Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Tango No. 9

Performing tragic ballads, habanera rhythms, and the tango nuevo of Astor Piazzolla, San Francisco quartet Tango No. 9 captures a large sound that is both romantic and heart-breaking. Featuring ALL THE KEYS of the piano, as played by Joshua Raoul Brody, as well as the vocal stylings of Zoltan DiBartolo, Catharine Clune on violin, and the sultry sound of Greg Stephens on trombone.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188

Since 1998, all-star Bay Area ensemble Tango No. 9, with its unique instrumentation of violin, trombone, piano, and voice, has presented a passionate, cutting-edge sound that delves deep into the world of tango. Drawing from traditional tango and contemporary jazz influences, the group cites revolutionary composer Astor Piazzolla as one of their biggest inspirations. Tango No. 9 has recorded four critically acclaimed albums and performed countless concerts all over the West Coast. They are set to release their fifth CD soon. facebook.com/tangonumber9

Catharine Clune, violinist and music director, woke from a dream in early 1998 knowing she wanted to start a tango ensemble, and founded Tango No. 9. A ten-year veteran of Club Foot Orchestra, she performs in its off-shoot, the Nino Rota cover band Orchestra Nostalgico. She wrote and arranged a portion of the music recorded and performed by Club Foot for the 90s remake of the CBS cartoon series Felix The Cat., and her soundtrack for A Rat Fairy Tale won an award at the Short Attention Span Film Festival. In addition to performing and composing, she has recorded with many Bay Area groups.

Joshua Raoul Brody, pianist, spends most of his time accompanying improv groups (BATS Improv, Awkward Dinner Party), actors (Merle “Ian Shoales” Kessler), and musicians (Mr. Lucky, Orchestra Nostalgico). He has also worked with comedians Lily Tomlin and Robin Williams, film legends from Philip Kaufman to Felix the Cat, singers Tom Waits, Sir Bob Geldof and Florence Henderson, rock stars Joe Satriani and Nina Hagen, and unlumpable phenomena like The Residents, Those Darn Accordions! and the Ethel Merman Memorial Choir. He has been nominated for a Bay Area Critics’ Circle award for best score, won (with the Rick & Ruby Show) several Cabaret Gold Awards, and in 1991 was awarded the Bay Guardian’s first GOLDIE award. He also teaches music composition through the SF Opera’s ARIA program, and the arcane art of song improvisation through BATS and around the world. Other accomplishments and name-drops are chronicled at jraoul.org

Greg Stephens, trombonist and composer, has spent the last several years performing and recording with Tango #9, Ad Hoc Brass Band, Circus Bella Allstars, Big Lou's Dance Party, SISU Brassland, Mission Delirium, and Inspector Gadje. He has also played with The Klezmatics, WE Players, Green Street Mortuary Band, Frank London, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Lord Loves A Working Man, Dohee Lee, Allison Lovejoy, The Residents, Freddi Price, Houston Jones, Courtney Lain, Sour Mash Hug Band, Emily Bonn and the Vivants, Kugelplex, Eric McFadden, Tom Jonesing, Extra Action Marching Band, and The Bogues, among others. Greg attended CSU Northridge, where he studied trombone with Bill Booth. He received his BA from UCSB, where he studied composition with Stephen Hartke. Past performance credits include Berkeley Opera, Berkeley Contemporary Opera, City Summer Opera, and Bella Musica.

Zoltan DiBartolo comes from a long and diverse vocal performance background that spans 25 years and includes the genres of classical, jazz, pop, salsa, cabaret, and vaudeville, with his greatest loves being tango and opera. In addition to appearing with Tango No. 9, DiBartolo can be found on the stages of various local opera companies. Recent roles include Rigoletto’s Duke of Mantua, Carmen’s El Remendado, Cavalleria rusticana’s Turiddu, Tosca’s Cavaradossi, Madama Butterfly’s B.F. Pinkerton, and Un ballo in maschera’s Riccardo (all with Verismo Opera Co.), La Traviata’s Gastone and La Boheme’s Shaunard (both with Virago Theater Co.), and Enrico Caruso in The Last Night of The Barbary Coast (with Idora Park Theater Co.). Most recently, Zoltan is excited to announce his new appointment as a singing gondolier on Oakland’s Lake Merritt, beginning in May 2017. gondolaservizio.com

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