Avantango Records


Two Hands to Tango

by Håkon Skogstad

Released 2018
Avantango Records
Released 2018
Avantango Records
Tango fantasies on original and traditional compositions, played with flair and passion.
As a performer of tango music I have always been fascinated by the unique sound of the bandoneón and how the instrument is used in solo arrangements and compositions. Performing together with bandoneón players and writing for the instrument as an arranger/composer has inspired me to adapt some of the techniques and interpretational aspects into my own piano playing. I wanted to see if I could incorporate the multilayered, flowing and improvisational manner of playing - constantly changing focus between the bass, chords, and melodic structures, rather than trying to do all at once as often as possible, like an orchestral reduction. This approach can be heard throughout the album and is taken to the extreme in El Marne, which is a bandoneón arrangement adapted for the piano. The melting point is the tribute composition “Tristezas de un doble S” where Piazzolla’s «Alfred Arnold» bandoneón is replaced by «Steinway and Sons».

Los Mareados: A musical poem of the great classic tango
Sentimiento Tanguero: Lucio Demare meets Håkon Skogstad
Tango del Angel: A piano adaptation tribute to Leopoldo Federico and his orchestra’s arrangement
Milonga Impromptu: A retrospective composition where Chopin meets tango
Felicia: In memory of the late Horacio Salgán
Sur: A rhapsodic arrangement flirting with the original
Norte: North contrasting South - A Norwegian “tanguero” composition
El Marne: A piano adaptation of Leopoldo Federico’s bandoneón arrangement
Canaro en Paris: Salgán meets Horowitz in this concert paraphrase arrangement
Tristezas de un doble S: Exploring the bandoneónesque sounds of Piazzolla on the piano