Lesley Karsten, accompanied by a live band, plays Piazzolla: "He challenged all the rules. Well, why can't I challenge the rules?" she says.
The story of the great nuevo tango innovator Astor Piazzolla will be told onstage with a live tango band at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center on July 30 and 31.
That’s Not Tango: Astor Piazzolla a Life in Music features Lesley Karsten as Piazzolla, accompanied by a quartet performing the legend’s emotional, avant-garde compositions, with JP Jofre on bandoneón, Brandt Frederiksen on piano, Nick Danielson on violin and Pablo Aslan playing bass.
"I thought it was actually so much more interesting to have this kind of macho guy embodied by a woman." Karsten, a documentary filmmaker, pianist and singer, says. "He challenged all the rules. Well, why can't I challenge the rules? Why play it safe when you are developing a piece about a composer who didn't play it safe? That's part of his great strength and his legacy: He was brave and he took risks."