Showing posts from June 9, 2013

Long Live Tango Via...please!

About 4 years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Ignacio Varchausky, the founder of Tango Via, an organisation in BA dedicated to developing and promoting tango and to archiving tango music. He visited Australia a couple of times, working with our young musicians and his dedication was inspiring - as was his music. He also played with the Orquesta El Arranque. I am writing this in the past tense because I am not sure whether he is still there. Sadly I learnt this week that the Argentinian government has decided to cease funding the Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce, an orchestra that inspires and trains young musicians in the art of playing tango... There is a petition - which I would urge anyone who loves the tango music we all dance to - to sign... And a Facebook page The TangoVia website appears to be off the air! This news report on the Digital Archive was made in 2010. If anyone has any more news I would love you to post a comment. Here is one Youtube video - of many

Me encanta Demare

I am loving listening to Lucio Demare, the singers and the arrangements of this romantic musician. Together with Homero Manzi, who wrote the lyrics, one of his most well-known pieces is 'Malena' - I also love 'Telon' and 'Din, Dan, Don'... but there is so much more. Here is his orquesta playing 'Malena' with the singer Osvaldo Miranda

Desire to embrace

I don't normally give PR like this, but this trailer touched a cord... I think there are many who would be interested  in the DVD which I just received an email about from Maurice Amaraggi who wrote:   "We are releasing on DVD our new 52 min documentary "Désir d'Abrazo" subtitled in English. pages/Désir-dAbrazo/ 169161456571090 "Every year, thousands of women cross the seas to dance the tango in Buenos Aires. Aged from 50 to 70, they undergo the merciless scrutiny of the Argentine dancers there. What are they seeking in this adventure, and what do they find? "Maurice Amaraggi and Françoise Lerusse followed them for two months and shared their feelings, sometimes of joy, occasionally of disappointment. And, above all, their pleasure in experiencing the long milonga nights, the special warmth of the Argentinians' embraces and the togetherness brought by the dance. Besides," Désir d' abrazo" is al