Pianist Emilio Solla is a New York-based jazz and tango composer and arranger originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. A fan of Piazzolla's Nuevo Tango as a young performer, Solla says he learned to appreciate older tango styles at the height of his career as a jazz pianist. At 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov 6 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Solla will join the WMU Jazz Orchestra and faculty performers for a concert featuring his original compositions and arrangements. As he tells Cara Lieurance, many of his pieces expand on jazz or tango to embrace folk forms and sounds, in a process that allows cultures to meet and connections to form. Solla cautions classical musicians not to treat the tango, and Piazzolla's music, as "easy."
Emilio Solla's newest album is Puertos: Music from International Waters, featuring Solla and his Tango Jazz Orchestra.