(at Baltimore Avenue)
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Tinta Roja is a bandoneon-guitar duo featuring the intimate, lively, and lyrical sound of tango. Alejo de los Reyes (guitar) and Shinjoo Cho (bandoneon) and met at a mutual friend’s Sunday asado (Argentine barbecue) in Buenos Aires, surrounded by an endless supply of meat, wine, and music making. Their repertoire spans many eras of tango as well as folk music from Argentina.
Guitarist Alejo de los Reyes was born in Chivilcoy, Argentina and grew up in a musical family: his parents were both conservatory teachers, and his grandfathers were a luthier and a tango historian.
He studied guitar at the Chivilcoy Music Conservatory and at the “Manuel de Falla” conservatory in Buenos Aires, under Professor María Bello, and the National University for the Arts (Universidad Nacional de Arte, UNA), under Professor Jorge Biscardi. In August 2011, he was awarded First Prize at the “María Luisa Anido” International Guitar Competition in the city of San Lorenzo (Argentina).
He is currently a member of the “Fulanos de Tal” tango trio, with whom he has recorded two albums and been on six European tours. He also has toured Europe with the “Lo que vos te merecés” tango duet.
Pianist, bandoneonist, and accordionist Shinjoo Cho is a solo and chamber musician working in many musical traditions. Shinjoo began her musical studies in Korea at the age of five and continued after immigrating to the US.
She has collaborated with international music, dance, and film artists in multi-disciplinary projects as an improviser and an ensemble musician and performed in notable venues in the US, Canada, Korea, and Argentina.
Shinjoo is a co-founder of the Philadelphia-based Oscuro Quintet, formed in 2006 to perform tango and new music. She joined the all-women tango music and dance company GlamourTango in 2014 and in 2016, she joined New York’s Astoria Tango Orchestra, directed by Daniel Binelli.
Equally at home with chamber music, Shinjoo participated in the Marlboro Music Festival under the baton of Leon Fleisher in 2012 and 2016 and appeared as a guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst in 2012.
During her 2014-2016 residency in Argentina, some of Shinjoo’s notable performances included appearing as a solo pianist before the president of Argentina at the inauguration of Centro Cultural Kirchner, her Teatro Colón debut with Branford Marsalis Quartet, and as a member of composer and pianist Diego Schissi’s Música Maestra ensemble at Centro Cultural Kirchner Symphonic Hall.
Cast Shadows is original music by accordionist Lis Dembling and cellist Rachel Icenogle, with special guest Sarah Williams Larsen on guitar and violin. They’re influenced by Eastern European folk tunes, fog machines, surrealist composer Erik Satie, cumbia, and French and South American accordion music, as well as their travels past and present. They also play some music by the Italian composer Nino Rota, who scored many of Fellini’s films.
March 14 & 21
4-6:30pm at 1325 N Randolph St. Philadelphia
Alejo de los Reyes, a rising tango and classical guitarist from Argentina, presents the fundamentals of tango playing for guitarists. As a guitar virtuoso, arranger, and teacher, Alejo combines his knowledge of tango’s diverse origins with his experience in presenting tango in various forms with guitar ensembles, singers, and traditional and new tango ensembles.
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