Centred on the large repertoire drawn from the Buenos Aires tango tradition, Payadora has not neglected homegrown talents, premiering its pianist Horvath’s first tango composition Tavasz... The work began with a slow free tempo exploration on the piano, but then gained steam propelled by the tango rhythm, relying on virtuoso interplay between all four instrumentalists. In addition to tango, Payadora also performed two Argentinian vernacular dance music genres which received polished, sophisticated renderings by the musicians and served to expand the audience’s appreciation of that country’s musical expression beyond that of the tango. The intimate Gallery 345 concert closed with an enthusiastic encore. It was clear that Payadora’s fans – attracted by its musicians’ playful unforced technical virtuosity, rhythmic precision, and evident commitment to the tango repertoire and ethos – are ready for much more
Toronto-based Payadora Tango Ensemble showcase their enormous respect for the style and their phenomenal performing talents in a jam-packed 12 tango release. Payadora’s musicians are each superstars in their own right. Together they each remain as soloists yet with superb individual listening skills blend tightly as an ensemble. A welcome diverse collection of tango music performed with detailed musical nuances. Enjoy this timeless release!
The capacity audience leapt to their feet cheering, whistling and calling for encores after a totally moving and energizing concert. Each composition was so different and unique from the others ... all with first-class orchestral accompaniments showcasing this new, vibrant and ultra-talented ensemble!
Payadora’s concert presented by Group of 27 was a huge hit! The place was packed, the music was fantastic, and the audience loved it ... Can’t wait to have them back!
It was difficult to tell who was having more fun – the audience or the performers!
Payadora is a full-on epic masterful musical experience!
The players are first rate and together they elevate the tango to such an extent that you don’t want the concert to end ... Beautiful music, beautifully played - who could ask for more?
With influences from Argentina to Eastern Europe to the great Astor Piazzolla, Payadora plays the tango like it’s meant to be: sultry, steamy, but with grace and precision. You will be entertained!
Thank you for bringing your admirable artistry and infectious energy to the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. The large and very diverse audience was clearly thrilled and I think it’s safe to say that Payadora gained a lot of new fans yesterday.
The group exhibits the highest degree of professionalism, with lyrical and technical agility evident when required. Payadora fills a unique niche and is a joy to experience.