As we move towards the evening’s entertainments, why not get in the musical mood with this very special feature-length film portrait of the great Argentinian tango composer and bandoneon wizard, told through the voices and memories of family, friends and fellow musicians. Introduced by its maker Mike Dibb.
Tango Maestro – the life and music of Astor Piazzolla (106)
The radical Argentinian tango composer and bandoneon virtuoso, as remembered by his family, friends and many of the musicians who played with him. Now available on a BBC/OpusArte DVD, called ‘Astor Piazzolla-inportrait’.
Mike Dibb is an award-winning English documentary filmmaker. In almost half a century of making films mainly for television – on subjects including cinema, literature, art, jazz, sport and popular culture – "he has defined and re-defined not only the televisual art documentary genre but has been able to make moving image pieces as a form of self portraiture". Dibb has made many acclaimed films, including on Federico García Lorca, C. L. R. James, Astor Piazzolla, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Barbara Thompson and other notable subjects. In the words of Sukhdev Sandhu in The Guardian: "In a career spanning almost five decades, it's possible Dibb has shaped more ideas and offered more ways of seeing than any other TV documentarian of his generation.