TangoMundo (2011-2016)

TangoMundo played a range of music in Melbourne and Canberra from 2011 to 2016 but the three musicians were primarily inspired by the works of Piazzolla, and this edition explores their spare, stripped down recordings of some tango nuevo classics. Piazzolla’s son remarks that his father would have approved. There is an introduction to the life and music of Manos Brujas – the “Magical Hands” of pianist Rodolfo Biagi, and a brief round-up of virtual tango events this week That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: TangoMundo, from the cover of their 2014 CD Fracanapa.

PLAYLIST:

  • Barrio Tranquilo, meaning ‘Tranquil Suburb’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 4 October 1944; a tango with music composed by Arturo Gallucci, lyrics by Victorino Velazquez, and sung by Jorge Linares.  
  • Yuyo Verde, meaning ‘Green Weeds’ and also known as Callejón; recorded by Rodolfo Biagi on 24 January 1945; with music composed by Domingo Federico in 1944, lyrics by Homero Expósito, and sung by Jorge Ortiz.
  • El Tío Soltero, meaning ‘The Bachelor Uncle’; recorded by Juan Félix Maglio in 1924; a tango with music composed by Juan Félix Maglio, first recorded in 1917 and lyrics by José Perrusine Fernández.  
  • Aromas De Cairo, meaning ‘Scent Of Cairo’; recorded  on 1 April 1930; a vals with music composed by José María Aguilar, lyrics by José María Aguilar, and sung by Carlos Gardel.  
  • Rawson, recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 3 September 1936; a tango with music composed by Eduardo Arolas, first recorded in 1917 and lyrics by Gabriel Clausi. The name is a reference to the Hospital Rawson in Barracas, Buenos Aires. Composed in honour of Dr Cleto Santa Coloma, Dr Juan C Aramburu, and Dr Pedro Sauré, who worked at the Hospital Rawson in Barracas.  It was written on the occasion of the fourth milonga of the 1917 spring festival. For all that history, the lyrics simply remember nostalgically a childhood kiss.
  • Lucienne; recorded by Rodolfo Biagi on 10 July 1946; a tango with music composed by Domingo Rullo, lyrics by Jorge   Fuentes, and sung by Alberto Amor.  
  • Humillación, meaning ‘Humiliation’; recorded by Rodolfo Biagi on 15 March 1941; a tango with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi in 1941, lyrics by Carlos Bahr, and sung by Jorge Ortiz.  
  • Oblivion, meaning ‘Oblivion’; from the collection ‘Todo Buenos Aires’ released in 2012, recorded by TangoMundo in 2012; a nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1972, lyrics by Julian Clerc, and sung by Faye Bendrups.  
  • Jacinto Chiclana, from the collection ‘Fracanapa’ released in 2014, recorded by TangoMundo in 2014; a nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1965, lyrics by Jorge Luís Borges, and sung by Faye Bendrups. The name is a reference to the name of an imaginary street-wise porteño, a man of Buenos Aires.  
  • Fracanapa, from the collection ‘Fracanapa’ released in 2014, recorded by TangoMundo in 2014; a nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1963. The name is a reference to that cheerful character from the Commedia dell’Arte.  
  • Milonga Picaresque, meaning ‘Picaresque Milonga’; from the collection ‘Todo Buenos Aires’ released in 2012, recorded by TangoMundo in 2012; a nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1991.  
  • Chiquilín De Bachín, from lunfardo, meaning ‘Waif of Bachín [Café]’; from the collection ‘Todo Buenos Aires’ released in 2012, recorded by TangoMundo in 2012; a nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla in 1968, lyrics by Horacio Arturo Ferrer, and sung by Faye Bendrups.  
  • Libertango, meaning ‘Free Tango’; from the collection ‘Todo Buenos Aires’ released in 2012, recorded by TangoMundo in 2012; a nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1974.  
  • Cruz Diablo, meaning ‘Devil’s Cross’; recorded  on 22 August 1927; a concierto with music composed by Rodolfo Biagi featuring Rodolfo Biagi on piano.  

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