July 16, 1936 –
The first international meeting of Tango For Musicians takes place July 22-27, 2014, in Buenos Aires, with master classes, concerts, lectures and documentary films.
The lectures include an interesting array of topics:
Let’s hear all your music! Learn how to use social media to increase your audience and maintain a community around your music.
How to dance to the music and rhythm: Understanding the rhythmic pulse, know how to dance to the music through body exercises dancing tango.
Tweaking emotions: Workshop to solve specific problems in performance anxiety. Changing emotions like fear, shame, demand, competition or anger.
Getting tango to a mass audience: Group discussion on the issue of access to a new audience for the production of contemporary tango.
Listening to the styles of tango: The talk will address, through the analysis of recordings, different styles that are considered fundamental.
Rhythmic training for musicians: Workshop and group fun character to join the body to the music through rhythmic bodily exercises
July 14, 1940 –
I was on my way to Lo de Celia when Chiche was in front of Obelisco Tango. I saw a photo opportunity and then we talked.
A friend and I attended the Dia del Bandoneon events yesterday in La Usina del Arte. First was the screening of the new documentary on the life of Anibal Troilo entitled, Pichuco. Then a concert with bandoneonists performing solos on Troilo’s bandoneon.
Troilo left his bandoneon to his friend Raul Garello. He kept it safely tucked away in the case for many years before giving it to the Academia Nacional del Tango. During the last two years, there have been concerts featuring the great bandoneonists playing the restored instrument of Anibal Troilo.
July 11, 1934 –
Always impeccably dressed for the milonga, Antonio drinks a whiskey or two every Sunday at Lo de Celia Tango Club.
July 10, 1931 –
A milonguero never dances with another milonguero at a milonga, but El Chino Perico danced with Norberto Murano in Sunderland Club. A photographer captured it here.
It’s called a Bandoneonazo, where 100+ bandoneonists gather to pay homage to the greatest one of all time – Anibal Troilo. Ten years ago they got together at Teatro Colon. Today at noon they will join at the recently inaugurated Piazzolla passage way near the Obelisco to perform Troilo compositions. It will be exciting to see and hear 100+ bandoneonists. It doesn’t happen very often, even in Buenos Aires. There are concerts scheduled during the week leading up to Dia del Bandoneon on July 11, the 100th anniversary of Troilo’s birth and ending with a concert in Teatro Colon on July 14.
I arrived at 11:30 and was pleasantly surprised to see the fountains with a sculpture at both ends of the closed street. It’s known as Pasaje Piazzolla to honor the bandoneonista.
Only a few of the bandoneonistas arrived early for the event scheduled for noon.
Many of the one hundred chairs on the plaza remained empty during the Bandoneonazo.
A private unveiling of a bandoneon made in 1835.
The bandoneon made in 1835 fascinates the young musicians.
Mr. and Mrs. Ramirez came to hear their son Gustavo play in the Bandoneonazo.
More arrivals with those large black padded cases containing the instrument that gives tango its special sound.
Each musician posed for publicity photos in front of the official centennial sign on the plaza.
The younger and less experienced musicians took the back rows of seats on the plaza and left the front row to the famous ones: Walter Rios, Raul Garello, Horacio Romo, Julian Pane, and Daniel Binelli. Missing from this famous lineup was Osvaldo Montes who died last Friday. I heard the news from a woman attending the event.
It was a media event with television cameras and interviews galore. But what came later was just as special. Two young bandoneonistas stayed around and played Troilo compositions. They’re the future of tango. It was obvious how much they love tango.
Another musician continued to play as well for those who didn’t want to leave.
Do women play bandoneon? Yes. I met Celeste who has played for three years and asked me to take this photo with Maestro Daniel Binelli and Maestro Alberto Garralda who has played since he was 12 and would only admit that he is over 80.
This was my favorite part of the Bandoneonazo — when these young musicians played together on the plaza and people started dancing a milonga. It takes lots of practice to know the tango repertoire from memory.