ONE OF THE world’s most respected tango musicians and singers, Martin Alvarado, will be bringing his distinctive Latin American sound to the Holme Valley in September.
The globe-trotting troubadour, who is making his third tour of the UK, will be stopping off at Holmfirth Civic Hall.
Martin, who was born in Buenos Aires, has won wide acclaim for his extraordinary tenor voice and is renowned for his commanding and charismatic stage performances.
His repertoire is drawn from his four albums, which cover work by Argentina’s most celebrated poets and composers including rare work by the Godfather of tango nuevo Astor Piazzolla, as well as his own, as-yet unrecorded, compositions.
Considered a cultural ambassador for Argentina, Martin discovered his talent for singing while studying guitar.
But his professional career didn’t begin until several years later when he travelled to Spain and performed in Barcelona. An invitation followed to sing in Finland, where tango has a massive following.
Since then he has made numerous television appearances in Finland, Russia and Argentina and collaborated with Finnish tango quintet Otra Vez and the revered bandoneon (a type of concertina) player Leopoldo Federico.
Last year he was invited to take part in the successful stage show, Midnight Tango, which starred BBC Strictly Come Dancing tango stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace.
Martin counts soul singer Stevie Wonder and former Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes among his inspirations and is currently working on his fifth and sixth albums.
Seen by critics as the finest tango singer in the world at the moment, Martin is increasingly considered one of the most significant in the history of tango
He has been hailed as the “new Carlos Gardel” and a worthy successor to the great tango vocalist, who died in a plane crash at the height of his career in 1935.
Martin said: “I am very happy to be performing in Holmfirth and seeing some of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.”
“I believe I have been given a gift to play and sing and reach people’s hearts. So giving my all whenever I have the chance to perform is my way to honour that gift I have been given,” he said.
His performance in Holmfirth forms part of his third tour of the UK which also takes in his debut in Ireland at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Friday, August 24, and his Scottish debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Sunday August 26.
As a live performer, Martin is known for his powerful emotional connection with his audience which transcends the language barrier and leaves a lasting and moving impression.
His interpretations have a particularly contemporary and creative sound in the way he phrases the music and his style is increasingly a significant influence in the evolution of the genre.
At the same time, his deep love and respect for the tango tradition means the songs remain universally accessible.
In his native Buenos Aires, Martin engenders much national pride for the way the way, in 23 international tours over the past 10 years, he has become an ambassador for Argentina’s rich musical heritage.
Since then he has collaborated and performed with renowned Finnish tango quintet Otra Vez as well as some of the leading musicians in the genre in Argentina, including the highly revered bandoneon player, Leopoldo Federico, who was a guest performer on his second album, “Asi es mi tango”, and Horacio Avilano, a prominent guitarist who worked with him on his last album “Más Allá”.
Tickets for his Holmfirth concert, which starts at 7.30pm on Sunday, September 2, are £12 on the door or £10 in advance from the Kirklees Council box office, 01484 222444 or online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls.
The concert will be preceded, at 3.30pm, by a tango social dance – a milonga – for local tango enthusiasts.