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Sexteto Disarliano

April 10, 2016


They started out in 1981 as Orquesta Tipica Gente de Tango playing the Carlos Di Sarli style.  I met the musicians in 2006 at a rehearsal.  The older members have retired.  Now they perform as a sextet, still with their singer Hector Morano.


First Tango Congress of the National Academy of Tango in Buenos Aires

September 11, 2015

I read about the First Tango Congress of the Academia Nacional del Tango in a tango magazine shortly before it took place on August 27-29,2015, with time to register.  The purpose was to celebrate 25 years of the Academia, founded in 1990 by the late Horacio Ferrer and housed in the Palacio Carlos Gardel in three floors above Café Tortoni on Avenida de Mayo, inaugurated in 1858.  The venue was the Salon de Los Angelitos on the first floor of the Palacio Carlos Gardel, adjacent to the Museo Nacional del Tango.



There were three panel discussions on two days.  The first panel was TANGO DANCE: its history and evolution with Milena Plebs, Gloria Dinzel, and Eduardo Arquimbau, followed by questions from the audience.  They spoke about their personal experiences in the show Tango Argentino in the 1980s that contributed to tango’s popularity world-wide.

Gloria Dinzel talked about how boring it must be for women to dance a tanda with the same partner who does the same steps over and over, and she added “it’s the same with a man in the bedroom.”  She couldn’t come up with the word “tanda” and Milena helped her out; that’s because Gloria only performed tango with her late husband Rodolfo Dinzel.  Gloria’s comment drew applause from some women in the audience, but I held mine.  Gloria likes flash and showing off, and their videos prove it.  That’s fine in choreography.  Tango for the milonga is improvised in the moment to a specific tune and orchestra, with a different partner each tanda, and the feeling is never the same.  I know that Gloria hasn’t felt what I have from the milongueros who give all they have to every tango with every woman they take in their arms.  They don’t perform for anyone; they share an intimate dance with the woman in their embrace.  If that’s boring, then why do the milongas still exist today after 70 years and welcome so many visiting dancers from around the world?

Friday’s program began with Tango and Lunfardo by Oscar Conde, Otilia da Veiga, Oscar del Priore and Alberto Romero.

Did you know that in 1943, about 80% of Carlos Gardel’s recordings could not be broadcast on the radio because they contained lyrics in lunfardo? Oscar del Priore commented on how difficult Edmundo Rivero songs with lunfardo are for him to understand; not for the milongueros viejos. He said that the 1920s and 1930s had an avalanche of tangos in lunfardo. By 1943, there was a total prohibition of tango with lyrics in lunfardo. The law prohibiting the use of lunfardo was made in 1933, ten years earlier and finally enforced.  La Maleva was changed to La Mala.  Grela was changed to mujer.  Only a small part of lunfardo originated in jails, and most of it came from daily life among the immigrants.  If you want to understand tango, you have to learn lunfardo.

Coleccionismo: Records, Movies & Documents was presented by Enrique Binda, Carlos Puente and Gabriel Soria (president of the Academia) and moderated by Ricardo Garcia Blaya, who I’ve wanted to meet for years to thank him personally for creating Todo Tango, an invaluable website for tango.

The 78 rpm recordings of tango began in 1943, after almost 40 years with other speeds. ODEON recorded tango from 1907-1951, and then turned to folk, jazz and other popular music. Tango wasn’t profitable. Alfredo De Angeles was the first to make 33 rpm recordings with six tunes on each side. Carlos Di Sarli recorded in Peru because it was less costly to import the recordings than make them in Argentina.


Every inch of space in the Salon de Los Angelitos has something related to tango. The display cases are filled with memorabilia from dancers and collectors.


Carlos Puente is the force behind Euro Records.  He meticulously digitized only the best recordings of his record collection for CD compilations. His was a labor of love, not to make money.  The record producers aren’t interested in tango, even though the demand is world-wide today.  You get an idea of how little they thought of tango when all the masters were destroyed without giving it a second thought.


The Congreso was filmed and projected simultaneously in an overflow room nearby.


I took a selfie with Anibal Troilo.


This statue is a tribute to the most notable bandoneonista in the history of tango.


The carved borders of the ceiling have angelic figures, for which the salon is named.


This diagram on the wall is my favorite piece in the museum.  It tracks the evolution of tango orchestras by decade.  It’s an amazing chart for study.


This is the main room of the museum with the history of tango’s development in text with photos and lots of memorabilia.



This is the bandoneon played by Pedro Maffia.


Only one tango orquesta used a xylophone for its distinct style.   This is the instrument played in Fresedo’s orquesta.





The Congreso included the first Tango Book Fair on the third floor of Palacio Carlos Gardel.



Along the stairway are framed posters of tango greats, and I stopped to take this one of Carlos Di Sarli.


The original elevator functions in the palace.  They don’t make them like they used to.


The original tile floors are works of art.


Participants of the Congreso received a portfolio with program, a copy of their quarterly magazine Pichuco (No. 2) and a CD compilation of 20 songs from various record productions by the Academia.


The Museo del Tango “Horacio Ferrer” is open to the public Monday through Friday from 14,30-19,30 hs.  Contributions are accepted.  The Library is open to the public from 18-20hs Monday through Friday.


Horacio Ferrer welcomes all to the Academia Nacional del Tango.

Cumbre de Tango

April 29, 2015


El Chino Fanel and Tito Aquino celebrate three years of their radio program Cumbre de Tango.

Cumbre de tango

December 20, 2014

Approximately seven months ago, Tito and Carlos found a new home with Radio Lexia for their radio program.  Everything changed for them — the day and time, the studio location, and best of all, many technical improvements.

During this time, the station owner Renzo has improved the website and provides ustream for live broadcasts.

They began with a live broadcast via webcam with audio replay the next day.  Now the last five programs are available for listening on demand.

If Saturday at noon BA time isn’t convenient, you can listen to Cumbre de Tango when it suits your schedule.

As the official godmother of the program, I’ve very happy with all the improvements.  I hope you will listen to the best tango radio program from Buenos Aires.

Cumbre de tango

November 1, 2014

Here is today’s playlist for the program at noon BA time on Radio Lexia.  The website has a totally new format.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page and enlarge the video screen for viewing the program live from the studio via YouTube beginning today.  Each hour is recorded separately.

1- Invierno –  Francisco Canaro  – Pettorosi- Fco. Canaro
2- Divagando –  Osvaldo Fresedo

3- Cafe Dominguez – D’Agostino- A. Vargas (A. D’Agostino)
4- Por unos ojos negros  –  Miguel Calò- Carlos Almagro (Jose Dames -Horacio Sanguinetti)
5- Siempre tu voz –  Rotundo- Floreal Ruiz (Juan Pomatti-Titi Rossi- F. Rotundo)
6- Tal para cual –  Héctor Varela- R. Lezica   (H. Varela- Carlos Waiss)

7- Meridional  –  Victor Lavallen   (V. Lavallen)
8- Mistonguero –  Victor Lavallen *

9-   Dejame en paz – O. Pugliese- Alberto Moran   (Americo Actis-Oscar Rubens)
10- Porque canto el tango –  O. Pugliese- Jorge Vidal (Oscar Castagniaro-Antonio Cantò)
11- Bien milonga –  O. Pugliese  (Ismael Spiltalnik)

12-Me quedè miràndola – Anibal Troilo- Alberto Marino (Vicente Spina-Roberto Daniel Mirò)
13-Pa lo que te va a durar – Troilo- Goyeneche  (Guillermo Barbieri-Celedonio Flores)
14-Bandoneòn arrabalero – Troilo-Goyeneche   (J Bautista Deambogio-Pascual Contursi)
15-Retirao –  A. Troilo

16- Sencillo pero vistoso – Edgardo Donato  (Orlando Calautti)
17- El Cencerro –  Alberto Mancione  (Jose Martinez)
18- La Beba – Pedro Laurenz    (O. Pugliese)
19- El Guri –  E. Mario Francini  (Francini)

20- Canciòn de rango – Tanturi- Castillo  (Kaplun – Jose M Suñe)
21- Que podràn decir –  Tanturi-Castillo (Vicente Salerno-Alfredo Bigueschi)

22- El Taita –  Fulvio Salamanca  (Salvador Grupillo)
23- La Rayuela – F. Salamanca  (Julio De Caro)

24- Adios Arolas – Juan D’Arienzo – Valdez
25- En el rosal (vals) – Juan D’Arienzo – Valdez
26- La ùltima cita –  F. Sassone- Jorge Casal (Agustin Bardi- Fco. Garcia Jimenez)

27- Camandulaje –  Alfredo Gobbi  (Alfredo Gobbi)
28- El engobiao – Alfredo Gobbi  (Eduardo Rovira)
*directs the Orquesta Escuela del Tango de Emilio Balcarce

Cumbre de tango

October 18, 2014
You can listen to the radio broadcast live from noon until 2:00 BA Time on Radio Lexia.  Tomorrow is Mother’s Day in Argentina, so Carlos starts the program with the vals “Poem for my mother.”  I’ll be at the studio today with Carlos and Tito.
1-   Poema para mi madre (vals)    Francisco Rotundo with Jorge Durán
Jorge Caldara
2-  No ves que nos queremos with Raul Ledesma
3-  El Guri
4-  De corte milonguero
Ricardo Tanturi with Alberto Castillo
5- Canción de rango
6-  El tango es el tango
7-  Que podrán decir
Horacio Salgan
8- Sentimental y canyengue
9- Don Goyo
Angel D’Agostino with Angel Vargas
10- A quien le puede importar
Carlos Di Sarli
11-  Siete palabras
12-  Hoy al recordarola with Jorge Duran
13-  Derrotado  with Roberto Florio
Miguel Calo with Raul Iriarte
14- Si yo pudiera comprender
15- Garras
16- Contratiempo
17- A la guardia vieja
18- El resero
Juan D’Arienzo
19-  El romántico
20-  Seguime si podés
21-   Estas cosas de la vida with Mario Bustos
22-   No no me la nombres with Bustos
Osvaldo Pugliese
23-   Negracha
24-   Arrabal
25-   Desde el alma (vals)
26-   Mas solo que nunca  with Alberto Moran
Francisco Rotundo
27-    Lo que me hablaron de vos with Enrique Campos
28-    Entre sueños

Cumbre de tango

July 26, 2014

Here is the playlist for today’s program at noon:

Astor Piazzolla

1- El recodo

2- Marrón y Azul

3- La Rayuela
Chat about the reliques
Anibal Troilo
4- Mis amigos de ayer – Floreal
5- Y volvemos a querernos – Calderón
6-  Bandola triste
Chat about the best bandoneon of Buenos Aires
Orquesta Escuela de Tango de Emilio Balcarce
7- Danzarín
8- La bordona
Carlos Di Sarli
9- Tu íntimo secreto  with Jorge Duran
10-No está  with Alberto Podestá
Chat  – The Lord of Tango
11- Lo siento en el alma – Francisco Rotundo with Floreal Ruiz
12- Mi rebeldia – same as above
13-Puede ser que no te rias – Alfredo De Angelis with Roberto Florio
Chat – Rescues
Osvaldo Pugliese
14- Barra querida  with Jorge Vidal
15- Milonguera  with Cobos
16- Cardo y Malvón
17-  Pastoral
Chat – The star of the program
Juan D’Arienzo
18- Guapo y querendón with Laborde
19- La madrugada with Echague
20- El Rezongón
Chat – The king of the beat
Alfredo Gobbi
21- Si sos brujo
22-  Orlando Goñi
23-  El andariego
Chat – the romantic violin of tango
Florindo Sassone
24- El relámpago
25- Papas calientes
26- Canción de cuna  with J Casal

Cumbre de tango

June 28, 2014

The playlist for today’s program at noon includes some orchestras never played in the milongas.  We welcome your comments.

Juan D’Arienzo with Alberto Echague

1- Ansiedad – (Gorrindo y Moro 1938)

2- Pensalo bien (Visciglio y Lopez1938)

3- No mientas – Hector Varela  (H Marco-y Letero 1938)


Miguel Caló

4- Valsecito with Arrieta (Carlos Bahr y M Caló (4-09-45)

5- Bohardilla  with Raul Iriarte (Blasi y H Sanguinetti 9/4/44)

6- Cuento azul with Iriarte (Osmar Maderna y Nels 10/6/43)

chat – LA ORQUESTA DE LAS ESTRELLAS (the orchestra of the stars)

Alfredo De Angelis

7- La mañana   with Martel (M Bucino 9/1/45)

8- Del pasado  with Dante-Martel (Alfredo Marino 13/11/45)


Aldo Calderón with Spitalnik

9- Pobre de ellos  (H Marco 10/7/52)

10- Mientras cae el telón (F Tell y Juan Pueblito (9/2/53)

GRANDES CANTORES (great singers)

Carlos Di Sarli with Alberto Podestá

11-Motivo sentimental – (Emilio Bramieri y Carlos Bahr)

12-Yo soy aque viajero  – (Hector Grane y R.Thompson – 28/5/47)

13-Junto a tu corazón –  (Francini y J M Contursi 23/6/42)

14- Otra noche  (R Sciamarela (13/4/44)


Osvaldo Pugliese

15- Gente amiga  (Pugliese y Spitalnik 1958)

16-A mis compañeros – (Osvaldo Ruggiero 1956)

17-La revancha – Pedro Laurenz (16/6/72)

18- Tinta roja – (S Piana y C. Castillo (25/4/72)


19- Estaño  – Raul Kaplun  (Ziellia y Ceitilin1950)

20- Siempre a punto – Juan Canaro (Juan Canaro1954)

21- Griseta – Los astros del tango   (E Delfino y Jose G Castillo1958)

RESCATE (means to rescue)

22- Para que te quiero tanto – Domingo Federico with Vidal (J Larenza y C. Castillo 9/7/45)

23- Voz de barrio – D. Federico/Larroca (E Gaudino y Victor Brania 22/10/45)

24- Música en tu corazón     D. Federico/C Vidal  (G Clasi y A Leiva 4/4/46)


Osmar Maderna

25- Lluvia de estrellas  (O Maderna (4/6/48)

26- Plomo with O. Verri (Luis Rubestein (30/5/47)

27- Charamusca  – (Francisco Canaro (21/7/49)


Cumbre de tango

June 21, 2014

Here is the playlist for today at noon BA Time on Radio Lexia.

Alfredo De Angelis

1- Como se muere de amor – with Floreal Ruiz (Daniel Alvarez)

2-  Rosicler – with Julio Martel (Jose Basso-Fco. Garcia Jimenez)

3-  En tus brazos  – Oscar Larroca  (Marvil y C Zarate)


Carlos Di Sarli

4-  Indio Manso – instrumental (Hector Quesada)

5-  Un tango y nada mas – with Jorge Duran (A Lacava/J Pomati y Carlos Wais)

6-  Tu íntimo secreto – with Jorge Duran (Graciano Gomez-Hector Marcó)

7-  No está – with Alberto Podesta (Jose Bohr)


8- El adios – Edgardo Donato  (Donato)

9-  El acomodo – Donato  (Donato)

10- Poema – Francisco Canaro (Enrique Marini)


Osvaldo Pugliese

11- Cafetin – with Moran (A Galvan/Homero Espósito)

12-  Amiga –  with Roberto Chanel  (C. Vivan y H. Sanguinetti)

13-  La bordona  (Emilio Balcarce)

14-  Verano Porteño  (Astor Piazzolla)


Alfredo Gobbi

15- Si sos brujo  – Alfredo Gobbi  (Emilio Balcarce)

16-  Jueves – (Rossi y Toranzo)

17-  Independiente Club-  (A. Bardi)

18-  Orlando Goñi  – (Alfredo Gobbi)


Ricardo Tanturi

19- Oigo tu voz – with Enrique Campos (Mario Canaro y Fco. Garcia Jimenez)

20-  Una emoción – with Campos (Raul Kaplan y J Maria Suñe)

21-  Moneda de cobre with Alberto Castillo  (C Vivan-H. Sanguinetti)


Jorge Caldara

22- Medias de seda  (Jose Bohr y Caruso)

23- No está  (Jose Bohr)


24- De puro curda     Jose Basso with Alfredo Belusi  (C Olmedo- Abel Aznar)

25- No me hablen de ella   –  Hector Varela with Rolo Lezica (Jorge Moreira)

26- Lorenzo  – Alberto Mancione (Agustin Bardi)


Juan D’Arienzo

27- El puntazo  (Alejandro Junnissi)

28- El vino triste  with A Laborde (Juan D’Arienzo y Manuel Romero)


Cumbre de tango

June 14, 2014

The playlist for today’s program at noon on Radio Lexia or here.

1- Taconeando —  Osvaldo Berlingjhieri
2- La casita de mis viejos

Cortina- Joyas

3 – Dos fracasos  — Miguel Caló
4 – Que te importa que te llore
5- Lejos de Buenos Aires
6- Una tarde cualquiera

Cortina- Orquesta Típica
7- Abandono  — Pedro Laurenz
8- Al verla pasar
9- Que nunca me falte
10-Como el hornero
Cortina- El rescate
11- La mañana   —  Alfredo De Angelis
12- Todos te quieren  — Angel D’Agostino
13- Con permiso  — Anibal Troilo
Cortina – Segmento dedicado a las milongas
14- Solamente ella  — Carlos Di Sarli
15- Cosas de tango
16- Para que te quiero tanto
17- Gracias
Cortina- El Señor del tango- P/ Viruta al piso

18- El Rodeo     Osvaldo Pugliese
19- Raza criolla ( El taita)
20- El paladín
21- El tábano

Cortina- Espacio p/ la estrella del programa

22- El último organito  — Anibal Troilo/Edmundo Rivero
23- El milagro
24- Tapera
Cortina- Segmento Cantores
25- La vi llegar   — Enrique Rodriguez
26- Suerte loca
27- Y así nació este tango
Final- Despedida