Renowned jazz guitarist John Stein teaches music theory at Berklee College of Music in Boston, tours internationally and writes educational columns for Just Jazz Guitar magazine. - Photo courtesy of David Arruda Jr.

The Mingotan Project

For the final show of its concert season, the Siskiyou Institute presents the new and innovative John Stein & The Mingotan Project at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent.

The group, still in its infancy, is the brainchild of Matias Mingote German, an Argentinian drummer living in Spain. German's plan was to fuse jazz with tango and other Afro-Argentinian rhythms, including milonga, candombe, chacarera and zamba.

Although he possessed a thorough knowledge of his native rhythms and grooves, he needed a skilled guitarist equally versed in jazz so he contacted John Stein, a longtime, mainstream jazz musician and professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

The pair filled out the lineup with flutist Rebecca Kleinmann and upright bassist Daniel Fabricant — both are from San Francisco, although Fabricant is originally from Ashland — and set out on a short nationwide tour in early May.

"I wasn't deeply interested in tango music prior to this, but then I started listening to it and realized just how beautiful it is," Stein says.

"It's very emotional music. It's typically in the minor key, dark, slow and moody, and people love it."

The band already has recorded material for an album that it hopes will be ready for release next January. The recording will include original compositions and new arrangements of early '40s and '50s pop and jazz standards — "Have You Met Miss Jones" and "I Thought About You."

"They're normally sung in a swinging jazz style, but we're setting them to a different rhythm so they feel like a snappy tango," Stein says.

Optimistic, Stein says the band would like to spend next summer playing jazz festivals in Europe.

"I can only imagine that when the CD and promotional materials are ready, how successful it's going to be," he says.

Tickets to the performance at Paschal Winery cost $25. Call 541-488-3869 or email info@siskiyouinstitute.com for reservations. See www.siskiyouinstitute.com for more information.

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