‘Voice of Tango’ Martín Alvarado to perform in Bottesford

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Argentina’s finest and most significant tango vocalist, Martín Alvarado, will be performing in Bottesford, on Sunday.

The Buenos Aires-based troubadour will be singing at the Bottesford Victory Commemoration Hall at 6pm.

Alvarado, a tenor, whose vocal talent was discovered as he sang in the streets of Barcelona in 2002, will perform solo, troubadour style, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.

The performance is part of his 29th international tour which also sees him performing concerts at a series of philharmonic halls in Siberia in Russia for the first time, as well as a return to the prestigious Music Hall in St Petersburg.

Tickets for the concert are £10 in advance or £12 on the door. They are available online at www.musicglue.com/ltangopromotions or at the Spar shop in Bottesford High Street.

Children and students are half price and there are also ten free tickets available, for people who receive means-tested benefits. To claim one, email martinalvaradoinfo@gmail.com

Alvarado, who has been called “the voice of tango in the 21st Century” and a modern-day successor to the late, great tango singing superstar, Carlos Gardel, who died in 1935, said: “I am very pleased to be performing in the UK again. I have played a few times now in various parts of the country – I was up swimming in Loch Ness and performing in Inverness in August. I love it! The audience reception has been great.”

Last year the singer won the Latin UK Award for “Concert by International Artist of the Year”, and earned the respect of various critics in the UK, including Max Reinhardt and Mary Ann Kennedy, of BBC Radio 3.

Although he is chiefly renowned for his “extraordinarily beautiful” voice, Alvarado is also respected for a commanding and charismatic stage presence and his carefully chosen repertoire.

He performs songs by Argentina’s most celebrated poets and composers, including rare work by world renowned tango composer Astor Piazzolla, new tangos, a few classics and some of his own well-received compositions.

In addition to tango, he also sings other Argentinian styles including zamba, milonga, vals and candombe. It is this vocal versatility that has earned him the title of a “Cantor Nacional” (national singer) in Argentina, where his music has daily airplay on national radio stations, and where is seen as something of a cultural ambassador and inspires much national pride for his significant achievements and recognition around the world.

He discovered his vocal talent at the age of 19, by chance, while studying guitar in Buenos Aires. A few years later he travelled to Spain where he was spotted singing for tourists in Barcelona and invited to perform in Finland, where tango is a national pastime. News of his talent quickly spread and within two months of arriving there, he was performing with a philharmonic orchestra.

Since then he has performed in many major classical music venues and festivals, had numerous TV performances in Finland, Russia, Slovenia and Argentina and collaborated and performed with some of the leading musicians in the genre.

He has released four albums and his latest, Guitar Tango: Más Allá, was released worldwide last year by Riverboat Records. He is currently working on several more.