The Edge of Tango

“Piazzolla – Rovira: The Edge of Tango”

The title of this double portrait was not chosen at random. Astor Piazzolla and Eduardo Rovira are usually presented as the two pioneers of avant-garde tango. It has been claimed that there was a certain rivalry between them, and it is a subject of debate which of the two was the first to modernize tango. The cornerstone in the creation of modern tango was laid by Piazzolla in 1955 with the Octeto Buenos Aires. The following year, Rovira joined Octeto La Plata, but did not leave behind any commercialized recordings.

While nothing clear or definitive has emerged from this apparent controversy, it is a good starting point to understand the necessity felt by the group SONICO to create their third album, “Piazzolla-Rovira: The Edge of Tango”. The album simultaneously presents the music of both octets, the initial exponents of the avant-garde of tango. With these ensembles, Piazzolla and Rovira traveled, for the first time, to the edges of the genre.

During 2021, SONICO will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Astor Piazzolla with the release of their upcoming album, “Piazzolla – Rovira: The Edge of Tango”. The album, will be avante- premiered at Klara festival 2021/ BOZAR, broadcasted on Belgium national TV (VRT). Followed by album releases during a Latin-America tour (September 2021) and Europe (October 2021 – June 2022).

With this double homage, SONICO also travels back to the origins of the avant-garde tango. The repertoire of this double album includes 16 recovered scores that were largely destroyed by fire or flood. That is why this revolutionary music has never been performed since then… The research work for this 3rd SONICO album not only recovers previously recorded (but lost) repertoire, but also four unreleased pieces. After more than 60 years, SONICO wants to breathe new life into this music with the release of its 3rd album, “Piazzolla-Rovira: The Edge of Tango”.

“Piazzolla – Rovira: The Edge of Tango”
(double LP/ double CD, release September 2021)
A production by EL ANTITANGO vzw
With the support of:  Maison de la création/Bruxelles Nord , Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and the Vlaamse Gemeenschap