Alturas (2009-2017)

There’s a retrospective look at the Australian jazz-tango group Alturas, and the life and times of Lucio Demare forms a microcosm of the trajectory of tango over the 20th century.  That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: Ann Smith; Alturas playing one of their last performances, at Django’s in Sydney, on 17 September 2017.

PLAYLIST:

  • Soledad La De Barracas, meaning ‘Loneliness Of The Barracks’; recorded by Rodolfo Biagi on 6 September 1945; a tango with music composed by Roberto Garza in 1945, lyrics by Carlos Bahr, and sung by Jorge Ortiz. The name is a reference to the suburb Barracas in Buenos Aires.  
  • Tal Vez Será Su Voz, meaning ‘Maybe It was Your Voice’, and also known as Tal Vez Será Mi Alcohol; recorded by Lucio Demare on 25 June 1943; a tango with music composed by Lucio Demare in 1943, lyrics by Homero Manzi, and sung by Raúl Berón.  
  • Mañanita De Montmartre, meaning ‘Early Morning In Montmartre’; recorded by Trio Argentino in 1928; a tango with music composed by Lucio Demare, lyrics by Agustín Irusta & Roberto Fugazot, and sung by Agustín Irusta and Roberto Fugazot. The name is a reference to the suburb in Paris, close to where the tango nightclubs were.  
  • Solamente…Ella, meaning ‘Only…Her’; recorded by Lucio Demare on 24 July 1944; a tango with music composed by Lucio Demare, lyrics by Homero Manzi, and sung by Horacio Quintana.  
  • La Calle Sin Sueño, meaning ‘The Street Without Hope’; recorded by Lucio Demare on 30 July 1968; a tango with music composed by Lucio Demare, first recorded in 1957 and lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo.  
  • Malena; recorded by Lucio Demare on 23 January 1942; a tango with music composed by Lucio Demare in 1942, lyrics by Homero Manzi, and sung by Juan Carlos  Miranda. The name is a reference to a nightclub singer of that name.  
  • Taquito Militar, meaning ‘Military Heels’; from the collection ‘Sin Palabras’ released in 2015, recorded by Alturas in 2015; a milonga with music composed by Mariano Mores in 1952, arranged by Jane Andino.  
  • Gran Hotel Victoria, meaning ‘Grand Hotel Victoria’, and also known as ‘Hotel Victoria’; from the collection ‘Café Con Tango’ released in 2013, recorded by Alturas in 2013; a tango with music composed by Feliciano Latasa in 1906 and lyrics by Carlos Pesce, arranged by Norberto Vogel.  
  • Pedacito De Cielo, meaning ‘Little Sliver Of Sky’; from the collection ‘Café Con Tango’ released in 2013, recorded by Alturas in 2013; a vals with music composed by Enrique Francini & Héctor Stamponi in 1942 and lyrics by Homero Expósito, arranged by Alturas.  
  • Ayer Mi Hija, meaning ‘Yesterday My Daughter’; from the collection ‘Sin Palabras’ released in 2015, recorded by Alturas in 2015; a nuevo composed by Rodolfo Mederos, arranged by Greg Gibson.  
  • Chiquilín De Bachín, from lunfardo; from the collection ‘Café Con Tango’ released in 2013, recorded by Alturas in 2013; a nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla in 1968, lyrics by Horacio Arturo Ferrer, arranged by Alturas, and sung by Ann Palumbo.  
  • Alfonsina Y El Mar, meaning ‘Alfonsina And The Sea’;, from the collection ‘Sin Palabras’ released in 2015, recorded by Alturas in 2015; a tango with music composed by Ariel Ramírez and lyrics by Félix César Luna, arranged by Jane Andino and Greg Gibson.  

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