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PREVIEW: Tango band Cuarteto Rotterdam brings melancholy, desire, and defiance to The Foundry, Friday, March 22

"Cuarteto Rotterdam can with good reason be regarded as one of the best European tango ensembles." — TANGO Reporter

West Stockbridge — Tango band Cuarteto Rotterdam will appear at The Foundry on Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m.

Originally from Germany, the Netherlands, and Argentina, Cuarteto Rotterdam has performed in concert halls and tango festivals in Paris, Istanbul, Zurich, Amsterdam, and, most notably, Buenos Aires, where the passionate and sensual dance known as tango was born. Formed in 2004, Cuarteto Rotterdam is named after its birthplace in the Netherlands, where its three founding members, Michael Dolak, Susanne Cordula Welsch, and Judy Ruks, met while studying tango at the Rotterdam Academy for World Music. The three have lived in Germany since 2007.

In 2011, the quartet won the 48th Klingenthal International Accordion Competition in the category of instrumental groups with bandoneón.

Here is the group’s lineup:

Leipzig-born Michael Dolak, has been playing accordion since the age of six and studied bandoneón from 2003 to 2007 at Rotterdam Academy of World Music with Victor Hugo Villena, Leo Vervelde, Gustavo Beytelmann, and Coco Nelegatti. Michael works as a freelance musician and teacher in Berlin. As a soloist, he has performed with the Bavarian State Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Ballet, Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt, hr-Bigband, Central Saxon Philharmonic Orchestra, New Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Trier Philharmonic Orchestra, and others.

Born in Singen am Hohentwiel, Germany, Susanne Cordula Welsch started playing violin at the age of six. After founding the tango duo “Por Dos Cabezas” in the mid-90s with pianist Judith Hafer, the Argentine tango became her greatest passion. She subsequently moved to Rotterdam to study violin with Martijn van der Linden and Micha Molthoff at the Argentine Tango Department of the Rotterdam Academy for World Music. In 2004 she co-founded “Cuarteto Rotterdam” with Michael Dolak. She plays a violin built in 1996 by Haat-Hedlef Uilderks of Lübeck, Germany.

Judy Ruks has been playing piano since the age of seven. Born in Oosterbeek, the Netherlands, she studied classical piano with Frank Peters and Frank van de Laar at the “Hogeschool voor de Kunsten” in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and tango piano with Wim Warman, Gustavo Beytelmann, and Leo Vervelde at the Academy for World Music (Codarts) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She now lives and works in Stuttgart as a tango pianist, teacher, and conductor.

Born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina, the birthplace of tango pioneer Carlos Di Sarli, Facundo Leónidas Di Pietro completed his formal double bass studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. He has performed with symphony orchestras, as well as various tango and chamber music ensembles, most notably the Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce, conducted by maestro Víctor Lavallén. He now lives in Paris, France, studying at the Conservatoire Edgar-Varèse and participating in various tango projects, including Fuego Sur, Teixido Siccardi Di Pietro, and Guitarras de Buenos Aires.

Hear tango band Cuarteto Rotterdam at The Foundry on Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $25, are available here. Seating/bar: 7:00 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m.

Parking is limited at the venue, so please use one of the three public parking lots in town: one across from the post office, one behind Berkshire Bank, and one just off Main Street. Whatever you do, don’t park at Trúc Orient Express Restaurant or the post office, unless you want to get a parking ticket.

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