Bandoneonist Gabriel Rivano and guitarist Victor Villadangos have been playing together for more than 20 years - on international stages, in chamber music settings and with large orchestras. On their European tours they are joined by the flutist Mónica Taraganoand together they make up the 'Gabriel Rivano Trio'. Characteristic of this fascinating trio is the way the classical sounds of guitar and flute interact with the subtle improvisations and arrangements of Rivano's bandoneon.
Gabriel Rivano lives in Buenos Aires, where he was born in 1958. He is a bandoneonist, guitarist, flutist and composer who has appeared with different combinations of musicians in concert halls and theatres throughout South America, Europe and Asia. Rivano likes to work with musicians who play different types of music (tango, folk, jazz and classical). In 1990 he formed the 'Gabriel Rivano Quinteto'. He has written numerous pieces of chamber music and several concerts for this ensemble, including a concert for bandoneon, guitar and orchestra that had its world premiere at the famous 'Teatro Colón' in Buenos Aires in 1997.
Victor Villadangos was also born in Buenos Aires and is a professor of guitar at the Juan José Castro Conservatory there. He has been touring extensively since 1980, giving concerts and performing both as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles. His concerts have been presented on all of Argentina's most prestigious stages and he has given guest performances in Europe, the United States, Canada, Israel, Japan and Latin America. In 1990, the Konex Foundation awarded him the 'Diploma al Mérito' for his artistic achievements.
Mónica Taragano was born in Argentina and graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, having studied transverse flute with Oscar Piluso. She has competed successfully in many music competitions, including winning the Franz Liszt Prize and has been awarded the 'Concours Presencias de la Musica' and the 'Fondo National de las Artes'. In 1996 she went to France on a scholarship and worked with Pierre-Yves Artaud, Mihi Kim and Arlette Biget. Her repertoire is large and extremely varied. Ms. Taragano lives in France and teaches at the Conservatory in Villeneuve St Georges.
Gabriel Rivano - Bandoneón
You can play Tango. Astor Piazzolla did. Anibal Troillo did. Leopoldo Frederico did. Many have done, do, and will go on doing it. This is what is expected. But you cannot play with Tango. This is hallowed ground, protected by taboos, punished by social exclusion. Gabriel Rivano is the one and only that has taken this risk, and suffered the consequences. In Rivano's hands, the bandoneón is no longer a vessel for male affirmation.
When Rivano places it on his knees, it's a child, it's a toy. Julio Cortázar, one of so many great 'porteño' (from Buenos Aires) writers, said that children take their games very seriously, create their own rules -- their own Universe -- and abide strictly to them. When Rivano plays his toy, the bandoneón, he does it with the rigour and abandon of a child. He achieves the utmost playfulness within the strictest rules.
Rivano's music swings between these polarities: structure and playfulness. Tynianov, the Russian constructivist from the 20's, wrote: 'The artistic fact can't exist outside the submission, the deformation of each and every factor by the constructive factor'. This is Rivano's style, his method.
Rivano inherits the love for structures from his father and the compulsion for playfulness from his mother: he is born into what in the future becomes his method, his style: his music is a continuous attempt to equate this family polarity, to infuse beauty into and from it. Each of his albums testifies to this struggle.
Rivano walks against Tango mainstream when he refuses its inherent violent and dramatic pathos and insists on being playful. The most direct consequence is: with the exception of a single album ('Tradición'), Rivano records and distributes all his albums independently. Each album will overstep a Tango taboo.
Victor Villadangos - Guitar
Born in Buenos Aires, Víctor Villadangos graduated from the Juan José Castro Conservatory with the degree Profesor Superior de Guitarra under the tutelage of María Herminia Antola de Gómez Crespo.
Since 1980, Mr. Villadangos has performed extensively, both as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles, having appeared on the stage of all of the major concert halls and theaters of Buenos Aires and more than one hundred different cities throughout Argentina. Internationally, he has performed in Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Canada, the US, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Israel and Japan.
Twelve solo CD recordings, as well as his participation in numerous recordings of classical and popular music, are testament to his prolific activity in the recording studio, featuring world premiere recordings of numerous works, many of which are dedicated to him. In 2000, Mr. Villadangos joined the roster of artists recording with the Naxos International Record label. His first recording, Guitar Music of Argentina, includes works by Argentine composers: Carlos Guastavino, Juan Falú, Máximo Pujol, Héctor Ayala, Walter Heinze and Narciso Saúl. The second, Tango Argentino, features tangos by Piazzolla, Gardel, Troilo and Mores, among others. His third recording with Naxos will include works by C. Guastavino, M. Pujol, S. Natali, M. Coronel, J. Santillán, and J. Ferrer and of his own authorship.
Victor Villadangos has performed with prominent musical organizations including: Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba, Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo (Uruguay), Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Orquesta Sinfónica Juan de Dios Filiberto, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Ramat Gan (Tel Aviv), Orquesta de Cámara Mayo, Orquesta de Cámara de Morón, Orquesta de Cámara de La Plata, Orquesta Académica del Teatro Argentino (La Plata), Orquesta de Cámara Juvenil de Buenos Aires, Orquesta de Cámara Scherzo, the String Quartet of the Universidad Nacional of La Plata and Buenos Aires String Quartet.
Since 1990, Mr. Villadangos has given master classes and seminars throughout Argentina, including Tucumán, Salta, Jujuy, Santa Fe, Corrientes, San Luis, Puerto Madryn, Mendoza, San Juan, Mar del Plata, Colón and Victoria (Entre Ríos) and abroad in Rosario and Curitiba (Brazil), Bergen (Norway), Innsbruck (Austria), Frankfurt, Iserlohn and Coesfeld (Germany), Stratford (Canada) and Tel Aviv (Israel).
Currently, he is Professor of Guitar at the Juan José Castro and Manuel de Falla Conservatories in Buenos Aires.
In 1999, he was awarded the Diploma al Mérito (Merit Award) by the KONEX Foundation for his artistic endeavors and accomplishments over the last decade.