Tango Tales: all about Argentine Tango – modern, Golden Age, electronico, alternative

Notes About Tango

Brief history of Argentine tango music as told by Max Valentinuzzi  ➜

February 26th, 2013
Published as: notes about tango, radio productions.   Subject(s): tango - music.

Max Valentinuzzi he played piano for the various bands (mostly tango) in Buenos Aires between 1946 and 1956. In 2007 Bob Barnes of Mandragora Tango Orchestra organized the lecture about tango fo the local dance community. Max was a lecturer and shared his knowledge of Argentine tango. History of Tango – audio 1. History of  Read more…

DETOUR: Stradivari's cellos and Tourte's bows  ➜

February 26th, 2013
Published as: notes about tango.   Subject(s): tango - music.

Cello – audio 1. Cello – audio 2. There is not much cello in Argentine tango (except for Le Grand Tango). Regardless of that, I decided to make a short sentimental detour into the past centuries and to talk about my childhood memories of a cello, the prolific genius of violin- and cello-making Antoni Stradivari  Read more…

Azucena Maizani (1902-1970), one of the first professional female tango singers  ➜

February 26th, 2013
Published as: notes about tango.   Subject(s): tango - music.

Maizani – audio. Maizani’s life was pure tango – poverty, glamour, love, heartbreak, infamy, deaths, oblivion… The small biography page on www.todotango.com says that she was temperamental and romantic, and that her life was marred by the lack of stable relationships and intelligent, dispassionate guidance. Her official stage debut took place in 1923, when she  Read more…

Roberto Firpo (1884-1969). (Very) instructive history of La Cumparsita.  ➜

February 26th, 2013
Published as: notes about tango.   Subject(s): tango - music.

Roberto Firpo – audio. A very brief biography of Roberto Firpo (1884-1969), a tango pianist, bandleader and composer of Old Guard and a solid favorite of the dancers all over the world.   Sources ToDoTango – a comprehensive source of Argentine tango music, poetry and history Robert Farris Thompson, Tango: The Art History of Love  Read more…

Tango nuevo: before and after Piazzolla  ➜

February 26th, 2013
Published as: notes about tango.   Subject(s): tango - music.

Tango Nuevo – track 1. Tango Nuevo – track 2. Tango Nuevo – track 3. Piazzolla is considered to be THE tango nuevo, however, there were predecessors, contemporaries and followers who were the great artists in their own right. Bernardo Monk, an Argentine tango/jazz musician based in Boston, MA talks about some of those musicians  Read more…

The greatest tango pianists  ➜

February 26th, 2013
Published as: notes about tango.   Subject(s): tango - music.

Pianists – audio 1. Pianists – audio 2. Pianists – audio 3.   This show is born out of the small diversion when I recorded the interview with Bernardo Monk for Tango nuevo: before and after Piazzolla. “Piano is the backbone of the tango music,” – said Monk. I asked him about the great pianists.  Read more…

Osvaldo Pugliese (1905-1995)  ➜

February 26th, 2013
Published as: notes about tango.   Subject(s): tango - music.

Pugliese – audio 1. Pugliese – audio 2. The tango dancers and the tango musicians agree on one thing – Osvaldo Pugliese’s orchestra is great. Pugliese’s musical career span almost 75 years. He ran the most long-lived orchestra in the history of Argentine tango (over 50 years). “The toughs used to follow Pugliese like soccer  Read more…

Guitar virtuoso Francisco Pancho Navarro  ➜

February 26th, 2013
Published as: notes about tango.   Subject(s): tango - music.

Pancho Navarro – audio 1. Pancho Navarro – audio 2.   Francisco Pancho Navarro, the guitar virtuoso & his solo album “Sweet Guitar” James Gavin, New York City, 2006 James Gavin, the author of Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker, has written extensively for Time Out New York and the New  Read more…

Guitar in tango. Great tango guitarists. (guest appearance: Francisco Pancho Navarro)  ➜

February 26th, 2013
Published as: notes about tango.   Subject(s): tango - music.

Great Guitarists – audio 1. Great Guitarists – audio 2. Great Guitarists – audio 3. One of the first instruments of the tango was guitar. I talked to the Argentine master of guitar Francisco Pancho Nararro about the role of guitar in tango and the best tango guitarists of the past and present. The show  Read more…

The Golden Age of Argentine tango  ➜

February 26th, 2013
Published as: notes about tango.   Subject(s): tango - dance.

Golden Age¬† – audio¬†1 What kind of music was played at milongas of Golden Age – recorded or live, tango only or mixed? Tango purists, be prepared for some surprises! What kind of people went to milongas? How Juan Carlos Copes, the tango dancer of the century, started his spectacular career? You will hear it  Read more…