Libertango 5tet was founded in Sicily (Italy) in 1993 by five Sicilian musicians:
- Francesco Calì (accordion and arrangements)
- Gino De Vita (guitar)
- Marcello Leanza (flute and saxes)
- Giovanni Arena (bass)
- Ruggero Rotolo (drums)
The leader, Francesco Calì, wished to use the accordion in a context out of the ordinary, as the accordion at that time was still mainly heard on the folkloristic scene.
The so-called Nuevo Tango and the renowned figure of Astor Piazzolla are the main references for this band that nevertheless has done a wider musical research and are using sounds and cultural influences from all over the world.
The first CD from the just released box, is called LIBERTANGO, and it's homage to the great Argentinean composer (Piazzolla). Here you can experience the characteristics of the group: a specific attention for the melody, the use of rhythmic-harmonic structures of jazz, a consistent use of counter-point, and finally a development in improvisation aimed more at "interplaying” than a showed-off soloism.
In the second CD from the box, called NIMRA, which in Arabian means tigress, lies a bigger composing effort. The harmonic element is more complex and the music changes from outgoing and expressive into moments of intimacy.
Nevertheless, the group stays in close contact with a more traditional language, as in Canción de amor by Paco de Lucia, or in the touching Alfonsina y el mar.
The third CD from 2020, POINT OF NO RETURN, contains only original compositions and can be considered the highlight for the five long-time fellows' musicianship. It is an enthusiastic, energetic, thus deeply meditative, work. From Alysia's dance (a true, modern Ode to Joy) to Life and Death, Three Lights and I'll be There - a patch of three short mystical reflections - the variety of colors and moods contained in the CD sums up the philosophy of the band, that is being a mirror of life, reflecting the beauty and the sadness of the human existence.
Libertango 5tet boasts a few prestigious performances in its curriculum.
For instance concerts at:
The Greek Theatre in Segesta
The Archaeological Museum in Agrigento
Perc Festival 2002 in Laigueglia
Temple “E” in Selinunte
Piazza Vecchia in Bergamo
The ancient Chiesa dello Spasimo in Palermo
Jazz Festival 2002 in Corleone
Teatro “Duni” in Matera
Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen
Theatre of Pépinières in Lyon (France)
Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen
Fejø's Festival 2019 in Denmark
Remarkable comments on the CD Libertango
“This is an exciting, adventurous and well planned recording. The playing is magnificent and the music of Astor Piazzolla is played with great emotion.
A great record!!!”
“I really think it is great. Very original, well played and fun to listen to. The band has a great sound and vibe. It seems to me that this music has a broad appeal, and could enjoy big success. Best of luck!”
“Libertango 5tet's choice of the Argentinian tango as a launching point for their music is a masterstroke. They've taken a form that already contains elements from many styles of music, and invested their unique virtuosity and intelligence to produce a completely personalized and fresh extension of the tango and beyond. Their CD is beautifully produced, their musicianship of the very highest order”.
”Libertango est un disque plein de générositè, d'humour qui nous remet dans un univers, mélancolique avec toujours le soleil qui brille.
"Libertango" est un disque fantastique à écouter. Super boulot. Bravo!!”
JEAN PIERRE COMO
“I really enjoyed the CD… really good improvisers... all. I also really like how you use the Mediterranean theme for the recording. And picked such nice tunes... the album has a concept and I like that. Again congratulations on such a beautiful CD!
Hope to see you soon!!”
Remarkable comments on the CD Nimra
“The music of this band is a unique and joyous thing to hear. Having lived and played for over 30 years with a band that also finds new approaches to composition and improvisation while keeping a healthy respect for tradition, this CD reaffirms my faith in the musical possibilities that can be reached by a group of dedicated and extremely talented musicians.
”Libertango 5tet” not only has the inspiration to write and perform this vast variety of music, but also has the virtuosity to make it sound effortless. The music has wit, depth, and a display of imagination that is rarely heard in the world of improvisation.
I hope that this band will be heard by the wide audience it deserves, for our ears also deserve to hear this special music”.