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Pablo Aslan

Living in the United States since 1980, Argentine-born bassist and composer Pablo Aslan is recognized internationally as one of the leading figures in traditional and contemporary tango. His extensive discography includes Piazzolla in Brooklyn, a jazz-tango tribute to Astor Piazzolla, and Tango Grill. The latter earned him nominations for a Latin Grammy Award (“Best Tango Album”) and a Grammy Award (“Best Latin Jazz Album”).

His most recent album of works for bass and string quartet, ConTraBajo (Soundbrush Records) presents him as a soloist and covers an eclectic repertoire ranging from Villa-Lobos and Ellington to original flamenco and tango-inspired compositions. With guest artists Paquito D’Rivera and bandoneonist Raul Jaurena.

He performs and tours with a variety of ensembles, including his own 50’s tango dance band The Aces of Rhythm, with the Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra, Meg Okura’s Pan Asian Ensemble, composer Frank London’s ensembles, and with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

As a producer, he has shaped more than a dozen albums, including the 2007 Latin Grammy Winner Te Amo Tango by Uruguayan bandoneonist Raul Jaurena. As of 2017, Aslan was working on albums by the Glass House Orchestra, Tributango quartet, a CD of original compositions, and a series of electronic tangos for dancers. In 2016, he founded Avantango Records.

Aslan has also performed and recorded with many world-class artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Shakira, Lalo Schifrin, Denyce Graves, Osvaldo Golijov, Pablo Ziegler, the New World Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Aslan has also performed with clarinetist David Krakauer’s band Klezmer Madness! in the U.S. and Europe, and collaborated with other leading klezmer musicians such as composer-trumpeter Frank London and violinist Alicia Svigals.

Aslan is an active researcher and educator producing educational programs for Lincoln Center Institute, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, and Arts Connection in New York City. As a guest lecturer, he has taught at several universities throughout the United States, including Harvard, Yale, and UCLA. Serving as Artistic Director of the Reed Tango Music Institute for the 2013-14 season, Aslan has also been a Featured Artist at the Indiana University Tangueros Conference.


Extended Analysis

Pablo Aslan Quintet: Piazzolla in Brooklyn

Read "Pablo Aslan Quintet: Piazzolla in Brooklyn" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Pablo Aslan QuintetPiazzolla In BrooklynSoundbrush Records2011 Thanks to artists like pianist Pablo Ziegler, woodwind multi-instrumentalist Paquito D'Rivera and bassist Pablo Aslan, the union of jazz and tango has been made complete over the last several decades. Tango music, which like jazz has had a long and complex history often entwined with issues of class, has been present in the Americas for well over 100 years. As popular music, tango was in many ...

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Pablo Aslan: Tango Grill

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Bassist Pablo Aslan has long been in the forefront of forging an alliance between jazz and the tango. His approach has been artful, keeping the body of the tango intact while letting jazz take the music into new pastures. His success can be seen in the music he has created with his band, Avantango, and through recordings like Buenos Aires Tango Standards (Zoho Music, 2007). When it was time for him to fire up Tango Grill Aslan went to Buenos ...

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Pablo Aslan: Tango Grill

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To the unsuspecting ear, Pablo Aslan may sometimes appear to be just a fabulous bassist, with sublime technique and a virtuoso of limitless possibility. But dig a little deeper, especially into Tango Grill, and the impossible will seem to appear. Aslan takes the relatively rigid structure of the written music and dance form--the Tango--into a stratospheric space where no one else has ever dared to venture--not, at least, since Astor Piazzolla reinvented the form as Nuevo Tango over 60 years ...

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Archivo Digital del Tango and Pablo Aslan Quintet featuring Paquito D' Rivera at Americas Society

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Archivo Digital del Tango Pablo Aslan Quintet Featuring Paquito D' Rivera Americas Society New York, NY March 24, 2010

According to Americas Society music director Sebastian Zubieta, March 23rd is a national day of remembrance in Argentina, marking the anniversary of the 1975 military coup that took control of the country for over a decade, and this was the date chosen to introduce the audience of a landmark ...


Tango? Not according to the Latin Academy

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By Pablo Aslan This past summer, members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Science (LARAS) were mailed voting instructions for the prestigious Latin Grammy Awards 2007. Voting on a wide variety of genres and subgenres, such as Brazilian, Mexican, tango, Latin jazz, members will have to choose among 100s of recordings submitted for nomination by the LARAS membership, a distinguished group of industry insiders, musicians, record labels, producers, etc. to which I am ...

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Pablo Aslan: Buenos Aires Tango Standards

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The bass is usually an accompanying instrument, but in Buenos Aires Tango Standards, bassist and native Argentinean Pablo Aslan presents the instrument prominently to convey the stealth and sensuality of tango music. When Aslan returned to his native Buenos Aires in 2005 after living in the US for twenty-five years, he found what he calls, “a fertile pool of musicians who were professionally and creatively engaged in both [the tango and the jazz] worlds. Alongside pianist Abel ...

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Pablo Aslan: Buenos Aires Tango Standards

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Pablo Aslan returned to Buenos Aires in September 2005 after a 25-year absence. While there, he became involved with local jazz musicians, many of whom shared his idea of melding jazz with tango. Aslan formed a band and chose tango standards that spanned several eras for this recording. He wrote the basic arrangements and then let his band have its way.

Aslan's choice profiles the diversity of the tango. While the rhythm of the music is the take-off point for ...

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Album of the Week: Piazzolla in Brooklyn, Pablo Aslan Quintet

Album of the Week: Piazzolla in Brooklyn, Pablo Aslan Quintet

Source: The Latin Jazz Corner by Chip Boaz

Piazzolla In Brooklyn Pablo Aslan Quintet Soundbrush Records

It's actually pretty difficult to judge something like musical quality; your personal conclusions all tend to be based around your perspective. Different people arrive into their conclusions from diverse backgrounds and varying experiences that color their opinions about music. Studied musicians make conscious choices about their artistic priorities, and as a result, they judge performances based upon their personal priorities. Our cultural reference points make a big difference ...


Performance / Tour

Pablo Aslan Tango Salon w/ Paquito D'Rivera March 26-27 8P.M., Rose Theater

Pablo Aslan Tango Salon w/ Paquito D'Rivera March 26-27  8P.M., Rose Theater

Source: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services

Pablo Aslan: Tango Salon Featuring Pablo Aslan, Paquito D'Rivera and other guest artists March 26-27, 2010, 8p.m., Rose Theater For over two decades, bassist, composer and bandleader Pablo Aslan has melded the elegance and melancholy of classic Argentine tango with the American jazz language. Guest artist Paquito D'Rivera and a unique cast of Argentine musicians join Tango Jazz pioneer Pablo Aslan to play the intricate rhythms of the tango. Go to jalc.org for ticket information. Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick ...


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Pablo Aslan Record Release Party Tuesday, April 17 at the Barrow Street Jazz Theater

Pablo Aslan Record Release Party Tuesday, April 17 at the Barrow Street Jazz Theater

Source: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services

Pablo Aslan Buenos Aires Tango Standards

Tuesday, April 17 at the Barrow Street Jazz Theater - 8:30 pm Record Release Party

Pablo Aslan, bass Emilio Solla, piano Daniel Piazzolla, drums Gustavo Bergalli, trumpet Oscar Feldman, sax

Pablo Aslan Buenos Aires Tango Standards Zoho ZM 200702 http://www.zohomusic.com/

Barrow Street Theater 27 Barrow Street (off Bleeker and 7th Ave.), New York, New ...

“We’re in a golden age of jazz-tango fusion, and bassist Pablo Aslan is one of the main reasons. (…) His pulsing lines are the heartbeat of a new music.” JAZZIZ

“There’s been a raft of tango albums from classical performers trying to give a different spin on Argentina’s musical gift to the world. But no really successful jazz spin on the tango until now. Aslan, a native of Buenos Aires, (…) has created a thoroughly-realized amalgam of both musical forms. A fascinating project and totally successful musically!” AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

“Led by double bassist Pablo Aslan, the ensemble brings us the best of both worlds as they rely on beautiful melodies to create a mood before launching into powerful improvisation. The themes are clearly defined, while each improvised adventure comes complete with thrills and beauty. Recommended, Aslan’s Jazz/Tango project works wonders on the soul.” CADENCE

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