LOS ANGELES–Producer, artistic director and choreographer Sergei Tumas will present “Tango Nuevo Cabaret” stage extravaganza, which exhibits the avant-garde tango music of legendary Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.
The performances will take place at 8 p.m. on May 29 and 30 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and at 8 p.m. on June 4 at Royce Hall in UCLA.
The show will feature exciting French-style cabaret dancers and world-renowned Argentine tango dancers performing to a modern symphony orchestra directed by Argentine composer and arranger Walter Rios. The Buenos Aires Octet will include some of the original musicians of the late Astor Piazzolla’s band and for the first time will be joined by the world famous Cadence Ensemble lead by Armen Babakanian. The show is proud to present the vocal performances of mezzo-soprano Julia Migenes and the exquisite Mariel Dupetit singing Piazzolla’s tangos.
The Cadence Ensemble was formed in February 2004 by five outstanding Armenian instrumentalists under the leadership of pianist Armen Babakhanian, initially to perform the works of Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992).
The ensemble’s premiere concert took place in April 2004, and it soon became one of the leading and most popular music groups of Armenia, as it expanded its musical vision to include masterpieces of classical and contemporary European, American, Russian and Armenian composers, while maintaining an affinity for Piazzolla. Arrangements of many famous works, from classical, world music and pop are now included in its repertoire, alongside specially composed pieces dedicated to the ensemble and its members.
Cadence has enjoyed international exposure through live broadcasts of its concerts, and the release of three CDs and DVDs, and has received numerous invitations to perform in Russia alongside European, Asian, Gulf and Middle East countries. The group’s first international tour took place in April 2005, the highlights being performances in the Teatro Colon and Teatro Servantes, Buenos Aires.
A prize-winner at several of the world’s most prestigious international piano competitions including the Leeds, Van Cliburn, Guardian Dublin, William Kappell, Gina Bachauer, and World Piano Competition, Armen Babakhanian has captured the imagination of audiences and critics alike through the intensity and honesty of his performances.
Babakhanian has given recitals in the US, Canada, Japan, the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Spain. He has appeared as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Irish National Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Dallas Symphony, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov, Moscow Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, and the Israel Philharmonic. Festival appearances include the Aspen, Interlochen, Santander and Baalbec music festivals.
Babakhanian’s performance of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet with the Takács Quartet at the Santander Festival in Spain was named the best chamber music performance of the festival. He has recorded for the ASV and Real Sound labels and his performances have been broadcasted on BBC, PBS, ORF (Austria) and RAI (Italy) television networks. His recent recording of the Tchaikovsky piano sonatas received rave reviews in the European press.
In addition to his performing career, Babakhanian has served as jury member for several international piano competitions, including the Gina Bachauer, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff piano competitions. In 1999 he founded and served as Artistic Director for the Armenian Legacy International Piano Competition in Yerevan, Armenia. He has taught numerous master-classes in Russia, UK, Spain, Japan and the USA. He is currently an Artist-inresidence at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, where he also received his musical education.
During the 2001/2002 season, Babakhanian appeared in concerts in 17 cities in Japan, USA, Canada, Australia and Finland. He also took part in a concert tour of France which included a recital in Lyon’s famed Salle Molière.
During recent seasons Babakhanian has performed in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, USA, China, Lebanon, Syria, Japan, Israel, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Argentina and Iceland.
Mariel Dupetit was the first Argentinean artist to be awarded the “Gaviota Plata” prize. In Chile, she was recognized as the best interpreter at the Vina del Mar Festival.
In 1986, she recorded her debut, self-titled album for CBS records. Following the success of “Mariel Dupetit,” she returned to the studio to record her second album, “Corramos a Amarnos.”
In Tio Cuzio and Mar del Plata she had the honor of sharing the stage with such recognizable artists as Armando Manzanero, Luis Aguile, Antonio Prieto and Nicola Di Bari.
For her participation in the show “Para Comenzar La Vida,” she was awarded with the Premio Estrella de Mar.
For eight months, Dupetit was the guest of honor at the Tropigala Club del Fontainbleu Hilton, Miami hosted by Eber Lobato. To add to her impressive list of credits, she was invited to perform with Russian acrobat and dancer, Leonid Filatoy. She was also invited to perform in “Tributo a Piazzolla” at the Modern Art Museum in Miami, as well as the opening of the Lyric Theatre in Miami.
Aside from Miami, Mariel has performed in Las Vegas, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Italy, and Buenos Aires.
In 2006 her Album “Tangos” was published in the USA.
On her way back to Argentina she was asked to appear on “Ensayo,” directed by Professor Walter Rios Trio.
Her recent album, “Tarde de Julio,” was published by Melopea.
In addition to an extensive performing career, Mariel is fluent in four languages, Spanish, French, English, and Italian. As a result, she can perform in all four languages.
She is an exquisite artist with a powerful stage presence. Mariel strives to move the audience with every performance…let go of all your intuitions and give your heart to a marvelous artistic experience.
Sergei Tumas, a world renowned tango dancer, produced and directed the Tango Angelino Show in 2005, at the historic Alex Theatre, which received rave reviews in Los Angeles. Over the last several years, maestro Tumas has choreographed such stage shows as Astor Piazzolla’s rare US production of “Maria De Buenos Aires Operetta” in conjunction with the Long Beach Opera House. As the principle dancer, Sergei collaborated closely with the London-based director John Lloyd Davies and Nicola Bowie of the English National Opera. In Buenos Aires, Argentina Sergei partnered with renowned Guillermina Quiroga and performed in numerous prestigious theatres including the Theatro Colon. Last year alone, Sergei participated in staging and directing the exclusive ARGENTANGO show which was presented by the Gloria Kauffman foundation. During this event Mrs. Kaufman’s non- profit charity organization donated $3.5 million to the president Dr. Joseph W. Polisi of the world famous Juilliard School of Arts.
In 2006 Sergei Tumas with his former partner renowned Zita Gonzales toured in US with the show “Los Tangos,” a production of the acclaimed Forever Tango show. Later that year, Sergei and Zita were chosen to dance as the soloist couple for the Julio Iglesias’ World Tour. Tumas has taught dance in various cities worldwide including Argentina, US, France, Austria, Russia, Spain, Greece and Germany to name a few. This year in July Sergei was featured as a principal dancer at the Hollywood Bowl along with Chris Isaac and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra dancing two nights to Astor Piazzolla. In August, Tumas performed in the Fiesta Argentina 2008 at the Ford Amphitheatre; the show was broadcast thought the television to over a million viewers in America. In addition to his stage work, Sergei has done numerous commercials, choreographed for big budget Hollywood films and TV dance shows as “Dancing with the Stars.”
Walter Rios is an exquisite, versatile Bandoneon Player, composer, arranger, and director. His art has made him an inspiration for poets.
Bandoneon, the instrument of the century, “the one that breathes,” said Horacio Ferrer. “The purest expression from the soul…,” when played by Walter Rios, …”becomes the most beautiful melody of all time.”
The writer Rodolfo Relman dedicated the poem “Fuelle” to Walter Rios.
Rios is the founder of the Tango Trio and cofounder of Quinteto de Música de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. He has performed al around the world with the Walter Rios Quintet or with the Six members of the Walter Rios Group, along with Ricardo Dominguez with the unforgettable guitar and bandoneon duet, as a solo bandoneon player next to prestigious Symphony Orchestras like “El Pueblo Joven,” “María de Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer, well as the Symphony Orchestra of Finland next to Susana Rinaldi.
He lived three years in France where he performed recitals and recorded with prestigious French and Argentinean musicians. In Israel he appeared as the invited artist for six months in “El ghetto Vilna.”
He was invited by Professor Mariano Mores to give a few concerts for the Queen of England at the Palace in London where the former Argentinean president Dr. Carlos Saul Menem and several other politicians attended to his concerts. The special feature of this artist is his extensive knowledge of the diverse genres from tango to rock even folklore and reggae.
He has done work with very talented tango artists such as: Oscar Alonso, Alberto Castillo, Hugo del Carril, Tania, Edmundo Rivero, Roberto Rufino, Roberto Goyeneche, Susana Rinaldi, Fernando Soler, Raúl Lavié, Chico Novarro, Eladia Blázquez, Adriana Varela, Horacio Molina, Mariel Dupetit, Tito Reyes, Enrique Cadícamo, José Ángel Trelles and Antonio Agri.
He has recorded with Folklore artists such as: Mercedes Sosa, Domingo Cura, Kelo Palacios, Chango Nieto, Zamba Quipildor, Peteco Carabajal, Los Nocheros,El Chango Farias Gomez. He has worked with songwriters such as: León Gieco, Litto Nebbia, Facundo Cabral, Los Pericos, Thalia, Jairo, and Jorge Rojas. He has worked with directors and arrangers such as: Oscar Cardozo Ocampo, Lalo Schiffrin, Mariano Mores and Leonard Baccardi among others.
He has also recorded the soundtrack for the movies: “El verano del potro,” “Amigo mío,” “Tango Feroz,” “Convivencia,” “Una sombra ya pronto serás,” “El lado oscuro del corazón,” and ” Plata Quemada..” He gave a Jazz Concert in Stockholm with Gustavo Bergalli , Carlos Franzetti and Big Band.
He participated in the show “Tango Brujo” which was headlined by Julio Bocca with music of Manuel Falla in Spain and in Argentina. He has taught Tango and Folklore classes at the “Instituto Manuel de Falla” He also gives private lessons to students from Asia, Europe, USA, etc. He has taught the “instrument and genre” Workshops in Israel, Spain, USA, etc. He participated as the musical director of the Cosquin Festival, as the director of “Sexto Mayor” with the company Tango Pasion, as the director in the USA of “Forever Tango,” as the director of the Buenos Aires Tango Company in Japan; as the invited director of “El Viejo Almacer,” as the musical director of “Tango Mio,” he was one of the directors at the “Seleccion Nacional de Tango,” and director of Sr. Tango.
He has participated as the guest of honor on the following shows: Susana Rinaldi, Mercedes Sosa, Luís Miguel, Raimundo Fagner, Joaquín Sabina, Mariano Mores, María Félix, Oscar Cardozo Ocampo, y Lalo Schiffrin, etc.
Walter worked with the singer Mariel DuPetit on his work called “Tarde de Julio” doing a magnificent artistic work merging the classic and contemporary genres.
His last work called “Mi Refugio” was composed of tango, folklore, etc. It also has a few solo improvisations of bandoneon which were selected from the Art of bandoneon and recorded at the studio by Leopoldo Federico, Nestor Marconi, Julio Pane and closed with Walter Rios. Walter Rios stands for an innovative musical artistic vision and is one of the most culturally surprising Tango musicians of our time.