Carmen and I have been playing arrangements of Astor Piazzolla ever since we met in September of 2002. We have played many different pieces by Piazzolla but recently we decided that it was time for some new Piazzolla arrangements.
The first piece that I decided to arrange, Escualo, was originally written as a violin feature for Piazzolla’s long time violinist Fernando Suárez Paz. I realized that this would make and excellent feature for Carmen on flute. It was surprising how most of the violin part worked great on flute and only needed a little changing. The only trick of the arrangement was putting the rest of the Piazzolla quintet into just one guitar part. We premiered the arrangement in 2015 and here is a video of our performance from the beginning of our 2016 summer tour.
Resurrección del Ángel
The second piece that I decided to arrange for our duo, Resurrección del Ángel, started as a part of our 2015/2016 collaboration with the Chamber Music at the Scarab Club in Detroit. Resurrección del Ángel is the third movement of the Angel Suite by Piazzolla. Carmen and I arranged the whole Angel Suite for string quartet with flute and guitar. After we finished the concert I felt like I wanted us to play the music some more. So I decided to take on the task of arranging the third movement of the suite for flute and guitar. I finished the arrangement before our summer 2016 tour and we have been playing it all summer. Here is our recent performance at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in August.