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A witty Tango treat

Music lovers are in for a treat this weekend, as the Canadian band Tango Boreal, comprising of Denis Plante (on the bandeon) and David Jacques (on the guitar), will perform in the Capital.

music Updated: Mar 23, 2012 01:56 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

Music lovers are in for a treat this weekend, as the Canadian band Tango Boreal, comprising of Denis Plante (on the bandeon) and David Jacques (on the guitar), will perform in the Capital.

“We grew up with classical and early music (baroque, renaissance) and then we became influenced by jazz, pop and world music. We picked up tango from different sources. While Denis learnt it through dance, I picked it up from the classical guitar works of Astor Piazzola,” says Jacques, who has performed twice in the city before.

Plante and Jacques, who are on their debut visit to the city as a band, mix different genres of music. But they don’t have any specific plan or line-up for their performance, as they think that tango music is international.“Tango music is very near to jazz and classical at the same time. It’s not very difficult to mix these genres. Our compositions and arrangements go from Latin to classical to jazz influences,” says Jacques.

The duo will also narrate humorous stories about their music on stage. “People like when we explain the kind of music we play. We talk about the history of tango and about our tours. We also like to tell funny and humoristic stories during the course of our concert. We do that even when we play with classical orchestras. People really like it,” says Jacques.

Fans of Indian classical music, Plante and Jacques have also performed at and organised many Indian music festivals in Canada. “I have many friends who play the sitar, tabla and other fantastic Indian instruments. I can’t say which Indian composition is my favourite because I don’t really know the titles; they are so different from occidental music forms! But I enjoy them very much,” says Jacques.

Surprisingly, both the musicians were a part of rock bands in their past. “When we were younger, we both played this style. Denis also played guitar at that time. But, to be honest, we no longer have any interest in this style of music. The concerts are too late in the night,” says Jacques.

The duo, who will be on a multi-city tour of Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh, is currently working on the web series of their worldwide tours.

Here you go...
What: Tango Boreal Live at Francophonie Mela
When: March 24
Timings: 5.30 onwards Where: M.L. Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi
Entry: Free
Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market on the Violet Line