Serkan Alasya, DJ

 

2017-07-14 - Serkan Alasya - BASH 2016

It would be a rare milonga that did not include any songs at all from Cátulo Castillo but being primarily a lyricist means that few know his name. This edition looks at his life and times, takes a look at the broader context in which tango developed through the piano lecture Clásicos Argentinos, and finishes up with discussion of a milonga tanda with Serkan Alasya.

That’s Tango Capital, Sunday evening from 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: Serkan Alasya DJing at BASH (Buenos Aires in the Southern Highlands) in November 2016.

PLAYLIST:

  • Organito De La Tarde, meaning ‘Street Organist of the Afternoon’; it’s a tango recorded by Francisco Canaro in 1925, with music composed by Cátulo Castillo in 1923 and lyrics by José Gonsález Castillo (Juan de León).
  • Eufemio Pizarro, the name a reference to a malevo, a street thug, whose name references Eufemio Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, and Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistador; it’s a tango recorded by Francisco Canaro on 21 April 1947, music and lyrics by Cátulo Castillo and Homero Manzi in 1947, and sung by Alberto Arenas.
  • Café De Los Angelitos, meaning ‘Café Of The Angels’; it’s a tango recorded by Rodolfo Biagi on 15 June 1945, music and lyrics by Cátulo Castillo and José Razzano in 1944, and sung by Alberto Amor.
  • La Última Curda, meaning ‘The Last Drunk’ (from lunfardo); it’s a tango recorded by Anibal Troilo on 7 May 1963, with music composed by Anibal Troilo in 1956, lyrics by Cátulo Castillo and José Razzano, and sung by Roberto Goyeneche.
  • El Último Café from the ‘Tango’ release by pianist Marcela Fiorelli in 2012, meaning ‘The Last Coffee’; it’s a tango concierto, with music composed by Héctor Stamponi in 1963 and lyrics by Cátulo Castillo.
  • Sacale Punta; it’s a milonga recorded by Edgardo Donato on 9 March 1938, with music composed by Osvaldo Donato, lyrics by Sandilio Gómez, and sung by Horacio Lagos and Randona.
  • De Punta A Punta, meaning ‘From End To End’; it’s a milonga recorded by Edgardo Donato on 6 March 1939, with music composed by Osvaldo Donato, lyrics by Sandilio Gómez, and sung by Horacio Lagos.
  • El Torito, meaning ‘The Tower’; it’s a milonga recorded by Edgardo Donato on 14 November 1939, with music composed by Ángel Villoldo in 1910 and lyrics by Carlos Pesce and Antonio Polito.
  • Ella Es Así, meaning ‘She Is Like That’; it’s a milonga recorded by Edgardo Donato on 10 October 1938, with music composed by Luis Martino, lyrics by Manuel Carretero, and sung by Horacio Lagos.
  • Perdonáme, meaning ‘Forgive Me’; it’s a tango recorded by Osvaldo Fresedo on 13 December 1954, with music composed by Héctor Stamponi in 1946, lyrics by Cátulo Castillo, and sung by Héctor Pacheco.

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