Ruth Roshan began learning the mandolin at the age of five, and has played professionally since she was a teenager. Whatever the style or tempo, Ruth plays her mandolin with a great deal of musicality and style. She is also an accomplished singer with a gentle and beautiful voice.
Ruth is also known as one half of the duo Nougat, and along with guitarist Tania Ravbar she has toured for Musica Viva, playing original pieces and fresh arrangements of music from around the world, particularly from Spanish and South American traditions.
Ruth also performs with international harpsichordist, Elizabeth Anderson, the Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra and with Orchestra Victoria for the Australian Opera and Australian Ballet.
Her love of tango began when she heard this style of music as a child, as her parents had both lived in France at times during childhood and had many original recordings. She played Italian and French tangos with a mandolin chamber group, and when Ruth was introduced to live Argentinean tango in Paris at the age of 23, she was hooked.
In forming the Melbourne-based Tango Noir quintet, Ruth has gathered together an exceptional ensemble of award-winning musicians including co-founder, Amir Farid (pianist). 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.
In their 2011 all original album, ("Darling ... Keep it to Yourself") Ruth draws on Tango, Waltz, Milonga and Habanera traditions to create music which is new and nostalgic at the same time. It is a very listenable and beautiful album.
Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir have performed in many venues around Melbourne and Australia including Bellingen Global Carnival, The Boite Cafe, Melba Hall, The Paris Cat, The Butterfly Club, Eltham World Harmonies, Buenos Aires on the Beach Annual Tango Festival, Macedon Music, Manningham Music, National Folk Festival, Moomba, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Victorian Seniors Festival as well as major private events.
Their music is regularly played on ABC Classic FM, Radio National (The Planet), RRR, PBS, Joy FM, 3MBS and 3CR as well as several UK, Italian and US stations.
In 2010, Ruth performed her “Tango Noir” music in St Petersburg with Remolino ensemble (a Russian based tango quintet).
tango inspired, classical, spanish, south american