Regularly invited to perform on “France Musique”, the Yendo Quartet has rapidly become known for it’s strong identity. United by a common musical ideology from the quartets multiple European origins, was born a project to adapt for their formation the “Danzas Españolas” for piano by Enrique Granados. In parallel the quartet commissioned a new work from Argentinian composer Luis Naón, a series of dances that can be played alongside those of Granados. A co-commission of Radio France, the premiere of “Tangos Utopicos” took place in October 2015 on Radio France during Anne Montaron’s broadcast “Alla Brève”.
From this our project “Utópico” was born, mixing romantic and contemporary music and providing a relation between two styles of music which are very different. In both the twelve “Danzas Españolas” of 1890 and the five “Tangos Utópicos” of 2015, popular music is an important inspiration. We soon had the idea of mixing these two pieces together to make our first CD, following our concerts at the festival SaxOpen in Strasbourg 2015 the jazz saxophonist Baptiste Herbin gave a third dimension to the project with improvisations over the dances of Granados. His virtuosic poesy joins us on several tracks completing what is an exceptional “crossover”.