Tangueros Monthly Newsletter
Mi Buenos Aires Querido
lo que digan, el tango està entre nosotros. Asì sea utilizando como nueva
forma retòrica, meramente ornamental. Asì haya perdido el grado de popularidad
que tuvo. Asì pueda ponerse de moda - como le pasò al folklore, en circulos
alambicados -. Asì su destino sea incierto.
Digan lo que digan, nos conocen por el tango, nos recuerdan por el tango, somos tangueros, para bien o para mal.
Sentado al borde de una silla desfondada,
mareado, enfermo, casi vivo,
escribo versos previamente llorados
por la ciudad donde nacì.
Hay que atraparlos.
nacieron hijos dulces mios
que entre tanto castigo te endulzan bellamente.
Hay que aprender a resistir.
Ni a irse
ni a quedarse.
Aunque es seguro
que habrà màs penas y olvido.
Juan Gelman - from Gotàn, ed. La Rosa blindada, Buenos Aires 1962
yes, it is true: this year is the tenth anniversary of Astor
Piazzolla's death. The cultural establishment, the classical music's popstars
and the most careful media are preparing the commemoration as needed. The
Piazzolla brand wil get a further, and unselfish, rub. And yet, not to lessen
the importance of such great musician, we miss much more those young
rough poets who, four decennials ago and without the Institutional praise, used
to perform their sparkling and premonitory lyrics in the Buenos Aires'
underground spots. Their music was that rising Nuevo Tango that would have
passed away in their arms shortly after, under the terror of dictatorship and
Digan lo que digan, we need to learn to resist.
Also because it is sure, whatever Gardel might sing, there will be more sorrow and oblivion.
the upcoming and almost habitual summer tour the Nueva
Compania Tangueros will stage two different repertory shows and a
brand new creation.
The first two integrate the first and the second part respectively of a very personal History of Tango revisited through the best Mariachiara Michieli's choreographies. The title CATALOGO TANGUEROS - The young generation's guide to Tango doesn't give grounds to doubts regarding the Company's intentions.
CATALOGO's Book Number One is dedicated to the two Eduardos of Tango - Arolas and Rovira. The music will be live performed by Trio Esquina leaded by César Stroscio featuring also the Alma String Quartet.
On the other hand, Book Number Two is dedicated to the missing link between Pugliese and Piazzolla, with the music by the Sexteto Canyengue.
Both shows will be danced by the four NCT principal dancers, namely Silvina Aguera, Silvia Vaccaro, Sebastian Romero, Mariano Suazo.
The new creation is named SLUMS - scenes from the underworld. The work is relationed to our deepest feelings, so buried in the "slums of our souls" that are invisible even to ourselves. Actually, on second thoughts, this is the historical raw matter of Tango. The SLUMS' musics are by Leonard Bernstein - a selection from West Side Story which has been arranged by Carel Kraayenhof for Tango sextet - and by Astor Piazzolla. They will be played by Sexteto Canyengue, with the occasional extension of a guitarist and a percussionist. The Mariachiara Michieli's choreographies will be danced by the NCT principal dancers.
This is the temporary schedule:
July 9 - Ascona, Switzerland: CATALOGO TANGUEROS book 1
July 10 - Parma: CATALOGO TANGUEROS book 1
July 18 - Villa Arconati, Bollate (Milano): CATALOGO TANGUEROS book 2
July 23 - Florence Dance Festival: SLUMS
July 30 - Sommacampagna, Verona: CATALOGO book 2
August 1 - Bassano Opera Festival: SLUMS
August 3 - Pescara: SLUMS
August 4 - Gaeta: CATALOGO book 2
August 5 - Tagliacozzo Festival: CATALOGO book 2
August 7 - Il Vittoriale: SLUMS
Since time immemorial, we the Tangueros got into the habit of breaking the chains with our bare hands. So you can imagine our surprise when someone pops up with an offer we can not turn down easily. They are going to give us an "artistic residence" in Italy; namely in Milano, for the record. This means that, if everything goes off according to plan, we will move from Buenos Aires to Milano very soon with our principal dancers and with our ballet school. Right after our summer tour, several didactic activities will be launched. Here are some of them:
Tango courses, all level
special workshops for Tango dancers
Tango basics for professional dancers
Tango music classes for professional musicians
many initiatives will be extended to other cities in Lombardia and North Italy.
This is a golden opportunity for everyone aiming to study with Mariachiara Michieli, the NCT's Artistic Director and Choreographer, who is among the leading figures in the legendary Villa Urquiza style.
Stay in touch for further news.
are really late with The Tangueros Quarterly Review sixth
number, whose on-line issueing was set, as well as the stabs, for the
Ides of March.
We apologize with our readers and ask them again their unwilling trust.
Although we don't know yet when it will be ready, we are at least able to give you some advance informations on the contents.
Gide by Arthur Cravan
The portrait of a great writer at home
Reveladores de secretos by Alejandro
A relevant story in the non-privacy era
Tangueros by Loriano Pelizzari
A letter to Milongas for one year
poems by Juan Gelman
With a short forward by Francisco Urondo
by Marco Castellani
Marginal notes to the Hugo Pratt's "Tango"
Gentlemen of Fortuyn
take the opportunity to draw our readers' attention to two new releases.
The first one bares the title of "Les Tangos de Corto" and is by César Stroscio & Esquina.
It is the new recording of some original pieces dedicated to Corto Maltese which had formerly been included in the "Tango" CD Book by Lizard Edizioni & Materiali Sonori.
Several famous tunes from the Trio Esquina' s repertoire, such as the Rovira's "A Luis Luchi" and the Piazzolla's "El Penultimo", are in the album, also with a sensational Pino Enriquez's composition called "Casi lloro" and a hidden surprise in the end.
second CD is by Sexteto Canyengue and the very prestigious Concertgebouw
Orchestra and Choir from Amsterdam. The album is mostly
dedicated to Astor Piazzolla, and especially to Adios Nonino, and includes
also some Carel Kraayenhof's original arragements of "Milonga
para Thirza" and "Ma y Pa", which is here in simplified version
for those very learned non-tangueros.
The CD's name is "Tango Royal" and it is dedicated, as well as the previous "Tango Maxima", to the democratic reigning house of the Netherlands. Needless to say, it is already in the top charts.