Concert: Emile Parisien & Vincent Peirani "ABRAZO"
This evening with two exceptional artists promises to be magical: Abrazo. Embrace. Sometimes close dancing, sometimes close combat. Is there a better image for the duo of accordionist Vincent Peirani and soprano saxophonist Emile Parisien? "It's like a marriage," says Peirani. "In the beginning, everything is great, wonderful, a paradise. But then there are always crises, that's quite normal. And right now, we just love playing together." There are probably few musicians who know each other as well as Peirani and Parisien. The two have played more than 1000 concerts together in the last ten years, over 600 of them as a duo.
"Abrazo" is a tribute, not to a person, but to an art form: the tango, its elegance, melancholy and rhythmic and melodic power. And as with their duo debut, Peirani and Parisien do not play the original material, they play WITH it. Pieces by masters such as Astor Piazolla, Tomás Gubitsch and Xavier Cugat form just one part of their repertoire. Parisien and Peirani's own compositions are in the spirit of the tango, as is the arrangement of "Army Dreamer" by Kate Bush, whom Peirani deeply admires.