In 1954 Piazzolla studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, the famous conductor and music educator, who persuaded him to write tangos rather than the more academically-oriented European music. When he returned to Argentina he formed his "Quinteto Nuevo Tango," the New Tango Quintet, comprised of violin, guitar, piano, bass and bandoneon and began writing music that departed sharply from traditional tango formats. He used dissonance, jazz harmony, rhythmic variety, counterpoint and fugue. Piazolla stretched the traditional tango form so much that he eventually abandoned it altogether. These innovations outraged Argentina's traditionalist musical camp, bringing criticism from the government and ridicule from the critics. Piazzolla left Argentina and lived in Europe from 1974 until 1985.

Upon his return to Argentina in 1985 he was welcomed and recognized as a national hero. Belatedly embraced by his countrymen, Piazzolla stated: "The young people had lost interest in the tango, and started listening to me. It was a war of one against all, but in ten years, the war was won." His comment was prescient, as the tango, Piazolla-style, is once again popular in Argentina and throughout the world.

…With our recently-released CD, "Tangata,” we offer our interpretation of the works of Astor Piazzolla – we hope you enjoy it!