Raúl Jaurena Trio
A love of Argentine tango has connected Raúl Jaurena (bandoneon), Bobbi Fischer (piano) and Veit Hübner (bass) for a long time. The story of the connection between these three virtuosi on melodeon, piano and double bass respectively is fascinating. In 1997 Veit Hübner went to a concert in New York given by the Uruguayan-born bandoneon player and was captivated by the breath-taking skill with which he played. He immediately invited Jaurena to record with his German quartet, "Tango Five". And the maestro accepted straightaway.
Jaurena made three CDs with Tango Five, including one on which they were accompanied by the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. Several tours followed throughout Germany as well as to the tango festivals of Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
Bobbi Fischer and Veit Hübner have since continued their musical dialogue with the renowned bandoneon player. In 2007, the very same year in which Jaurena was awarded a Grammy for best tango album, the trio gave the first of their critically-acclaimed concerts in Germany.
Musically, the Raúl Jaurena Trio harks back to models of traditional tango, which are used to underpin each ensemble member's solo interpretation. Tango rhythms, therefore, play a fundamental role in the milongas, candombes, tangos and waltzes. Jaurena, who as a young musician played with Astor Piazzolla, provides the traditional tango feel. Fischer and Hübner, their musical roots lying in jazz, provide a genre-crossing impulse that sympathetically suspends the classic separation between the styles. The result is a harmonious fusion of melancholy with a dynamic joie de vivre.