Music / “Piazzolla” & Tango”Aishe Goknoor Chanal, soprano, John Martin, piano. At Weston’s Overture Hall on January 8th. Reviewed by Ren Power.
It was a wonderful evening concert of tango music and dance by Turkish soprano Ayse Göknoor Chanal, pianist John Martin and dance tango master Pedro Florentino Alvarez.
Ayşe Göknur Shanal has won many prestigious awards and scholarships in Australia and abroad. She has performed extensively in the US, UK, Europe and Asia, including Opera Her Australia, Turkish National Opera, Opera Her Queensland.
Astor Piazzolla was an Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player and arranger. His works revolutionized traditional tango, nue tangowhich incorporates elements of jazz and classical music.
The program included many songs by Astor Piazzolla and his contemporaries. Chanal’s vocal range and expressiveness were perfect for these passionate, emotional and deeply personal songs. There were changing rhythms that required great technical expertise and Chanal made them look effortless. We were happily swept away by the sensual world she creates.
There were songs of love and loss, of great longing and regret. Among them, Piazzolla’s “Forgetting” and “Adios Nonino,” about the death of his father, stood out. Carlos Gardel’s popular song “Pol un cabeza”, which I heard in the 1992 movie “The Scented Woman”, and Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Juarez’s “Strictly Ballroom”, which was very impressive. There was also Kizas, Kizas, Kizas.
Another aspect of the concert was the appearance of tango master Pedro Florentino Alvarez. Alone and with his partner, his dance complemented the songs of Shanal.
The audience was also invited to dance, and four couples, apparently excellent tango dancers, quickly circled the singer and pianist, adding to the romantic and sensual mood.
Pianist John Martin provided excellent accompaniment throughout. His contribution to the concert’s success was considerable.
who can you trust?
In a world of spin and turmoil, there has never been a more important time to support independent journalism in Canberra.
If you trust our work online and want to strengthen the power of your independent voice, please make a small donation.
Every dollar of support is invested in journalism to keep citynews.com.au strong and free.
become a supporter
Ian Meikle, Editor