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In the late ’80s, accordionist Manny Bobenrieth’s father took him to hear Argentinean Astor Piazzolla’s Quinteto Nuevo Tango perform at the National Press Club. “I remember being completely dazzled by the group’s ensemble playing,” he recalls, “stunned by the complexity of the music, and perhaps even a little scared.” This week, Silver Spring-based Bobenrieth celebrates the release of Tangata, his new CD showcasing Piazzolla’s compositions, which revolutionized traditional tango forms by incorporating dissonance, jazz harmony, counterpoint, and fugue. Bobenrieth has hand-picked and rehearsed his own ensemble—accordion, violin, guitar, vibes, piano, and electric bass—to interpret the works of this modern master. “I had no idea how ambitious my dream was,” Bobenrieth admits, but advance reports indicate that his efforts have yielded a challenging, impressively accomplished recording. Judge for yourself tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $15. (202) 337-4141. (Joel E. Siegel)