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Charlotte Borger
Press Release
Top musicians come together as the London Tango Quintet for an exclusive concert at the Round Chapel in Hackney Five acclaimed musicians are taking time out of their international tours and recording programmes to play the Argentinian tango they love in one of London’s most spectacular venues. The London Tango Quintet – Craig Ogden (guitar), Miloš Milivojevi? (accordion), David Juritz (violin), David Gordon (piano), Richard Pryce (bass) - celebrate their 10th anniversary on Thursday 25th May at the iconic Round Chapel in Hackney, with a thrilling programme of music by Astor Piazzolla, Salgan, Gardel and more. Tango dancers are welcome.

Date: Thursday 25th May, 2017
Venue: Round Chapel, Lower Clapton Road, E5 0NP
www.roundchapel.org

Time: 7.45pm
Doors open: 7.00pm
Tickets: Early bird seating at reserved table - available until 6/5/17 Ł16.00
Early bird balcony, unreserved seating - available until 6/5/17 Ł12.00
Seating at reserved table (standard ticket) Ł19.50
Balcony, unreserved seating (standard ticket) Ł16.00
Tickets from: Eventbrite
Wine, beer and soft drinks will be on sale.

This is a rare opportunity to catch this partnership of high-profile musicians indulging their passion for tango in a very special venue. The atmosphere will be intimate, with cabaret style seating round tables, and charged with the combination of precision and abandon that is unique to tango. It will appeal equally to those who are hooked on the music, and those who want to show off their tango moves – as dancing will be possible throughout.

David Juritz, the London Tango Quintet’s director, has brought together this exceptional tango quintet. “Craig, Milos and I have known each other for years. Their diaries are pretty hectic but, a few times a year, we get together to play tango. It’s fantastic fun, even wild at times, but that’s not to say it isn’t challenging as well. To do it justice you have to approach it just as you would any other great music - with a sense of style and your total commitment, but also leaving enough freedom to experiment. When it happens you feel like you’ve been set free. It’s just exhilarating.”

“We’re putting on this gig to celebrate the London Tango Quintet’s 10th birthday. Since two of the band have also taken up tango dancing (one with more success than the other) we thought it would be fun to have a bit of a milonga and invite members of our dance classes (and any other tango dancers) to join in.”

Juritz adds: “Tango does have a growing following in London. The people we’ve met are quite fanatical about it – and we have really enjoyed their response to our concerts.”

He describes when he first personally fell in love with tango, “I vividly remember, in 1990, a new girlfriend putting on the first track of Astor Piazzolla’s Zero Hour. It was mind-blowing; a kind of kaleidoscope of conflicting emotions played with extraordinary sophistication, virtuosity and, most of all, a raw energy that I’ve never heard surpassed in any other kind of music. That was the moment tango became an obsession for me. 25 and a bit years on, I’ve brought together my own tango band and that girlfriend is now my wife. Tango doesn’t always have a sad ending!”

For more information, or to arrange interviews or press passes, please contact
Charlotte Borger

Editors’ notes:
• The concert is promoted by Untuned Sky Ltd

The London Tango Quintet
Five acclaimed musicians drawn together by a love of the tango. Chart topping guitar virtuoso, Craig Ogden, is joined by the extraordinary accordionist, Miloš Milivojevic, described by the Times as 'a hurricane of musical invention'. Pianist/composer David Gordon tours as a jazz musician, harpsichordist and director of internationally renowned ensembles while bassist, Richard Pryce, works with artists from the Jamie Cullem to Shirley Bassey. Violinist and founder of the quintet, David Juritz, made headlines when he busked around around the world for charity. His playing has been described as having a quality of 'aching lyricism … naked expression in the grip of an icy control' Strad Magazine.

• Round Chapel
"Completed in 1871, the Round Chapel on Lower Clapton Road is a Grade II* listed building designed by Henry Fuller. Unusual for it's 'round' design and the use of internal cast iron supporting arches the former United Reformed Church was taken over by Hackney Historic Buildings Trust in 1991 in a derelict state. After many years of painstaking restoration work, the auditorium is now run by the Trust as an events space for performing arts, visual arts, markets and festivals and as a spectacular wedding venue. The trust also manages the Grade I listed St Augustine's Tower, the oldest building in Hackney and campaigns to rescue buildings of significance in the borough"

• Miloš Milivojevi? - Accordion
Miloš Milivojevi? has established himself as one of the most exciting young accordionists of his generation. Born in Serbia he studied in Kragujevac and won international competitions in Italy, Denmark, France and Germany. before coming to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Whilst there he won the prestigious Derek Butler Prize and began his mission to promote the accordion as an instrument in the concert hall. He has since given dozens of world premieres as well as first UK performances of works by composers including Howard Skempton, Ben Foskett, Elena Firsova and Luciano Berio.

Miloš’s diverse musical commitments as a soloist, chamber musician and regular member of the London Tango Quintet, Kosmos Ensemble, Accord Duo and Balkan group Paprika have taken him to festivals across the UK, Russia, Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Serbia, Montenegro, Spain, the Canary Islands, Malta, Australia and New Zealand. His diverse repertoire ranges from contemporary music with the London Sinfonietta to tangos on Strictly Come Dancing.
In 2014 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his contribution to the music. He is an official artist of Pigini Accordions and performs exclusively on their instruments.
‘… a hurricane of imaginative invention.’ The Times

• Craig Ogden - Guitar
Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
One of the UK’s most recorded guitarists, his recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim. Craig’s five Classic FM albums all shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart and he is one of Classic FM’s most played artists.
Craig Ogden has performed concertos with all the main UK orchestras plus many abroad. He regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at major venues and collaborates with the UK’s top artists and ensembles. Craig enjoys performing new works for guitar and gives the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Andy Scott with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Manchester in November 2017. Composers David Knotts and Geoffrey Gordon are also writing concertos for Craig. He has presented programmes on BBC Radio 3, BBC Northern Ireland and ABC Classic FM (Australia).
Craig Ogden is Head of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music, Adjunct Fellow of the University of Western Australia, Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Curator of Craig Ogden’s Big Guitar Weekend at The Bridgewater Hall and Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival.

• David Juritz Violin
David Juritz was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and began playing the violin at the age of five. He was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he won the RCM’s top award, the Tagore Gold Medal.
On leaving the RCM he joined English Chamber Orchestra before being appointed leader of the London Mozart Players, a position he held until 2010. He made many appearances as soloist and director with the LMP, including his debut at the 2006 BBC Promenade Concerts.
Other performances have included appearances as soloist and director at the Tonhalle in Zurich, performances of the Beethoven and Brahms violin concertos in Tokyo, the Tchaikovsky concerto with the London Concert Orchestra at the Barbican, solos with the English Chamber and City of Birmingham orchestras, and the world premiere of ‘Tales from South America’, a tango concerto written for him by Cecilia McDowall. He has also led the orchestra on many film soundtracks including Long Walk to Freedom, The Theory of Everything and Last King of Scotland.
His recording of the Vivaldi Four Seasons, re-released by Nimbus Alliance in 2012, was hailed by critics as one of the finest interpretations of that much-recorded work. David’s recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, released on the same label in May 2011, was also warmly received.
In 2005 he took on the role of director of the Burton Bradstock Festival in Dorset. During a five-month sabbatical in 2007 he busked around the world. On the 60,000 mile journey through 50 cities in 24 countries on six continents, he paid for the entire journey with his busking earnings by playing Bach on the streets. He used the trip to launch Musequality, a charity supporting music education projects for disadvantaged children in developing countries. He remains deeply committed to encouraging young musicians in the developing world working in Kurdistan with young musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and students at Xiquitsi in Maputo, Mozambique.
David plays on a violin made by J.B. Guadagnini in Piacenza in 1748.
‘…aching lyricism of David Juritz’s performance: exceptionally clean and focused in tone but spiced up with an almost shameless profusion of swooning portamentos - naked expression held in the grip of an icy control.’ The Strad magazine.

• David Gordon Piano
There are few musicians who cross musical boundaries with as much relish as David Gordon. David has degrees in mathematics and logic, but retains enough sense of humour to perform and compose music. His piano has taken him from Ronnie Scott's in London to the Red Sea Jazz Festival and the Copenhagen Jazzhouse, with any number of smoky dives on the way. He has played at several international jazz festivals with his own group, the David Gordon Trio, violinist Christian Garrick's quartet and a quartet with jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth, entitled 'Butterfly's Wing'.
His many recordings with his own trio have earned rave reviews and over 20 CDs featuring his compositions have established him as a unique talent on the British music scene. In 2009 he was awarded an Ability Media International Award for 'Semmerwater', a community musical play commissioned by the Swaledale Festival.
With a passion for the music of South America is a musician perfectly at ease whether he’s playing Samba rhythms at 606 Club , directing he Morwegian Chamber Orchestra or sat at his harpsichord in an Austrian concert hall.
“..has the wonderful ability to make piano notes glisten like jewelled drops of water” John Etheridge, Musician

• Richard Pryce Bass
Richard was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College where he won the Eugene Croft Solo Double-Bass Prize, and went on to do the post-graduate Jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music. Since then he has been in demand as classical, studio and jazz musician appearing at venues from Ronnie Scots' to The Royal Opera House. Artists Richard has worked with include The Dixie Chicks, Nitin Sawney and Shirley Bassey and he is regularly invited to play electric bass with ensembles like the London Symphony Orchestra and The Philharmonia.