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Chamamé was born out of migrations to the northeastern provinces of Argentina, and infused with generations of war, hardship, and backbreaking fieldwork. This sound is more than a genre; it is the music of a place. It is the sound that stretches across vast landscapes of rivers, rainforest and subtropical weather, over sand and an endless expanse of red fields. Three hundred years in the making, this music was originally distilled from the combination of Spanish and Mbya Guarani indigenous styles. The accordion was introduced thanks to the polkas, waltzes, and schottisches that arrived with Eastern European migrant boats, and was eventually adopted as the unofficial instrument of chamamé.
Born in 1968 in the province of Misiones, Chango Spasiuk reaped the benefits of this meeting of cultures in northeastern Argentina. By age eleven, Chango had picked up the accordion and joined his father and uncle in impromptu patio performances overlooking the hot red earth of his homeland. Since then Chango has complemented his talents with work in folk, jazz and rock, allowing him to experiment with a multitude of sounds over six albums. Today Chango is the symbol of the contemporary chamamé movement in Argentina, much the way Astor Piazzola bred new life into tango. On his latest CD, Chango nourishes the growing history with an invigorating mix of new and classic chamamé songs. A fiery and sensitive virtuoso on the accordion, he displays an audacity rarely seen with musicians of this genre. From a position of absolute openess and lack of prejudice, Spasiuk produces a rich mix of sound and tradition, where both legacy and synthesis, improvisation and composition, tradition and modernity play equal roles, making his music an intense listening experience that moves beyond boundaries of style and sound.
This is his first US tour.