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|“Untango” (or, “Untangle”, as implied) is the main theme from the upcoming film “Serpent’s Breath”, written and directed by Michael P. DiPaolo. In the film, four relationships are intertwined and shattered over one weekend, reaching towards a shocking climax.
The film’s gritty urban tone and dark subject matter made it a natural fit for a tango-influenced score — but the world of tango was somewhat alien to my own. Having spent the recent years composing and arranging music more in the Eastern European / Persian / Asian and Indian styles, I tried to create a tango sound which would somehow reflect my recent pursuits.
To me, the main melody has a very Indian line, and the accompanying figure in the viola is very Arabic; the piano line is a transfigured version of a Cuban “son montuno” riff (which is running in 6/4 against a general 12/8 feel), while the bass and percussion play primarily in jazz-ballad feel.
“Untango” is dedicated to my mentor Osvaldo Golijov, whose scores are of an immense inspiration, particularly in their heartfelt personality and painstaking attention to detail.
|CATEGORY||Chamber Music, Ljova and the Kontraband, lead sheet, world music, jazz, tango, film soundtrack|
|INSTRUMENTATION||accordion, viola, piano, bass, percussion|
|DURATION||7 minutes 50 seconds|
|WORLD PREMIERE||June 1, 2007 – Brooklyn Academy of Music (part of the Sundance@BAM Film Festival)|
|WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERS||Patrick Farrell, accordion; Ljova, viola; Uli Geissendoerfer, piano; Mike Savino, bass; Mathias Kunzli, percussion|
|OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES||n/a|
|RECORDING||Recorded on Ljova and the Kontraband’s debut CD, “Mnemosyne”, with special guest accordionist William Schimmel. [album details]|
|SCORE AVAILABILITY||All arrangements are available for sale via PDF or mail delivery; arrangements for combinations not listed above may be commissioned on request. [contact for more info]|