Press


“One of the foremost tango ensembles in the country.” – Dazzle Jazz, Denver, CO

“Nuevo Tango from the quintet runs a blood red … Sublime … 3 stars” – Austin Chronicle

“No. 1 “Can’t Miss Act”- 2012 Houston International Festival” – KHOU, Houston

“Tango at it’s BEST.” – Carmen’s de la Calle, San Antonio

“Your house concert was… about the most memorable of the 72 concerts I hosted last year.  The musicianship was at a level that made me forget to breathe.” – House concert promoter, Austin

Genius … a tango masterpiece …” – Jupiter Index

“Phenomenally exciting and polished ensemble …” – Suzi Stern, jazz vocalist and promoter

“Austin Piazzolla Quintet is taking profound steps in [nuevo tango] evolution … a veritable supergroup of Austin-based musicians … The group offers astonishing original tangos that are not to be missed … With calculating skills and precise harmonies, Austin Piazzolla Quintet left Studio 1A speechless as they performed.” – KUTX 98.5, Austin

Tango in Austin – The Austin Life

“This CD is a fabulous rendering of Nuevo Tango tracks … and its sound has the quintessential edge of Nuevo Tango genre, with slick violin sweeps, compelling percussion, high drama in the bandoneón or accordion, and atonal infusions. I have heard quite a bit of Piazzolla over the years, and APQ has successfully captured the maestro’s mood and motif. Plus the eight original compositions have fascinating characteristics of their own … Riveting …” – Dr. Roberta Zlokower, music critic

“The tango is alive and well and going nowhere as long as the Austin Piazzolla Quintet has something to say about it.” – C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

“The best tango band in Texas.” – Denver Post

“Piazzolla died in 1992, but his innovative legacy lives on thanks to the musical artistry of the Austin Piazzolla Quintet.” – Albuquerque Free Press

 

Notable Venues/Performances:

Clubs:

Barbés (Brooklyn, NY); The Evening Muse (Charlotte, NC); The Lilypad (Cambridge, MA); Outpost Performance Space (Albuquerque, NM); The Gig (Santa Fe, NM); Cezanne (Houston, TX); Esquina Tango (Austin, TX); The Brass House (Austin, TX);  Buenos Aires Café (Austin, TX); The East Side Showroom (Austin, TX); Carmen’s de la Calle (San Antonio, TX); Swan Dive (Austin, TX); Dazzle Jazz Club (Denver, CO); Mercury Café (Denver, CO); The Laughing Goat (Boulder, CO)

Festivals:

Stowe Tango Music Festival (Stowe, VT); South by Southwest (Austin, TX); Austin Spring Tango Festival (Austin, TX); Austin Chamber Music Festival (Austin, TX); Houston International Festival (Houston, TX); Luminaria Arts Festival (San Antonio, TX); East Austin Studio Tour (Austin, TX)

Radio Performances:

KUNM (Albuquerque, NM); KOOP (Austin, TX); KMFA (classical radio, Austin, TX); KUTX (public radio, Austin, TX); KUT (public radio Austin, TX); KRTU (jazz radio, San Antonio, TX); KUVO (jazz radio, Denver, CO); KRFC (public radio Fort Collins, CO)

Concert Events:

Colorado Ballet: “Angel de Buenos Aires” (Denver, CO); Parasol Arts: “Piazzolla, En sus Palabras” (Denver, CO); Meeting House on the Green Concerts (East Fairfield, VT); Dairy Center for the Arts featuring the Boulder Chorale (Boulder, CO); AMP Concert Series (Albuquerque, NM); Virtuoso Concert Series: Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO); Fresh City, Denver Public Library (Denver, CO); Denver University (Denver, CO);  University of Texas (Austin, TX); Blackerby Recital Hall (Austin, TX); Concordia University (Austin, TX); Casa Karen House Concert Series (Austin, TX); Noontime Notes Concert Series (Fort Collins, CO); King William Concerts on the River (San Antonio, TX); Sun City Concert Series (Sun City, TX)