October 16, 1939 — January 22, 2016
La Milonga de los Consagrados began at Italia Unita during 1999. The musicalizador was Felix Picherna. He sat at a little table on the stage with his box of cassette tapes. You knew what was coming next because Felix announced the tandas with great ceremony. I didn’t know that was the way it was done years ago in the confiterias downtown. I should have paid closer attention. Felix announced, let’s dance to … and then the titles of each tune in the tanda. Others were probably paying attention to him, but I wasn’t.
A year or so later Felix went to Italy to work in the milongas. In May 2001, I visited Rome. The first night I arrived, my B&B hostess took me to a milonga. Lo and behold, there was Felix handling the music. Two weeks later when I arrived in Milan, there was Felix at the helm of the milonga, announcing each tanda as he always did in Buenos Aires. He traveled from one city to another where he was hired by a milonga organizer and slept on the train.
reposted from 10/2013