Classical music composer and pianist, Sharon Ruchman of Washington, Connecticut, announced her recent departure from traditional classical music with the October 2013 release of her sixth CD of original music, “A Bit of Tango and More…..” The newly-released CD features 13 tracks of Ruchman’s original music which includes two tangos, “Slow Tango” and “Milonga.” An accomplished and prolific classical music composer, Ruchman has gained international recognition as her music is aired on classical radio stations around the globe.
In her original piano solo composition “Slow Tango,” Ruchman explained that she wanted “to capture a couple dancing closely with great feeling and attention to their every movement, and to each other. The piece is melodic and emotional.” In her “Milonga” tango, Ruchman performs on piano and is accompanied by renowned cellist Mary Costanza. To highlight the beauty of this composition, Ruchman produced a YouTube video featuring famous Argentinian tango dancer and instructor Alex Krebs and dance partner Jenna Rohrbacher. “The Milonga,” she explained, “is a type of tango that moves quickly and is very rhythmic. Milonga also refers to a place where Argentines meet in a hall to dance the tango, and often to a live group of local musicians. They gather to socialize with their friends and enjoy a nice meal together." As creator of both the song and video, Ruchman commented, “Viewers can easily see how provocative the music becomes when two dancers make it come alive.”
Inspiration for Ruchman’s two original tango pieces was her grandmother. “She was born in Argentina and I feel a deep connection to the music of that country. The Argentines are passionate about this magnificent dance, and there are many variations within the tango allowing each dancer to create their own steps and style. It has become an extremely popular dance internationally, and when I studied the tango for a few years, I was able to realize its complexity and great beauty.”