Join us this coming Wednesday, February 26, from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm in Hutchins Library Room 106 for the next Lunch-at-the-Library, entitled ‘Cortinas de Appalachia: Sharing of Regional Fiddle Songs with Global Audiences through Tango’
Kehren Barbour and Michael Luchtan will be discussing their Fellowship research which is directed toward developing arrangements of Appalachian fiddle tunes for the Tango sextet tipico, the traditional Argentine Tango ensemble. The specific music form is called a Cortina, the transition piece between Tango dance sets.
Michael founded the Asheville Tango Orchestra in 2010 to foster cross-cultural communication. He has introduced Latino communities to Appalachian rhythms by performing the music of such musicians as singer-songwriter José Alfredo Jiménez in a traditional Appalachian style at music venues, libraries, and taquerias.
Kehren holds a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies and Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University. She is an artist and academic interested in use of creative and performing arts to discuss topics of Sustainable Development.
In addition to being performed by the Asheville, North Carolina Tango Orchestra, the arrangements will be presented on a website with contextual narrative poems and essays. Poems and essays will be submitted to journals for publication. The website will be presented in both Spanish and English. The completed Cortinas will be brought to Argentina in July 2014 for performance at the Tango Para Musicos international symposium sponsored by the Argentinian government.