Sarah Saunders & the Perth Tango Orchestra

2020-04-16 - Perth Tango Orchestra

After a break of nearly two decades, live tango music is again happening in the West. The Perth Tango Orchestra is channelling the Golden Age to West Australian audiences, and this edition explores their journey through an interview with the director, Sarah Saunders. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image Credit: Sarah Saunders; the Perth Tango Orchestra.

And if you would like to support their GoFundMe campaign to manage through the COVID-19 crisis, check it out here.

PLAYLIST:

  • Silueta Porteña, meaning ‘Shadow of a Buenos Aires Woman’;, from the collection ‘Tango 22’ released in 2002, recorded by Jessica Ipkendanz and Hugo Alvarez in 2002; a milonga with music composed by Nicolas Luis & Juan Ventura Cuccaro Orlando in 1936.
  • Adíos Nonino; recorded by Astor Piazzolla in 1960; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla in 1959 and lyrics by Eladia Blázquez. The name is a reference to the death of Piazzolla’s father (known as “Nonino”) . Probably recorded in 1960 in Montevideo.
  • La Muerte Del Ángel, meaning ‘The Death Of The Angel’; recorded live from a performance by Tango Noir in 2020; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1963. Musicians are: violinists Julia Watson and Madeleine Antoine; pianist is Sarah Saunders. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Elliot Smith at Sundown Studios; and the video released on Youtube was filmed by Lincoln MacKinnon.
  • Buscándote, meaning ‘Searching For You’; recorded by Osvaldo Fresedo on 30 December 1941; a tango with music composed by Lalo Scalise, lyrics by Lalo Scalise, and sung by Ricardo Ruíz.
  • Charrúa;, from the collection ‘Tango Para Cuerdas’ released in 2017, recorded by Julián Peralta on 31 October 2017; a concierto with music composed by Julián Peralta. The name is a reference to someone from Uruguay.
  • Cuando Jugaba, meaning ‘While Playing’;, from the collection ‘Las Huellas En El Mar’ released in 2012, recorded by Vale Tango on October 2011; a vals with music composed by Andres Linetzky.
  • La Deschissiada;, from the collection ‘En Vivo En Café Vinilo’ released in 2012, recorded live from a performance by Dúo Fain-Mantega at Café Vinilo, Buenos Aires in 2012; a concierto with music composed by Exequiel Mantega. The title is possibly a reference to the highly rhythmic music of Diego Schissi.

Armando Laborde, singer

2020-04-07 - Armando Laborde

Last edition took a brief look at the professional career of Armando Laborde and this edition explores their legacy of recordings with D’Arienzo and Varela in more detail. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: Armando Laborde

PLAYLIST:

  • Magdala; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 26 December 1944; a tango with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi in 1944, lyrics by Francisco Gorrindo, and sung by Armando Laborde. The lyrics form a complicated metaphor of the loved woman, Magdala, as a saint, and his love as faith, with the added complication of the underpinning reference to the woman as a ‘magdalene’ and by extension as unfaithful.
  • Color Cielo, meaning ‘Colour Of The Sky’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 26 December 1944; a tango with music composed by Antonio Bonavena, lyrics by Antonio Bonavena, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Pregonera, meaning ‘Herald’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 28 August 1945; a tango with music composed by Alfredo De Angelis, lyrics by José Rótulo, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Me Grita El Corazón, meaning ‘My Heart Shrieks’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 26 August 1945; a tango with music composed by Miguel Bonano & Mario Landi, lyrics by Roberto Miro, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Del Pasado, meaning ‘Out Of The Past’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 24 December 1945; a milonga with music composed by Francisco Alfredo Marino, lyrics by Francisco Alfredo Marino, and sung by Armando Laborde and Alberto Echagüe.
  • El Viento Me Cuenta Cosas, meaning ‘The Breeze Tells Me Things’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 17 December 1947; a milonga with music composed by Miguel Bucino, lyrics by Miguel Bucino, and sung by Armando Laborde and Alberto Echagüe.
  • Caña, meaning ‘Rod’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 6 April 1949; a tango with music composed by Enrique Mónaco, lyrics by Julián Araujo & Enrique A Esviza, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Yuyo Brujo, meaning ‘Bewitching Drug’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 11 April 1949; a tango with music composed by Benjamin García, lyrics by Carlos Waiss, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Aparcero, meaning ‘Sharefarmer’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 17 April 1945; a tango with music composed by Anselmo A Aieta, first recorded in 1934, lyrics by Antonio Radicci, and sung by Armando Laborde and Alberto Echagüe.
  • Yo No Sé Llorar, meaning ‘I Don’t Know How To Weep’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 6 December 1946; a tango with music composed by Joaquín Do Reyes in 1933, lyrics by Celadonio Flores, and sung by Armando Laborde and Alberto Echagüe.
  • Viejo Smoking, meaning ‘Old Man Smoking’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 12 November 1952; a tango with music composed by Guillermo Barbieri in 1930, lyrics by Celadonio Flores, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Canzoneta; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 13 August 1954; a tango with music composed by Erma Suárez in 1951, lyrics by Enrique Lary, and sung by Armando Laborde. A canzoneta is a short composition of classical fugue structure, but in the poor area of Buenos Aires the singer, an old man now, is dreaming of home in Southern Italy and the Italian music that frames his lament. Like much European dance music, tango music is based on classical structures and uses repeating patterns such as ABAB, ABA, ABACA, that are derived from and shaped Baroque music and its descendent forms.
  • Tristeza Criolla, meaning ‘Argentine Sadness’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 2 November 1954; a vals with music composed by Ignacio Corsini in 1910, lyrics by Julián De Charras, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Me Quieres Y Te Quiero, meaning ‘You Love Me And I Love You’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 17 May 1956; a vals with music composed by Victorio Vergilito, lyrics by Antonio Cantó, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Farolito Viejo, meaning ‘Old Lantern’; recorded by Héctor Varela on 15 December 1950; a tango with music composed by Luis Teisseire in 1927, lyrics by José Eneas Riú, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Anoche A Las Dos, meaning ‘Last Night At Two’; recorded by Héctor Varela on 15 November 1951; a tango with music composed by Raúl Joaquín de los Hoyos in 1926, lyrics by Roberto Lino Cayol, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Un Bailongo, meaning ‘A Dance’; recorded by Héctor Varela on 4 December 1950; a milonga with music composed by Carlos Gardel & José Razzano, first recorded in 1922, lyrics by Carlos Gardel & José Razzano, and sung by Armando Laborde and Rodolfo Lesica.
  • La Carreta, meaning ‘The Road’; recorded by Héctor Varela on 15 November 1951; a tango with music composed by José Servidio & Luis Servidio in 1927, lyrics by Francisco García Jiménez, and sung by Armando Laborde and Rodolfo Lesica.
  • Patio Porteña, meaning ‘Courtyard Of A Buenos Aires House’; recorded by Héctor Varela on 3 January 1952; a vals with music composed by Alfonso Lacueva & Julio Nistal, lyrics by Alfonso Lacueva & Julio Nistal, and sung by Armando Laborde and Rodolfo Lesica.

 

Orquesta La Luna

2020-04-05 - Orquesta La Luna en milonga at the Bexley Club in Sydney on 30 March 2019

With social dancing behind us for a while, this edition holds a memory of dancing on the parquet floor of the Bexley Club in Sydney with Orquesta La Luna. The singing of Armando Laborde features, and there is a brief round-up of some virtual tango events. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image Credit: Ann Smith.  Leading from the piano, Daniel Rojas’s glissando takes him right off the end of the keyboard! That’s Orquesta La Luna playing the Sydney milonga at Bexley Club on 30 March 2019.

VIRTUAL TANGO EVENTS:

Wednesdays, 20:30 – 22:00 AEST: Live practica via Zoom with Canberra’s Tengo Tango: https://www.facebook.com/events/232259821462740/

Sunday 5 April, 19:30-20:30 AEST: Live alternative DJ set with Melbourne’s Belinda Stopar on Neotango TV: https://www.facebook.com/events/698916027594757/

PLAYLIST:

  • Catamarca; recorded by Julio De Caro on 5 April 1940; a tango with music composed by Eduardo Arolas and lyrics by Jesús Fernández Blanco. The name is a reference to the Western province of that name in Argentina.
  • Desde Aquella Noche, meaning ‘From This Night’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 26 August 1946; a tango with music composed by Fulvio Salamanca, lyrics by Carlos Bahr, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Milonga Que Peina Canas, meaning ‘Milonga Of The Greying Hair’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 13 August 1952; a milonga with music composed by Alberto Gómez in 1942, lyrics by Alberto Gómez, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Magdala; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 26 December 1944; a tango with music composed by Rodolfo Biago in 1944, lyrics by Francisco Gorrindo, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • Yuyo Brujo, from lunfardo, meaning ‘Bewitching Drug’; recorded by Héctor Varela on 28 May 1951; a tango with music composed by Benjamín García, first recorded in 1949, lyrics by Carlos Waiss, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • La Sonrisa De Mamá, meaning ‘The Mother’s Smile’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 1 September 1954; a vals with music composed by Carlos Bahr, Juan D’Arienzo, Fulvio Salamanca, lyrics by Carlos Bahr, Juan D’Arienzo, Fulvio Salamanca, and sung by Armando Laborde.
  • El Ingeniero, meaning ‘The Engineer’; recorded live from a performance by Orquesta La Luna at Bexley Club, Sydney on 30 March 2019; a tango with music composed by Alejandro Junnissi, first recorded in 1945.
  • Milonga De Mis Amores, meaning ‘Milonga Of My Loves’; recorded live from a performance by Orquesta La Luna at Bexley Club, Sydney on 30 March 2019; a milonga with music composed by Pedro Laurenz in 1937 and lyrics by José María Contursi.
  • La Yumba; recorded live from a performance by Orquesta La Luna at Bexley Club, Sydney on 30 March 2019; a tango with music composed by Osvaldo Pugliese, first recorded in 1946. The name is a reference to the deep notes of tango, and of the sounds of industry and commerce as heard in the streets of Buenos Aires.
  • Michelangelo ’70; recorded live from a performance by Orquesta La Luna at Bexley Club, Sydney on 30 March 2019; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla in 1969.
  • El Purrete, from lunfardo, meaning ‘The Young Child’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 18 September 1953; a tango with music composed by Eladio Blanco, lyrics by Raúl Hormaza, and sung by Armando Laborde.