9 de julio
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 performed. 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 forgetting 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?