Tango Time: Rene Casarsa and the Houston Tango Ensemble

This weekend, on the University of St. Thomas campus, Casa Argentina de Houston presents its annual Tango Time celebration featuring pianist Rene Casarsa and his Houston Tango Ensemble, along with singer Andrea Berri.  Rene and Andrea talk with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the event and share some of their music.

For the 15th year, pianist Rene Casarsa brings to the stage his love of what is arguably Argentina’s greatest export, tango.  In an evening that the Casa Argentina calls “a night of tango with the unforgettable music of Buenos Aires, from the “Guardia Vieja” to Astor Piazzolla,” Rene and the members of his Houston Tango Ensemble will perform tangos spanning the whole history of the form.

The Houston Tango Ensemble has been playing together for a couple of years, and features perhaps Houston’s only bandoneon player, Pablo Fernandez.  Joining him and Rene are violinists Pablo Donatti and Johnny Chang, and double bassist Kyle Flök.

Also featured on the Tango Time program is tango singer Andrea Berri, a longtime collaborator with Rene, and dancers Mauro Marcone and Elizabeth Wingfield. 

This year’s Tango Time includes performances by the winners of the 2013 Casa Argentina “Young Musician Competition,” which Rene organizes each year.

In this interview with St.John Flynn, Rene and Andrea share some tango performances recorded by them over the last few years in Houston Public Media’s Geary Performance Studio.

Tango Time takes place in Jones Hall on the University of St. Thomas campus, Saturday, February 15th, at 7PM.  There’s more information on the Casa Argentina de Houston website.