Learn and Improve Tango – Lessons 18 to 20

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These lessons focus on pivot, isolation and different directions of walking.
For these videos, our music choice was some of the first recordings of Osvaldo Pugliese y su Orquesta Típica with Roberto Chanel in vocals.
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“La abandoné y no sabía” by Ricardo Tanturi y su Orquesta Típica with Enrique Campos, 1944.

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Jose Canet and Alberto Gomez. Know about Argentine Tango. Classes with Marcelo Solis at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires. San Francisco Bay Area.José Canet

Guitar player, leader, composer and lyricist
(15 December 1915 – 10 March 1984)
Canet is the prototype of the classic tango guitarist, always ready to back with his guitar a tango vocalist. His influences date back to the style of the players that accompanied Gardel, Magaldi and Corsini.
He was one of the few guitarists that managed to stay away from Roberto Grela’s influence, creator of a major trend in tango. His style was deeply rooted and directly based on the classic guitar groups. On many of his performances he added to the guitar trio or quartet other string instruments: contrabass, violins and violoncello.
At age twelve his vocation awakened when he heard Ignacio Corsini and he was greatly struck by the guitar trio that backed the singer which was lined up by Armando Pagés, Rosendo Pesoa and Enrique Maciel.
By that time he lived in the neighborhood of La Paternal and used to go fishing to the Maldonado creek with a friend, a little older than him: Piero Hugo Bruno Fontana, who time later would become Hugo Del Carril. Continue reading.

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“Loca” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica, 1942.

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Juan D'Arienzo. Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires and Marcelo Solis offer Argentine Tango lessons in the San Francisco Bay AreaJuan D’Arienzo: El Rey del compás

Violinist, leader and composer
(14 December 1900 – 14 January 1976)

In 1949 D’Arienzo said: «In my point of view, tango is, above all, rhythm, nerve, strength and character. Early tango, that of the old stream (guardia vieja), had all that, and we must try not to ever lose it. Because we forgot that, Argentine tango entered into a crisis some years ago. Putting aside modesty, I did all was possible to make it reappear. In my opinion, a good part of the blame for tango decline is on the singers. There was a time when a tango orchestra was nothing else but a mere pretext for the singer´s featuring. The players, including the leader, were no more than accompanists of a somewhat popular star. For me, that can´t be. Tango is also music, as is already said. I would add that is essentially music. In consequence, the orchestra, which plays it, cannot be relegated to the background to spotlight only the singer. On the contrary, it is for the orchestras and not for the singers. The human voice is not, it should not be another thing but an instrument more in the orchestra. To sacrifice everything for the singer´s sake, for the star, is a mistake. I reacted against that mistake which caused the tango crisis and placed the orchestra in the foreground and the singer in his place. Furthermore, I tried to rescue for tango its masculine strength, which it had been losing through succesive circumstances. In that way in my interpretations I stamped the rhythm, the nerve, the strength and the character which distinguished it in the music world and which it had been losing for the above reasons.
Luckily, that crisis was temporary, and today tango has been re-established, our tango, with the vitality of its best times. My major pride is to have contributed to that renaissance of our popular music.» Continue reading.

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“Mala junta” by Osvaldo Pugliese y su Orquesta Típica, 1943.

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San Francisco Bay Area. Argentine Tango dance classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced level. Argentine Tango dance Private lessons. one to one Argentine dance lessons. Argentine Tango dance lessons for couples. Argentine Tango Milongas and workshops.Tango Day

Is celebrated in Argentina on December 11. This date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of two men: Carlos Gardel, a prominent figure in the history of tango, and Julio de Caro, the orchestra conductor in the tango genre.
We should thank composer Ben Molar for Establishment of National Tango Day. He came up with the idea that de Caro and Gardel were born on the same day, that is why he decided organize a special celebration. He presented his proposal to the Secretary of Culture of the Municipality in Buenos Aires, but he was refused. It took long 11 years and a final ultimatum to organize Tango Day and receive a coverage by mass media on his own. Finally it worked and Tango Day was organized in Buenos Aires on December 11, 1977. The same year the celebration of Tango Day was promoted to the national level.

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Learn and Improve Tango – Lessons 14 to 17

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These lessons focus on pivot’s change of direction or boleo, isolation, open and closed side of embrace.
For these videos, our music choice was some of the first recordings of Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals. Practice and enjoy it!

 

 

 

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