Thanks to all for coming to my CD launch.

What an amazing night last night was!

It was very special performing 'El Asunto del Tango' with my fellow musicians for such a receptive and enthusiastic audience.
Thank you so much to all the saxophone players, tangueros, fellow musos, students, friends and family that came along to support us.

A special thanks to Daniel Rojas, Michael Kluger and Isabella Brown for their amazing work on the CD and last night, its a true privilege playing with you.

The biggest thank you must go to Carmen Nieves, my beautiful wife without whom none of this could have happened. Her incredible musical input and performance is inspiring, her dedication to the project and diligent work ethic unmatched and her creativity and care to make last night the amazing event it was for all shows her incredible energy.

We hope you enjoyed the event and ask you to please leave any comments about the event and/or CD on the El Asunto del Tango facebook page.


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  • Carmen

    Carmen

    Our baby, 8 months in the making... For me there are so many reasons to be happy. Since the first thought about recording a CD of Tango classics, from going to Buenos Aires and finding that painting and Jay saying "This is the cover of my next CD". What a jorney it has been. From meeting a fantastic bounch of argentinean saxophonists and composers, that kindly shared their words, works and left a little personal mark in the path, to contemplating the art of the real Tango in their land and its people, learning how much Tango means to them and get some valuable insights from the artists and performers. To then get some encouragment from a colleague, that not only we admire so deeply -as a performer- but that is so dear to us Niels Bijl. That is all it took. Jay is such an admirable hard worker, as well as a dreamer. He wouldn't stop talking and thinking about it since. I always knew that his head was somewhere else in Argentina when I was trying to keep him functioning as usual. How can I blame him, 'Tango is highly addictive and in many cases 'it takes over a preson's life' -Naomi Hotta. As a saxophone player myself I am his biggest fan. I admire his fearless approach to all kinds of music but is his passion, commitment and determination to complete this project in between a doctoral degree, endless ours of teaching, the academy and a home the reasons why I am so proud of him. It has only been 8 months from the thinking to the making of El Asunto del Tango Album. Along the way, our fellow pianist and dear friend Daniel Rojas joined and brought a bag of knowledge and enthusiasm for the project and also the gift of his beautiful creation Llévame (t. Take me away) It certainly took me away from the first second I heard it, and is one of my favourites in the CD. We are also privileged enough to have Michael Kluger in the team, not only a fascinating man but such an inspirational musician and performer. His expertise and attention to detail has resulted in the product we proudly present today. Young Bella has been a delight to work with and she also had so much to say about tango and music. Bella should know that many of the people we admire in the world has put a word on her incredible interpretation of the basse in the album. We are inmensely grateful to have her. After 2 months of intensive arranging, practise rehearsing, rearanging and four days of recording, technically speaking the Album couldn't be here today without the expertise and profesionalism of David Kim Boyle and Jonathan Palmer. We learnt so much in those four days, not only about technisism and technology but how to make the best of your playing in such a terrifying situation. We are immensely honoured and grateful for their support and ethics. The seed was planted, we carried it with us and our dreams, it grew into a beautiful thing. It ours, and whatever it turns out to be, I will always be proud. It is just like a baby, it was challenging sometimes and now is here with us and we can not be happier. The only difference is - for what we have been told- is that babies are actually hard work. With immense Admiration and Love, your wife Carmen Nieves-Byrnes

    Our baby, 8 months in the making...
    For me there are so many reasons to be happy. Since the first thought about recording a CD of Tango classics, from going to Buenos Aires and finding that painting and Jay saying "This is the cover of my next CD". What a jorney it has been. From meeting a fantastic bounch of argentinean saxophonists and composers, that kindly shared their words, works and left a little personal mark in the path, to contemplating the art of the real Tango in their land and its people, learning how much Tango means to them and get some valuable insights from the artists and performers. To then get some encouragment from a colleague, that not only we admire so deeply -as a performer- but that is so dear to us Niels Bijl. That is all it took.
    Jay is such an admirable hard worker, as well as a dreamer. He wouldn't stop talking and thinking about it since. I always knew that his head was somewhere else in Argentina when I was trying to keep him functioning as usual. How can I blame him, 'Tango is highly addictive and in many cases 'it takes over a preson's life' -Naomi Hotta.
    As a saxophone player myself I am his biggest fan. I admire his fearless approach to all kinds of music but is his passion, commitment and determination to complete this project in between a doctoral degree, endless ours of teaching, the academy and a home the reasons why I am so proud of him.
    It has only been 8 months from the thinking to the making of El Asunto del Tango Album. Along the way, our fellow pianist and dear friend Daniel Rojas joined and brought a bag of knowledge and enthusiasm for the project and also the gift of his beautiful creation Llévame (t. Take me away) It certainly took me away from the first second I heard it, and is one of my favourites in the CD. We are also privileged enough to have Michael Kluger in the team, not only a fascinating man but such an inspirational musician and performer. His expertise and attention to detail has resulted in the product we proudly present today.
    Young Bella has been a delight to work with and she also had so much to say about tango and music. Bella should know that many of the people we admire in the world has put a word on her incredible interpretation of the basse in the album. We are inmensely grateful to have her.
    After 2 months of intensive arranging, practise rehearsing, rearanging and four days of recording, technically speaking the Album couldn't be here today without the expertise and profesionalism of David Kim Boyle and Jonathan Palmer. We learnt so much in those four days, not only about technisism and technology but how to make the best of your playing in such a terrifying situation. We are immensely honoured and grateful for their support and ethics.
    The seed was planted, we carried it with us and our dreams, it grew into a beautiful thing. It ours, and whatever it turns out to be, I will always be proud.
    It is just like a baby, it was challenging sometimes and now is here with us and we can not be happier. The only difference is - for what we have been told- is that babies are actually hard work.
    With immense Admiration and Love, your wife
    Carmen Nieves-Byrnes

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