Las Almas, Tango Duo
The Sound of Contemporary Tango
Date(s) & Time(s): Sun, Jun 11, 3:00 PM
Duration: 60 mins w/out intermission
Location: 2781 24th St, SF, CA, 94110
Venue: BRAVA Cabaret
Early Bird: $20, Advance: $25, Door: $28
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Production DetailsThe Sound of Contemporary Tango
Las Almas returning to SFIAF followed by the east coast tour to present contemporary tango music that will open your mind and break your stereotype of "Tango" music. Heyni & Sumi’s program is a reflection of their diverse musical backgrounds, and the tango journey they have taken together. The duo with guest artists Basma Edrees (Violin) & Teresa Tam (Voice) will present a mixture of a few classic tangos, their own compositions, and contemporary tangos that have been specially commissioned for a piano/bandoneon duo, which will be recorded in 2023 -2024. Sumi and Heyni hope to show their audience the diverse richness that tango has to offer.
Las Almas regresa a SFIAF seguido de la gira de mid west para presentar música de tango contemporánea que abrirá su mente y romperá su estereotipo de música "Tango". El programa de Sumi & Heyni es un reflejo de sus diversos antecedentes musicales y el viaje de tango que han realizado juntos. El dúo con los artistas invitados Basma Edrees (Violín) y Teresa Tam (Voz) presentará una mezcla de algunos tangos clásicos, composiciones propias y tangos contemporáneos especialmente encargados para un dúo de piano y bandoneón, que serán grabados en 2023 -2024. Sumi y Heyni esperan mostrarle a su audiencia la riqueza diversa que el tango tiene para ofrecer.Las Almas, Tango Duo
Sumi Lee and Heyni Solera both started their musical lives as classical musicians. Sumi Lee has been playing classical piano since the age of four and obtained her Masters from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Heyni Solera started as a classically trained pianist but is now a bandoneonist and ethnomusicologist. What drew this dynamic duo together was their mutual passion for contemporary tango music. Both Sumi and Heyni studied in some of the most prestigious Argentine tango orchestras schools, such as La Orquesta Escuela de Emilio Balcarce, La Orquesta de Tango de la Una, and the Conservatorio Superior de “Manuel de Falla,” and have studied and performed with leading contemporary tango composers such Ramiro Boero, Victor LaVallen, Julian Peralta, Santiago Segret, among others.
Praised for her “soulful bandoneón” (Washington Classical Review), Heyni Solera is a sought-after bandoneonist in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Over the past year, Solera has launched her career on the international stage with her orchestra and chamber music performances in Argentina and Australia and continues to collaborate with prominent musicians in the tango music scene. Heyni began her studies in bandoneon with professor Santiago Segret, in December 2015. As she became more fluent with the instrument, she participated in leading tango music festivals in North America, such as the Stowe Tango Music Festival in Stowe, VT, Tango for Musicians at Reed College in Portland, OR, and the Cuarteto Tanguero Workshop in Toronto, Canada. Her desire to deepen her knowledge of the instrument led her to spend 2019 in Buenos Aires, where she continued her studies with Segret and renowned bandoneonist Ramiro Boero. During this time, she also had the privilege of performing with several of Argentina’s most prominent educational tango orchestras, such as the Orquesta de Tango de la UNA, Orquesta Escuela Orlando Goñi, Orquesta de Tango del Conservatorio Superior de Musica Manuel de Falla, and Ensemble de Tango de la UNSAM under the direction of Ariel Pirotti, Julian Peralta, Adrian Enriquez, and Ramiro Gallo, respectively. Upon returning to the United States, Heyni immediately embarked on new projects such as the highly praised IN Series productions of Le Cabaret de Carmen at Source Theatre in Washington, D.C. and at the Baltimore Theatre Project in Baltimore, Maryland, as a member of tango duo Arco & Aire. She has also worked with Carpe Diem Arts, Quartertonez Music, and is one of Tango Sin Fin’s World Ambassadors. Heyni’s current and future projects include Today’s Tango with Heyni, a mini-series that features today’s contemporary tango musicians throughout the world, and a recording project with Arco & Aire to be presented live in an east coast tour. Heyni regularly performs with the Da Capo Tango Orchestra, which focuses on playing danceable tangos throughout the Washington, D.C. area and is part of the cello/bandoneon duo, Arco & Aire, with cellist, Maxfield Wollam-Fisher. Also a music scholar, she recently completed her Master of Music degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research explored the role of gesture theory in explaining how tango and bandoneon can be taught via tango festivals. https://heynisolera.com/
Sumi Lee is a classically trained pianist with a master’s degree in music, in piano performance, from the SF Conservatory of Music. She worked with bay area opera companies and schools until she auditioned to grab a life-changing opportunity at “La Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce”, the prestigious tango orchestra school in Argentina. While getting trained in Tango in Buenos Aires, she studied & performed with living maestros and musical directors such as Víctor Lavallén, Jose Colangelo, Osvaldo Piro, Roberto Alvarez, Daniel Binelli, Mauricio Marcelli, Pablo Estigarribia, Cristian Asato, Nicolas Ledesma, and many more. She performed many concerts with the orchestra Including the concert at Teatro General San Martin in Buenos Aires which was sold out and aired live via national radio 2*4 and TV. Since returning to SF in 2019, she has performed numerous concerts in SF - Bay Area, NYC, Philadelphia, Portland, South Korea, and Toronto. Currently, she leads the group “Las Almas” and performs east & west coast such as SF International Arts Festival & Sebastopol Arts. She recorded the “Gobbi Inedíto” album and currently working on a new album for the Bandoneón & Piano duo of new compositions. Lee is a widely respected piano teacher and served as a chair of the board for the San Francisco branch of California’s Music Teachers’ Association for 10 years. http://www.sumilee.com