Uniting sensuality and passion, virtuosity and musicality, Norteño electrifies its audiences by its outstanding performances. Leaving traditional tango behind, Norteño inhabits the turbulent universe of “tango nuevo” (new tango), a genre created by the great Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992). It’s repertoire consists of compositions by Pierre-Paul Provencher, the bandoneonist in the ensemble, as well as works by Piazzolla. The group is unique in that it is one of the only canadian ensemble using the same orchestration as Piazzolla's legendary ensemble.
“Superb musically ... individually, the members are shining soloists.” - THE OTTAWA SUN
...their music is of a unimaginable sensitivity and precision. - LE DROIT, OTTAWA
“... the superb ... Norteño.” “ The sizzling five-piece Gatineau-based group Norteño...” “ Expect a musically sizzling show...” “ ... top-notch players …” - THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
“... electrifying mix of tango music and intense stage presence.” - OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
“We were particularly pleased to have the exceptional Norteño open the Great Canadian Jazz Series.” Jacques Emond, artistic director Ottawa International Jazz Festival THE NEWS HARP, OTTAWA
"...they truly rip out your heart and “knead” it without shame. What joy!" (five stars out of a possible five) LA SCENA MUSICALE, MONTRÉAL