Triangulo: A triple threat of Latin magic
by : Jim Hague
Mar 08, 2005 | 644 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
They come from three different countries in South America. Pablo Zinger hails from Uruguay. Dr. Gustavo Tavares is a native of Brazil. Marco Granados was born in Venezuela. They enjoy different backgrounds and lifestyles - except they share a passion for music, both from their classical training and their Latin heritages.

Together, the trio forms the highly acclaimed group Triangulo, which will perform in Weehawken at the UBS Atrium Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., as part of the monthly free lunchtime concerts produced by the Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center.

Zinger is a pianist, Granados plays the flute, and Tavares is a cellist. The trio has traveled the world performing in all different kinds of settings, festivals and concert halls, with such renowned artists as Tito Puente and local jazz legend Paquito D'Rivera, the former Weehawken resident who now resides in North Bergen.

In fact, the group has a strong relationship with D'Rivera, a member of the HRPAC Board.

"Paquito is a founding member of Triangulo," Zinger said. "It originally was Gustavo, Paquito and myself. When Paquito left us in 2000, Marco came into the group. But Paquito remains a dear friend and an inspiration for us. We continue to feature his music as much as possible. He suggested that we should play this concert."

Zinger said that Triangulo likes performing in smaller venues like this one in Weehawken, because it gives the group a chance to experiment with some different musical pieces that they cannot do in open air stadiums and concert halls.

For example, one of Triangulo's more poignant works is a tango written by composer Luz Simas, written exclusively for Triangulo. The contemporary work is entitled, "The Suite Momentos Felices," which has received wide praise on the group's current worldwide tour.

"We just played it with the Johannesburg Orchestra in South Africa," Zinger said. "It was very successful, but now, this concert [Tuesday] will be the first time we're playing it without a full orchestra. It's a very exciting, passionate piece, a romantic work. It's a monumental piece."

Wide range of styles

It would be very difficult to simply classify Triangulo's style as Latin. The group covers a wide range of styles featuring all three men's classical training, but also integrating their love for Latin sounds and rhythms.

"We certainly have a wide variety of music that we perform," Zinger said. "We also have a wide range of emotions. People tend to stereotype Latin music as being Carmen Miranda, smiling with the maracas. Happy, entertaining Latin music, party music. But that's only one side of the culture. We have the fun, rhythmic side, but we also have the soulful, dramatic side. Some of our music is fast, happy and peppy. We also have very soulful, nostalgic, almost dark emotions at times."

Added Zinger, "One of our missions is to show the variety of music, how it differs from composer to composer. Our variety is immense."

Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center Executive Director Bruce Sherman is pleased to be able to bring Triangulo to Weehawken.

"Triangulo's work is very eclectic," Sherman said. "They are such great musicians and this gives them the ability to explore many different musical forms. For instance, on Tuesday, they will play several tangos, which I know will be very popular and they will play a very famous classical piece by Hector Villa-Lobos. The concert should make a lot of people want to head south. But that's what music is all about, being able to transport people to different times and places."

Zinger, who is also the musical director and conductor for the Afternoon Opera Series at Town Hall in New York, is also a writer and expert on Latin-American Music. Tavares is also an instructor, heading the Latin American Chamber Music Project at Rutgers University. Granados is also a music instructor and serves on the faculty at the New School in Manhattan.

The trio has just released a new CD called "Tango Dreams," featuring some pieces written by D'Rivera and Astor Piazzolla.

"Everyone loves the music," Zinger said. "It's important to bring this slice of culture to various audiences. I'm always surprised to see the different people who come to concerts like this one. The interest is always there. People love us and they love our music."

The next one is a fundraiser

After Triangulo performs Tuesday, the next HRPAC event will be a gala benefit fundraiser featuring singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway on March 20. Callaway is one of the hottest pop and jazz singers today. Last Friday, Callaway played the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center and in the past two months she's performed at Carnegie Hall, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Blue Note.

"We're very lucky to have her," said Sherman. "There's a great deal of interest in this performance, and I encourage people who want to see her to get their tickets as soon as possible, as there are a limited number of seats and I expect a sellout."

The concert with Ann Hampton Callaway is the HRPAC's lone fundraiser of the year. The Triangulo concert is free of charge.

Those interested in purchasing tickets for the Ann Hampton Callaway concert can call the HRPAC concert line at (201) 716-4540. For more information on all of HRPAC's concerts, visit www.HRPAC.org. For more information on Triangulo, visit www.triangulo.org.

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