TANGO FOR ONE: Music for one guitar. 'A small voice in the midst of the world's noise,' as Andres Segovia once described it.
Tango for One is Tango meant to be listened to, not danced. This is the new Tango of Astor Piazzola, the great tango revolutionary and its most controversial figure.
Tango for One is the music of solitude. Reflecting the great fields of Argentina, the Pampas, this is the legacy of the lone gaucho. There is sadness, yet peace. There is emptiness, yet hope.
The beauty of Argentina is the mix of its people. A saying in Argentina describes the people as Italians who speak Spanish, think they are British, and wish they were French. Tango is of similar construction. It combines the great lyrical melodies of the Italians, the rhythmic intensity of the Spanish, and the lush harmonies of the French. Tango draws from the character of its people. Drama... Passion... Intensity... it can be heard in the music, and seen in the dance.
Tango for One shows another picture of Tango, and the music of Argentina. Not the showy, manufactured passion of so much Tango, but rather a side not seen by most. Here there is desperation and loneliness. Beneath the glitter and fast movement of the dancers often there exists a soul that is in great longing for beauty and goodness; a soul William Wilson saw in his childhood from his Argentinian mother. It is this yearning that Wilson has captured.
William records and performs regularly with the Peter Pupping Quartet and appears on the quartet’s Samba Nights, Embarcadero releases and on Pupping’s Christmas release Gloria, An Acoustic Guitar Christmas. Television and radio appearances include KPBS radio as well as CBS, FOX, and KUSI television stations in San Diego. In addition to his work with the Peter Pupping Quartet, William also appears in a classical guitar & voice duo with soprano Mary Ann Carr. William currently teaches guitar at GuitarSounds studios ( www.williamwilson.net ) specializing in classical guitar as well as a variety of styles.
William Wilson began studying classical guitar at age nine. He studied with guitarist Peter Pupping for 9 years giving his first recital in 1994. He has attended master classes with Christopher Parkening, Scott Tennant and Anisa Angorola. William attended San Diego State University, graduating Summa cum Laude in May 2001 with a degree in music performance. He was selected as Outstanding Student of his graduating class. During his time at SDSU, William studied with guitarist Fred Benedetti for five years.