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Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010

Nuevo Tango musician Pablo Ziegler to perform at IU

Visit to include wide array of events on and off Bloomington campus

March 12, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes back Grammy Award-winning pianist and nuevo tango specialist Pablo Ziegler from Argentina in a series of town and gown events sponsored by the Latin American Music Center (LAMC), directed by Carmen Helena Téllez.

Between March 29 and April 4, Ziegler will be in residency at the Jacobs School of Music, interacting with students and faculty in workshops and master classes and ending with a concert performance. Prior to the residency, Ziegler will be featured in the Zero Hour Tango Fest at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater and other locations on the weekend of March 26 and 27.

The Jacobs School of Music Ziegler residency will include a public master class on "Tango, Nuevo Tango, and Latin Jazz" Thursday, April 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Ford-Crawford Hall.

The free public concert, "A Night of Nuevo Tango," on Sunday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall, will feature Ziegler as composer, arranger and pianist with the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble (LAPME) as well as pianists Dean Emeritus Charles H. Webb and Professor Luke Gillespie. The program will include tango classics and nuevo tango works by Ástor Piazzolla and Pablo Ziegler. Its concluding piece will feature a line-up of invited jazz faculty members Jeremy Allen, bass; Steve Houghton, drums; and Tom Walsh, saxophone and flute.

Between March 29 and April 3, Ziegler will be involved in private coaching sessions with Jacobs School students in the areas of percussion and jazz. In addition, Mimi Zweig, professor of violin and viola and String Academy director, will receive visiting musicians Héctor del Curto and Jisoo Ok from the Zero Hour Tango Fest to coach students of her pre-college Violin Virtuosi ensemble, which is preparing for a trip to Argentina in May with Webb as their official accompanist.

This is the second time that Pablo Ziegler is in residency with the Jacobs School. "Ziegler's 2007 performance in Auer Hall with LAPME and faculty pianists Luke Gillespie and Arnaldo Cohen simply brought down the house," said Luiz Fernando Lopes, LAPME's artistic administrator and LAMC's acting assistant director. "This concert was part of a tremendously successful semester that also included a Valentine's Day concert with LAPME and Grammy Award-winner and faculty vocalist Sylvia McNair. Many people in Bloomington still tell me how much they enjoyed these events. This year's concert promises to be equally exciting."

Additional support for the residency comes from the Indiana University Guillermo and Lucille Espinosa Fund and in collaboration with Alfredo Minetti Productions.

The Jacobs School of Music's Latin American Music Center enthusiastically supports the production of the Zero-Hour Tango Fest as a part of its mission to support artistic activity in the Bloomington community.

In addition to presenting Ziegler, Zero-Hour Tango Fest will feature Grammy Award-nominee vocalist Sandra Luna, dancers Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo, bandoneón player Héctor del Curto, cellist Jisoo Ok, bassist Pedro Giraudo, Alfredo Minetti's Tangamente ensemble and visual artist Ariel Waisburd.

The Fest will include two "Tango Talks" accompanied by Argentine food March 26 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Lodge; two "Tango Sensations" concerts, March 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. at the Buskirk Chumley Theater; two "Milonga" social dance and wine events March 26 and 27 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Lodge; and three workshops on "Music, Song, and Dance: Connecting the Dots" March 27 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Lodge. For more information about this series of ticketed events organized by Alfredo Minetti Productions, please visit

About Pablo Ziegler

Born in Buenos Aires, Pablo Ziegler artfully blends classic tango rhythms with jazz improvisations, adding a new voice to the tango lexicon. In 1978, Ziegler was invited to join Ástor Piazzolla's New Tango Quintet, and for over the next 10 years, he performed with this group throughout Europe, Japan and North America. Howard Reich of The Chicago Times wrote, "There's no question that Ziegler takes the tango to levels of sophistication and refinement probably undreamed of by Piazzolla." Eric Salzman of Stereo Review, writing of Ziegler's CD, Tango Romance, affirmed that the CD "solidifies his (Ziegler's) claim to be the outstanding representative of the nuevo tango in his generation."

For more information about the Jacobs School residency, visit: