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Hakon Skogstad 8 Concepts of Tango OF216 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberOF216
labelMusikkopperatorene Diverse
Release date22/03/2024

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      Pianist and composer Ha°kon Skogstad will release his new album, 8 Concepts of Tango, the sequel to Norwegian Grammy-awarded «Visions of Tango» from 2021. The album is due to come January 26 and will be the third installment of Skogstad’s tango trilogy, where the aim has been to develop a new musical style in the wake of Astor Piazzolla. On 8 Concepts of Tango, Skogstad performs in the company of seven hand-picked musicians - all experts in the Argentine tango/classical music segment.

      “In the solo piano album Two Hands to Tango from 2018, I combined my experience from tango, classical and jazz playing to reformulate the use of the piano in nuevo tango – greatly inspired from a bandoneo´n playing style. In the sequel Visions of Tango from 2021, I upscaled to a grand format with my original Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra as well as piano/violin duo arrangements with Atle Sponberg and the Trondheim Soloists. In 8 Concepts of Tango, I have taken inspiration from Astor Piazzolla’s Octeto Buenos Aires and composed 8 original works for 8 musicians - aiming to further expand the landscape of nuevo tango.” - Håkon Skogstad

      Ha°kon Skogstad (b.1989) is a prize-awarded pianist and composer holding degrees in classical performance from Oslo and New York as well as a PhD in Artistic Research from NTNU, Trondheim. He has performed in ensembles and as soloist throughout Norway and played concerts in the U.S., Argentina, Germany, Austria, Spain and Sweden. He has also composed several large-scale works on commission. Skogstad released five critically acclaimed tango recordings both in groups and as soloist in the period of 2008-2021. For his latest album, the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel stated that "Skogstad's interpretations of Piazzolla are wonderfully exciting, and his piano concerto is highly entertaining, mixing the grand virtuoso gesture of Romanticism with bittersweet tango tones. Caramba!”. The Argentinian newspaper Tiempo Argentino stated that "Skogstad reformulates the use of the piano in the tango genre and gives it an absolutely personal characteristic, to which he adds a precise technical interpretation”, and Contemporary Fusion Reviews concludes that “his playing is total precision and full of fiery emotion.”

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      CD 1
      • 1.Caserón Porteño04:41
      • 2.Retroreflections04:19
      • 3.A Contemplative Rhapsody05:50
      • 4.Tango contra Tango03:13
      • 5.The Anvil03:59
      • 6.Romance para Ocho06:50
      • 7.Battaglia03:17
      • 8.Lamento05:09
      • Total:37:18