Breezing into Albuquerque this March are nuevo tango, post-hardcore, traditional Irish, and goth pop musicians.
Within Range: March In!
BY M. BRIANNA STALLINGS
The Austin Piazzolla Quintet
Argentine musician Astor Piazzolla was a revolutionary composer, transforming tango into an all-new genre, nuevo tango, through his incorporation of jazz and classical sounds. Piazzolla died in 1992, but his innovative legacy lives on thanks to the musical artistry of the Austin Piazzolla Quintet.
Founded in 2009 in Austin, Texas, violinist James Anderson, the quintet also features pianist Jonathan Geer; Mike Maddux on accordion and bandoneon; cellist Tony Rogers; and bassist Pat Harris. These five esteemed musicians specialize in one-of-a-kind arrangements of Piazzolla’s works, as well as passionate improvisations and original compositions.
The Quintet released their first album, 2010’s “Libertango,” to rave reviews and sold-out performances around Texas. 2013’s “Lo Que Vendra” saw the group’s audience expand to a national level.
APQ’s latest release, fittingly titled “APQ,” includes original compositions by Anderson and Geer, as well as Piazzolla’s “Michelangelo 70,” “Soledad,” “Retrato de Milton,” and “Kicho”.
Revel in the nuevo tango sounds of the Austin Piazzolla Quintet on Sunday, March 13, at Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE). Doors are at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30. All ages are welcome. Tickets range from $15 to $20. Learn more at outpostspace.org.
In the Sun with Silverstein
When you name yourself after a beloved children’s book author who also wrote songs like “A Boy Named Sue” and had illustrations printed regularly in “Playboy,” you’re bound to have a lot of diverse influences under your own belt. Since its formation in 2000, Canadian post-hardcore band Silverstein — that’s right, named for the late Shel Silverstein — has released a body of work that deftly maneuvers from hardcore to emo to heavy metal: from “When Broken Is Easily Fixed,” the group’s 2003 debut, to 2015’s “I Am Alive in Everything I Touch.”
Along the way, Silverstein has recorded a wide swath of covers, including OneRepublic, Green Day, NOFX, Fleetwood Mac and Kanye West, and played the Vans Warped Tour and Australia’s Soundwave Festival. Now Silverstein plays right here in the 505, at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) on Wednesday, March 16.
In keeping with Silverstein’s eclectic sensibilities, the band is touring with an international roster of fellow heavies, including Cali’s Being As An Ocean; Kentuckians Emarosa; Japanese metalcore screamers Coldrain; and fellow Canucks Rarity. Doors to this 13-plus show open at 6 p.m., and the hardcore sounds kick off at 6:30. Tickets are $18. For more info, visit sunshinetheaterlive.com.
Caladh Nua: “New Haven” for Traditional Irish Music
Irish musicians Caladh Nua once gave a lovely live performance of Richard Thompson’s “Beeswing” at the resplendent Castle Gurteen in County Waterford. The band name means “New Haven” in Gaelic. It’s a fitting one, given how seamlessly these five blend traditional Irish music with contemporary British folk.
Watch Caladh Nua’s performance of “Beeswing”:
The members of Caladh Nua all hail from neighboring southern counties in Ireland. The group features five artists with breathtaking range and skill: Brian Mooney (banjo, bouzouki, whistles); Lisa Butler (lead vocals, fiddle); Paddy Tutty (fiddle, viola, bodhran); Derek Morrissey (button accordion); and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail (guitar, flute, vocals). Audiences worldwide have been wooed by their enchanting sounds since the group’s 2009 inception. “Irish Music Magazine” characterizes the Caladh Nua sound as “solid traditional music with plenty of flair and lots of musical imagination.”
With influences ranging from classics like The Chieftains and Planxty to modern counterparts like Altan, Danú And Solas, this vibrant ensemble from Ireland’s southland is sure to have you singing “Erin go Bragh!” this St. Patrick’s season. Caladh Nua performs at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at Popejoy Hall, UNM Center for the Arts. Tickets are $36, $46 and $54 via popejoypresents.com.
My Gold Mask
Before their lives in Chicago, My Gold Mask founding members Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo each lived in Albuquerque. Neither one knew that, however, until they’d each moved on to the Windy City. It’s clear that no matter where they met, the two were destined to come together to make music. The pair formed My Gold Mask shortly after meeting in 2008. Its eponymous debut album came out the following year.
Described on AllMusic as “fusing goth pop drama and garage rock energy,” MGM released two EPs in 2010, then in 2013 brought in a third member, drummer James Andrew, in 2013. Second full-length “Leave Me Midnight”came out shortly thereafter in the same year. Now, My Gold Mask tours in support of their latest record, “Anxious Utopia,” released on March 4 by Moon Sounds.
Rochelle and Armondo drop in to Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) on Thursday, March 24. Polished local indie act Great States opens. With its combination of lustrous piano, versatile harmonies and creative lyrics on debut full-length “Gatsby,” Great States seems poised to be the Next Big Radio Thing to come out of Burque. Doors to this 21-and-up show are at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9. Ticket prices aren’t listed at press time, but visit lowspiritslive.com to get that info.
M. Brianna Stallings writes so you don’t have to.
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