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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Oblivion'
Artist - Yulia Musayelyan Tango Project

For those unaware, there's a new tango master in town and her name is Yulia Musayelyan.

Oh, and the town is Boston! OK, well, before you start thinking about how many tango practitioners may live in this great American city, all you need to know is that after listening to here brand new album Oblivion (due out March 12, 2021 via Zoho Music) there will surely be many more.

Indeed, this is an inspired masterwork that will encourage more musicians to explore the vintage and nuevo forms of tango, and perhaps they'll make a pilgrimage to learn from the Maestra herself.

Born in Moscow, Russia, Yulia began studying music at the age of four and along the way she earned many prestigious recognitions as a flautist such as the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Awards.

She later moved to the United States where she is a professor at Berklee College of Music. What's more, Yulia is a prolific performer who has played with the likes of Hector Martignon, Marta Gomez, and Marta Topferova, among others.

She has also played on more than 30 albums and here on Oblivion Yulia is joined by a stellar rhythm section to complete the quartet, each of them also on the faculty at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Each member also shares Yulia's cosmopolitan heritage and outlook for pianist Maxim Lubarsky is a native of Ukraine, bassist Fernando Huergo is from Córdoba, Argentina, and Mark Walker is from Chicago, USA.

1. 'Fuga y Misterio' (5:43)
2. 'Flor de Lino' (4:35)
3. 'Oblivion' (6:40)
4. 'Milonga de Mis Amores' (2:30)
5. 'Como Dos Extraños' (3:31)
6. 'La Muerte del Angel' (3:03)
7. 'Si Llega a ser Tucumana' (4:21)
8. 'Nada' (3:29)
9. 'To Ostatnia Niedziela' (4:10)
10. 'Nostalgias' (3:31)
11. 'Libertango' (5:13)

Oblivion is an exquisite production on which you hear familiar and forward as well as anew and afresh. For example, 'Fuga y Misterio' is the well-known Astor Piazzolla number from his 1978 opera Maria de Buenos Aires.

Here Yulia's rendition begins with her searching, free flowing solo flute which gains steam with formidable bass lines as to emulate the dynamism of Piazzolla's opera as well as the energy of Buenos Aires itself.

After that comes the lively, tango-based 'Flor de Lino' (composed by Héctor Stamponi in 1947) which was composed by Hector Stamponi in 1947 in the style of tango vals, which was adapted from the European waltz.

Then we get the suspenseful yearning of the title track itself 'Oblivion,' which is, of course, the Piazzolla piece composed in 1982 for Marco Bellochio’s film Henry IV, and that's backed by the short, but oh-so sweet 'Milonga de Mis Amores' and then the lusciously-emotive flute-bass duet with Fernando Huergo 'Como Dos Extraños' (composed by Pedro Laurenz with lyrics by José María Contursi in 1940).

And then we get another Piazzolla piece that was composed in the 1960s, the second of his “Angel” series, the gently frenetic 'La Muerte del Angel,' which is followed by one of my own personal favorites on this album, and which is also the only non-tango piece on the album, the laid low, deeply hypnotic meandering of 'Si Llega a ser Tucumana.'

Up next is the swimmingly beautiful, easy going 'Nada' (a tango canción that was written by the venerable composer José Dames in 1944) which is itself backed by the more of the subtle tango vibe on 'To Ostatnia Niedziela' (composed by Jerzy Petersburski in 1935), with this quite majestically orchestrated album coming to a close on the beautifully drawn, gossamer lines of 'Nostalgias' (composed by Juan Carlos Cobián in 1935), and then the light and breezy 'Libertango'(written in 1974, and which is perhaps the most recognizable and well-known of Piazzolla’s compositions).

Yulia Musayelyan - flute, voice #5 , bass flute #8
Maxim Lubarsky - piano
Fernando Huergo - bass
Mark Walker - drums

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