Daniel Binelli 

Corales de Hawaii (2010) with piano

Danza con los sueños (2011)

Espacial (2011) with piano and bandoneon

New York Tango (2010 with piano and bandoneon

Quintet of the Americas was fortunate to collaborate with world-renowned tango masters Polly Ferman, piano, and Daniel Binelli, bandoneön, in a NEA sponsored residency in 2011 in Queens, NY. Inspired by this residency Daniel composed the four new works listed above.  

New York Tango was Commissioned by Quintet of the Americas with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties

Daniel Binelli writes about Espacial: “I was inspired to compose this piece, thinking about the immensity of the cosmos. This space inspired me to think of freedom from format with no formal or harmonic ties. I was always thinking about the instruments the piece was written for: wind quintet, piano and bandoneón, and wanted this unusual combination which could create a special atmosphere. There is a complex counterpoint which one can hear throughout the composition. At the end of the piece, the horn sounds from far away, with a languid melody, as if floating in space. This piece is dedicated to Quintet of the Americas and pianist Polly Ferman.”

Daniel Binelli is an internationally renowned composer, arranger and master of the bandoneón. He has created and arranged music for solo instruments, chamber and symphonic orchestras, dance and film music.  Among the many groups that have performed his music are the San Francisco Symphony, Zurich Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, Montevideo Philharmonic, Colombia Symphony, Buglisi-Foreman Dance Company, TCU Orchestra, Xalapa, Mexico, Osvaldo Pugliese Orquesta Tipica (Argentina), Tango Metropolis,  and the Tango 7 (Switzerland). Binelli is also widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent and torchbearer of the music of Astor Piazzolla, having joined Piazzolla’s New Tango Sextet in 1989. From 1968-1982, he was a member of Osvaldo Pugliese’s orchestra for which he created many arrangements.