Mini Concert March 18 at La Practica de San Anselmo
Christianna Valentina, vocalist and pianist, and acoustic bassist Daniel Fabricant, will present a mini concert at our practica on Friday, March 18. The duo will perform three traditional tango pieces “in a slightly untraditional way,” says Christianna, along with a Brazilian tune which they have adapted as a tango.
An Alma del Tango scholarship student, Christianna takes private classes with John Campbell and attends up to three group classes each week. The scholarship also gives her the opportunity to build her repertoire as a tango musician and singer. In 2015, she performed in two student productions, Tango Dreamscapes and Moment to Moment. Alma del Tango also provides audio and video support through Alma Video Productions under the direction of John Campbell. Here, Christianna performs El Dia Que Me Quieras at our Holiday Gala last December.
Daniel, an in-demand Bay Area bassist, plays with the Redwood Tango Ensemble. The two have collaborated for over 10 years, and they perform together in a group called Mr. Lonesome and the Blue Belles. They can be heard the first Wednesday of every month at the Deluxe Club in San Francisco.
Christianna explains that performing tango music with just piano, voice and strings is challenging because “you’re taking orchestral music and paring it down. You have to make sure all the parts are there and that it rhythmically connects, and still sounds like the song.”
She’s often asked if she understands what she’s singing about. “I do,” she says. Christianna has studied Spanish (as well as Portuguese and Italian). “I study the lyrics and get coaching on Argentine pronunciation.”
In her arrangements of tango music she brings in richer harmonies found in jazz music. “Tango uses a lot of three-note chords, similar to classical music,” she explains.
“I feel so fortunate for this opportunity with Alma del Tango. I probably wouldn’t have started playing tango music if it hadn’t been for that first show – Tango Dreamscapes,” she says.
Don’t miss this exciting evening with Christianna and Daniel. Refreshments and dancing follow, all for the price of the practica–$10. (If you take the class from 7-8:15 – $18 total)