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The Elton Bastos Duo present Essencia Urbana

  • Old Museum Building 480 Gregory Tce Bowen Hills Australia (map)

We are Born at Sunset


The Elton Bastos Duo present We are Born at Sunset

A spectacular evening recital presenting the album Essencia Urbana in its entirety, by the original composer, the consummate Portuguese violist Raquel Bastos and the prestigious Australian pianist Dr. Cécile Elton.

This is a gala event for the consummate appreciator of classical contemporary music, which will also feature a demonstration of tango, that most effusive of dance styles, stern and passionate at once.

Essencia Urbana is a collection of deliciously creative compositions, which fuse diverse international influences. Like old friends reunited, the Portuguese culture of poignant fado (fate) music and the tremulous beating soul of the Argentinian tango embrace with superb balance.

The album responds directly to the poetry of Portugal’s cultural icon, Fernando Pessoa. This renowned author of the early 20th century has obtained the status of mythical hero, for his fado poetry written from his seventy-five multiple personalities.

The evening will be enlivened by a passionate demonstration of world-class tango.

As an interlude, a selection of the poems of Pessoa will be performed by a local performance poet.


Raquel Bastos is a vibrant and energetic soloist and chamber musician, having toured across five continents, a remarkable achievement for a musician of only 35. Ambitions, driven, and passionately talented, Bastos gives the viola a voice of passion and intrigue.

Dr Cécile Elton is a highly awarded Australian composer-pianist, who has received an Academic Excellence award to honour her contribution to the field when awarded as Doctor of Musical Arts. Her quest to capture and embody tango can be heard in every resonate tone of Essencia Urbana.



Event Information

Date & Time

Friday 24 Nov

Performance 7.30 pm
Doors to Theatre 7.00 pm
Foyer/Box office 6.30 pm

Ticket prices

all online sales incur a 2% cc fee

Earlier Event: November 17
Tim Rogers
Later Event: November 24
Rachael Leahcar