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

Tango - Music

Story of Narcotango: tango electronico claims its place in Argentine tango music  ➜

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

Narcotango – audio Carlos Libedinski released his ground-breaking tango electronica album Narcotango in 2002.  But it was not a simple project because the DJs in Buenos Aires milongas would not play his music. Libedinski used his fine musical instincts (he is both – a musician and a dancer) and a good pre-release strategy to make  Read more…

Histories of famous old Argentine (and non-Argentine) tangos  ➜

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

Old Tango – La Paloma Old Tango – El Choclo Old Tango – Caminito 1 Old Tango – Caminito 2 Do you know what jazz, European classical opera and Argentine tango has in common? Habanera! Listen to the story of the most famous habanera – La Paloma. It is also a brief overview how the  Read more…

Rob Connaire: tango rants  ➜

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

Rob – audio 1. Rob – audio 2. Rob – audio 3. Rob – audio 4.   Rob Connaire: tango rants. Personal journey into tango – dance, song and poetry. Rob Connaire is a dancer and a musician from Philly. I met him at the milonga in Boston. He is the person with much, much  Read more…

Jorge Luis Borges: blindness. Tango poetry.  ➜

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

Borges – Blindness Borges – Tango Poetry Two segments about one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. The narration is accompanied by the tangos with Borges’s lyrics and the tangos written by his favorite composers. Track 1: Blindness. Borges wrote a lot about his life-long struggle with the inherited blindness and how I  Read more…

Brief literary tour to Borges' Buenos Aires with Tomas Eloy Martinez  ➜

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

Buenos Aires – audio 1 Buenos Aires – audio 2 Buenos Aires – audio 3 I read Tango Singer (the 3rd novel by Martinez) in (almost) one sitting. Read this book if you plan to visit BsAs! It is an erudite guide to the city – tango, literary, historical. In this program I will read  Read more…

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…