Stefan Grasse plays Astor Piazzolla
Stefan Grasse (guitar), Tobias Kalisch (double bass), Sandor Toth (percussion)
Strings: Hajo Hoffmann, Heinrich Rau, Birgit Trost (violins), Romana Kemlein (viola), Daniela Grams (cello)
Total Time: 49:40
20-page booklet (German / English / Spanish)
Fascinated by the expressiveness and sensuality of tango nuevo, Stefan Grasse and his ensemble have now turned to the music of Astor Piazolla. Grounded in the traditions of the tango milieu, the music of the brothels, cafés and nightclubs, Astor Piazolla extended the scope of his music to include stylistic elements of jazz, bossa nova, flamenco and French Impressionism. His tango nuevo goes through extreme discontinuities and changes of feeling: from stark, almost violent rhythms to sentimental, even tear-jerking melancholy.
In these new arrangements Stefan Grasse dispenses with the typical bandoneon sound, instead employing a string quartet and combining it with a jazzy tango bass, pulsating percussion and brilliant guitar solos.
Press Reviews: „... it gets under your skin, the music Stefan Grasse and his ensemble played at the sell-out concert in the Tafelhalle. In the programme notes he promised a new tonal sensuality – and he delivered.“ (Nürnberger Zeitung)
Stefan Grasse - guitar
was born in Munich, Germany in 1962 and studied jazz and classical guitar with Peter O’Mara (Munich Jazz School), Kurt Hiesl (Nuremberg Conservatory), Phillip Thorne (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow) and Pepe Romero (International Summer Academy, Salzburg).
He has been awarded Bavarian Radio scholarships, the Royal Scottish Academy’s „Guitar Challenge Prize 1991“, the „Scottish Society of Composers’ Award 1991“, the City of Nuremberg Cultural Award (Nuremberg Scholarship 1996) and the Cultural Award 2004 of the Kulturforum Franken.
Concert tours have taken him to many European countries, Australia, China and the USA (including the „Concierto de Aranjuez“).
Festival appearances and concerts: Goethe-Institut, Glasgow; East-West Folkfesztivál (Hungary); Skopje Summer Festival and International Autumn Festival (Macedonia); Contempofest James Cook University (Australia); Middle Franconian Guitar Festival; Schwabach New Music Festival; Musica Franconia; Coburg Samba Festival; Tutzing Blue Note Festival; Erlangen Silent Film Music Festival; House of German History, Bonn; Munich Gasteig, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, 8th Guitar Festival 2005 Weisenheim a.B., University of Central Oklahoma (USA), Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, 12th International Guitar Festival Dresden, Int. Guitar Festival Bath and 3rd Int. Guitar Festival The Sage Gateshead/Newcastle, England, Opera of State, Nuremberg and the Fringe Festival Edinburgh.
Stefan Grasse lives as a freelance concert guitarist and producer in Nuremberg, Germany, where he is also artistic director of the "Nuremberg Guitar Nights" and teacher at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
1993 CD "Nürnberger Meister" (Xolo 1005) with solo works by Hans L. Hassler, Joh. Pachelbel, Heinrich Hartl a. o.
1996 CD "Coast to Coast" (AHO 1028) Trio Asab with Jürgen Hölzlein (gtr) and Sandor Toth (perc)
1996 CD "Ripples" Minimal Music for Guitar (AHO 1031) with works by Steve Reich, Leo Brouwer, Edward McGuire and Nicky Hind
1998 CD „Samba ’98“, compilation (audio-fonic)
1999 CD "Tarde Azul" Stefan Grasse plays Heitor Villa-Lobos with Tess Remy-Schumacher (violoncello) and Masa Bertok (flute) (Xolo 1001)
2001 CD „Tierra del Sur“ Stefan Grasse Trio: Latinjazz, Afro-Brazilian Rhythms & Rumba flamenca (Xolo 1003)
2003 Akustik Gitarre, compilation (AG-CD)
2004 CD „Para um Sorriso“: Music of Villa-Lobos, Baden Powell, Isaac Albeniz and Stefan Grasse (Xolo 1007)
2004 CD „Cello Music of Samuel Magrill“ with Tess Remy-Schumacher (Cello), Pamela Richman (Soprano) & Stefan Grasse (Guitar) (Xolo 1006)
2006 CD „Seven Visions“ electroacoustica, Music by Nicky Hind, with Stefan Grasse (Gtr) (LTWCD102)
2007 CD „Adiós Nonino - Stefan Grasse plays Astor Piazzolla“ (Xolo 1012) Stefan Grasse Trio and Strings
2008 Akustik Gitarre, compilation with Tuck & Patti etc. (AG-CD)
2008 CD „World Tour - Tango Passion“, compilation with Gardel, Piazzolla, Troilo (Der Spiegel/Sony BMG)
2008 CD „Echoes of a City“ - new music by German and Scottish composers (Xolo 1015)