In its fifth year, the Stowe Tango Music Festival has continued to grow by bringing people near and far together to learn the story of the Latin American dance form.
“We have a huge community of tango dancers and they come every year. It’s growing and they come from Montreal, Boston and New York,” said the festival’s artistic director Hector Del Curto.
Del Curto and his wife, Jisoo, created the festival to show their mutual love for the art of tango.
“We met in Stowe and thought we could share more than music,” said Del Curto.
Del Curto comes from four generations of bandoneon players, He’s been playing the instrument — a type of concertina particularly popoular in his native Argentina — for 36 years. .
“Somebody along the way said we needed a demo for our music, so we made a demo,” he said. “They said it was remarkable, so we made it into a CD and then we presented for the Grammy’s this year and won the best Latin Jazz album of the year.”
The festival, which wraps up August 20, hosts a series of dmusic residency programs,as well as a Tango academy and bandoneon workshop.
The programs draw dozens of talented musicians from all over the world.
“So we not only grew in the size of the orchestra but we grew in how international the festival became and also the level musicianship is amazing,” said Del Curto.
Del Curto brought four tango masters from Argentina this year, including professional bandoneon players, a pianist, and a well-known violinist.
“When I bring the guest artists they are the people I was playing with 20 years ago when I lived in Argentina. It brings me back home,” said Del Curto.