Pablo Aslan

Living in the United States since 1980, Argentine-born bassist and composer Pablo Aslan is recognized internationally as one of the leading figures in traditional and contemporary tango. His extensive discography includes Piazzolla in Brooklyn, a jazz-tango tribute to Astor Piazzolla, and Tango Grill. The latter earned him nominations for a Latin Grammy Award (“Best Tango Album”) and a Grammy Award (“Best Latin Jazz Album”).

His most recent album of works for bass and string quartet, ConTraBajo (Soundbrush Records) presents him as a soloist and covers an eclectic repertoire ranging from Villa-Lobos and Ellington to original flamenco and tango-inspired compositions. With guest artists Paquito D’Rivera and bandoneonist Raul Jaurena.

He performs and tours with a variety of ensembles, including his own 50’s tango dance band The Aces of Rhythm, with the Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra, Meg Okura’s Pan Asian Ensemble, composer Frank London’s ensembles, and with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

As a producer, he has shaped more than a dozen albums, including the 2007 Latin Grammy Winner Te Amo Tango by Uruguayan bandoneonist Raul Jaurena. As of 2017, Aslan was working on albums by the Glass House Orchestra, Tributango quartet, a CD of original compositions, and a series of electronic tangos for dancers. In 2016, he founded Avantango Records.

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“We’re in a golden age of jazz-tango fusion, and bassist Pablo Aslan is one of the main reasons. (…) His pulsing lines are the heartbeat of a new music.” JAZZIZ

“There’s been a raft of tango albums from classical performers trying to give a different spin on Argentina’s musical gift to the world. But no really successful jazz spin on the tango until now. Aslan, a native of Buenos Aires, (…) has created a thoroughly-realized amalgam of both musical forms. A fascinating project and totally successful musically!” AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

“Led by double bassist Pablo Aslan, the ensemble brings us the best of both worlds as they rely on beautiful melodies to create a mood before launching into powerful improvisation

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Primary Instrument

Bass

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Queens College - Aaron Copland School of Music Bass Tango - technique, arranging, ensemble (all instruments)

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Albums

Pablo Aslan Quintet:...

Soundbrush Records
2011

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Tango Grill

Zoho Music
2010

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Avantango

Zoho Music
2004

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