Being back in London, there hasn’t been a milonga where someone hasn’t asked me if there will be more editions of abrazos in the future. Whilst there won’t be an abrazos on 28th August and officially we’ve been on a break, I wanted to say I’ve missed it too.
There may be a chance that the break is coming to end, but in the meanwhile here are some tunes to keep you dancing on Monday afternoon.
via Cristina Diacono
via Tango Argentino
Chicho & Juana work their magic again. When I watched this video it reminded me of something I mentioned in class at the last edition of abrazos, about the contrast of dancing rhythms and melodies. Lots of that here. My favourite is at 2mins 40s. Enjoy.
As the Tango world remembers Osvaldo Pugliese today here’s a tango from a young Pablo Veron, in a Sunderland that seems quite different from what we know it to be today.
Today Argentina celebrates the bicentennial of the May revolution that paved it’s way to independence. In the past few days Buenos Aires has seen lots celebrations including a parade on its famous Avenida 9 de Julio, I’ve put a pic of 9 de Julio in because it’s just so big!
For more photos, the BBC have a slideshow of Saturday’s parade.
On 9 de Julio, there are a number of important buildings, one of which has been undergoing restoration and is opening in time for the celebrations. The famous Teatro Colón, where Piazzolla played in 1983 and Pugliese gave a historic performance in 1985, where numerous dancers carved their careers and everyone from Pavarotti to Nureyev perfomed. Now, I could put a load of Piazzolla vids up, but I wanted to choose some Pugliese for you this time because he’s not so known to people outside of Tango, and the sound couldn’t be more Tango.
Pugliese is so relaxed and lovely, not forgeting to pay tribute to his wife and fellow musicians, what a cool cat. The timing of this concert is also important because it was just after the military dictatorship had been ousted and really the beginning of the renaissance of Tango with people coming back to dancing and going to the milonga. With the reopening of the Colón and the bicentennial there’s also a reflective mood, I’m left wondering if there is going to be another renaissance?