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The Ensemble tirelessly explores the pulsating Tango world and has distinguished itself as an outstanding ambassador of the genre in international cultural circles. The Ensemble's concert concepts and recordings, which form the Un siglo de Tango collection, are recognized internationally. The Ensemble interprets a rich repertoire and prolongs the tradition of the Buenos Aires tango orchestras, in Québec, in Canada and abroad.

Formed in 1990 by bandoneon player Romulo Larrea, the septet brings together seasoned and young musicians, residents of Quebec. They are graduated from different institutions and completed several courses out of the country with renowned masters in their respective disciplines. These master classes together with the work accomplished under the direction of Maestro Romulo Larrea has led to a dedication and discipline that have allowed the Ensemble to develop a unique approach to the genre, which has become a benchmark for aficionados, both novices and experts alike.

 

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Highlights

2016
TANGO: a passion of a lifetime
Quebec tour including Montreal première (4)

2015
TANGOS: de Gardel à Piazzolla
Théâtre Hector-Charland, L'Assomption (Qc)

2014
TANGO: a passion of a lifetime
British-Columbia & Alberta Tour (6)

2013
TANGOS: from Gardel to Piazzolla
California tour (USA)
                                                           
TANGOS: from Gardel to Piazzolla
Markham Theatre, Ontario Première

TANGOS: de Gardel à Piazzolla
Quebec tour

2012
Piazzolla et ses contemporains
Bourgie Hall of MMFA, Montreal

Spotlight on Tango
Italy and The Netherlands Tour
 
TANGO For lovers only
The Town Hall Theater, Broadway, New York – World premiere
 
TANGOS: from Gardel to Piazzolla
Quebec Tour

2011
Un Siècle de Tango / Tango First Century
Germany and Luxembourg tour

TANGOS: from Gardel to Piazzolla
The Town Hall Theater, Broadway, New York – World premiere

Pleins feux sur le Tango / Spotlight on Tango
Quebec and Maritimes provinces tour

2010
Sinfonía del Ángel
Festival Orgue et couleurs, Montreal, Quebec

Piazzolla y sus contemporáneos
Festival d'été de Québec
Festival de Lachine, Quebec

2009
Pleins feux sur le Tango
Festival Orford, Quebec
International des Feux Loto Québec, Montreal, Quebec

Pleins feux sur le Tango / Spotlight on Tango
The Town Hall Theater, Broadway, New York – World premiere

Les Saisons de Piazzolla
Quebec Symphonic Orchestra, Quebec

Un Siècle de Tango / Tango First Century
Quebec and USA tour

2008
Un Siècle de Tango / Tango First Century
Quebec tour

Pleins feux sur le Tango
Féerie Musicale de Tremblant, Québec
Concert Populaires Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec
Festival d'été de Québec

2007
Sinfonía del Ángel
Église des Saint-Anges, Lachine, Quebec – World premiere
Festival des Musiques Sacrées de Québec

Un Siècle de Tango / Tango First Century
Quebec and Ontario tour

2006
Un Siècle de Tango / Tango First Century
The Town Hall Theater, Broadway, New York– World premiere

2005
Tango du cœur
Quebec tour

Romulo Larrea fait la fête
Guest artists: André Moisan, conductor and clarinet and Verónica Larc, voice
Salle Pierre-Mercure, Montréal - Radio-Concerts of CBC

Pleins feux sur le tango – 25 ans de carrière de Romulo Larrea
Festi jazz de Rimouski
Salle André Mathieu, Laval, Quebec
Théâtre Corona, Montréal
Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montreal

Tangos… for La Milonga
The Town Hall Theater, Broadway, New York

2004
Tango du cœur
Quebec tour
Coup de cœur Francophone, Montreal

Piazzolla y sus contemporéneos & Tangos para La Milonga
France and Germany tour

2003
Tangos… for La Milonga
Orange County for the Perfoming Arts – Costa Mesa, CA
Meany Hall, Seattle, Washington
Festival de jazz de Vancouver, British Columbia

Piazzolla y sus contemporéneos
Festival de Musique de Chambre de Montréal
L'Anglicane, Lévis, Quebec
Jouer dans l'Île tour, Conseil des Arts, Montreal

2002
Tangos… pour La Milonga
Quebec tour

Passion Tango
Quebec Symphonic Orchestra, Quebec

Ensemble Romulo Larrea and guest artits
Verónica Larc, voice and Antonio Lisy, cello
Salles du Gesù, Montreal - Radio-Concerts of CBC

2001
Hommage to Astor Piazzolla
Duncan Theatre, Palm Beach, Florida
Festival Orford, Stantead, Quebec

Tangos... pour La milonga
La Fête de la Musique – TV special - Monument National, Montreal
Radio-Concerts of CBC – Valentine's special 95.1 FM live coast to coast
Théâtre Outremont, Montréal – World premiere

2000
Suites, Astor Piazzolla
Alvaro Pierri, guitar and Verónica Larc, voice
Festival International de Lanaudière, Joliette, Quebec

Pleins Feux sur le Tango – 2nd edition
Soirée Gala 10e Anniversaire, Salles du Gésu, Montreal
10 ans de Tango, Salle Pierre-Mercure, Montreal – Radio-Concerts of CBC
With guest artists: Timothy Hutchins, Alvaro Pierri and Verónica Larc

Hommage à Astor Piazzolla
Les Salles du Gesù, Montreal, Quebec

1999
Pleins Feux sur le Tango, 1st edition
Cinquième Salle Place des Arts, Montreal, Quebec

Tango romantique
Festival de Musique de Chambre de Montréal

Hommage à Astor Piazzolla - Hommage to Astor Piazzolla
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Quebec tour

Un Siècle de Tango / Tango First Century
Queens Performing Arts, Kingston, Ontario
Latino Arts Festival, Flushing Meadows, New York

1998
Un Siècle de Tango / Tango First Century
Midsummer Night Swing Festival, Lincoln Center, New York
Buenos Aires Tango Festival International, Argentina

1997
Un Siècle de Tango / Tango First Century
Festival VIVA EL TANGO, 10ième edition, Montevideo & Colonia, Uruguay
Teatro Presidente Alvear, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ensemble ROMULO LARREA interprète ASTOR PIAZZOLLA
Jouer dans l'Île tour, Conseil des Arts, Montreal

Un soir à Buenos Aires
Domaine Forget, Ste-Irenée, Quebec
Pavillon des Arts de Ste-Adèle, Quebec

1996
Soirée Astor Piazzolla
Festival de la Musique de création du Saguenay Lac St-Jean, Quebec
Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Montreal

Un Siècle de Tango / Tango First Century
Salle Brébeuf, Montreal, Quebec
Festival Rythmes du Monde, Sherbrooke
Pavillon des Arts de Ste-Adèle, Quebec
Maison de la Culture Gatineau

1995
Un Siècle de Tango / Tango First Century
Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba tour

Soirée des Créateurs Canadiens
Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Montréal

Soirée Astor Piazzolla
Salle Pierre-Mercure – Montreal – Radio-Concerts of CBC

1994
Un soir à Buenos Aires
Festival des Violons d'Amérique, Valleyfield, Quebec
Festi-jazz de Rimouski, Quebec
Pavillon des Arts de Ste-Adèle, Quebec
Festival Rythmes du Monde, Sherbrooke
Festival de la Traversée du Lac St-Jean, Quebec
Événements Cultures Canada, Toronto, Ontario

Soirée des Grands Classiques du Tango
Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Montreal, Quebec

Soirée des Créateurs Canadiens
Salle Marie-Stéphane, Montreal, Quebec

1993
Ensemble Season, 3 concerts
Salle Marie-Stéphane, Montreal, Quebec

Soirée Créateurs Québécois
Guest artist: Marie-Claire Séguin, Pierre Flynn, René Gagnon and Verónica Larc
Salle Pierre-Mercure, Montréal

1992
Ensemble Romulo Larrea
Opening nighr of the World Film Festival, Montreal
Maisons de la Culture tour, Montreal

Soirée Astor Piazzolla
Guest artists: José Bragato, cello and Verónica Larc, voice and guitar
Salle Pierre-Mercure – Montreal – Radio-Concerts of CBC

1991
Ensemble Romulo Larrea
Maisons de la Culture tour, Montréal

1990
Ensemble Romulo Larrea
1st Concert of the Ensemble
Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Montreal

 

Distinctions

• Nominated for the Opus price – Concert of the Year - World Music (2013)

• Nominated for the Bourse Rideau 2010 price (Un Siècle de Tango tour)

• 7 Nominations at ADISQ Gala 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
(Artiste québécois – Musiques du monde)

• Nominated for the Opus price – Best seller CD (Le Tango de chez nous)
and World Music Artist (1998 et 1999)

• Nominated for the Bourse Rideau 2004 price (Tangos para La Milonga tour)
and in 1999 (Un siècle de tango tour)

• Ensemble Romulo Larrea: official representative from North America during the first Festival Buenos Aires Tango - Argentina (1998)

• Tango First Century and its artists: Revelation of Festival Viva el Tango, Montevideo – Uruguay (1997)

 
 

 

 

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