Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir

Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir
Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir band photo
Stories of Love & Regret CD cover
Ruth Roshan Skirt Photo


Slow tango inspired song, singer recalls her younger self in love in Italy.
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Beautiful, sad love song with violin solo. Video directed by Kess Broekman Dattner features dancers and a jumper.
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  • country:Australia
  • style(s):Jazz, Tango
  • label:not signed
  • type:Band, Composer/Songwriter, Small Ensemble, Quintet, Chamber Orchestra
  • gender:male, female
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, string, dance orchestra, piano
  • artist posted by:Roshan, Ruth

Line up

  • Aaron Barnden (Violin)
  • Amir Farid (Piano)
  • Caerwen Martin (Cello)
  • Phil Carroll (Accordion)
  • Ruth Roshan (Mandolin, Vocals, Composer)


"Silent movies in black and white with smoke drifting across couples embracing to the Tango - this is the scene that Ruth paints with her music."

When Australian classical mandolinist Ruth Roshan was introduced to live Argentinean Tango in Paris at the age of 23, she was hooked. Now, with her quintet, Tango Noir she has recorded three albums of melodic Tango inspired pieces and songs, and gathered an exceptional group of musicians around her in the process.

Their self-titled debut album was released in August 2009, featuring fresh arrangements of classic pieces by Astor Piazzolla, contemporary tango adaptations of Leonard Cohen and Macy Gray, plus Ruth's own original compositions for the genre.

Their second all original album, "Darling ... Keep it to Yourself", launched in 2012, uses the rhythms of the cabaret, the Tango, the Habanera, the Waltz, to infuse the album with an atmosphere of 1930s Berlin.

Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir have recently completed their third, original album, "Stories of Love and Regret". Influenced by European tango and waltz, evoking the atmosphere of a 1930’s French Salon, this recording combines lush arrangements with Ruth’s bittersweet lyrics to create music which is both elegant and beautiful, new and nostalgic.

"Stories of Love & Regret" achieved:

- CD of the Week - 3MBS Radio (Melbourne)
- CD of the Week - Eastside Radio (Sydney)
- CD of the Week – Artsound FM (Canberra)
- CD of the Week – Thomas’ Music (Melbourne)
- PBS Recommends (Melbourne)
- On the Veranda with Julia Lester – ABC Classic FM (National)
- Nominated for a 2015 The Age/Music Victoria genre award (global/reggae)
- Top 10 albums of the year (Billy Pinnell, Rhythms Magazine) The group also achieved "local gig of the year" 2015 by Billy Pinnell for the same publication.

"Beautiful, beautiful music"
"Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir have done it again. It's their third album, it's gorgeous ... the entire album is yet another piece of brilliance." Roots & Fusion - Pure Radio (UK)

“I play it at home a lot. It's a really lovely album. I don't know what quite it is, they've just captured something which is special and you want to keep playing it.” Julia Lester - ABC Classic FM

"(Ruth's) instrument, the mandolin, is beautiful and so exotic ... The music evokes some beautiful images ... made me feel like I'm on a Fellini set" Sigrid Hohl - Eclectic Ladyland PBS 107.5 FM

"The album affirms the distinctive rich Tango Noir sound and Ruth's poetic flair." Graham Hawkes - RTR FM 92.1 FM

“We have Ruth’s brilliant, brilliant 3rd album as our album of the week.”
“Absolutely gorgeous … it really is just a beautiful album” Virginia Lowe – Eastside FM

Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir have performed at many National Festivals and venues including MONA FOMA, the National Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, Fairbridge Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Byron Theatre, Ellington Jazz Club, Randwick Town Hall, Kulcha, Albany Harbourside Concert Series, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Cabaret Festival and Buenos Aires on the Beach. They have also played at numerous Victorian festivals and venues including Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Moomba, MEMO Music Hall, Macedon Music, Manningham Music, Stonnington Flavours Festival, Victorian Senior's Festival, Melba Hall, Geelong Grammar, The Boite, Melbourne Town Hall, Chapel Off Chapel and Melba Spiegeltent.

They are regular performers at the Paris Cat Jazz Club and Melbourne Recital Centre (Salon).

In 2010, Ruth travelled to St Petersburg to perform her compositions with Russia’s Remolino Ensemble and Ruth performed in Switzerland and England in June 2013.

Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir (trio) toured Italy in May/June 2016 with performances in Rome, Venice, Catania and Syracuse.

"Like watching Marlene Deitrich ... its music that’s sort of underrepresented anywhere in the world. Ruth was just an engaging, storytelling front person. The audience loved it and the musicians were just so compatible.” Billy Pinnell (on PBS FM)

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