The Romanian edition of my Tango Rendezvous International format features a group of talented, enthusiatic musicians. I hope I will have the time to write in more detail about each of them and my interactions and conversations with them. Enough for now to mention that, although being far from a specialist in tango dance, I was kindly coerced into giving two introductory "tango lessons" to both our pianist (Raluca Săbau, from Cluj) and the second violin of the ensemble (Károly Lokodi, Hungarian-Romanian from the same city), to the delight -or disconcert!- of the rest of our hotel's guests, since these happened in the dinning room. I am enjoying also thoughtful conversations on Hungarian, Romanian, Gypsy and Balkan music with double bass player Márton Kostyák, with whom I feel connected through our double music background (tango/classic and Hungarian folk/classic, respectively). I knew Dana Tolan, our first violin, from the US, from the Southern Illinois Music Festival (in which, in fact, we participated in a mini tango project) and had the pleasure to met here French violoncelist François Chanon, a man with an exquisite combination of mild manners, music talent, lively curiosity and sharp intelligence, as well as Hungarian-Romanian violist Mólnar József.
After my more-than-accidented arrival in Bistrița, in fact, starting that very morning, we have been working intensively on our program. I am confident that we will be ready to offer a solid rendering of Piazzolla's music, and feel that my colleagues are really getting to the spirit of it. My plan is to wrap up the program in the morning (touch-up session and a run), and then devote the afternoon to some sight-seing (Coroana de Aur, there I go!), some very needed practice, and relaxing before my Romanian debut.