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Tango Elena embodies a number of disparate elements: attempts at a genuine tango style; flamenco and middle eastern historical influences. It is a complex, stylistic ‘Russian doll’ where cultural influences hide inside other accepted formal ‘conventions’ which might be thought of as being part of the Tango genre but, perhaps in reality, are not.
All this has been ‘boiled down’ to produce an interpretation of the tango which has been distilled through my stylistic foibles and treated in a way which brings out my own invention/imagination. It is unashamedly Chris Gordon — as inauthentic a tango as you can get. Nonetheless, it is genuine Chris Gordon. As such, it is an honest statement of gratitude expressed for the person who inspired the music in the first place and this statement is delivered in a form which she would appreciate: a musical ‘testament’ and gift which conveys, speaks of, a deeper spiritual connection tempered by universal unconditional love which envelopes us all.