Marlene Sings The Tango
Ann Liebeck soprano
Julian Rowlands bandoneon and piano
Joe Csibi double bass
Just back from international festival Habana Clasica, Cuba, the artists present a new show, inspired by tango, Latin Jazz, Gypsy Jazz and the European dance forms which appear in cabaret, opera and classic Hollywood movies.
The explosion of the arts between the two great world wars in Europe is reflected in the international careers of Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf, both huge names in entertainment in the 1950’s. Both artistes were immersed initially in the local culture of Berlin and Paris during the 1930’s, the cabaret clubs and bal musette, which would be represented in early 20th C film, and then later in Hollywood movies. When Piaf died, Marlene took over many of her great friend’s most famous songs and kept her memory alive, in her spectacular shows from Las Vegas to Havana, Paris and London.
Soprano Ann Liebeck has sung leading opera and operetta roles all over Europe. She specializes in presenting tango and Latin American classic songs alongside renowned composer and performer Julian Rowlands, well known to Irish audiences for the Olivier-award nominated show, Midnight Tango. Dublin based Joe Csibi, equally well-known nationally as composer, arranger and performer joins them on double bass for the second year running at John Field Room, collaborating in this on-going project, which delves deep into the fascinating traditions of popular song between the two great World Wars.
‘Presented with panache’ The Times of London April 2017 Latin Rediscovery at Wiltons’ Music Hall London with their show Violetta’s Last Tango
Published on 9 June 2019