The passion of tango is captured on this CD by internationally acclaimed guitarist Cem Duruöz. He performs traditional Argentine tangos on the solo guitar in the style of legendary tango orchestras from Buenos Aires.
Tango, the national dance of Argentina, was born at the end of the 19th Century, as a synthesis of the immigrant cultures. Its musical origins included polka, mazurka and waltz from Europe, habanera from Cuba and various rhythms from Africa. In the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Buenos Aires, this music and various dance movements were brought together. Cem Duruöz’s CD features a variety of tango styles such as the milonga and vals as well as some of the most famous tangos transcribed using the interpretations of the legendary Argentine Tango orchestras of the 20th century.
Since his New York Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 Turkish born guitarist Cem Duruöz (or “Gem” as pronounced in his native tongue) has performed in festivals, recitals and radio/TV programs in Greece, France, Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Poland, Mexico, throughout Turkey and the United States. After winning the first prize in the Turkish National Guitar Competition at the age of seventeen he moved to the United States and matriculated at Stanford University as a composition student. After receiving his master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory, he completed his graduate guitar studies at The Juilliard School with Sharon Isbin. His first solo CD Pièces de Viole, which consists of his arrangements of gamba music by French baroque composer Marin Marais, has received critical acclaim in international magazines such as American Record Guide, Fanfare, Classics Today, Classical Guitar and BBC Music after being released by Centaur Records (CRC 2498, www.piecesdeviole.com). His enthusiasm for contemporary music, on the other hand, led to his second CD “Contemporary Music for Guitar” (Centaur CRC 2563), which includes new works written for him by a young generation of composers. His new CD “Desde el Alma – Tango Classics” is a result of his interest in the music and dance of world cultures. An enthusiastic educator, Cem Duruöz has been conducting master-classes throughout the world and teaching guitar performance at Wesleyan University in the USA. Further information: www.duruoz.com