Transtango and Transamba @ King’s Place
Two nights of entertainment at King’s Place place Tango and Samba at the forefront. Transtango which looks at the role of tango in defining Buenos Aires as an urban city shaped by European and African influence, and Transamba which does the same for Rio de Janeiro, both use sound, film and dance to explore these mediums and the cities that shaped them.
Transtango, which made it’s first appearance in London last summer, is the brainchild of Patricia Bosso. As the defining symbol of Buenos Aires, she felt tango was ripe for exploration. This led to the manifestation of Transtango, a show which combines contemporary Argentine tango with London-based jazz.
As well as a group featuring sax, bandeoneón, cello, bass and piano, Transtango will feature specially-commisioned lighting, film and dance, all adding to this multi-disciplinary show. Transtango will form the first part of two nights labelled Dreaming Cities: Buenos Aires. London. Rio. -1. Urban Encounters. On the second night will be Transamba.
Tango played a huge role in uniting the European and African communities in Buenos Aires, as well as helping define a national identity. Samba served a very similar role in Rio de Janeiro. Transamba featuring Hih and guests will be retracing the history of samba in Brazil. From its birth in the early 20th century to the present day, Transamba, with the help of British and Brazilian musicians, will attempt to unfurl this continually evolving, and always popular, genre.
The musicians will combine samba’s Afro-Brazilian roots and rhythms with jazz and classical elements as they embark on a journey through compositions by Steve Lodder and Dudley Phillips, Heitor Villa Lobos, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Martinho da Vila and others. They will even be playing a few of Hih’s collaborations with Robert Wyatt!
Transamba has been curated by Patricia Bossio in collaboration with Mônica Vasconcelos.