music by Martin de Ruiter, poetry by Juan Carlos Tajes, performed by Quinteto Capital Tango

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photo: Quinteto Capital Tango, with Juan Tajes and Bennie Bartels performing MinoTauroTango in concert


Martin de Ruiter
studied the accordion at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, and chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory.
Initially, he focused mainly on contemporary music and played a.o. with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Scapino Ballet, Slagwerk Den Haag and the Metropole Orchestra.
He participated in theater productions by Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Nationale Toneel and Huis aan de Amstel, both as player and composer. As a soloist and conductor he worked at festivals in the Netherlands (e.g. Musica Sacra), in Germany (e.g. A‘Devantgarde in Munich) and in France (e.g. Octobre en Normandie in Rouen, Musicavoix in Evreux and Musique Action in Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy).

In 1992 he began playing the bandoneon in the ensemble Che Tango.
In 1995 he founded the quartet El Conjunto, a company he later expanded to the quintet Conjunto Nuevo.
These groups did concerts in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Uruguay and Argentina, and appeared in several TV programs (including ‘Reiziger in Muziek’ and ‘Zaal Hollandia’) and at various festivals (including Poetry International , Dunya Festival and Joventango Festival Internacional Tango in Uruguay). In 2012 he played the opening concert of the International Bandoneon Festival in Krefeld (Germany) together with guitar player Kay Sleking.
In 2014 he founded Capital Tango, a trio with Andreas Suntrop (electric guitar) and Annie Tångberg (cello).
He played the solo bandoneon in the tango opera ‘Maria de Buenos Aires’ by Astor Piazzolla in performances in the Netherlands and Japan, and solo bandoneon in the ‘Misa Tango’ by Luis Bacalov and the ‘Misa a Buenos Aires‘ by Martin Palmeri.

He has written several scores for silent films including ‘un Chien Andalou’ (1929), ‘Submarine’ (1928) and ‘Der Mandarin’ (1918): the latter was performed live at the ‘Konzerthaus’ in Vienna.
Martin de Ruiter is programmer ‘silent film and live music‘ in EYE Film Institute Netherlands.