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Látigo / Quartet San Francisco


Release Date: 06/08/2010 
Label:  Violinjazz   Catalog #: 104   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Rafael HernándezArmando PontierJeremy CohenEnrique Saborido,   ... 
Performer:  John SantosEmily OnderdonkJoel CohenKayo Miki,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Quartet San Francisco first violinist Jeremy Cohen defines “la?tigo,” the title of this CD, as a performance technique in tango music in which a quick slide imitates the sound of a whip. These are certainly whip-crack performances of mostly Latin-American pieces, primarily tangos, although the quar- tet also proves quite adept at purring and crooning when the music calls for it. This wonderful jumble of a program surveys the tango in its many moods, from the elegant and witty tango-minuet style of Armando Pontier through the romantic effusion of Carlos Gardel to the gritty, dark-alley style of Astor Piazzolla. Quartet San Francisco—violinists Cohen and Kayo Miki, violist Emily Onderdonk, and cellist Joel Cohen—understands that each Read more kind of tango requires a different approach. The perfor- mances breathe and sigh and sob and snarl in the manner of true tangueros, not like wary classical musicians slumming for local color. Precise rhythm and dynamic unanimity are just the beginning; there’s both poise and passion to the playing.... this is about as authentic sounding as a string quartet tango CD can be." -- —James Reel, Strings Magazine

2007 GRAMMY NOMINEES -- BEST CLASSICAL CROSSOVER CD and BEST ENGINEERED CLASSICAL CD (Leslie Ann Jones and Judy Kirschner). With first-class arrangements by Jeremy Cohen, David Balakrishnan, and Evan Price. Guest artist John Santos on Latin percussion.

Quartet San Francisco, founded in 2001 by the noted jazz and classical violinist Jeremy Cohen, has received two Grammy nominations for this album, their dazzling recording of tango and Latin arrangements for string quartet—Best Classical Crossover CD and Best Engineered Classical CD. The disc was recorded by veteran engineer Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, CA, and released on ViolinJazz Recordings.

The quartet’s personnel, in addition to Cohen, includes founding members Emily Onderdonk (viola) and Joel Cohen (cello). Violinist Kayo Miki joined the group in 2004. Percussionist John Santos made invaluable contributions of rhythm and color to the Látigo sessions.

“Quartet San Francisco is incredibly excited and honored to receive these nominations from the Grammy community,” says Jeremy Cohen. “This CD was inspired by our experiences traveling to Buenos Aires and playing for audiences there. Breaking stereotypes about string music has been a real motivation for this ensemble, and we’re gratified that our audiences are right there with us—and growing.”

Though Quartet San Francisco has regularly performed a wide range of material—Beethoven to Brubeck, Mozart to Mingus—Jeremy Cohen cultivates a special long-standing devotion to tango. For two years he played with the theatrical revue Forever Tango during its oft-extended San Francisco run (1995-1997). In 2004, Quartet San Francisco was among 30 competitors participating in the New York City International Tango Competition, sponsored by the Argentine Consulate. The quartet won both the Special Prize and the Grand Prize, which awarded them five performances in Buenos Aires and New York in the 2004-2005 season.

Látigo takes its title (Spanish for “whip”) from the term describing a performance technique used in tango—a quick slide or glissando of a left-hand finger on a stringed instrument for the purpose of simulating the sound of a whip.

Jeremy Cohen spent nine years as a faculty member at the Henry Mancini Institute (Los Angeles), and six years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. He’s been on faculty at the Jazzschool (Berkeley) since 2004. Cohen has recorded two CDs of jazz standards with his ViolinJazz quartet and in 2005 released a DVD tribute to jazz violin great Joe Venuti. Cohen’s orchestral arrangements have been featured by the San Jose and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Reading (PA) Philharmonic, among others. The 2006-2007 San Francisco Symphony season includes two arrangements by Cohen.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Cachita by Rafael Hernández
Performer:  John Santos (Percussion), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Joel Cohen (Cello),
Kayo Miki (Violin), Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
2.
Milongueando en el cuarenta by Armando Pontier
Performer:  Jeremy Cohen (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Kayo Miki (Violin),
Joel Cohen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
3.
Crowdambo by Jeremy Cohen
Performer:  John Santos (Percussion), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Joel Cohen (Cello),
Kayo Miki (Violin), Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
4.
A los amigos by Armando Pontier
Performer:  Jeremy Cohen (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Kayo Miki (Violin),
Joel Cohen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
5.
Felicia by Enrique Saborido
Performer:  Jeremy Cohen (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Kayo Miki (Violin),
Joel Cohen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
6.
Felipe by Evan Price
Performer:  Jeremy Cohen (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Kayo Miki (Violin),
Joel Cohen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
La cumparsita by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
Performer:  Joel Cohen (Cello), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Kayo Miki (Violin),
Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
8.
Melodia in A minor by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Jeremy Cohen (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Kayo Miki (Violin),
Joel Cohen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
9.
Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Jeremy Cohen (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Kayo Miki (Violin),
Joel Cohen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
10.
Armando's Rhumba by Chick Corea
Performer:  John Santos (Percussion), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Joel Cohen (Cello),
Kayo Miki (Violin), Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
11.
El día que me quieras by Carlos Gardel
Performer:  Jeremy Cohen (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Kayo Miki (Violin),
Joel Cohen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
12.
Taquito militar by Mariano Mores
Performer:  Jeremy Cohen (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Kayo Miki (Violin),
Joel Cohen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
13.
Comme il faut by Eduardo Arolas
Performer:  Kayo Miki (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Joel Cohen (Cello),
Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
14.
Gallo Ciego by Agustin Bardi
Performer:  Jeremy Cohen (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Kayo Miki (Violin),
Joel Cohen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 
15.
West Side Story: Cool by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Jeremy Cohen (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Kayo Miki (Violin),
Joel Cohen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: David Balakrishnan 
16.
Nuevo Tango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Jeremy Cohen (Violin), Emily Onderdonk (Viola), Kayo Miki (Violin),
Joel Cohen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartet San Francisco
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeremy Cohen. 

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