The Music of Argentina at the CCP

June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016

LATIN Grammy Award nominee and renowned Argentine bandoneonist, composer and arranger Rodolfo Mederos returns to Manila with guitarist Armando de la Vega and double-bass player Sergio Rivas on July 9, 2016, 8:00pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

Mederos, de La Vega, and Rivas, collectively known as the Rodolfo Mederos Trio will perform in a concert billed ““Rodolfo Mederos Trio: Intimacy” in commemoration of the 200 years of the Declaration of Independence of the Argentine Republic.

The trio is known to perform tango in a different and unexpected fashion.  They perform tango intimately through an eclectic repertoire combining classic and modern tango pieces.  

The event is made possible by the Embassy of the Argentine Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Presidency of the Argentine Republic, in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and supported by Rustan’s, Ralph’s Wines & Spirits, Titania Wine Cellar, Werdenberg International Corporation and Art +.

In 2000, Rodolfo Mederos was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Tango Album for Eterno Buenos Aires (1999), which featured him performing with a quintet comprised also of pianist Hernán Posetti, violinist Damián Bolotín, guitarist Armando de la Vega, and double bassist Sergio Rivas. His successive two albums Las Veredas de Saturno (2000) won a Gardel Award in 2001 while Tangos (2000), a collaborative album with Nicolás “Colacho” Brizuela, earned a Latin Grammy Award nomination in 2001. Mederos commenced the Comunidad-Intimidad-Soledad trilogy — Comunidad (2006), Intimidad (2007), and Soledad (2007) — the first entry in which earned him a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best Tango Album in 2007. Aside from being a performer, Rodolfo Mederos is also a biologist, filmmaker, carpenter, teacher and collector. According to his official website, his forceful personality has produced a profound effect on tango, developing a style fraught with popular essence and emotion, and drawing from every single note he strikes a myriad of deep roots and good taste. He has never conceived tango to be a mere local expression, unlike other genres of folk compositions. As a composer, Rodolfo Mederos covers the gamut from popular to symphonic pieces for different instrumental groups. As a performer, he expresses deep-felt musicality. In addition, he has also carved out a career as a teacher and writer of both bandoneon-related matters as well as tango composition and orchestration. The bandoneon, which Rodolfo Mederos performs with, is a type of concertina (a free-reed musical instrument similar to the accordion and the harmonica) particularly popular in Argentina, Uruguay, and Lithuania.

Mederos performed as guest soloist in the last concert of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s 32nd Classics Season at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in April 2015.  

For inquiries, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999. Visit the Embassy of the Argentine Republic’s facebook page