Nancy Roldán, piano • José Cueto, violin
Gabriella Cavallero, voice • Laura Ruas, Double Bass

Astor Piazzolla continues to inspire the world with his mesmerizing, passionate music. Piazzolla Here & Now offers the listener dazzling, previously unheard violin and piano arrangements of many of his works, such as Las cuatro estaciones porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires), Oblivion, and Allegro Tangabile. The songs Chiquilín de Bachín and Che, Tango, Che! — also new versions — were recorded in performance with actor Gabriella Cavallero and bassist Laura Ruas. Narrated by Cavallero, two excerpts from The Magic Fire, by Argentine- born playwright Lillian Garret-Groag, bring to light the underpinnings of the tango: the essence of what it is to be an immigrant and the heartfelt nostalgia for loves and homes left behind.

Astor Piazzolla continúa inspirando al mundo con la irresistible pasión de su música. El album Piazzolla Here & Now (Piazzolla Aquí y Ahora) brinda al oyente fascinantes arreglos previamente ausentes del repertorio para violín y piano. Tales arreglos incluyen Las cuatro estaciones porteñas, Oblivion, y Allegro Tangabile. Las canciones Chiquilín de Bachín y Che, Tango, Che! también en nuevas versiones, fueron grabadas en concierto con la actriz Gabriella Cavallero y la contrabajista Laura Ruas. Narradas por Cavallero, el album incluye dos citas de la obra de teatro The Magic Fire (El fuego mágico) de Lillian Garret-Groag. Nacida en la Argentina, la escritora describe con exquisita sensibilidad la esencia del tango, reflejada en la vida del inmigrante y su eterna nostalgia por la tierra lejana y por lo que ya no volverá.

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Arrangements by Nancy Roldán.
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After five decades of teaching throughout the world, starting in her native province of Mendoza in Argentina and completing her academic teaching experience at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in 2007, Nancy decided to retire only to find herself busier than ever before.

Many significant issues fascinate and inspire her life: the value of the arts' and artists' presence within the community; the importance of mentoring young generations of musicians; and the role of music in Society, Education, and Health.

Special twenty-first century blessings include the arrival of two grandchildren: Sam in 2005 and Ariana Grace in 2007. These children have brought about new awareness and great inspiration.

All these passions have motivated her to develop several projects, some presented here and others "under construction" to be disclosed later. She travels often to adjudicate competitions, give master classes or workshops, and perform, taking special pleasure in trips seeking the company of her children and grandchildren.

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