Region: Yorkshire and The Humber
Address: Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS
Starts: 15:30 - 21:30
Price: £10 - £12
Venue Url: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/events/venuedetail
Event Url: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/events/eventdetail
Continents: South America
All Seated Event: Yes
Argentina's finest contemporary tango artist Martin Alvarado has achieved wide acclaim around the world during 23 international tours over the past ten years, regularly headlining at major venues and performing sold-out concerts. Already he is increasingly being considered one of the most significant vocalists in the history of tango. In Russia recently he was described as 'the new Carlos Gardel'.
He is chiefly renowned for his extraordinarily beautiful tenor voice, his commanding and charismatic stage presence and his outstanding repertoire from four albums, which feature work by some of Argentina's most celebrated poets and composers, including rare work by Astor Piazzolla. In Holmfirth, he will also sing some of his own, as yet unrecorded, compositions.
Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar Martin's live performances have a mesmerising and emotionally engaging quality which allows him to cross the language barrier and leave a moving and memorable impression with his audience.
In an artistic mission that aims to take tango beyond the cliche, his style brings to it a fresh contemporary sound which is already proving a significant influence in the evolution of the genre.
In his native Buenos Aires, Alvarado engenders much national pride for the way the way, in 23 international tours over the past ten years, he has become something of a cultural ambassador for Argentina's rich musical heritage.
Milonga tea dance: 3.30-6.30pm
Concert: 7.30pm (with interval)
Tea and coffee served plus licensed bar
Entry £12 on the door or £10 in advance. Advance tickets from Kirklees Council Box Office at 01484 221900 or online at http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls/boxoffice.shtml
• 'With his high ranged and sensitive voice, Martín Alvarado turns on its head the tango paradigm created by Carlos Gardel' El Universo, Ecuador (April 2012)
• "A great interpreter of the tango," 2x4 Radio, Buenos Aires. (April 2011)
• "... he has an extraordinarily beautiful voice..." Helsingin Sanomat (Finland's largest national newspaper, February 2012)
• "Incredible sets by Martin Alvarado... What a show! A really wonderful revelation. Martin Alvarado's voice has range, power, feeling and charm. A gifted, very technical singer and superb showman." Negracha Tango Club, London (March 2012)
• "Martín Alvarado is taking tango to a whole new dimension, while showing the greatest respect and love for the tradition." Rich Rainlore's World of Music. (March 2012)
• "His voice is truly inspirational. He sings with great ease and passion. His stage presence is full of sheer confidence and his joy to be on the stage is visible to all." Latino Music UK. (March 2012)
• "... a certain Latino charisma mesmerises his audiences.... the emotive phrasing was pure Argentinian seduction." Nottingham Post, UK (November 2011).
• "Alvarado's full-bodied Spanish and superbly supple tenor voice made for mouth-watering listening. It was a rare privilege..." Learning to Tango website (November 2011)
• "The quality of his voice is something very special indeed... Each night isn't just a show, for Alvarado, it's a work of art. In Martín Alvarado's hands - and moreover, his voice - tango has found not just a curator but an innovator to carry it forward. If you get the chance to see this man, grab it with both hands, you won't see many of his like." Worldmusic.co.uk (November 2011)
• "A voice to melt a thousand hearts," DJ Ritu, A World in London, SOAS Radio. (November 2011)
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