What's the idea?
"Having my own Tango Band is something I have thought of creating for many years. By chance Argentinian Composer and Pianist, Saúl Cosentino made contact and very generously sent me some of his music to play. I was so enthused I knew I had to finally put together my ideal Tango Band to play his music, explore other Tango inspired composers and write for the band myself.
So here it is! I have recruited some of the cream of British musicians to play with me and we have recorded three of his tunes, one by Astor Piazzolla and a new composition of mine that gives you a flavour of the music we are exploring. "
Karen studied music at Bath University, Welsh College of Music and Guildhall School of Music.
At home in all musical genres credits include Grace Jones, Ute Lemper, Willard White, Martin Taylor, Tim Garland, Mike Westbrook, The Nash Ensemble, Ice Breaker Opera North, BBC Philharmonic, the RPO, LSO, WNO, Royal Opera House , Ballet Rambert and the Strictly Come Dancing live band.
She has produced four CD’s of her own compositions and arrangements.
As a saxophone player she was a member of the all girl saxophone quartet 'The Fairer Sax' who appeared on television and radio and at festivals all over the world.
Karen writes music for saxophone, accordion and various other ensembles and her music is published by Boosey & Hawkes, June Emerson, Saxtet Publications, Music Sales, Trinity/Guildhall and Gumbles publications . Her composition for solo accordion "In the Ballroom with the Rope" took first prize at the London Accordion Festival, Composition Competition, 2001. www.karenstreet.com
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karen street - accordion
andy tweed - saxophones
yshani perinpanayagam - piano
rob millett - percussion
dave manington - bass
recorded at temple studios, london, 05/10/16
composed by Saul Cosentino
composed by Saul Cosentino
composed & arranged by
composed by Saul Cosentino
composed by Astor Piazzolla, arranged by Karen Street
Andy studied clarinet and saxophone at Birmingham Conservatoire. He played with and ran Saxtet for nearly twenty years performing their repertoire of self composed and arranged material all over the world.
His range of musical interests is very wide but his musical life now revolves mostly around jazz. He performs regularly with the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, various Mike Westbrook projects and with Karen Street both as a duo and in her drumless quartet Streetworks. He also performs regularly with Flotilla, a saxophone consort performing and commissioning new compositions.
He teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire and Wells Cathedral School. He has given masterclasses and workshops at Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban, Leeds College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music.
As a soloist, song accompanist, chamber musician and orchestral pianist, Yshani Perinpanayagam has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and at events including the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Soundings Platform for Contemporary Music.
Yshani is pianist of the Del Mar Piano Trio and company pianist of Rambert Dance Company. She was Music Director for circus troupe Circa at the Barbican and Assistant Music Director for the Royal Opera House west end transfer of Wind in the Willows, featuring CHROMA ensemble. She also performs with Olivier award winning show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.
Yshani was winner of the 10th Yamaha Birmingham Accompanist of the Year Award. She is a Samling Artist and former Park Lane Group Artist. Yshani studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under John Barstow, Caroline Palmer and Andrew West. She is now a member of staff at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, teaching Musicianship and Composition. www.yshani.co.uk
Bassist and composer Dave Manington is one of the mainstays of the London jazz scene and a founder member of the Loop Collective, he has played with many of the pre-eminent jazz musicians in the UK and Europe including Julian Arguelles, Marius Neset, and Gwilym Simcock, amongst many others. He's in demand for a broad range of different ensembles, playing with musicians from everywhere from South America to the Balkans and has also accumulated extensive studio experience recording albums and sessions as a sideman for jazz, pop and singer-songwriters.
Since leaving the Royal College of Music in the eighties, Rob has worked with many of the country’s leading orchestras, early music groups and in London’s West End. He spent several years as principal percussionist with English Touring Opera, the New Shakespeare Company at Regent’s Park, electro-acoustic ensemble Icebreaker, Sinfonia 21, London Musici, and for the last twenty one years with Rambert Dance Company. In his time with Rambert, he has composed and arranged music for choreographers Aletta Collins, Barak Marshall, Mikaela Polley, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Luke Ahmet and Kiril Burlov.
Rob has played vibes for many years with saxophonist Tony Woods, recording and co-producing the third album ‘Wind Shadows’ at his studio in west London. Other recent jazz projects include performances with Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen and Tim Whitehead’s ‘Homemade Orchestra’, and re-interpreting the early twentieth century English pastoral composers with the Avalon Trio.
Since 2008, Rob has worked as Musical Director for many of Stephen Warbeck’s productions at the Globe Theatre, and for the RSC’s London run of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. He can be heard playing percussion, cimbalom, tin cans and assorted junk on many of Stephen’s film and TV scores.