Archive for September 12th, 2011

1972, September 12 – BIRTH OF SAULE ISKAKOVA

In Latvian and Lithuanian mythologies with its Zoroastrian influence, “Saule” is a solar Godess…and indeed brightness is what Saule Iskakova extracts from Astor Piazzolla when she sings him…one critic called her “the best Piazzolla vocalist in the world”…Saule was born in the ancient, nomadic people’s republic of Kazakhstan which in the mid 19th century became part of the Russian Empire…already as a child Saule demonstrated a particular talent for music and singing…encouraged by her parents, she was sent to the St Petersburg State Theater Arts Academy where she marveled her professors in voice, acting and dancing calsses


Her first break came when she was  acquired by the Zazerkalie (“behind the mirror”) Theater as a soprano where she earned wide acclaim for her operatic roles especially Mozart…but in 2004 she crossed paths with tango and Astor Piazzolla and it changed her life…in 2005, with subtle and sensual stage movements, she and the Anima Ensemble were “El Premio De La Critica” at the Piazzolla Musical Awards Festival at Casale Montferrato, Italy…she appeared to critical acclaim at the 2007 World of Tango Festival in at Tampere Finland and dazzled audiences at the White Nights Tango Festival in St Petersburg…she has appeared with legendary poet Horacio Ferrer, the lyricist of Piazzolla’s  masterpiece “Ballada Para Un Loco”…along the way she became a passionate and accomplished tango dancer