardian).
She has shared the stage with Astor Piazzolla’s legendary last quintet, recorded duets with trumpter Arturo Sandoval and counts among her many fans Paquito D’Rivera (“her music is a parade of good taste”) and Derek Sivers (founder of CD Baby) who included María in the list of artists he was proudest to have released while founding the seminal online music distributor. National Public Radio (NPR) called Volonté’s art a “potent brew” – and advised listeners to “consume responsibly.”
More info at www.mariavolonte.com
About Kevin Carrel Footer
Kevin Carrel Footer is an artist deeply inspired by the intense passions of tango and Buenos Aires. In words, images and music, he explores those twin passions in unexpected ways.
Playing harmonica, he tours the world with the Blue Tango Project alongside Argentine Latin Grammy-nominee María Volonté.
Kevin learned to play harmonica while hitchhiking across the United States during his own pilgrimage to the delta of the Mississippi, birthplace of the blues. Later, following the perfume of tango to Argentina, he lost himself in the milongas and cafes of Buenos Aires.
He is the author of the book “A Tango before I Die” (2013), a collection of short essays on tango and Buenos Aires. Kevin’s photo-blog project People of Tango celebrates the people and stories of the worldwide tango revolution.
More info at www.kevincarrelfooter.com