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Binelli and Ferman Duo

- Classical and Cultural Connections

Binelli and Ferman Duo
(See CD Review: Imagenes)
Daniel Binelli on Bandoneón
Polly Ferman on Piano
(Daniel Binelli Website)
(Polly Ferman Website)
(PAMAR)
(Tango Metropolis)
polly@pollyferman.net

At
Satalla
www.satalla.com
37 West 26th Street
NY, NY
212.576.1155


Program:
By Binelli: Images of Buenos Aires: Prelude, Grand Tango, Milonga Anhelo y Misterio and Preludio y Candombe
By Piazzolla: Verano Porteño, Oblivion,
Allegro Tangabile, and Adiós Nonino

By Salgan: Milonga casi Candombe and A Fuego Lento
By Ginastera: Argentine Dances: Dance of the Old Cowherd, Dance of the Graceful Wench, and Dance of the Shrewd Gaucho
By Cobian/Cadicamo: Los Mareados
By Mortet: Tamboriles

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 2, 2004

Polly Ferman, from Uruguay, and Daniel Binelli, from Argentina, are a dynamic and daring duo, who compose, perform, and even tell stories to the audience, between songs. Binelli’s compositions are known for their evocative piano leads, played by his partner, Polly Ferman, followed by pulsating and resonant chords on his exciting bandoneón. Tonight’s program was introduced with Binelli’s very long and dynamic piece, Images of Buenos Aires (title song from Binelli-Ferman 2001 CD). The soft piano lead merges to a racing and driven bandoneón-piano fusion, followed by powerful and romantic chords. Los Mareados was for solo bandoneón, daringly dynamic and deeply infused with emotion. The first Salgan piece was a duet, slightly edgy, and could have been danced as a milonga (fast, upbeat tango).

Binelli and Ferman professionally performed three of Piazzolla’s most renowned works: Verano Porteño, Oblivion, Allegro Tangabile, and Adiós Nonino. Verano Porteño illustrated the full potential of Binelli’s bandoneón, with extreme extensions in time and pitch, creating some of the highest single notes I have heard, quickly followed by the deepest chords. There were crescendos of ecstatic sound that filled Satalla, a dark, hip Club with ultraviolet lights that highlight bright, abstract art on walls and ceiling, with small tables and low cushions for excellent sight lines.

Oblivion, for solo piano, brought tears to those familiar with this haunting, hypnotic melody. Allegro Tangabile was rapid and rare, ending in dark abstraction. Adiós Nonino, written for Piazzolla’s grandfather, contained some of the lengthiest and most brilliant sounds on Binelli’s bandoneón that one could ever experience. Ginastera’s Argentine Dances spoke about gaucho horses, a cowherd, and a wench. This is music rooted in the countryside of a colorful and culturally rich nation, and Binelli re-created this piece for piano and bandoneón. Dissonance and tonal elongation, followed by racing, wild rhythms, were generated.

Salgan’s A Fuego Lento was esoteric and exotic, with a mountain of mysterious melodies and moods. Mortet’s Tamboriles, a duet, was pulsating and percussive, with powerful, repetitive passages. Binelli’s Preludio y Candombe was so strong that he stood up onstage, in order to extend his bandoneon to its fullest ferocity. Kudos to Daniel Binelli and Polly Ferman for another wonderful concert of solos and duets and original, as well as originally interpreted, compositions. Check their Websites above for their latest news and scheduled concerts.


Daniel Binelli on Bandoneon
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Polly Ferman and Daniel Binelli
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Daniel Binelli on Bandoneon
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Polly Ferman and Daniel Binelli
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Daniel Binelli on Bandoneon
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Polly Ferman and Daniel Binelli
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Robert, Susan, Diana
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Satalla
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Satalla
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Satalla
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Satalla
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Satalla
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Satalla
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Satalla
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net