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Dino Saluzzi: Juan Condori

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With its own unique timbre-more pungent and bittersweet than its cousin, the accordion-the bandoneon is indelibly tied to the musical tradition of Argentina and forever associated with the revolutionary composer Astor Piazzolla. And while the late Piazzolla’s work remained steeped in the tango nuevo tradition throughout his career, his Argentine contemporary Dino Saluzzi has continued to push the boundaries with music that is at once abstract, evocative and incredibly soulful.

Since debuting on ECM in 1982, Saluzzi has documented his haunting sound in a number of settings, including solo (1988’s Andina), duo (2005’s Senderos), trio (1997’s Cité de la Musique) and in collaboration with the Rosamunde String Quartet (2000’s Kultrum). Juan Condori, named for a childhood friend who grew up with Saluzzi in the village of Campo Santo in Northern Argentina, is a closely knit quintet outing featuring Dino’s brother Felix Saluzzi on tenor and soprano saxophones and clarinet, son Jose Maria Saluzzi on acoustic and electric guitars, grandson Matias Saluzzi on bass and honorary family member U.T. Gandhi on drums.

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