Astor Piazzolla – the tango bailable years

This year is the centenary of Piazzolla’s birth, and this week Tango Capital again acknowledges his legacy with a series of his tango bailable recordings from the late 1940s and featuring 4 of his singers. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: Piazzolla’s right hand playing bandoneon, at Vredenburg, Utrecht, Germany. Image by Theo10, 27 October 1984, licenced under creative commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Astor Piazzolla – in Australia

Piazzolla’s bandoneón

This year is the centenary of Piazzolla’s birth, and this week Tango Capital acknowledges his legacy with a series of recordings of his works made by Australian musicians. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: Piazzolla’s bandoneon, in the Centro Cultural Néstor Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Image by ProtoplasmaKid, with modifications to background, licenced under creative commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

PLAYLIST:

  • La Muerte Del Ángel, meaning ‘Death Of The Angel’; from the collection ‘Dance Of The Angel’ released in 1997, recorded by Slava & Leonard Grigoryan in 1997; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1963.  
  • Invierno Porteño, meaning ‘Buenos Aires Winter’; from the collection ‘Cantolibre Plays Piazzolla’ released in 2002, recorded by Cantolibre in 2002; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1970.  
  • Escualo, meaning ‘Shark’; from the collection ‘Libertango’ released in 2003, recorded by Macquarie Trio Australia in 2003; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1979.   
  • Fugata, meaning ‘Escape’; from the collection ‘Tango Jam vol.1’ released in 2004, recorded by Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2004; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1969.  
  • Guardia Nueva, meaning ‘New Guard’; from the collection ‘Tango Paradiso’ released in 2005, recorded by Tango Paradiso in 2005; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1955.  
  • Chiquilín De Bachin, meaning ‘Urchin Of Bachin’; from the collection ‘Tangocentric’ released in 2007, recorded by Tangocentric in 2007; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1962.  
  • Contrabajeando, meaning ‘Playing Doublebass’; from the collection ‘En Vivo’ released in 2011, recorded live from a performance by Colectivo29 at Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, Australia on 19 May 2011; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1960.  
  • Los Parajos Perdidos, meaning ‘The Lost Place’; from the collection ‘My Latin Heart’ released in 2012, recorded  in 2012; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1984, lyrics by Mario Trejo, and sung by José Carbo, featuring Slava & Leonard Grigoryan on guitars.  
  • Buenos Aires Hora Cero, meaning ‘Buenos Aires Zero Hour’; from the collection ‘Piazzolla’ released in 2012, recorded  in 2012; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1963, featuring Marcela Fiorillo on piano.  
  • Che, Bandoneón, meaning ‘Wow! Bandoneón’; from the collection ‘El Asunto Del Tango’ released in 2015, recorded by Nexas in 2015; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla & Ánibal Troilo, first recorded in 1947 and lyrics by Homero Manzi.  
  • Milonga Sin Palabras, meaning ‘Dance Without Words’; from the collection ‘Sin Palabras’ released in 2015, recorded by Alturas in 2015; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla.  
  • Balada Para Un Loco, meaning ‘Song Of A Lunatic’; from the collection ‘Entre Tangos’ released in 2018, recorded by Entre Tango Duo in 2018; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1969, lyrics by Horacio Ferrer, and sung by Elena González.  
  • Michelangelo ’70, meaning ‘Michaelangelo 1970’; from the collection ‘Tango Project Loca Bohemia’ released in 2018, recorded  in 2018; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1969, featuring Maggie Ferguson on bandoneón.  
  • Oblivion, meaning ‘Oblivion’; from the collection ‘Nocturno’ released in 2019, recorded by Oblivion Tango Duo in 2019; a tango nuevo with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1976.  

Miguel Caló

Miguel Caló, bandoneonista & orquesta leader. Credit: Vicki Chou

Last edition discussed the life and legacy of Miguel Caló, and this edition explores his compositions as well as a roundup of the exquisitely danceable music from La Orquesta De Las Estrellas—much of it composed by his musicians.  That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image Credit: Vicki Choh – Miguel Caló

Knife In The Boot tango

Maggie Ferguson is back in black! Bandoneón in hand and with a new CD release, Maggie Ferguson and some friends are some of the leaders in bringing live music back to us all. There’s a report on her Knife In The Boot concert held in Canberra on 5 March, together with extracts from the new CD. Continuing the live music theme, there’s a round-up of upcoming concerts, and it’s all capped off with a look at the legacy of another bandoneonista, Miguel Caló. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: Ann Smith: Maggie Ferguson (bandoneón), Dan Russell (violin), Isabelle Brown (double bass), and Edward Neenman (piano) playing the Knife In The Boot series for the Phoenix Collective at the Wesley Music Centre in Canberra on 5 March 2021.

PLAYLIST:

  • Comme Il Faut, meaning ‘Quite All Right’, and also known as ‘Como Debe Ser’; recorded by Ánibal Troilo on 7 March 1938; a tango with music composed by Eduardo Arolas, first recorded in 1936, and lyrics by Gabriel Clausi.  
  • Ya Sale El Tren, meaning ‘The Train Is Already Leaving’; recorded by Miguel Caló on 25 February 1943; a tango with music and lyrics by Luis Rubistein in 1943, and sung by Jorge Ortiz.  
  • Mañana Ire Temprano, meaning ‘Tomorrow I Leave Straight Away’; recorded by Miguel Caló on 10 August 1943; a tango with music composed by Enrique Francini, lyrics by Carlos Bahr, and sung by Raúl Iriate.   
  • Dulce Amargura, meaning ‘Sweet Bitterness’; recorded by Miguel Caló on 21 December 1938; a tango with music composed by Virgilio San Clemente, lyrics by Héctor Alperi & Jorge Torres, and sung by Roberto Caló.  
  • Al Compás Del Corazón, meaning ‘To The Beat Of The Heart’, and also known as ‘Late Un Corazón’; recorded by Miguel Caló on 29 April 1942; a tango with music composed by Domingo Federico in 1942, lyrics by Homero Expósito, and sung by Raúl Berón.  
  • Qué Falta Me Hacés, meaning ‘I Miss You So Much’; recorded by Miguel Caló on 19 April 1963; a tango with music and lyrics by Miguel Caló & Armando Pontier & Federico Silva,  first recorded in 1962, and sung by Alberto Podestá.
  • Moda Tango, meaning ‘Tango Fashion’; from the collection ‘Tango Origins & Passion’ released in 2021, recorded live from a performance by Maggie Ferguston in December 2018; a concierto with music composed by Nestor Marconi.  
  • El Choclo, meaning ‘The Corncob’; from the collection ‘Tango Origins & Passion’ released in 2021, recorded live from a performance by Maggie Ferguston in December 2018; a concierto with music composed by Ángel Villoldo, published in 1905 and lyrics by Enrique Santos  Discépolo & Juan Carlos Marambio Catán.  
  • La Puñalada, meaning ‘The Stabbing’; from the collection ‘Tango Origins & Passion’ released in 2021, recorded live from a performance by Maggie Ferguston in December 2018; a milonga with music composed by Pintín Castellanos in 1933 and lyrics by Celadonio Flores.  
  • Milonga En Re, meaning ‘Milonga In [the key of] D’;, from the collection ‘Tango Origins & Passion’ released in 2021, recorded live from a performance by Maggie Ferguston in December 2018; a concierto with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1996. Recorded in the USA by Gidon Kremer in the 1996 release Hommage A Piazzolla (Nonesuch 79407-2)
  • Revirado, meaning ‘Reversed’; from the collection ‘Tango Origins & Passion’ released in 2021, recorded live from a performance by Maggie Ferguston in December 2018; a concierto with music composed by Astor Piazzolla, first recorded in 1963. 
  • Nocturna, meaning ‘Night’; from the collection ‘Tango Origins & Passion’ released in 2021, recorded live from a performance by Maggie Ferguston in December 2018; a concierto with music composed by Julián Plaza, first recorded in 1961. 

Tango Capital – By The Lake

Tomorrow is the last time this summer to join us By The Lake, with Tango Capital, for Covid-19-safe dancing in Canberra.

Image Credit: Myk Dowling

DAY: Tuesdays, from 1 December to the end of February.
TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm (unless actually raining).
WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes. In front of the Reconciliation Monument on the south bank of Lake Burley Griffin, near the Waterfront Restaurant, Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra.
COVID-19 SAFETY:
1. Bring a partner, or pair up on the spot; either way, no changing partners.
2. Register when you arrive using the Check-In Canberra app, or on paper.
3. Maintain social distancing on and off the dance-pavement.
4. Hand-sanitiser supplied.

Tango in the 21st century (VI)

Six orquesta típicas! This edition continues exploring the many tango ensembles that have sprung up in Buenos Aires this century to bring the sound of live tango back to the milongas. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

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

Tango Capital – By The Lake

Looks like a lovely evening coming up for dancing outdoors, so make the most of it…because autumn is fast approaching. Only two more opportunities to join us By The Lake, with Tango Capital, bringing Covid-19-safe dancing to Canberra, all summer long.

Image Credit: Myk Dowling

DAY: Tuesdays, from 1 December to the end of February.
TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm (unless actually raining).
WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes. In front of the Reconciliation Monument on the south bank of Lake Burley Griffin, near the Waterfront Restaurant, Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra.
COVID-19 SAFETY:
1. Bring a partner, or pair up on the spot; either way, no changing partners.
2. Register when you arrive using the Check-In Canberra app, or on paper.
3. Please reconsider if you have been in Wollongong or Victoria in the last fortnight.
4. Maintain social distancing on and off the dance-pavement.
5. Hand-sanitiser supplied.