Knife In The Boot tango

Maggie Ferguson is back in black! Bandoneón in hand and with a new CD release, Maggie Ferguson and some friends are some of the leaders in bringing live music back to us all. There’s a report on her Knife In The Boot concert held in Canberra on 5 March, together with extracts from the new CD. Continuing the live music theme, there’s a round-up of upcoming concerts, and it’s all capped off with a look at the legacy of another bandoneonista, Miguel Caló. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: Ann Smith: Maggie Ferguson (bandoneón), Dan Russell (violin), Isabelle Brown (double bass), and Edward Neenman (piano) playing the Knife In The Boot series for the Phoenix Collective at the Wesley Music Centre in Canberra on 5 March 2021.

PLAYLIST:

  • Comme Il Faut, meaning ‘Quite All Right’, and also known as ‘Como Debe Ser’; recorded by Ánibal Troilo on 7 March 1938; a tango with music composed by Eduardo Arolas, first recorded in 1936, and lyrics by Gabriel Clausi.  
  • Ya Sale El Tren, meaning ‘The Train Is Already Leaving’; recorded by Miguel Caló on 25 February 1943; a tango with music and lyrics by Luis Rubistein in 1943, and sung by Jorge Ortiz.  
  • Mañana Ire Temprano, meaning ‘Tomorrow I Leave Straight Away’; recorded by Miguel Caló on 10 August 1943; a tango with music composed by Enrique Francini, lyrics by Carlos Bahr, and sung by Raúl Iriate.   
  • Dulce Amargura, meaning ‘Sweet Bitterness’; recorded by Miguel Caló on 21 December 1938; a tango with music composed by Virgilio San Clemente, lyrics by Héctor Alperi & Jorge Torres, and sung by Roberto Caló.  
  • Al Compás Del Corazón, meaning ‘To The Beat Of The Heart’, and also known as ‘Late Un Corazón’; recorded by Miguel Caló on 29 April 1942; a tango with music composed by Domingo Federico in 1942, lyrics by Homero Expósito, and sung by Raúl Berón.  
  • Qué Falta Me Hacés, meaning ‘I Miss You So Much’; recorded by Miguel Caló on 19 April 1963; a tango with music and lyrics by Miguel Caló & Armando Pontier & Federico Silva,  first recorded in 1962, and sung by Alberto Podestá.
  • Moda Tango, meaning ‘Tango Fashion’; from the collection ‘Tango Origins & Passion’ released in 2021, recorded live from a performance by Maggie Ferguston in December 2018; a concierto with music composed by Nestor Marconi.  
  • El Choclo, meaning ‘The Corncob’; from the collection ‘Tango Origins & Passion’ released in 2021, recorded live from a performance by Maggie Ferguston in December 2018; a concierto with music composed by Ángel Villoldo, published in 1905 and lyrics by Enrique Santos  Discépolo & Juan Carlos Marambio Catán.  
  • La Puñalada, meaning ‘The Stabbing’; from the collection ‘Tango Origins & Passion’ released in 2021, recorded live from a performance by Maggie Ferguston in December 2018; a milonga with music composed by Pintín Castellanos in 1933 and lyrics by Celadonio Flores.  
  • Milonga En Re, meaning ‘Milonga In [the key of] D’;, from the collection ‘Tango Origins & Passion’ released in 2021, recorded live from a performance by Maggie Ferguston in December 2018; a concierto with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1996. Recorded in the USA by Gidon Kremer in the 1996 release Hommage A Piazzolla (Nonesuch 79407-2)
  • Revirado, meaning ‘Reversed’; from the collection ‘Tango Origins & Passion’ released in 2021, recorded live from a performance by Maggie Ferguston in December 2018; a concierto with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1963. 
  • Nocturna, meaning ‘Night’; from the collection ‘Tango Origins & Passion’ released in 2021, recorded live from a performance by Maggie Ferguston in December 2018; a concierto with music composed by Julián Plaza, first recorded in 1961. 

Tango Capital – By The Lake

Tomorrow is the last time this summer to join us By The Lake, with Tango Capital, for Covid-19-safe dancing in Canberra.

Image Credit: Myk Dowling

DAY: Tuesdays, from 1 December to the end of February.
TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm (unless actually raining).
WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes. In front of the Reconciliation Monument on the south bank of Lake Burley Griffin, near the Waterfront Restaurant, Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra.
COVID-19 SAFETY:
1. Bring a partner, or pair up on the spot; either way, no changing partners.
2. Register when you arrive using the Check-In Canberra app, or on paper.
3. Maintain social distancing on and off the dance-pavement.
4. Hand-sanitiser supplied.

Tango in the 21st century (VI)

Six orquesta típicas! This edition continues exploring the many tango ensembles that have sprung up in Buenos Aires this century to bring the sound of live tango back to the milongas. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image Credit: CD covers for the music acknowledged in the playlist.

Tango Capital – By The Lake

Looks like a lovely evening coming up for dancing outdoors, so make the most of it…because autumn is fast approaching. Only two more opportunities to join us By The Lake, with Tango Capital, bringing Covid-19-safe dancing to Canberra, all summer long.

Image Credit: Myk Dowling

DAY: Tuesdays, from 1 December to the end of February.
TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm (unless actually raining).
WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes. In front of the Reconciliation Monument on the south bank of Lake Burley Griffin, near the Waterfront Restaurant, Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra.
COVID-19 SAFETY:
1. Bring a partner, or pair up on the spot; either way, no changing partners.
2. Register when you arrive using the Check-In Canberra app, or on paper.
3. Please reconsider if you have been in Wollongong or Victoria in the last fortnight.
4. Maintain social distancing on and off the dance-pavement.
5. Hand-sanitiser supplied.

Osvaldo Fresedo

Osvaldo Fresedo, bandoneonista & orquesta leader. Credit: Vicki Chou

Last edition discussed the life and legacy of Osvaldo Fresedo. This edition explores his legacy of smooth danceable tangos—and a couple of milongas.    That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image Credit: Vicki Choh

Tango Capital By The Lake

Lakeside reflections: 2 February 2021

Only three more evenings of dancing tango By The Lake this summer. Come and check in for some some Covid-19-safe tango by Lake Burley Griffin on 9 February.

DAY: Tuesdays, from 1 December to the end of February.
TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm (unless actually raining)
WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes. In front of the Reconciliation Monument on the south bank of Lake Burley Griffin, near the Waterfront Restaurant, Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra.
COVID-19 SAFETY:
1. Bring a partner, or pair up on the spot; either way, no changing partners.
2. Register when you arrive using the Check-In Canberra app, or on paper.
3. Please reconsider if you have been to Victoria in the last fortnight.
4. Maintain social distancing on and off the dance-pavement.
5. Hand-sanitiser supplied.

Maggie Ferguson – Bandoneonista

Australian bandeonista Maggie Ferguson has been a constant in the growth of tango in Australia since early this century. That discussion is paired with a brief look at the life and legacy of bandoneonista and orquesta leader Osvaldo Fresedo, and there’s a brief round-up of upcoming tango events. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image Credit: Ann Smith

Tango Capital – Back By The Lake!

The Bureau of Metereology says that dancing is forecast! Well, actually they said the day will be mid-twenties and probably dry….so….that means we are back! Looking forward to seeing you for some Covid-19-safe tango By The Lake this evening, 2 February.

DAY: Tuesdays, from 1 December to the end of February.
TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm (unless actually raining)
WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes. In front of the Reconciliation Monument on the south bank of Lake Burley Griffin, near the Waterfront Restaurant, Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra.
COVID-19 SAFETY:
1. Bring a partner, or pair up on the spot; either way, no changing partners.
2. Register when you arrive using the Check-In Canberra app, or on paper.
3. Please reconsider if you have been to Western Australia in the last fortnight.
4. Maintain social distancing on and off the dance-pavement.
5. Hand-sanitiser supplied.

Image Credit: Ann Smith – Reflexiones