From the De Caro tanda, un tango ‘Todo Corazon’. Anyone know who is dancing with Ramiro?
The melding continues between these two wonderfully talented dancers. Like the soft caramelly consistency of wham bars with their surprising fizzy bits complementing Saavedra’s smooth lyrical melodies and Biagi’s tinkly piano bits. ‘Sin Palabras‘ which appears on the album ‘Sus Exitos Con Duval,Heredia, Saavedra y Amor.
When I watched this vals, I felt myself slowly smiling. What seems like slowness belies the precise musicality, and as the vals progressed the understated elegance made me sigh. A delight to watch.
Edgardo Donato’s ‘La Tapera’ is from the album “Tangos and Milongas” and is available here.
The first time I saw Alberto Dassieu was at ‘Cachirulo’, he seemed to have an air of old school sophistication, like many of the dancers there. Suede shoes, smart suit and even smarter dancing.
via Monica Paz
Quite a perfect tango by the well matched Sebastián Jimenez & María Inés Bogado. The title of the song? “Let’s Dream” by Carlos Di Sarli. Recently they have started an interaction play where one starts a decoration or movement and the other repeats it. The one here is my favourite so far. ‘Soñemos’ is available as an MP3 download here.
via Fernando Galera
This video (in Italian & Castellano), is listed as a trailer. However it’s enough time to enjoy a capuccino and a peak into the life and thoughts of Felix Picherna, who if you don’t know him, was the first big DJ in Europe. He’s been touring Italy and other places for at least as long as I’ve been dancing and a fair few years more, so that’s something like to 20 or 30 years at a guess. I’m sure he’s been playing music for longer.
He reminisces on a Buenos Aires and Italy of yesteryear, provides his theory on the moon landings as well as his admiration for others with great comportement. With contributions from not only Miguel Zotto but also Osvaldo Roldan amongst others, Picherna is heralded as truly an integral part of the Tango community with his music consistently drawing couples from table to pista at countless festivals and milongas.
My only beef, is that they didn’t show him actually DJ-ing. His system is low-tec and high quality, using tapes (yes you read that right, tapes a.k.a. cassettes), he makes his track selection using a pencil to wind the tape to the beginning of the song he wants to play.
Felix Picherna, our ‘humble servant’, we salute you!
Special thanks to Gaz Blanco for not only capturing Felix’s modus operandi in action at l’Aquila Tango Festival, but for allowing me to use his pictures here and taking the time to prepare them for us.
via Mariana Montes
“Cuando yo empecé se bailaba muy bien, los milongueros se trataban de “Usted”, y nos enseñaban que con el píe había que peinar el piso, sin levantarlo, sin pegarle a otro… Si vos estabas entre dos parejas que sabían bailar, el de atrás y el de adelante nunca te iban a tocar, hacías mil arabescos, pero no golpeabas a nadie, por eso se aprendió a bailar tan bien en esa generación, por la falta de espacio, porque tenías que hacerlo en un pedacito y ahí mostrar todo lo que sabías”.
Roberto Rafael “Pocho” Carreras, entrevista ‘La Milonga Argentina’, Junio 2012
“When I began, people danced very well, the milongueros would speak to each other using the formal “You”, and they taught us that with your foot you had to comb the floor, without lifting it, without kicking another… If you were between two couples who knew how to dance, the one in front and the one behind were never going to bump into you, they could do a thousand arabesques, but would never hit anyone, for this reason one learnt to dance so well in this generation, for lack of space, because you had to do everything in a slip of a space and show everyone what you knew.”
Roberto Rafael “Pocho” Carreras, interview ‘La Milonga Argentina’, June 2012.