Raul Jaurena | Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park | International | Chicago Reader

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When: Thu., Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. 2013

Uruguayan bandoneon master Raul Jaurena is arguably the greatest practitioner of modern tango at work in the U.S. On his most recent album, 2010’s Fuerza Milonguera (Soundbrush), the New York-based bandleader balances a traditional sound with the sophisticated nuevo tango of Astor Piazzolla (which brought the rigor of art music to what was previously a dance style) and also mixes in a healthy shot of milonga, a form developed in Uruguay and Argentina in the late 19th century that’s often described as an accelerated habanera. This range allows Jaurena and the nimble, precise orchestra on Fuerza Milonguera (recorded in Montevideo) to inhabit many of the variations tango has undergone throughout its history, whether stately old-fashioned modes or dark, stormy modern ones. For this Summerdance show, Jaurena will front a group of three Chicago musicians—a bassist, a violinist, and a pianist. —Peter Margasak

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