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Feb. 1, 2008

Ziegler and Acuña bring jazzy New Tango to Hancher Auditorium Feb. 23

Pablo Ziegler's Quintet for New Tango, with special guest vocalist Claudia Acuña, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium.

Ziegler, who was the pianist and arranger for Astor Piazzolla's innovative New Tango Quintet for a decade, has expanded on the legacy of his mentor -- the pioneer of the New Tango movement in Argentina and internationally -- with his distinctive fusion of tango and jazz. His quintet retains the signature sound of the bandoneon, the accordion that Piazzolla played and prominently featured, while bringing electric guitar to the fore and providing greater range for improvisation.

In his recent recordings, he has collaborated with artists ranging from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and classical pianist Emanuel Ax to saxophonist Joe Lovano and vibes star Stefon Harris. His 2003 CD "Bajo Cero" won a Latin Grammy Award.

Acuña is a rising vocal star from Chile, possessing, in the estimation of Newsday critic Ed Morales, "the voice of an angel." The critic of the Los Angeles Times called her voice, "an instrument of wonder." Like Zeigler, she combines her Latin heritage with jazz, creating a sound all her own.

Ziegler, who studied at Buenos Aires Music Conservatory, is classically trained in both piano and composition. But he also played with jazz groups from the age of 14. His first group as a leader was the Pablo Ziegler Terceto, which played classical music in his jazz arrangements.

In 1978 he joined Piazzolla's famed quintet, with which he toured internationally, and to which he contributed his jazz sensibility. And since Piazzolla's death, Ziegler has both celebrated and built on Piazzolla's New Tango, performing in major venues and festivals worldwide.

Acuña was signed to Verve Records in 1999, and recorded her critically acclaimed debut, "Wind from the South." She has recorded, toured and performed with artists including Tom Harrell, Billy Childs, George Benson, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Antonio Hart, Danilo Perez, Makoto Ozone and Joey Calderazzo.

She was recently appointed a spokesperson for World Vision Chile, an international Christian relief and development organization, delivering assistance during humanitarian emergencies to areas where it operates child-focused development programs.

The Feb. 23 concert is supported by John and Lynne Geweke through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $32/29/26; UI student $28.80/15; senior citizen $28.80/26.10/23.40; youth $22.40/20.30/18.20.

The Hancher Auditorium box office is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: For Ziegler:; For Acuña:; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),