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Tomás Cotik: Piazzolla Legacy

Violinist Tomás Cotik (toh-MAHSS ko-TEEK), Assistant Professor of Violin at Portland State University, was born in Argentina.  But that doesn’t mean that he grew up loving the tango.  It took living in another country – Germany, to be exact – to develop that love for his home country’s signature musical style.  Mr. Cotik chats with music director John Pitman about his latest CD, “Legacy” which celebrates Argentina’s native son, Astor Piazzolla.

The conversation incorporates some scintillating selections from “Escualo” (which means shark, or Dogfish), Vardarito (dedicated to a musician who greatly influenced the young Piazzolla), and the Argentine composer’s Four Seasons in Buenos Aires, as much a depiction of the people and culture of that “megopolis” (Tomás’s word for his native city), as it is the times of the year.  A thrilling follow up to Mr. Cotik’s earlier Naxos CD, “Tango Nuevo”.

Piazzolla: Legacy – Tomás Cotik, Tao Lin
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