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We are Born at Sunset - The Elton Bastos Duo present Essencia Urbana

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Artists Combine Forces for Fados and Tangos
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Music, poetry and dance combine to inspire and entertain audiences at The Old Museum this month in We are Born at Sunset. In what promises to be a spectacular recital, on November 24 The Elton Bastos Duo will perform the entire Essencia Urbana album alongside the poetry of Fernando Pessoa and tango dancing.

About the Music

The original composers of Essencia Urbana, Portuguese violinist Raquel Bastos and Australian pianist Dr Cécile Elton will perform the entire composition live.

Raquel Bastos is an energetic young soloist and chamber musician. She's taught and toured internationally to wide acclaim. Dr Cécile Elton is a highly awarded Australian composer and pianist with a Doctor of Musical Arts. They'll be joined by special guests Stephen Cuttriss on bandoneon, Chloe Williamson on double bass, and Joe Fallon on guitar.

Essencia Urbana was inspired by the poetry of Fernando Pessoa and fuses the styles of Tango from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Fado of Lisbon, Portugal. The event producers say, "Fado music first eventuated in the late 1700's, and is a style of writing infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia. Poignant, and yet defiant, it finds its home in the heart of every tender soul who has experienced hardship. 'We Are Born At Sunset' is a line from the Pessoa poem of the same title, that explores the eternal singularity of human nature."

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Music, dance, poetry - sounds like a perfect romantic date night

About the Poet

Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa
June 13, 1888 – November 30, 1935

Fernando Pessoa is a renowned Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher. Like many great artists, he gained greater recognition after death than in his lifetime.

After his death in 1935, a trunk with around 25,000 documents was discovered. In it were writings from 80 personas that Pessoa created and inhabited in his lifetime, each of them discussing the most pressing philosophical dilemmas: how to live, how to die, how to survive tedium, how to balance the passionate heart and the logical mind.

Pessoa distinguished his own work from that of those who write under pseudonyms, writing, "A pseudonymic work is, except for the name with which it is signed, the work of an author writing as himself; a heteronymic work is by an author writing outside his own personality: it is the work of a complete individuality made up by him, just as the utterances of some character in a drama would be."

In order to better understand Pessoa, the man and the muse, Raquel Bastos will recite some of his poems in the original language and then provide translations in the show.

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Tango - it Takes Two for this Dance

About the Dance

Audiences will also be treated to a passionate demonstration of tango. International award-winning performers, Jose Camean and May Carreras, specialists in latin dance and Argentinean tango are sure to set the floor ablaze with their fabulous footwork.

Tango dancing first originated around 1880 near the border of Argentina and Uruguay. The dance that features two people has influences in African and European cultures but it's now well known worldwide. These days it's seen as a very passionate, intense dance often performed by lovers.

Essencia Urbana

If you'd like a sneak preview of the music of Essencia Urbana, the album is available from Google Play, Spotify, Amazon and iTunes. Have a listen to some here if you'd like to try before you buy.

Doors for We Are Born at Sunset will open at 7.00pm with the show starting at 7.30. The concert will go for two hours, with an interval. Tickets are available through
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Why? Enjoy an Evening of Culture
When: 24th November Doors open 7pm
Where: The Old Museum
Cost: General Admission $49, General Admission plus autographed CD $59, Group of 6 $42 each, Student / Concession $28
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