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March 19, 2007

Playing with Vocalessence

On Saturday, March 24th at 8PM Bob and Rahn will play Bandoneon and Bass with Vocalessence at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. We will be joining them to play a vocal version of Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires" (Cuatro estanciones Porteñas) conducted by the Venezuelan conducting sensation Maria Guinand. Mandrágora plays 3 of these "seasons" in it's large orchestra formation. (A few years ago, when the Orchestra played every 3 months at the Loring Pasta Bar, I arranged a different season for each concerts. Unfortunately, I ran out of steam when Spring came around, and I never got arround to arranging "Primavera Portña") Anyway, this will be my first "real" gig on Bandoneon. I've played with Mandragora may times, but I certainly can't play enough tangos on bandoneon at a professional level to make it though a 3 hour dance. Baby steps, I say. I have the rest of my life to master the Bandoneon. I play the hard stuff on accordion and the fun stuff on bando. At any rate, this should be a fabulous concert.