Tangueros Monthly Newsletter
Tangueros in springtime
commodity springtime arrives and the coffee tables begin to sprout on the
sidewalks, the Nueva Compania Tangueros comes again to Italy
for a short tour with no less than three different shows interwined: Flores
de Tango with the Sexteto Canyengue and the four NCT principal
dancers, The Tango Roads (that we introduce in this same
Newsletter) and the very new Desdelalma. This show bears a
subtitle - Petit Pas de Deux and a bandone˛n - that admits no
doubt about the subject. In fact it is the spring collection of choreographic
haute-couture by Mariachiara Michieli for sensitive conoisseurs.
Surprise music and the Maximo Mori's outstanding arrangements for bandone˛n
solo are the soundtrack. The dancers are Silvina Aguera, Sebastian Romero,
Silvia Vaccaro, Mariano Suazo. Rocco Boness is the bandoneonist.
This is the full schedule:
April 06: Flores de Tango - Foggia, Teatro Giordano
April 07: Desdelalma - Spello (Perugia), Teatro Civico Subasio
April 08: The Tango Roads - Milano, Teatro Franco Parenti
April 09: Desdelalma - Cossato (Biella), Teatro Comunale
April 10: Flores de Tango - S.DonÓ di Piave (Venezia), Teatro Astra
April 11: Desdelalma - Padova, Teatro Don Bosco
The Tango revenged by the others
readers are puzzled about a certain french-argentine projet that
from the top charts is pretending to avenge the outrages suffered by
Tango in all these years.
Wrongs righters or impostors? Pioneers or wise guys? New-converts magnets or usurpers? And above all, is this music for modern milongueros or is this lounge-music for fashion-victims and decoloured goatees?
The tunes at issue look like commercial goods, disco supplies, sal˛n (peluquero) wallhangings, with even less Tango inside than the Sly Gideon's albums. To sell well doesn't mean nothing in a market controlled by the big labels. Besides, the average musicalizador tours the balls with a briefcase full of masterized Troilo, Pugliese and Cal˛. So, why steal to angels and give money to these squalid opportunists? Regarding their presumed proselytism, we agree with the Giuseppe Sinopoli's statement about the Three Tenors: they help to spread the Music as much as Asterix promotes the roman history.
But who could answer these questions better than a professional such as Tj Locatelli, the daring Camerlengo of The Catedral de Buenos Aires and La Quinta del Đato, the right-hand man of MC Ning¨n Bobby and Gran Master Felix at the Tangodrome of Saavedra?
Here goes mr. Locatelli:
"Muchas veces echados a patadas - como pas˛ a su dee-jay set en el Idroscalo de Milan en el verano del 2001 - arman su label cuyo nombre, Ya basta, viene de las sugerencias del p¨blico. Meditan la revancha, no del Tango que desconocen, si no de sus entitades ofendidas. Como esas modistas de barrio que reproducen Roberto Cappucci en gŔnero, cocen todo lo que encuentran en la humilde discoteca de su casa que "haga" Argentina, de los Chalchaleros a los discursos de Per˛n, es decir nuestro mejor folklore. Invitan musicos de cuarta a hacer piri piri en el bandone˛n. Mucho mÓs habýa tocado el Juan JosŔ Mosalini central (en la familia Mosalini todos los varones se llaman Juan JosŔ y son todos fueyes) en la Lambada. Mucho mejor estuvo la Grace Jones en Libertango. Del cacerolazo toman el groove y el marketing. Samplers y loops son recuerdos del Di Tella. AcÓ en Buenos Aires este mezcla de electronica y Tango es mÓs vieja que la injusticia. Algunos colegas los utilizan para el chill out, yo para vaciar la pista. Son tÓn distintos del Tango que son cortinas perfectas. Ya se sabe que los gringos bailan esas tambiŔn..."
Un baile a beneficio
England, Alberto Savinio used to say, compassion and ferocity have often the
As a matter of fact the Lambeth orphanage and the Machester assembly lines, the Charity Maids and the Owners, Uriah Heep and Lady D, were not too unlike. But you only need to reach the Netherlands to find someone who doesn't hesitate to do good, without profiting, without advertising, without telling anybody. That selfish high-society who brought them to play at the Royal Wedding and to sell out largely at the Concertgebouw, is so alien to their true nature that the Sexteto Canyengue will earmark their next two concerts' receipts for the Escuela de Musica Popular de Avellaneda (Buenos Aires). The performances will take place at the Church of Middlebeemster (which is a small village in the Amsterdam province) on March 9.
This appointment in the polder is indeed a not-to-be-missed event with the best Tango Orchestra above (and below) sea level.
from Corto Maltese to Jazz
Between Tango and Jazz there are a lot of affinities. To start with, their birth in the brothels - which is now a fine-protected truth - to their contemporary contaminations. The Tango Roads penetrate the Buenos Aires docks on the trails of the elegant and melancholy heroe by Hugo Pratt, as well as the New York dark alleys, among the thousand Spanish Harlem's inflexions. A multimedial show made of bandone˛n and saxophones, traditional milonga and improvisation, musics of passion, sentiments inspired by the same Asphalt Muse. On the background: the Pino Ninfa's photos from the immortal Buenos Aires, the drawings by one of the greatest artist in our time and the live set by the Studio Pennisi's image-jockey.
Tango Roads - from Corto Maltese to Jazz
a multimedia show
Javier Girotto-Daniele Di Bonaventura
BIM String Quartet with Pietro Ciancaglini
Trio Esquina leaded by CÚsar Stroscio
photos by Pino Ninfa
drawings by Hugo Pratt
Suoni & Visioni
Teatro Franco Parenti, Milano - April 8th 2002, 09pm