Tango Siempre

Tango Siempre

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Since their formation in 1998, Tango Siempre have been widely acclaimed for their innovative and adventurous approach to creating and performing new tango music. Their music breathes new life into Nuevo Tango, combining fiery improvisation, sparkling collective interplay and solid grooves.

Biography

Jonathan Taylor (Piano and Composition)
In 1994 Jonathan was one of the first jazz musicians to be accepted onto Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! scheme for whom he gave concerts and ran workshops across the UK. Over the next 5 years he performed with his own group What Four and jazz orchestra Ultrasound at the Purcell Rooms in London and major festivals including Brecon Jazz, Bath Festival, Glastonbury and Getxco International Jazz Festival in Spain, and recorded CDs with both groups. During this time he also worked on many shows for the Bristol Old Vic Theatre as musical director/pianist, including several with soul artist Ruby Turner. His writing commissions include two collaborations with award-winning choreographer Yael Flexer and the New Technology Commission in 1999 from Birmingham Jazz resulting in a project entitled Synergy combining live improvisation with popular dance music grooves and sampling. This was performed at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2000 alongside the Courtney Pine Group.
Jonathan has since worked with most of the UK’s leading jazz artists including Andy Sheppard, Tim Garland and Iain Ballamy, US artists such as Pee Wee Ellis (who he regularly performs with) and Michael Hashim, and in 2002 recorded an album of his own compositions with flautist Eddie Parker. In 1996 he toured with Matthew Bourne’s production of Edward Scissorhands. He has recently taken up a teaching post at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is a jazz examiner for the Associated Board.

Richard Pryce (Bass)
Richard Pryce was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College where he won the Eugene Croft Solo Double-Bass Prize, and went on to do the post-graduate Jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music. Since then he has been in demand as classical, studio and jazz musician. Bands Richard has played with include The Dixie Chicks, Nitin Sawney and The Philharmonia at venues ranging from Ronnie Scots' to The Royal Opera House.

Milo Fell (Drums and Electronics)
Milo began his career in Manchester in the early nineties, playing with local bands including John Ellis` Big Bang, Rare Birds, The Future Shock, Clark/Thorne/Fell and Jon Thorne`s Oedipus Complex as well as many of the country`s top frontline players on pick up gigs. Since moving to London in 1999 he has gigged and recorded with Tim Whitehead, Patrick Naylor, Andrew Coleman, David Beebee, Karen Lane, The Homemade Orchestra, Tony Woods, The Cinematic Orchestra, Freefall and Dutch group Dalgoo with whom he has toured in Russia, Poland, Germany, Belgum and Holland. Milo has taught drums in primary and secondary schools and has been a co-tutor in jazz workshops with adults.

Ros Stephen (Violin)
Ros studied for a degree and PhD at Bristol University which she completed in 1998. In addition to her work with Tango Siempre, Ros has performed with groups such as the Rosetta Ensemble (string quartet), the Stephen-Tempest duo (violin/cello), Ixion Ensemble (contemporary classical), Enrosque (violin/accordion), the Bath Pump Room Trio, the Emerald Ensemble, the London Mozart Players, Bristol Old Vic, Shivanova, Theatre Alibi and Homespun. Ros also leads the Sigamos String Quartet which is currently touring with Gilad Atzmon's 'Gilad + Strings' project. Other work has included recording music for theatre productions, live recordings for BBC Radio 4, arranging and performing music for numerous pop sessions, and orchestration.

Paolo Russo (Bandoneon)
Paolo started to play the piano at the age of 9. After studying architecture for 5 years, Paolo dedicated himself completely to music. He is educated both in classical music (Conservatorio L. D'Annunzio, Pescara, 1993) and in rhythmic music (Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen, 2002). In the past 12 years, he has performed professionally throughout Europe, in Argentina, Japan and Russia. He has also studied music in New York with Richie Beirach and in Buenos Aires with Néstor Marconi. In 2003, he founded the acoustic trio "Band Au Neon", whose first album "Oltretango" was released in June 2005. His first album, "Alchemy" ("Splasch" - Feb 2004), was nominated among the best 5 Danish albums of the year 2004. Since 1996, he has collaborated with international artists, including Jon Balke, Gianluigi Trovesi, Pablo Ziegler, Caroline Henderson, Howe Gelb, Stefano Bollani, Paolo Fresu, Nico Gori, Marie Bergman, Arild Andersen, Danny Gottlieb, Palle Danielsson, Line Kruse, Andrea Marcelli, Thomas Clausen, Robertinho Silva, and Marilyn Mazur. In 2001 Paolo discovered the bandoneòn, which has become crucial in his productions and live performances. In 2002 he was the main subject for the documentary film "The illogical instrument", directed by Arun Sharma. He realized soundtracks for the movies "See you in the future" and "Polizzi, my little Brooklyn". He plays currently with his trio Band Au Neon, with Thomas Clausen's New Sextet, with Tango Siempre and with the RUSSO/BOLLANI/FRESU TRIO.

Discography

Tangled, 2004
Tangents, Galileo Music, 2006, GMC024
Only Human, Galileo Music, 2008, GMC031