TWO TO TANGO is a duo which features two of the World’s foremost contemporary jazz and tango musicians, Richard Smith (USA) and Tico Pierhagen (Colombia and the Netherlands). Together they scored the hit album “Tangos” and tour the World performing the exciting Tango Fusion concert with 45-piece band, orchestra and dancers, from Europe and the United States to Australia.
The Two to Tango Fusion duo is an intimate version of the large scale concert, allowing both artists to explore everything from tango and jazz to music from the American songbook and the South American styles such as cumbia, bossa nova and samba.
FOR PAROS with our availability between July 18 and July 30th, 2017, we would like to present some exciting concert(s) of our duo arrangements, and in Paros if avaialable, bring Vasilis Rakopoulos to the stage for a very special feature of multi-cultural improvisation of original songs. We can also conduct music workshops that can discuss jazz, tango, South American guitar, piano and composition.
Tico Pierhagen is one of Colombia’s top stars in the tango and cumbia World. He regularly performs prestigious concerts and masterclasses throughout Colombia and South America. In 2011 he released his first album, mainly recorded in Colombia “Tico Pierhagen & Aguabajo” was very well received in Europe and drew high praise from critics: “Pierhagen proves to have excellent skills and expertise as a piano player and composer, whose Colombian roots are excellently assimilated in his music” – Mattie Poels, Radio 6, Holland. “Superb…it is surprising, refreshing and absolutely contemporary.” Melchior Huurdeman, Vrij Geluiden, VPRO, National Television. Tico started working with the veteran American contemporary jazz artist Richard Smith, who invited him to work on a new project entitled ‘Tangos’. This unique partnership led to the ‘Tango Fusion residency and concert event, becoming an international hit, with over three million streams and top chart activity on Jazz, Indie and World music charts. In 2016 Tico received the prestigious “Fondo Mixto de Cultura” award from the National Ministry of Culture, Colombia acknowledging his significant contributions to art and culture in Colombia
Richard Smith’s thirteen solo recordings have established him as a veteran of the contemporary music world – with critical success on every one of his releases. His most recent recording, “Tangos”, 2014, was in the top 10 of the indie and contemporary jazz charts for over 5 months. “One World, Two Guitars” and “Heart of the Emigrants” are exciting duo recordings with the virtuoso Sicilian guitarist, Francesco Buzzurro. The duo tours regularly in America and Europe. His release ‘L.A. CHILLHARMONIC’ features Alex Acuna, Brian Bromberg, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Michael Paulo, Greg Adams, and the Tower of Power horn section.
Richard is also a Full Professor and former Chair of the Studio/Jazz Guitar department at the renowned Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He holds a dual appointment, and is also a member of the new Popular Music Performance Studies department, the first of its kind at the conservatory level.
Professor Richard Smith
Guitar Program and Popular Music Performance
USC Thornton School of Music/ ICMP LONDON SUMMER COLLABORATION
Los Angeles, California 90089-0851 Office: TMC 106
Administrative Assistant, Lika Dozier