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FORMERS & PERFORMERS presents TANGOLANDO Featuring Sofia Tosello & Yuri Juárez

Sofia Tosello together with Peruvian guitarist Yuri Juárez present a preview of their latest project called Tangolando including a variety of Latin American songs. 

Tangolando is a journey made of sounds and shapes, from the River Plate to the Afro and Creole rhythms of the Peruvian Coast, a new and refreshing fusion that connects musical styles such as tango, milonga, lando, festejo, waltz all in one unique and innovative sound. The penetrating passion of the tango siding with the naughtiness of a milonga through the joyous festejo, with sounds of Peruvian cajón and bandoneon: the result is this production, born from the 21st century's new musical conscience and its need to integrate, also called "the fusion". The repertoire includes tango classics filtered through Peruvian rhythms, songs like Cambalache, Vuelvo al Sur, Naranjo en Flor, Nostalgias, Volver, Milonga Sentimental, that are treated with finesse and a stylistic intent, on the technique as well as the interpretation. 

Originally from Argentina, Sofa Tosello's music is rooted in the variety of Latin American cancion traditions, including tango, chacarera, bolero filin, son, zamba, and bossa nova. Tosello prefers to see herself as a border-crosser, not bound by the logic of genre. Christopher Loundon, writing in Jazz Times, notes "The purity of Tosello's voice is matched by the vibrancy of her emotional palette and inventiveness of her cross-cultural technique. The next wave in Latin American Jazz may well begin with Tosello". 

Yuri Juárez is a guitarist, arranger and composer from Lima, specializing in Afro-Peruvian music, folk and fusion. Yuri has shared the stage and recorded with the likes of Eva Ayllón, Susana Baca, Chaqueta Piaggio Ebelin Ortiz, Pilar de la Hoz, iconic Peruvian composers such as Kiri Escobar and Javier Lazo, and trail blazing bands including the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Novalima, Teatro del Milenio and Sin Líneas en el Mapa. In 2008 Yuri releases his first album, Afroperuano, which achieves great success in domestic and international criticism and in 2009 receives the Latin Jazz Corner Awards in the categories of Best Afro-Peruvian Jazz Album and Best Latin Jazz Guitarist debut. 

For more information about Sofia Tosello and to listen to samples of her music, please visit her website at www.sofiatosello.com 

Formers and Performers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.