In July, we were proud to host top Argentinian Tango artist, Blas Rivera, who lead our very first Summer School for young musicians and vocalists.
World Heart Beat is dedicated to a warm embrace of people, cultures and world music that transcends borders, so it is natural that our summer school will ventured into the eclectic land of Argentina through the heart of its music: Buenos Aires Tango.
As a sonorous bridge between the cradles of tango and jazz, the music of Blas Rivera blends with mastery, the passions of both “poles” of the Americas with the technical sophistication of the classics. The result is an aesthetic experience in its ample sense that puts intelligence and emotion together.
This unique opportunity enabled our young musicians to widen their repertoire and immerse themselves in the c’est la vie summer lifestyle that Tango embodies, and featured a performance at the renowned 606 Jazz Club alongside Blas Rivera and his band.
Biography of Blas Rivera
“Blas is a renowned composer, saxophone player and pianist. Originally from Argentina, but with strong roots in Brazil, he has created new and original music that bridges the worlds of tango and jazz. He has been teaching musicality for choreographers and dancers, helping them develop a deep comprehension of the universality of music, which goes beyond cultural borders.”
“He received the outstanding artist award at the 1998 Montreux JazzFestival, and has toured throughout Europe and Latin America. Through the last few years, he has recorded seven CD’s with musicians from all over the planet, including pianist Pablo Ziegler and violinist Fernando Suarez Paz, both former members of the Astor Piazzolla Quintet.
Blas Rivera has developed a work of cultural interchange par excellence, performing in some of the most important Jazz Festivals as Montreux and La Villette.” We are thankful to him for participating in our summer school music programmme.