“The compositions are loaded with wit, then like some anarchic cartoonish Gatling gun, fired at targets as diverse as cowboy music and tango.”
– Sydney Morning Herald

Hungry for Tango? Astor Piazzolla meets Ennio Morricone on this
Tango-flavored album with a twist of spaghetti western. The Tango genre is
explored, violated and blended not only with the twang of country, but
everything from jazz to Cuban music, classical chamber, improvisation and
experimental electronics.

The body count behind Julian Curwin’s Tango Saloon totals fifteen, with home base being Sydney, Australia. Instrumentation is as diverse as the members with all types of brass, percussion and strings incorporated into the vignettes. As with the traditional Tango, The Tango Saloon is an equally visual experience with their live shows consisting of half a dozen cowboy-clad musicians and rotating guest vocalists. Think of it as Pigface for the classical revivalist set. The revues are those of Sydney legend with each outing supporting a cast of characters that aren’t always part of the plan. Case in point, the night three girls showed up in cowgirl regalia and staged a saloon fight in dance or other evenings where untraditional tango dancers take to the club floor to give modern reinterpretation to the Latin American dance.

Drawing on members from Australia’s experimental music community, the collective behind Curwin’s Tango Saloon come from Monsieur Camembert, Darth Vegas and even a Mr. Bungle member. The list of members:

Julian Curwin – guitar, bass, keyboards
Svetlana Bunic – accordion
Shenton Gregory – violin, viola
Leonie Cohen – piano
Sam Golding – tuba, trumpet, valve trombone
Christian Watson – alto sax, baritone sax
John Hibbard – trombone
Reuben Derrick – tenor sax
Luke Dubber – Rhodes, organ
Kory Horwood – double bass
Jess Ciampa – percussion
Alon Ilsar – drums
Danny Heifetz – drums, percussion
Jane Sheldon – vocals
Ilan Kidron – vocals

Release date: Apr. 18, 2006


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The Tango Saloon