QTango comes in different sizes.
It could be a full orchestra or small ensembles.
For two upcoming Albuquerque Public Library concerts, QTango will be a quintet.
“Tango in the Albuquerque community seems to be growing again. It went through a shrinking period,” said QTango founder/music director Erskine Maytorena.
“These are our first library concerts. We want to expose people to what we do.”
The concerts are Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Special Collections Library and Sept. 7 at the Ernie Pyle Branch Library.
The musical program for both is expected to include such tango standards as “La Cumparsita,” “El Choclo” and “El Pañuelito.”
Maytorena will sing and play bandoneon, tango’s signature instrument. It’s a cousin of the accordion. With him will be bassist Jeremy Sment, guitarist Francisco Muñoz, pianist Alice Huang and violinist Olga Tikhovidova.
Maytorena said tango dancers will join them if the floor allows for dancing.
The library concerts, he said, also are a way to promote a milonga – an Argentine social event – that will be held following the Oct. 9 “Te Amo, Argentina” show.
The QTango quintet also is performing at 8 tonight at the studio tangoXchange, 302 E. Central. The $10 admission includes a free one-hour dance lesson.
Also performing in tonight’s event will be the tango dancers Gabriel Missé and Analía Centurión. The New York Times said the couple’s particular qualities of temperament are of “sparkling ebullience.”