Cabaret Tango with Ann Liebeck
Ann Liebeck – Soprano
Julian Rowlands – Bandoneon and Piano
Tom Mason – Double Bass
From the tragic milongueras of Tango’s golden age to the heroines of Astor Piazzolla’s great ballads, via Paris and Berlin courtesy of Piaf and Weill, Ann Liebeck takes us on a journey of passionate intensity. Placido Domingo said that a tango is an opera in three minutes. With her years of operatic experience and deep immersion in the music, words, and dance of Tango Argentino, Ann Liebeck is our guide through this world, singing lyrics in the original languages as well as her own English versions. New arrangements by Julian Rowlands feature piano and bandoneon, the authentic instrument of tango, with leading jazz and tango player Tom Mason on bass.
Cabaret Tango was debuted by the duo of Ann Liebeck and Julian Rowlands at London’s premier cabaret venue “The Pheasantry” with the release of Ann Liebeck’s album Violetta’s Last Tango.
Songs from Cabaret Tango
Opera and tango singer Ann Liebeck has performed in theatres all over Europe and in the USA. Her production company, Latin Rediscovery, has developed a number of shows in collaboration with Latin music and dance specialists. ‘Violetta’s Last Tango’ received enthusiastic reviews from audiences at major London venues (Kings Place, the Purcell Room and Artsdepot) and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
One of Europe’s top tango musicians, bandoneonist and composer Julian Rowlands regularly appears on UK national television and radio and at major concert and theatre venues as a soloist and with Tango Siempre and other artists. His performance with Tango Siempre of their original score to the Olivier-award nominated Midnight Tango was described by the Financial Times as “the tango, raw, intoxicating, speaking with its true voice”, and his solo performance of his own music in Flying into Daylight by Emmy award winner Ron Hutchinson won the accolade “Tango Nirvana” from the Guardian.
Tom Mason gained a First Class Honours degree at the Royal Academy of Music and then studied with Cecil McBee at New England Conservatory. There, he also played with pianist and ECM recording artist, Michael Cain and award-winning trombonist, Robin Eubanks. He has since built a reputation as one of the most versatile and in-demand bassists in the UK today, and has recorded and performed with artists such as Gwilym Simcock, Billy Cobham, Gerard Presencer, Famoudou Don Moye, BBC Big Band, Kings Cross Hot Club, Nicolas Meier Group and Tim Garland. He has also played bass for singer Jonathan Jeremiah with whom he recorded with legendary drummer Questlove (The Roots). Tom has performed with the UK’s leading tango ensemble Tango Siempre since 2010.