Royal Academy of Music – The Spirit of Tango – Concert

Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi

The Spirit of Tango featuring Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi

Friday 4th May at 7.30 pm in the Duke’s Hall, RAM. Marylebone Road, London

The internationally renowned Bandoneon virtuoso performs alongside Academy string, piano and accordion students with a programme inspired by tango music. Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi is one of those rare beasts who plays accordion and bandoneon.  He has been working with accordion students on their interpretation of Piazzolla and other Tango-related music. Pietrodarchi plays the chromatic bandoneon which many accordionists find easier to adapt to than the most common “bi-sonoric” variety used in Argentina. This gives him a unique insight into both instruments and in translating bandoneon phrasing onto the accordion. As a performer Pietrodarchi is always a joy to listen to and the accordion department were very impressive too in the last Spirit of Tango event.

Tickets are £7.50 (concessions £5.50) from the Academy’s Box Office.


Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi – Bandoneon Virtuoso – The Art of Tango- Concert 19.30, Thursday 2nd February 2017

Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi

Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi – The Art of Tango

Royal Academy of Music. 19.30, Thursday 2nd February 2017.

Brilliant bandoneon virtuoso Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi will be in concert with Academy accordion students and string quintet from the Royal Academy of Music, ‘The Art of Tango’ 7.30 pm in the DJ Recital Hall. admission £7.50 (concessions £5.50)

Tickets from Academy box office, tel. 020 7873 7300 or online at or at the box office on day of concert.

See a clip of Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi playing Piazzolla



1st February, 10.00 – 1.00 pm in the DJ Recital Hall.

As well as having a very active concert career on bandoneon and accordion Maestro Pietrodarchi is also Professor of accordion at Torrefranca Conservatoire in Vibo Valentia, Italy. He will also give a masterclass the day before his concert which is open to the public on the 1st February, 10.00 – 1.00 pm in the DJ Recital Hall. Free admission. No tickets required




Maria de Buenos Aires – Piazzolla’s Tango Opera – 6 dates in May and June 2016 – The Vaults, London

Maria de Buenos Aires

Maria de Buenos Aires – 6 dates in May and June 2016 – The Vaults, London

Fans of Astor Piazzolla and Tango will be pleased to hear that his opera is returning to London for 6 dates in May and June.  It’s quite rare to see this performed so here’s your chance to see it and even participate in a bit of tango dancing after the show!

OSKAR McCARTHY and A CURIOUS INVITATION present MARÍA DE BUENOS AIRES – a surreal operita tango with music by the creator of tango nuevo Argentinian bandoneonist ASTOR PIAZZOLLA and words by Uruguayan poet HORACIO FERRER.

Descend into the Vaults and mingle with the lowlife of old Buenos Aires: thieves, card sharps, pimps and whores. The Narrator will relate the story of the maestro of the bandoneon, Piazzolla’s muse, María, a prostitute born in the slums “one day when God was drunk … with a curse in her voice.” Maria is seduced by the rhythms of the tango and soon becomes “the most sorcerous singer and lover” in Buenos Aries. But her “fatal passion” arouses the wrath of the languishing Piazzolla, who, driven to madness by Maria’s unrelenting freedom, conspires with a group of robbers and brothel madames to murder her. After her death, her Shadow returns to haunt the sordid streets she once walked, and only then does Piazzolla realise the error of his ways: “Maria is music!” A modern day Passion Play, full of religious allusions and black humour, set to a soundtrack of tangos, milongas and waltzes.

This intimate 90-minute masterpiece featuring an 11 piece orchestra will be presented in the setting of an abandoned carnival. After the performance guests who, like María herself, refuse to depart the scene will be invited to tango into the small hours at our after show party.

María de Buenos Aires is presented by Oskar McCarthy and A Curious Invitation, by arrangement with Warner Chappell Music Limited. Directed by Ella Marchment.

Astor Piazzolla
An Argentine tango composer, arranger and bandoneón player: Piazzolla’s oeuvre revolutionised the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music.

Horacio Ferrer
A Uruguayan-born poet, Horacio Ferrer rose to fame as Piazzolla’s lyricist and longtime collaborator. He composed more than 200 songs and authored several books about tango, including El Libro del Tango which turned into a key reference work on the subject.

Tickets £25 – please click here to buy.


A Surreal Operita Tango in the Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo SE1
Music by Astor Piazzolla & Libretto by Horacio Ferrer

Dates: 6th & 7th May / 13th & 14th May / 3rd & 4th June
Doors at 10:00 pm – Performance starts at 10:30.
For those who would like to tango into the wee hours there will be an after party till 2 am