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After studying abroad and winning a grant, Tango music ensemble Cucharada is releasing its album ‘Primavera en Kansas City’ in two markets this April. This quintet will play selections from the recording at the Lied Center Pavilion in Lawrence from 8pm-11 on April 15. They will also perform at Madrigall in Kansas City on April 22 at 8pm. The band includes Johnny Hamil (bass), Juha Silfverberg (accordion), Sean Mawhirter (guitar), Tina Bilberry (violin), and Guy Montes (flute). Ticket options include pre-sale ($10), pre-sale with discounted CD ($15), and door ($15).
These shows follow a month-long, Argentine research trip taken by Mawhirter and Bilberry to study this genre, birthed in Buenos Aires. Their mentors included some of the finest Tango musicians in the world including former Kansas Citian Christine Brebes. Brebes will be playing at the Madrigall show as it coincides with a three week American tour she is making this year.
The group began its efforts for this recording after winning an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant in 2016. It was engineered by Nate Espy at Roof Top Media Studios. An accompanying video for the lead track ‘Re Fa Si’ was produced by videographer Jefferson Donald of Light Bearers Entertainment.
Proudly aware that it’s the only active Tango music group in the area, Cucharada deals with a musical history not unlike Jazz- a 19th century form that evolved from the dance halls to the concert halls. They have catered their repertoire to satisfy both listening and dancing audiences. From the “Paris of South America” to the “Paris of the Plains”! For more information, please visit www.cucharadamusic.com or www.facebook.com/