James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.
Watch: Melodica Men Put an Awesome Spin on 'Libertango'
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 - 06:09 PM
The internet’s premier melodica duo have gifted us a lively interpretation of Ástor Piazzolla's “Libertango” — and that’s just the beginning of their latest musical tour. The Melodica Men (Joe Buono and Tristan Clark) kick off “Libertango’s” infectious tango with their melodicas, before one switches to keyboard. Just as you get into a groove, the musician’s transform the piece into a mashup with “Für Elise” — and it works surprisingly well.
The melodica is a natural fit for the Piazzolla performance because it in some ways mimics the sound of the accordion, an instrument right at home in tango music. And, as if to drive that point home, Clark at one point moves off camera and reappears with an accordion.
As an added layer of fun, the two also mashed up “Libertango” with Antônio Carlos Jobim’s bossa nova classic, “The Girl from Ipanema.” The result is an Argentine-Brazilian musical blend that we can’t get enough of.
There you have it. Three great composers — Piazzolla, Beethoven and Jobim — brought together in a way that it seems only the Melodica Men can manage.