February 27, 2013
Dear music lovers and my fellow tango dancers:
The re-designed TangoTales.com is mostly about music – modern Argentine tango, fusion, electronico, alternative music for dancing and some lesser known gems of Golden Age. There is tango music beyond the hits of Golden Age. A lot of it. Argentine tango is not a museum piece. It is living and evolving art.
If you like some of albums and tracks featured on this site, buy them for your collection. Tell to your friends about them. Bravely ask DJs to play a piece or two at milongas: you are a paying customer and you have a right to have bad taste (the highlighted quote belongs to John Waters, of Pink Flamingos fame).
Re-design is still work in progress and your suggestions are welcome.
Check them out, you might ♥ them...
Books, movies, websites, etc.
In Raquel’s Steps, documentary by Gabriela Bohm ➜
Director: Gabriela Bohm USA-Argentina 2013 / Spanish w/English subtitles, English / 30 minutes From the shtetl to the tango…more than 30,000 Jewish women were lured from Europe to the New World, only to be devoured in Argentinean prostitution rings run by Jewish criminals. This film is about an ordinary woman — Raquel Liberman — whose Read more…
Tango nuevo: before and after Piazzolla ➜
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 ➜
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…
Orquesta Escuela de Tango (OET) – interviews with Emilio Balcarce and Nestor Marconi ➜
OET (Training Orquestra of Tango) was created in 2000 with the objective of forming the young musicians within instrumental practices recovered from the orchestral experiences of Typical Orchestras of the Golden Age. From its very beginning, this Orchestra was directed by one of the greatest composers and arrangers of tango history, the bandoneonist and violinist Read more…
Si Sos Brujo: the interview with Caroline Neal, the director of the award-winning documentary ➜
Si Sos Brujos – audio 1. Si Sos Brujos – audio 2. Si Sos Brujos – audio 3. Si Sos Brujo is the great documentary. It is about the preservation of great traditions of the Argentine tango music and the visionary leadership. Si Sos Brujo traces the organization of Orquesta Escuela de Tango or Training Read more…
Tete and Silvia ➜
February 26th, 2013
Published as: notes about tango.
Tete and Silvia – audio 1. Tete and Silvia – audio 2. Tete is one of the last milongueros of the great Golden Age of tango. He has been dancing tango for almost 60 years. His philosophy and style of dancing are not the only reasons why he is considered such an iconic figure in Read more…
Interview with Astor Piazzolla (San Francisco, 1989) ➜
Interview with Piazzolla – part 1 Interview with Piazzolla – part 2 Astor Piazzolla is speaking about his music Speaking Of Music show, May 11, 1989, Exploratorium Theater, San Francisco. Recorded by KPFA.
TRACK: Calexico – Quattro (Gotan Project Remix) Calexico appears on several albums by Gotan Project. Unfortunately, this energetic piece with great lyrics, did not make to any of them. PITY! One of my all-time favorites for dancing (a bit long, although).