Tango In The 21st Century (I)

2020-06-20 - AR Bands of the 21st century (1)

The second half of the twentieth century saw tango music separate from the dance, and in the twenty-first century Argentine tango musicians have responded to that separation in many different ways. Some have continued the concierto tradition established by the Vanguardia, some others have embraced electronic, sampling, and other influences from contemporary dance music; yet others have applied the traditional form of the orquesta típica to continue the tango tradition of social commentary. This edition showcases some that have re-focused on tango for dancing.  That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

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

PLAYLIST:

  • Don Juan, meaning ‘Sir John’; from the collection ‘Tangos Pa’ Bailar’ released in 2007, recorded by Contramarca in 2007; a tango with music composed by Ernesto Ponzi in 1898 and lyrics by Ricardo J Podestá. The name is a reference to a tough guy of the inner city suburb of San Cristóbel in Buenos Aires, who fancies himself as a tango dancer and a snappy dresser.
  • Felicia; from the collection ‘Tangos Pa’ Bailar’ released in 2007, recorded by Contramarca in 2007; a tango with music composed by Enrique Saborido, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by Carlos Mauricio Pacheco. The name is a reference to a woman’s name.
  • Canaro En Paris, meaning ‘Canaro In Paris’; from the collection ‘Tangos Pa’ Bailar’ released in 2007, recorded by Contramarca in 2007; a tango with music composed by Alejandro Scarpino & Juan Caldarella, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by José Caldarella.
  • Permiso, meaning ‘Permission’; from the collection ‘Ciudad Baigon’ released in 2007, recorded by Ciudad Baigon in 2007; a tango with music composed by Hernán Cabrera.
  • Patético, meaning ‘Pathos’; from the collection ‘Ciudad Baigon’ released in 2007, recorded by Ciudad Baigon in 2007; a tango with music composed by Jorge Caldara, first recorded in 1948.
  • Inspiración, meaning ‘Inspiration’;, from the collection ‘Ciudad Baigon’ released in 2007, recorded by Ciudad Baigon in 2007; a tango with music composed by Peregrino Paulo in 1929 and lyrics by Luis Rubistein.
  • Al Pasar, meaning ‘In Step’; from the collection ‘Barracas Al Fondo’ released in 2010, recorded by Sexteto Unitango in 2010; a vals with music composed by José Raúl Iglesias, first recorded in 1943 and lyrics by Juan Bautista Gatti. Singer is unknown.
  • Desde El Alma, meaning ‘From The Soul’; from the collection ‘Sexteto Unitango’ released in 2009, recorded by Sexteto Unitango in 2009; a vals with music composed by Rosita Melo in 1922 and lyrics by Victor Piuma Vélez (2nd set by Homer Manzi.
  • El Marne, meaning ‘The Marne’; from the collection ‘120% Bailable’ released in 2013, recorded by Sexteto Gato in 2013; a tango with music composed by Eduardo Arolas, first recorded in 1920 and lyrics by Gabriel Clausi. France was a major international centre for Argentine musicians and the name may be a reference to the Marne River, a tributary of the Seine River in France.
  • Chiqué, from lunfardo, meaning ‘Elegant Affectation’, and also known as ‘El Elegante’; from the collection ‘120% Bailable’ released in 2013, recorded by Sexteto Gato in 2013; a tango with music composed by Ricardo Luis Brignolo in 1920 and lyrics by Ricardo Luis Brignolo.
  • Nunca Tuvo Novio, meaning ‘You Have Never Had A Boyfriend!’, and also known as ‘Pobre Solterona’ and as ‘La Que Nunca Tuvo Novio’; from the collection ‘120% Bailable’ released in 2013, recorded by Sexteto Gato in 2013; a tango with music composed by Agustín Bardi in 1924 and lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo.
  • Corralera, from the collection ‘Pertenencia’ released in 2011, recorded by Andariega in 2011; a milonga with music composed by Anselmo A Aieta, first recorded in 1956. From Lunfardo, the name is a reference to a person born in or living in the Buenos Aires suburb of Los Corrales, the suburb name a reference to the major stockyards there that fed the beef export trade..
  • Campo Afuera, meaning ‘Countryside’; from the collection ‘Pertenencia’ released in 2011, recorded by Andariega in 2011; a milonga with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi in 1939, lyrics by Homero Manzi, and sung by Sandra Marquez.
  • Paciencia, meaning ‘Patience’; from the collection ‘Cortando Clavos’ released in 2014, recorded by La Juan D’Arienzo in 2014; a tango with music composed by Juan D’Arienzo in 1937, lyrics by Francisco Gorrindo, and sung by Fernando Rodas.
  • La Última Copa , meaning ‘The Last Cup’; from the collection ‘Cortando Clavos’ released in 2014, recorded by La Juan D’Arienzo in 2014; a tango with music composed by Francisco Canaro in 1925, lyrics by Juan Andrés Caruso, and sung by Fernando Rodas.
  • Canzoneta, meaning ‘Little Song’; from the collection ‘Cortando Clavos’ released in 2014, recorded by La Juan D’Arienzo in 2014; a tango with music composed by Erma Suárez in 1951, lyrics by Enrique Lary, and sung by Fernando Rodas. A reference to the canzonet, a song with verses often structured in an AABCC pattern.
  • Flores Negras, meaning ‘Black Flowers’; from the collection ‘Orquesta Victoria’ released in 2010, recorded by Orquesta Victoria in 2010; a tango with music composed by Francisco De Caro, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by Mario Gomila.
  • La Casita De Mis Viejos, meaning ‘The Little House Of My Parents’, and also known as ‘La Casita De Mis Padres’ and as ‘Casita De Mis Viejos’; from the collection ‘Orquesta Victoria’ released in 2010, recorded by Orquesta Victoria in 2010; a tango with music composed by Juan Carlos Cobián in 1931 and lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo.
  • Cambalache, meaning ‘Mix-Up’; from the collection ‘Orquesta Victoria’ released in 2010, recorded by Orquesta Victoria in 2010; a tango with music and lyrics by Enrique Santos Discépolo in 1934.

 

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