Tango with Raul Jaurena and Carpe Diem String Quartet

Emilio Solla, Raul Jaurena (holding the bandoneon), Pablo Aslan, Paquito D'rivera.(Photo: stevendamron)
Emilio Solla, Raul Jaurena (holding the bandoneon), Pablo Aslan, Paquito D'rivera.(Photo: stevendamron)

Unless you happen to live in Buenos Aires, it’s not every day a tango expert blows through town.

The award-winning bandoneón virtuoso and composer Raúl Jaurena and Columbus’ own Carpe Diem String Quartet dropped by WOSU studios for a chat and an impromptu concert. The spontaneous recital was a sneak peek at the opening performances of the quartet’s third annual Seize the Music series at Harrison Park Community Center.

And nobody talks tango better than Jaurena, who, since the age of eight, has played with tango bands all over South America and, quite literally, the rest of the world. He’s an expert in the work of tango masters like Astor Piazzolla, with whom he has performed, and is the author of countless tangos of his own. His interpretations of the traditional and more recent tango repertory garnered a 2007 LATIN GRAMMY.

Watch Jaurena’s performance of Piazzolla’s Adiós Nonino , recorded at the spur of the moment in the hiply-understated WOSU Radio master control studio; and hear what the quartet members have to say about learning tango music from a tango master:

Buenísimo, no?

Keep your eyes peeled for future online Cubicle Concerts from WOSU.

 

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  • Rufus Jones

    We saw Raul and Carpe Diem last night. The performance was absolutely wonderful. Lively and mesmerizing at the same time! Raul was quite gracious, truly captivating the audience. Carpe Diem String Quartet continues to stand out as a rare group who expands the limits of the quartet and both gives and gives back to the community in many ways. The Harrison Park Community Center is a relaxing and intimate setting – we sat on a couch drinking wine for the entire concert.

  • Rufus Jones

    We saw Raul and Carpe Diem last night. The performance was absolutely wonderful. Lively and mesmerizing at the same time! Raul was quite gracious, truly captivating the audience. Carpe Diem String Quartet continues to stand out as a rare group who expands the limits of the quartet and both gives and gives back to the community in many ways. The Harrison Park Community Center is a relaxing and intimate setting – we sat on a couch drinking wine for the entire concert.

    • http://www.wosu.org Jennifer Hambrick

      Rufus,
      Thank you for your comment on Raul Jaurena’s online Cubicle Concert from WOSU. I hope others in our community will be inspired to hear the Carpe Diem String Quartet play, either on the quartet’s own series, or on Nov. 27 at the Southern Theatre on Chamber Music Columbus’ series. Not every city has its own resident string quartet. Columbus is very lucky.
      Thanks again for writing in.
      - Jennifer Hambrick