Pablo Ziegler Performs Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango At Berklee

by chipboaz on January 3, 2017

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In music, the best school is the stage, and as a result, there’s always a long history of mentor – student relationships in Latin Jazz. It’s a lifelong commitment when an experienced artist takes a young musician under their wings. Perhaps not a lifelong commitment in terms of those two musicians sharing the stage for the rest of their lives; it’s more of the lessons that the younger musician carries into the future. During their time with the experienced artist, the young musician inevitably learns lessons that shape their artistic voice; they also connect with the experienced artist’s repertoire on a deep level. They eventually leave the experienced artist – hopefully to start their own career as a leader – and they then carry an important responsibility. They need to take on the mantel of mentor, finding young musicians to teach, keeping the tradition alive. They also need to keep the music of their mentor alive, passing on their musical ideas and repertoire for future generations.

Pianist Pablo Ziegler connected with an important mentor during the early days of his career – the Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla – and he has done extensive work to keep Piazzolla alive. Originally from Argentina, Ziegler performed with Piazzolla for the end of the elder’s career, filling the piano chair from 1978 until 1989. Upon Piazzolla’s death, Ziegler became the world’s major proponent of his mentor’s Nuevo Tango, which he infused with a heavy dose of jazz influences. He has recorded extensively as a leader, continuing to push the blend of Nuevo Tango and jazz in different directions through the use of different instrumentations and extensive improvisation. Along the way, there’s always been a strong bit of Piazzolla in his playing, a fact that is very clear in today’s video. This clip features Ziegler playing a Piazzolla classic, “Libertango,” in a concert with students from the Berklee College Of Music, organized by bassist and professor Oscar Stagnaro. It’s a beautiful example of the student keeping the mentor alive for a future generation.

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