New Music Friday: Tango del Sol Brillante

Tango del Sol Brillante, or “Tango of the Bright Sun”, is an exotic, engaging and playful dance with catchy melodies and a fun rhythmic pulse enhanced by percussion instruments. Its suave feel and instant appeal to the ear will transport you to Argentina and back.

The rhythmic pattern of the main theme is intended to work on hooked bows in a way that is simple, repetitive, and accessible to the students. Lifts and bowing patterns are clearly marked for maximized efficiency in your classroom. Cellos and violas get a chance to shine at letter D. Optional percussion parts are included; they can enhance your sound and feature students wanting to try something different, but they are not necessary to perform the piece.

Eric B. Davis is a freelance musician, composer, and teacher in New York whose Broadway show credits include Next to Normal, Anything Goes (2011), Ghost, Matilda, Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway, Groundhog Day, The Prom and Jagged Little Pill. He has also done workshops of a long list of Broadway shows in development and appears on numerous recordings, cast albums, and jingles. Eric is the touring guitarist for Tony and Emmy winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth and has performed with numerous other Broadway stars.
Eric previously taught strings, guitar, and general music in the public schools, both in New York City and Long Island, and currently works as an adjunct lecturer at Queens College in New York. As a composer, Eric has had several pieces published for both string orchestra and choir. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School.

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