Projects – Tanguedia Quintet

Henrik Sandås – bandoneón
Suvi Kantola – violin
Iikka Kotaja – piano
Jani Kivelä – electric guitar
Olli Rantala – double bass

Tanguedia Quintet was founded in 2007 and has quickly become one of Finland’s foremost bands specialized in the new music of Buenos Aires, particularly the music of the legendary bandoneonist and composer Astor Piazzolla. Now Tanguedia Quintet is increasingly performing music of their own as well as comissioned works from contemporary Finnish composers i.e. Kari Ikonen, Kirmo Lintinen and Jukka Linkola. Tanguedia Quintet’s lineup is similar to Piazzolla’s famous quintet: bandoneón, violin, piano, electric guitar and double bass.

Piazzolla revolutionized the traditional argentinian tango and created his own music style, tango nuevo – new tango. This new music of Buenos Aires is an ingenious mixture traditional tango, jazz and elements from classical music. In october 2008 Tanguedia Quintet won the 1st price at the international ”Libertango”-competition in Lanciano, Italy. Laura Escalada Piazzolla, was the head of the jury.

Tanguedia Quintet has performed widely in their own country, Finland, giving concerts at major concert halls, jazz clubs and festivals. Tanguedia has collaborated with Lohja City Orchestra and Sinfonietta Lentua, singers Angelika Klas, Daniel Bonilla-Torres and Martin Alvarado, bandoneonist-composer Marcelo Nisinman and the famous dancer-choreographers Tommi Kitti (“Tytöt ja Pojat”, 2009) and Nina Hyvärinen (“Tango Argentino”, 2011). Tanguedia Quintet has participated in two different productions of the tango operita “María de Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer (Kuhmo, 2010 and Lohja, 2011). In 2011 Tanguedia also presented a concert with works by Arolas, De Caro, Franco and Piazzolla for tango quintet and string orchestra, together with Sinfonietta Lentua, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Kuusela.

In march 2009 Tanguedia Quintet released their first album, ”Tanguedia Quintet LIVE: The New Tango of Astor Piazzolla”. The album was immediately praised by critics and the band received special critical acclaim for its stunningly beautiful, authentic sound. The second album, “Tango Querido”, together with the outstanding singer Angelika Klas, was released in july 2010 on the Seinäjoki Tango Festival. Now Tanguedia is working on material for the third album, also with Angelika Klas, which will present original music and new arrangements of famous Finnish tango classics. The album will be released in 2012. Tanguedia Quintet is also working on several other projects, that will be recorded in 2012-2013.

Check the photo-, audio- and videogalleries for pictures, recordings and videoclips of Tanguedia Quintet performing and the Tour Dates -section for upcoming concerts!