Thanks to Rachel for suggesting Astor Piazzolla, the late great Argentinian maestro of tango. Loss, plangent longing, melancholy love — so romantic — that’s one side of Piazolla’s work. Uncompromisingly avant-garde, experimental and cutting edge — there’s an utterly different side too.
Piazzolla was a composer and multi-intrumentalist, but the sound he’s most associated with is that of the bandoneon — a kind of accordion that’s essential to the distinctive tango sound. Interestingly, like James Taylor, he has a powerful Mercury-Uranus contact, and again he has incredible speed and dexterity. But his musical choices are also so daring, so revolutionary. He mixes jazz and folk and Bartok. He seems completely fearless, digging deep into that painful Chiron-Moon conjunction to make something completely new.
Listen for yourself to the weaving sound, the powerful emotion, the deep soul that we’re becoming accustomed to hearing this month — so beautiful.