Violinist Catherine Clune is the founder of Bay Area music ensemble Tango No. 9. To celebrate its fourth album, “Live at the Columbarium,” the group will perform at the Red Poppy Art House from Friday through Sunday.
What drew you to tango music in the first place? I had a dream that I should start a tango band. My husband ordered me music from Paris and it spoke to me, so I started a group. Violin is inherent to tango music, which is an exotic, beautiful Latin style. It’s part classical and part jazz, and I find that really fascinating. It gets under your skin.
How does this album differ from your previous work? It’s a live album, and it was recorded in Julia Morgan’s Columbarium in the East Bay. It sounds like you’re in a church or a chapel, which is really special.
What makes tango music unique compared to other genres? It’s very young, passionate music. Like early jazz, it comes from dance music, but it also comes from songs. It’s curious about love, loss and passion, and there’s a lot of drama in it, and each song has a story and a different depth of passion. It’s really magical. It’s chamber music with a Latin twist.