UKARIA honours our First Nations by fostering a shared sense of respect for this land, and we acknowledge and pay our respects to the Peramangk, traditional custodians of the land on which the Cultural Centre stands.



Sunday 20 February 2022  |  2:30PM

* This concert has been rescheduled from Sunday 21 November 2021.

* A two-course lunch will be held in the Garden Terrace prior to this concert (separate booking required). 

'In essence then, if classic is what remains as a model and universal is what belongs to everyone for all time, Piazzolla's tango is universal and classical music even if he called it "music of cafés", a creation immortal and luminous nonetheless, like a star that has become substance in the sounds of the soul.'

– Horacio Ferrer

In 1960 Astor Piazzolla put together the 'First Quintet' – an ensemble comprised of a violin, an electric guitar, a double bass and a piano, with Piazzolla himself performing on bandoneón. The formation remains the most authentic expression of the Nuevo Tango style.

Scottish accordion virtuoso James Crabb is Australia's leading Piazzolla authority, and has long dreamed of establishing his own quintet. With Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Andrew Haveron on violin, 2019 Freedman Classical Fellow Rohan Dasika on bass, young jazz superstar Joshua Meader on guitar, and award-winning pianist Stefan Cassomenos at the keyboard, this is about as good as it gets.

Together they play music by Tomás Gubitsch, Gustavo Beytelmann, Antonio Agri and José Carli in a program framed by the works of Astor Piazzolla, culminating in the great Concierto para Quinteto. Just try to resist the urge to dance.


Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
La Camorra II
Milonga del Angel

Tomàs Gubitsche (b. 1957)

Antonio Agri (1932–1998) / José Carli (1931–2020)
Desde Adentro (From Within)

Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)


Gustavo Beytelmann (b. 1945)

Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
Romance del Diablo

Tomàs Gubitsche (b. 1957)
De Los Hermanos

Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
Concierto para Quinteto

Duration | Approximately one hour and forty minutes, including a twenty-minute interval.
Note | Complimentary afternoon tea will be served during the interval.

Photo Credit

James Crabb: Christoffer Askman

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