Maximo Diego Pujol is a native of Buenos Aires, and was born in 1957. His music is inspired by the sights, sounds, and smells of that great city. Depictions of card games, the shady tree lined streets and of course the Tango are all to be found in his music.
The use of traditional or folk music in classical music has a long and dignified history. Bach raised the humble gavotte and gigue to an art form in his suites, Chopin turned the Polonaise into a rallying cry for Polish nationalism when the country was suffering at the hands of oppressive neighbouring states. Bartók, Kodály and Vaughan Williams in the 20th century rescued traditional music from their respective countries from oblivion and drew on the wealth of material for their compositions.
Pujol also introduces traditional rhythms of the milonga, candombe and chacarera, and he is a natural successor to Piazzolla.
“stylish, spontaneous-sounding performances, which effortlessly reconcile the tension between ostensibly classical music and what is more properly a popular yet sophisticated folk idiom that seems so much a part of the culture from which it sprang”