Chamber music group honors Uruguayan musician Raul Jaurena, who helped conceive the project but lost his life to the coronavirus
BY BETH WOOD WRITER JULY 10, 2021 5:45 AM PT
Given the difficult circumstances, Camarada’s upcoming “Tango Society” concert can already be considered a triumph. The coronavirus pandemic not only forced several postponements of the concert, but it also caused the cancellation of Camarada’s 2020 South American tour and took the life of the Uruguayan musician, Raul Jaurena, who helped conceive both.
“Tango Society” will be performed Friday at La Jolla Music Society’s Baker-Baum Concert Hall, where Jaurena played with Camarada in February 2020. A virtuoso of the accordion-like bandoneon, he died last January at 79.
“Losing Raul was a shock,” said Beth Ross Buckley, Camarada’s artistic director. “He was older but so energetic and agile. We talked on the phone while he was sick until he was unable to talk. Then we texted. It was hard to let it go.”
Bassist/composer Andrés Martín, a native of Buenos Aires and longtime Tijuana resident, performed in Camarada’s pre-pandemic tango series and will play at the upcoming “Tango Society” concert.