Video Pick of the Week: Guitar Duo KM Play Astor Piazzolla’s Haunting ‘Oblivion’
Guitar Duo KM is German Katrin Klingeberg and Chilean Sebastián Montes, who have been playing together since meeting at the University of Music (Hochschule für Musik) in Hanover, Germany, in the early 2000s. Together and separately they have traveled the world, won (and judged) numerous guitar competitions, recorded solo and duo albums, played with orchestras and chamber groups, and generally done all the cool and exhausting things that top-tier performers are asked to do.
Like so many duos these days, Klingeberg and Montes have embraced the music of the great Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, here taking on his popular piece “Oblivion,” which dates back to the early ’70s and was first recorded with Piazzolla on bandoneon fronting an eight-piece group (four strings, piano, bass, guitar, drums). Like so many Piazzolla numbers, it has been covered by a wide range of instrumental combinations, including flute and guitar, guitar and cello, guitar and violin, guitar and piano, orchestrally, two cellos, flute and cello, string quartet, and many more. Guitar Duo KM wrote their own arrangement for the piece, which can also be found on their most recent CD, Gracias a la vida, (along with two other Piazzolla pieces, Escolaso and the ubiquitous Libertango, as well several other Latin American works by other composers). A terrific duo!