Chan Centre Presents

Café Buenos Aires: Jose Franch-Ballester & Friends

Fri Oct 01 2021 8pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall

A vibrant and transportive night of music, dance, and words—this is Café Buenos Aires!

Tango classics by the likes of Horacio Salgán, Julián Plaza, and Mariano Mores are interwoven with scene-setting readings of Latin literary giants such as Borges and Neruda, and set in electrifying motion by a pair of masterful dancers. The result is a textured immersion in the world of Argentine tango, inspired by the liveliest Buenos Aires cabarets.

Through solos, duos, and ensemble pieces, acclaimed clarinetist and UBC Music faculty member Jose Franch-Ballester’s program highlights the considerable talents of violinist Cameron Wilson, pianist Amanda Chan, guitarist Itamar Erez, and bassist Noah Reitman, and showcases the “clarinetango” style in playful partnership between Franch-Ballester’s clarinet and the bandoneon of arranger Douglas Schmidt. Ambassadors and epitomizers of the form, the Argentinian-born Roxana and Fabian Belmonte are beautifully emotive tango dancers who have performed and taught internationally for more than three decades. Fresh, faithful, and absorbing, Café Buenos Aires celebrates the finest Argentinian tango.



Payadora by Julián Plaza

Mal de amores by Pedro Laurenz

Esqualo by Astor Piazzolla

Hasta Siempre Amor by Donato Racciatti

Recuerdo by Osvaldo Pugliese

Hope by Douglas Schmidt

Poem: “Alguien le dice al tango” by Jorge Luis Borges*

Don Agustin Bardi by Horacio Salgán

Quejas de bandoneón by Juan de Dios Filberto

Yahli’s Lullaby by Itamar Erez

El choclo by Angel Villoldo

Milonga Reliquias Porteñas by Francisco Canaro

Alfonsina y el mar by Ariel Ramírez

Con alma de tango by Juan D’Arienzo

Hernandos hideway by Jerry Ross

Mala junta by Julio De Caro

Somebody tells it to the tango by Jose Luis Borges
Fri Oct 1 2021 8pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall
Jose Franch-Ballester
Douglas Schmidt / David Gillham / Amanda Chan / Itamar Erez