Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir

Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
BandWorldClassical

Tango ... Milonga ... Habanera ... Waltz

Bringing you the atmosphere of a 1930's French salon, laden with flair, elegance and sauciness, Ruth Roshan and Tango Noir take you on a musical journey into the thrilling world of tango.

www.ruthroshan.com

Biography

Bringing you the atmosphere of a 1930's French salon, laden with flair, elegance and sauciness, Ruth Roshan and Tango Noir take you on a musical journey into the thrilling world of tango.

Originating in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires, Argentina in the late 1800's, tango is a fusion of various musical forms from Europe. It was the music and dance of an underclass - the dispossessed and the outcast. In the early 20th century, dancers and orchestras from Buenos Aires and Montevideo travelled to Europe, and the first tango craze took place in Paris, soon followed by London, Berlin and other capitals.

Ruth Roshan began learning the mandolin at the age of five, and has played professionally since she was a teenager. Whatever the style or tempo, Ruth plays her mandolin with a great deal of musicality and style, showcasing the often underrated instrument's full potential. She is also an accomplished singer with a gentle and beautiful voice.

Ruth is also known as one half of the duo Nougat, and along with guitarist Tania Ravbar she has regularly toured for Musica Viva, playing original pieces and fresh arrangements of music from around the world, particularly from Spanish and South American traditions. Nougat's most recent double CD is entitled Illusions. Ruth has also performed with international harpsichordist, Elizabeth Anderson, the Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra and the Saba Iranian Orchestra.

Her love of tango began when she heard this style of music as a child, as her parents had both lived in France at times during childhood and had many original recordings. She played Italian and French tangos with a mandolin chamber group, and when Ruth was introduced to live Argentinean tango in Paris at the age of 23, she was hooked.

Recently forming the Melbourne-based Tango Noir quintet, Ruth has gathered together an exceptional ensemble of award-winning musicians. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2009, featuring fresh arrangements of classic pieces by Astor Piazzolla, contemporary tango adaptations of Leonard Cohen and Macy Gray, plus Ruth's own original compositions for the genre. They are currently in the process of recording their second, entirely original, album.

In 2010, Ruth performed her "Tango Noir" compositions and arrangements in St Petersburg (Russia).

Lyrics

Song of Hope

Written By: Ruth Roshan

Yesterday I met your family,
Adam and the ones you didn't see,
I recall your poem from '43,
Filled with Hope.

"Your body and soul so lovely,
My companion in misery,
Even through the tears shed secretly
I'm full of Hope."

Honour to the man who forged me a passport,
Taking mortal risk ... identity renewed.
If there is a God, I pray he protect him,
Great honour to you.

And honour to the girl
Who heard me sleep talking,
Using Jewish words but said nothing though she knew.
If there is a God, I pray he protect her.
Great honour to you.

I forgive the ones who hated us,
It had always been like this
and I forgive the ones who murdered us
I forgive, I forgive.

Honour to the boy who when I was hiding
Distracted the dogs for a pair of shoes.
If there is a God I pray he protect him
Great honour to you.

And honour to my friend and my protector,
She who kept us safe, who told us what to do.
If there is a God, I know you are with him.
Great, great honour to you.

Discography

Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir (Self Titled) - 2009
Second Album (currently in development) - 2011

Set List

Set list varies according to event/venue but typically includes some originals, some arrangements of known pieces. Some instrumentals and some songs. We like to vary tempi and styles also to maintain interest throughout the set.

We've found that 40-45 mins sets work best for us (generally 2 sets).