Angelina began dancing tango in Sydney when the scene was in its infancy. She writes about tango music, tango DJing,.milongas, workshops, festivals and personalities from an Australian perspective.
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I just love it when I hear a new piece of tango/vals/milonga and I fall in love with it. This happened on the weekend when I heard and danced to the Australian Tango Festival Orchestra's faithful transposition of Miguel Calo's 'Suena'.
Owen Salome of Tangalo and The Australian Tango Festival Orchestra must be given the credit for this.
I have always been a Calo fan and his singers including and Raul Beron and Alberto Podesta are magic. Alberto Podesta performed and recorded more songs with more orchestras than any other tango singer and his recordings with Calo are outstanding.
You can read more about Calo on Keith Elshaw's website (I think it was Keith who told me Calo's was The Greatest Orchestra) and on totango.com
Unfortunately I don't have a recording of the ATFO playing 'Suena' but I did find it on youtube.
This year's Milongueando in Buenos Aires in August is the 9th. An encuentro (meeting) rather than a Festival in the sense of great maestros and exotic performances. The organisers Susanna Miller and Maria Plazaola state on their website that "Everyone can dance milonguero-style tango. ...we teach students to enjoy the natural movement of the body and the dialogue that takes place in harmony with one's partner".
One of the teachers at this year's festival is Horacio Julian Prestamo. For those who love the milonguero-style of tango here is a fascinating interview - and a dance performance.
Yes you can... on Sunday night 1st October at the Marrickville Town Hall. The Australian Tango Festival Orchestra will play and if you close your eyes you will feel as though you are in one of the famous tango halls, such as Salon Canning.
The sounds of The Australian Tango Festival Orchestra are equal to none. Their arrangements based on the arrangements of the greats, D'Arienzo, Pugliese, Calo, Di Sarli.... are as authentic as you can expect to hear from a live orchestra, and their passion is equal to none.
I have just come from the concert of the orchestra held at the Mosman Art Gallery here in Sydney as part of the Australian Tango Festival and I was blown away. An increased repertoire, clever new arrangements, superb synchronicity and top musicianship make this music a one-off that you won't want to miss - and you will want to dance to! Consisting of musicians from the orchestra, Tangalo, Orquesta La Luna and Mendoza, this band has 4 bandoneons, which enables them to bri…