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Martin Alvarado

Martin Alvarado

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Martin Alvarado

Cafe.Bar.Live

22 Nov 2014

Doors from 7.30pm, music from 8pm 

Cafe.Bar.Contemporary 

Free

Internationally renowned for his sublime and charismatic live performances, Martin Alvarado is increasingly regarded as one of the most exciting and mesmerising voices to have emerged from Argentina and tango for decades.

As an artist, Alvarado's mission is anchored in the belief that tango is a living musical language with contemporary relevance, and is not - as is often portrayed - a genre that simply plays tribute to the past.

The Buenos Aires-born troubadour - who counts Stevie Wonder and Britain's 'Voice of Rock', Glenn Hughes, a former singer for Deep Purple, among his vocal inspirations - was first discovered singing in the streets of Barcelona in 2002 when he was invited to perform in Finland, where tango is a national pastime. Within weeks, he was performing with a philharmonic orchestra there, and his professional career took off.

He has since performed in many major venues and festivals, released four albums, gets daily airplay on radio stations in Argentina, and won awards. They include the Latin UK Award for Concert by International Artist of the Year, in 2013.

As well as tango, his carefully chosen repertoire includes other Argentinian musical styles, including candombe, milonga, zamba and vals. Some of his songs are his own compositions while others are new songs or were written by some of Argentina's most celebrated poets and composers, and selected for the quality of the melodies and lyrics, poetry being a rich and important part of Argentinian and tango culture. They include rarely heard songs by Astor Piazzolla.

Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, Alvarado's enchanting and soulful interpretations have an artistic honesty that transcends the language barrier and engages the audience on an emotional as well as musical level.

 
"The world needs to experience this extreme form of aural pleasure ... totally mesmerising, a tango epiphany" Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3 presenter

"Mr Alvarado could tear walls down with the pure emotion of his voice ... stunning vocals, pure class!" Nottingham Post

"A masterclass in vocal expression" Derby Telegraph

"Completely beguiling tenor" Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3

"A genuine tanguero ... well worth a listen" Songlines magazine

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