Monday, November 20, 2017

Cecilia Gonzalez Workshop Practica playlist, Nov 18, 2017

As an organizer of Cecilia Gonzalez workshop, I definitely have my hands full, but I blithely agree to host and DJ a short after-class practica on the last day of the workshop, which is also supposed to substitute our regular Sunday practica. Yet in a classic "assignment creep", this little thing morphs into a 2 (or perhaps even 2.5) hour playlist.
We begin from as unhurried and grounded tangos as only the Old Guard can be:
01. Orquesta Tipica Victor (dir. A. Carabelli) - Instrumental "Coqueta" 1929 2:45
02. Edgardo Donato - Luis Diaz "Adelina" 1930 2:58
03. Orquesta de Roberto Firpo - Instrumental "Una Noche En La Milonga" 1929 2:56
and on to the D'Arienzo Revolution and beyond!
04. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "Ataniche" 1936 2:31
05. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "El flete" 1936 2:58
06. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "El Cencerro" 1937 2:40
07. Zhanna Aguzarova  "Old Hotel cortina long"  0:38
08. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Ahora No Me Conocés" 1941 2:35
09. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Solo compasion" 1941 2:58
10. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Ninguna" 1942 2:59
11. Soda Stereo  "Profugos"  0:33
Eugene Doga, a contemporary Moldovan-Russian romantic composer, is famous for his waltzes, and "Gramophone" may be the highest rated of them (in some lists, it has even been ranked as one of the top 10 classic waltzes of all times!). There is a potential problem here, though. It seems that essentially the same tune appeared on a soundtrack of a Greek movie, "The beekeper", 6 years before Doga recorded it. The composer was Eleni Karaindrou. I understand that one of the two composers must have been there first; for sure, the earlier recording belonged to Karaindrou, but ... who knows? So I even asked the keepers of Doga's fansite if they could check the dates with him. But they were adamant that the maestro composed it in the early 1990s. 

12. Evgeny Doga "Gramophone" 1992 2:28
13. Klezmatics  "Di Goldene Pave" 2000 4:01
14. Yann Tiersen  "La valse d'Amélie (Version originale)" 2006 2:16
15. Soda Stereo  "En la ciudad de furia"  0:24
16. Eendo  "Eshgh e Aasemaani" 2011 3:31
17. Goran Bregovic  "Maki Maki" 2009 3:33
18. Kevin Johansen Kevin Johansen + the Nada "Sur o No Sur" 2002 4:53
19. Soda Stereo  "Profugos"  0:33
20. Jem  "Come On Closer" 2004 3:47
21. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole  "Over The Rainbow" 2001 3:32
22. Fool's Garden  "Lemon Tree" 1999 3:09
23. Sandro de America  "Yo Te Amo cortina" 1968 0:23
Am I playing "Perro Viejo" for Jasmine
the old dog, who just tured 15 and 1/4 ?
24. Orquesta Tipica Victor (dir. A. Carabelli) - Instrumental "Nino bien" 1928 2:43
25. Orquesta Tipica Victor (dir. A. Carabelli) - Instrumental "Che, papusa, oi" 1927 2:37
November 6 marks birthday of the 2nd leader of Orquesta Tipica Victor, great Uruguayan-born bandoneonist Federico Scorticati. I will try playing some of his great valses later, too...
26. Orquesta Tipica Victor (dir. F. Scorticati) - Ángel Vargas "Adios Buenos Aires" 1938 2:36
27. Zhanna Aguzarova "Cats" 1987 0:21
28. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "Shusheta" 1940 2:22
29. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "Catamarca" 1940 2:23
30. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "La trilla" 1940 2:21
31. Soda Stereo  "En la ciudad de furia"  0:24
32. Otros Aires - Miguel Di Genova "Rotos En El Raval" 2005 3:53
33. Otros Aires - Miguel Di Genova "Los Vino" 2010 2:41
34. Otros Aires - Miguel Di Genova "Perro Viejo" 2016 3:21
35. Folk  "Shumel Kamysh "  0:23
Carlos Acuña (born Carlos Ernesto Di Loreto on November 4, 1915) recorded just one piece with Di Sarli before moving on to join Biagi, but it was a truly seminal song and I'm happy to play it today to mark Acuña's birthday. In 1940-1941, the recording companies were still dead-set to replicate the commercial success of El Rey del Compas. No song would be accepted if it didn't feature the madly pulsating beat. But with "Cuando El Amor Muere", recorded in August 1941, Di Sarli and Acuña demonstrated that there is room for the more lyrical song, and set the new trend for the tango of the subsequent years.
36. Carlos di Sarli - Carlos Acuña "Cuando El Amor Muere" 1941 2:48
37. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "El amanecer" 1942 2:24
38. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "Ensueños" 1943 2:40
39. Viktor Tsoy  "Red-Yellow Days cortina long 3"  0:33
40. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Famá "Te quiero todavia" 1939 2:54
41. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Famá "Abandonada" 1939 2:54
42. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Famá "No me pregunten porque" 1939 2:51
43. Viktor Tsoy  "Good morning, last Hero cortina long" 1989 0:35
Best of Scorticati's OTV valses!
44. Orquesta Tipica Victor - Lita Morales "Noches de invierno" 1937 2:47
45. Orquesta Típica Víctor - Ángel Vargas "Sin Rumbo Fijo" 1938 2:18
46. Orquesta Tipica Victor - Mario Pomar  "Temo" 1940 2:55
47. Soda Stereo  "Corazon elator"  0:28
48. Goran Bregovic - Iggy Pop "This Is a Film" 1999 4:14
(and I pass the reigns to DJ Brian).

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mestizos Practica Playlist,Nov 5, 2017

My first turn DJing a popular Sunday matinee practica at Mestizos Coffeehouse, an oasis of community and alt-culture on the struggling West Side. Many locals are gone for the weekend to a workshop in Boise, and it's my turn to fill in. I show up at un-tango-ishly early 10:45 am, fearing that with so many absentees, we may never get traction. But just a couple tandas later, the floor starts to come alive...
01. Quinteto Don Pancho - Instrumental "El garron" 1938 2:27
02. Quinteto Don Pancho - Instrumental "Alma en pena" 1938 2:46
03. Quinteto Don Pancho - Instrumental "Champagne tango" 1938 2:30
04. Maya Kristalinskaya  "A za oknom"  0:16
05. Osvaldo Fresedo - Instrumental  "Pimienta" 1939 2:52
06. Osvaldo Fresedo - Instrumental  "Derecho viejo" 1941 2:31
07. Osvaldo Fresedo - Instrumental  "Arrabalero" 1939 2:32
08. Soda Stereo  "En la ciudad de furia"  0:24
Adolfo Carabelli is one of my favorite "tango underdogs", underappreciated yet truly wonderful orchestra leaders - except he lead not just one orchestra but two, at essentially the same time. A classical and jazz pianist and composer with extensive European education, Carabelli ended up stuck in his birth country, Argentina, when WWI broke out. At the age of 32, the jazz musician was thrust into the world of tango almost by chance. An ascendant recording label, Victor, hired Carabelli as an artistic director in 1925, with an assignment to best the rival networks' house-brand orchestras in jazz - and also in tango. And Adolfo Carabelli achieved a truly spectacular success with Orquesta Tipica Victor (OTV), attracting top talent to the label - and to his own jazz band, which also started recording excellent tangos from 1931 on (for the tango records, they would call themselves an Orquesta Tipica rather than a Jazz Band, just like many other Argentine orchestras did in the hardscrabble post-Great Depression years). 
Adolfo Carabelli
September 8, 1893 - January 25, 1947
A great innovator and bandleader of the difficult years which preceded Tango's Golden Age, Carabelli ended up excluded from the world of tango music just as it took off again. Carabelli's own success at Victor was partly to blame, as the label sought to replicate his success and formed many additional house bands in the 1930s, undercutting its flagship OTV. Intrigue and romantic suffering took its toll on the musician. In 1936, Carabelli lost the helm of OTV to his star bandoneonist,  Federico Scorticati. Later on, as the best musicians found a real explosion of opportunities in the newly-formed tango orchestras of the late 1930s, and Carabelli's depression deepened, his own orchestra folded too, recording its last piece in 1940. Carabelli died in 1947 in complete obscurity. 
09. Adolfo Carabelli - Alberto Gómez "Alma" 1932 2:56
10. Adolfo Carabelli - Alberto Gómez "Inspiración" 1932 3:23
11. Orquesta Tipica Victor (dir. A. Carabelli) - Luis Diaz "Secreto" 1932 2:45
12.  "Hagedel Sheli"  0:28
It's just a few weeks past Pedro Laurenz's 115th anniversary, and I'm going to celebrate it by generously sprinkling tandas of the great bandoneonist and bandleader. First, the intensely rhythmic tangos of Laurenz's eary orchestra period:
13. Pedro Laurenz - Juan Carlos Casas "Vieja amiga" 1938 3:13
14. Pedro Laurenz - Juan Carlos Casas "Desconsuelo" 1940 2:29
15. Pedro Laurenz - Juan Carlos Casas "No me extrana" 1940 2:44
16. Marek Jackowski   "Oprócz blekitnego nieba"  0:23
17. Haris Alexiou  "To Tango Tis Nefelis" 1998 4:07
18. Jem  "Come On Closer"  2004 3:47
19. Fool's Garden "Lemon Tree" 1999 3:09
20. Lyube  "Bat'ka Makhno cortina 1"  0:18
Miguel Caló's 110th anniversary was also just a few days ago, on October 28th. Let me start celebrating Calo with a milonga tanda I seldom play:
21. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón "Milonga que peina canas" 1942 2:20
22. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón "Milonga Antigua" 1942 2:25
23. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón "Azabache" 1942 3:03
A cortina which begs dancing to? I need to take a closer look at Viktor Tsoy's dark classic ... it's nearly 7 minutes long, but perhaps a reasonable-length track can be cut?
24. Viktor Tsoy  "Kukushka cortina long 2"  0:37
As tango grows more melodic and dramatic in the 1940s, Laurenz records these timeless masterpieces:
25. Pedro Laurenz - Alberto Podesta "Alma de bohemio" 1943 2:43
26. Pedro Laurenz - Alberto Podesta "Todo" 1943 2:37
27. Pedro Laurenz - Alberto Podesta "Recien" 1943 2:43
28. Viktor Tsoy  "Konchitsya leto (summers end) cortina long 2"  0:40
Recently, we were excited to redicsover the only LP of Argentine tango ever recorded in Russia, by Cuarteto Buenos Aires of Alberto Besprosvan a.k.a. Tito Bespros. Someone already dared to play a selection from the album at a milonga. I couldn't resist too. I think it may actually work sometimes; my biggest gripe is that the volume of the music gets impossibly law when the vocalist sings...
29. Tito Bespros - Siro San Roman "Media Luz" 1968 2:32
30. Tito Bespros - Siro San Roman "Al Compas Del Corazon" 1968 2:40
31. Tito Bespros - Siro San Roman "El Choclo" 1968 2:17
Calo's classic valses:
32. Miguel Caló - Raul Berón "El Vals Soñador" 1942 3:29
33. Miguel Caló - Alberto Podestá  "Bajo un cielo de estrellas (vals)" 1941 2:37
34. Miguel Caló - Alberto Podestá  "Pedacito de cielo (vals)" 1942 2:21
35. Vitas  "7, the element cortina" 2012, 2012 0:23
36. Damour Vocal Band  "Sway"  3:49
37. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole  "Over The Rainbow" 2001 3:32
38. Souad Massi  "Ghir Enta" 2008 5:06
39. Pink Floyd  "Goodbye Blue Sky cortina long 2"  0:29
Some of my favorite and oft-played tangos of Calo's - but I will play his unusuals later, too.
41. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón  "Corazón no le hagas caso" 1942 3:00
42. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón  "Jamás retornarás" 1942 2:28
43. Miguel Calo - Raul Beron  "Tristezas de la calle Corrientes" 1942 2:46
44. Endless Boogie  "High Drag cortina" 2016 0:22
I was exploring D'Arienzo's tangos with the voice of Hector Maure recently, enjoying their bitter tinge. These are the most brooding pieces of D'Arienzo than I ever played. Beautiful and sad. Especially the opening track... 
45. Juan D'Arienzo - Héctor Mauré "Uno" 1943 3:17
46. Juan D'Arienzo - Héctor Mauré "Enamorado (Metido)" 1943 2:33
47. Juan D'Arienzo - Alberto Echagüe "No Nos Veremos Nunca" 1944 3:33
48. Johnny Cash  "I walk the line cortina long" 2000 0:40
People sometimes complain that Laurenz's trio of valses, Mendocina / Mascarita / Paisaje, is overplayed?
49. Pedro Láurenz - Alberto Podestá  "Paisaje" 1943 2:51
50. Pedro Láurenz - Carlos Bermudez y Jorge Linares "Mendocina" 1944 2:35
51. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "Corazon De Artista" 1936 2:18
52. Stas Borsov  "Anyuta cortina" 2000 0:21
Turn for interesting Calo records which I haven't played before ... and I was so excited about the closing track that I didn't realize that I played the same theme by a different orchestra in the beginning of the practica...
53. Miguel Calo - Instrumental "La guinada" 1948 2:47
54. Miguel Calo - Instrumental "Saludos" 1944 2:23
55. Miguel Calo - Instrumental "Inspiracion" 1943 2:47
56. Leonid Bykov  "Smuglyanka cortina long"  0:33
57. Ricardo Tanturi - Alberto Castillo "Decile Que Vuelva" 1942 2:33
58. Ricardo Tanturi - Alberto Castillo  "Así Se Baila El Tango" 1942 2:36
59. Ricardo Tanturi - Alberto Castillo  "La vida es corta" 1941 2:25
60. Alexey Kudryavtsev  "The heart breaks cortina 1"  0:22
Less than a week from now, we are going to accompany Tango West Orchestra on stage, and I get a request to play some of the temas of the planned performance (Silueta porteña, Desde el alma, Romance the barrio) for the practice. And since the remaining vals and milonga tandas were planned as non-traditional, I am incorporating non-traditional versions of these venerable titles into the list:
61. Trio Garufa  "Silueta Porteña (Electro Milonga)" 2008 2:35
62. The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet  "Negrito" 2011 1:53
63. Otros Aires  "Perro Viejo" 2016 3:21
64. Alla Pugacheva  "Million Scarlet Roses (cortina long)"  0:39
65. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Ahora No Me Conocés" 1941 2:35
66. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Solo compasion" 1941 2:58
67. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Ninguna" 1942 2:59
68. Sandro de America  "Yo te amo cortina long"  0:44
69. Miguel Calo - Raul Iriarte  "La vi llegar" 1944 3:24
70. Miguel Calo - Raul Iriarte  "Lluvia de abril" 1945 2:42
71. Miguel Calo - Raul Iriarte  "Cada dia te extrano mas" 1943 2:35
72. Jennifer Gasoi  "Happy happy me (cortina 1)" 2012, 2012 0:21
73. Los Cosos De Al Lao  "Romance De Barrio" 2003 2:48
74. Los Tubatango  "Francia (Vals)" 1994 3:03
75. Osvaldo Pugliese - Instrumental "Desde El Alma" 2:58
76. Beatles The Beatles "All you Need is Love cortina" 2006, 2006 0:19
77. Lhasa De Sela Blue Suenos "La Cara de la Pared" 2005 4:23
78. Carlos Libedinsky  "Vi Luz y Subí" 2005 3:18
79. Cirque du Soleil Cirque Du Soleil "Querer" 1994 4:34
and finally a gulp of drama with the parting tanda of Calo...
80. Miguel Calo - Lucho Gatica  "Percal" 1965 2:58
81. Miguel Calo - Lucho Gatica  "Cada dia te extrano mas" 1965 2:32
82. Miguel Calo - Lucho Gatica  "La copa del olvido" 1965 2:47

Friday, November 3, 2017

Cantando en ruso @ Buena Vista Social Bar

A milonga with all the classic Argentine songs being sung ... in translation from Castellano? Well, consider our last month's joint project with a fellow tango translator Natalia Orlova a proof of principle. We got 5 real tandas, plus a little primer on tango poetry and its history, and people listened and danced and we had an awesome experience - and then left the stage to a regular milonga DJ with a sweet feeling of satisfaction and knowing that a lot more can be done and there is plenty of room for development.
Natalia Orlova started translating tangos into Russian (as well as Ukrainian and English!) almost a decade ago, just as I was discovering the rhythmical beauty of the Spanish ballad which informs the compas and the phrasing of all genres of tango music, and the lively slang of the port city songs, and the crazy quilt of topics sung about in tango - profound and profane, melancholic and merry, spanning from the eternal themes of love and loss and nostalgia to sports, fights, card games, booze, politics, and much, much humble country living. Natalia has become my mentor as I also started trying to make Argentine songs ring in my beautiful native language. And I swear I wouldn't have fallen in love with tango without this experience!
But now, fast-forward to 2017. I was going to Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine for a family-roots search expedition, but of course I packed lots of tango into the trip plans ... and I also decided to give multimedia presentations on tango poetry, in the mold of "Chamuyo de gotán: time travel through tango history with the lyrics of its songs", but in Russian. I hasten to add that, alas, I can't sing :) so for my first gig in Tyumen, Siberia I settled on just reciting the snippets of the translations. But Natalia isn't shy about singing. I knew that she occasionally sang her tango translations, accompanied by her guitar. What if...?
Chamuyando en Siberia....
Brainstorming the plan, we decided to use real orchestra music (a combination of instrumental pieces, vocal tangos with sufficiently long instrumental-only segments, and vocalist backing tracks which I spliced together from the classic vocal recordings). We boldly decided to go for a real tanda format, with alternating T / V / M sets, and some talk-through in pauses. In reality, my beautiful co-conspirator and vocalist has been delayed by a stuck elevator snafu and atrocious traffic, so I had to start from improvising alone. I played a few warm-up tandas , then shifted much of the talk to the beginning of the presentation, and we ended up completing the whole plan exactly on time, Whew!
01. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "Shusheta" 1940 2:22
02. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental  "Catamarca" 1940 2:23
03. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "La trilla" 1940 2:21
04. Viktor Tsoy  "Kukushka cortina long"  0:55
05. Juan  D'Arienzo - Instrumental "Joaquina" 1935 3:01
06. Juan  D'Arienzo - Instrumental "El Internado" 1938 2:31
07. Juan  D'Arienzo - Instrumental "Ataniche" 1936 2:32
08. Mammas and the Papas  "California Dreaming cortina long"  0:40
09. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "Quien Sera" 1941 2:15
10. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales y Romeo Gavio "Estrellita Mia" 1940 2:36
11. Edgardo Donato - Félix Gutierrez "La Tapera" 1936 2:54
12.  Time to start! Introducing the first tango with recorded score, the 1880s' Mendisabal's "Entrerriano", which signaled the transition from tangos played by ear to the written, and printed, compositions.
13. D'Arienzo, Juan  "El Entrerriano" 1963 2:39
14.  However, unlike the musical scores, the lyrics - and sometimes the very titles - of the tangos remained un-printed - and largely unprintable - for the decades to come. Case in point: "La c...ara de la l...una", one of the liveliest tangos of all times, composed by an Uruguayan police telegrapher Campoamor in 1901 as a hymn to a whore's vagina (hence the conspicuous ellipses in its bowdlerized official title).
15. Quinteto Pirincho - Instrumental "La C...ara De La L...una" 1951 2:53
16.  At last, exactly 100 years ago, the poets take up the case of tango. The great Pascual Contursi writes lyrics of "My sad night", "Mi noche triste", and the great Carlos Gardel performs it from the stage! The first tango poem bears all the hallmarks of the future tango, highlighting the despair of a lost love in thick Lunfardo slang. Listening to Gardel's voice in a later, better quality recording - and then in a XXI century remix!
17. Carlos Gardel (con guitarras)  "Mi Noche Triste" 1930 3:19
18. Otros Aires  "Percanta" 2005 5:01
19. Finally, Natalia Orlova at the mike! We start from the epoch when the vocal tangos entered, gingerly, into the milonga (for the first decade after the debut of "Mi noche triste", the vocal tangos remained solely a listening music, but then singers known as estrebellistas started singing for the dancers, at first just the few lines of the bridge known as estribillo ... then perhaps a bridge and one stanza... and then even more...). All the vocals en ruso and the specially-cut backing tracks are available on Google drive. (UPD: open sharing of the raw vocal recordings, with my and Natalia's backstage conversations captured in the tracks, have been voted down for now :) Eventually, these recordings will be remixed back with the original backing tracks, and released one by one. At the moment, only "Milonga del 900 en ruso" is ready for prime time. The custom backing "minus" tracks are still available below.). The translations can be found at the sister blog, "Letras de tango en ruso". Please don't judge us too harshly, remember that it's intended as a proof-of-principle only :)
20. Quinteto Pirincho - Instrumental "La payanca" 1964 3:00
21. Sexteto Carlos di Sarli - Ernesto Famá "Chau pinela" 1930 2:36
22. Adolfo Carabelli - vocalist backing version "Pa' que lagrimear minus2" 1933 2:37
23. Leonid Utesov  "S Odesskogo kichmana (cortina)" 1935 0:22
24.  Introducing the Milonga Portena, the rebirth of an ancient song genre as a song for the dancers. The 2nd and 3rd milongas are Natalia's translations!
25. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Famá (backing track)   "Milonga del 900 minus acc6" 1933 2:59
(This is the one song with an "official" Russian track at the moment - Listen here )
26. Quinteto Pirincho - Instrumental "Se dice de mi" 1954 2:52 Youtube here

27. Lucio Demare - Raul Beron (backing track) "Carnavalito minus extended" 1943 4:34
28. Soda Stereo  "Corazon elator"  0:28
29. The Great Depression and the near-death of tango. Survival in exile, memories of the harsh times, triumphant return in the late 1930s...
30. Edgardo Donato - vocalist backing track version "Triqui-tra minus" 1940 2:32
31. Orquesta Típica Víctor (dir. Adolfo Carabelli) - Ernesto Famá  "Carrillón de la Merced" 1931
32. The vals tanda has a special, sentimental quality. These are some of our earliest translations, and I believe that it was the humorous and playful "Cuando estaba enamorado" which opened the way into tango for myself - and Natalia Orlova's translation of "Corazon De Oro, my inspiration. In turn, Natalia says she still chokes back tears when she sings "Barrio de Belgrano, caseron de tejas...". While for me, this great vals and her translation introduced me to a great blogger Tamas Sajo who later mentored my first steps in blogging and set me on the path of studying tango history - and my own family history.
33. Francisco Canaro - Francisco Amor "Cuando Estaba Enamorado" 1940 2:46
34. Silencio Tango Orchestra - Instrumental "Caseron de Tejas" 2009 2:36
35. Francisco Canaro - chorus "Corazon De Oro" 1938 3:23
36. Soda Stereo  "Profugos"  0:33
And I finally get to dance - to the "Loca"!
37. Mature, melodic, sad tango takes hold in the 1940s, and Malena, beautifully translated by Natalia Orlova, is the harbinger of this epoch. The remaining 2 songs of the set are among my darkest, most brooding translations.
38. Octeto Tibidabo - Instrumental "Malena" 1991 2:39
39. Octeto Tibidabo - Instrumental "Garua" 1991 2:38
40. Carlos Di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "Verdemar" 1943 2:54
41. Sandro de America  "Yo te amo cortina long"  0:44
And for the closing track, before theregular milonga starts, Natalia chooses her signature "Loca". I prepared a backing track based on D'Arienzo's famous 1946 recording, but at the last moment we settled on Canaro's version which is only a touch less extreme.
42. Quinteto Don Pancho - Instrumental "Loca" 1938 2:57


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Alberto "Tito" Bespros: back to Russia with love

Latvian DJ Andres Vilks has a passion for old vinyl disks in need of digitizing. His recent find opened my eyes to an awesome page of history of the Dark Ages of Tango: the one and only Argentine Tango LP recorded in the USSR.

The dateline was 1968. The bandleader, Tito Bespros, and the conjunto name, Cuarteto Buenos Aires. The disk jacket informed us that the band has been formed in 1966, performed across the globe, and won an award at a folk music festival in Miami in 1967. On the Russian tour, it's been joined by a 37 years old vocalist, Siro San Roman (who left an amazing "Easter Egg" near the end of their "Media luz" ... don't miss it, especially if you understand Russian :) ). So who were these guys, whose only recordings survived on a dusty LP in an antique record shop in Riga? Their story wasn't to be found anywhere on the Internet, but with the help of Tito's grand nephew (a computer entrepreneur who named his startup after tango) and snippets from Julio Nudler's great tango history book, we were able to learn quite a few bits and pieces:

Tito Bespros (January 4, 1917 - April 29, 1983) was one of tango's several great "ruso" violinists, children of immigrants from the Russian Empire to Argentina. Tito's real name was Alberto Besprosvan. He was born in Buenos Aires exactly 100 years ago to a Jewish couple from Odessa, and he embarked on a tour to find his own Russian roots when the lights of tango in his hometown dimmed in the 1960s.
Alberto's parents were Jose Besprosvan and Esther Slavner. Alberto's sister remembered that their surname was changed to Besprosvan after immigration. Most likely it used to be Besprozvanny, a relatively well known Jewish surname with a curious meaning, literally "Unnamed", a living testament to Russian Jews' aversion to the government-imposed surname system. Until 1804, our ancestors used no surnames at all, but then the government decreed that family names must be assigned to make tax collection and military drafts easier. Not surprisingly, it took decades to finally ensure that all Jewish families got permanent surnames, consistently used in all documents and not changed on a whim every few years. Not surprisingly also, some of the newfangled surnames read "Neizvestny" (literally Unknown), or "Besprozvanny" (Unnamed), or even Nepomnyaschy (Unable to recall). (The Besprosvan family also remembers that among their original ancestor names was something like Dynin or Dinin, but my hunch is that it was Joseph's mother's name).
In Buenos Aires, Jose Besprosvan made living selling porcelain figurines, like the famous kitty, gato de porcelana, from "A media luz". Once they lived at Calle Ombu upstairs from a band owner; it was with this neighbor's band where little Tito (Alberto), still in his short pants, made his earliest violin gig. Tito's first major tango job has been with Orquesta Tipica Victor, then led by Adolfo Carabelli. Traveling to Chile with the band of Alberto de Caro, Tito Besprosvan met his future wife, a Jewish girl from Vienna who worked at a chocolate shop near the venue where they played. In 1940, he traveled all over South America with Juan Canaro's orchestra, and in 1942, went to Mexico. Tango's golden 1940s and early 1950s brought Alberto Besprosvan so many excellent opportunities with the major tango orchestras that the relatives half-seriously tell that there were no other tango musician whose violin is heard in more recordings than Besprosvan!
But the late 1950s drew the curtain on the exuberance of Tango's Golden Age. That's when Alberto Besprosvan had to strike on his own, convening his first band, a string ensemble, in 1958 to play in clubs such as Tabaris and Abdullah. They have seven or possibly even eight violins. Among the violinists were Julio "Toto" Grana, Simón Broitman, Bernardo Prusak, Francisco Oréfice. Osvaldo Celenza played bass, Osvaldo "Marinero" Montes, bandoneon, and Normando Lazara, piano. For a while, the ensemble secured a profitable venue, El Clubo Automovil, but they lost it after joining a strike. They key 4 players of the conjunto went on playing on a tourist boat based off Porto Alegre in Brasil. That's when Besprosvan, Montes, Lazara, and Celenza got themselves a name, "El Cuarteto Buenos Aires", highlighting their Argentine Tango provenance. They kept the name even when they were joined by the 5th member, Siro San Roman, for the global tours in 1967 and 1968, which brought Alberto Besprosvan back to his parents' old country. Did he get a chance to play in Odessa, I wonder?

Enjoy the tracks from the Soviet Union's one and only Argentine tango album on Google Drive!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Siberian Milonga playlist, September 24, 2017

Milonga in Tymen', Siberia, hosted by the amazing Anton and Darya Mayantzev, capped a day of tango classes, practica, yours truly presentation on tango history and poetry, and, finally, an inaugural milonga at a new downtown venue, restaurant and bar "Sedlo" (which is technically open until 2am, but was actually clamoring to close as we were playing the final tandas just short of midnight). The "Baires" tango club is very lovingly decorated with BsAs tango memorabilia; the grand orchestra names are etched into the walls, and the teachers are properly crazy about spreading the gospel of Argentine tango. The community isn’t big yet, but there is enough energy for a nice milonga already, and the ranks of aspiring, talented beginner tangueros are also amazing. The busiest and liveliest of the nearby Argentine tango communities may be 200 miles away in Chelyabinsk, but we actually had visitors from there joining the milonga!
(and for this playlist comments, I shall switch to Russian now)

Сердечная благодарность Антону и Дарье Маянцевым и танго-школе "Байрес" в г. Тюмень за организацию моего "сибирского десанта", за талант и замечательный неподдельный энтузиазм. Мне очень понравилось. Удачи и многих хороших танд вам, тюменские тангеро!
Photo credits - Мария Ершова, Вадим Чулков.

В тюменском ресторане "Седло" милонга проходит первый раз. Аудиосистема непроверенная. "Проверка звука, она же первая танда" начинается с музыки первого квинтета Канаро (который, как все, кого зовут Франциско, мог изображать из себя испанца и брать кличку "Панчо"). Но уже на второй песне пары выходят на танцпол, поэтому тут же добавляю четвертую запись к танде, чтобы не оставить наших первопроходцев без полноразмерной тандочки.
01. Quinteto Don Pancho - Instrumental "El garron" 1938 2:27
02. Quinteto Don Pancho - Instrumental "Alma en pena" 1938 2:46
03. Quinteto Don Pancho - Instrumental "Loca" 1938 2:57
04. Quinteto Don Pancho - Instrumental "Champagne tango" 1938 2:30
05. Майя Кристалинская  "А за окном" 0:16
06. Carlos .Di Sarli - Alberto Podestá  "Junto a tu corazón" 1942 3:00
07. Carlos Di Sarli - Alberto Podestá "Lloran Las Campanas" 1944 2:58
08. Carlos Di Sarli - Alberto Podestá  "Tu, el cielo y tu" 1944 2:59
09. Gogol Bordello  "Pala Tute cortina 2" 2012 0:19
10. Ánibal Troilo - Instrumental "Milongueanda En El Cuarenta" 1941 2:32
11. Ánibal Troilo - Instrumental "Cachirulo" 1941 2:37
12. Ánibal Troilo - Instrumental "Guapeando" 1941 2:50
13. Жанна Агузарова "Кошки"" 1987 0:21
Люблю ставить аргентинские записи, вдохновленные русской классикой, как вот этот вальс про реку "Вольгу", который "Мой костер в тумане". В стране иммигрантов и наши музыкальные мотивы и музыканты оставили классный отпечаток. Вообще "русос",  русскими в Байресе традиционно считают потомков евреев Украины и Бессарабии, просто потому, что народ в свое время приехал с российскими паспортами. Особенно много замечательных танго-скрипачей пошло из той волны эмиграции.
14. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno  "En el volga yo te espero" 1943 2:40
15. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno  "Mariquita no mires al puerto (vals)" 1945 3:01
16. Enrique Rodriguez - Roberto Flores  "Fru Fru" 1939 2:57
17. “Шумел камыш"  0:23
18. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Famá "Todo Te Nombra" 1939 3:01
19. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Famá "Tormenta" 1939 2:35
20. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Famá  “Te quiero todavia" 1939 2:54
21."Мурка"  0:20
Экспериментальная танда, которая не удалась. Запал на звук квартета Фирпо, особенно как под пальцами самого маэстро звенят, как хрусталем, клавиши фортепиано. К этому времени за его плечами были уже десятилетия славы и уход на пенсию, но жизнь сложилась так, что деньги пропали и "из отставки" ему снова пришлось вернуться "к прежней работе". Их вальсы я ставил достаточно часто, а тут попробовал танго, отверг самые медлительные записи, но оказался в результате с тандой очень быстрых, но не очень богатых на текстуру танго. Значит, будем думать...
22. Cuarteto Roberto Firpo - Instrumental 1940  "El choclo"  2:47
23. Cuarteto Roberto Firpo - Instrumental "Sabado Ingles" 1940 2:12
24. Cuarteto Roberto Firpo - Instrumental  "Don Enrique" 1937 2:45
(Перерыв на демо, добавляю по треку танго и милонги для наших учителей)

25. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Ciego" 1935 2:57
26.   "silence"  0:06
27. The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet  "Largas las Penas" 2011 3:02
28. The Beatles "All you Need is Love cortina" 2006 0:19
29. Pedro Láurenz - Juan Carlos Casas  "Vieja Amiga" 1938 3:11
30. Pedro Láurenz - Juan Carlos Casas "Amurado" 1940 2:26
31. Pedro Láurenz - Juan Carlos Casas "No me extrana" 1940  2:44
32.  "Катюша"  0:33
Еще одна экспериментальная для меня танда - инструментальный Тройло более поздних 40-х, сложная и прекрасная музыка. Сегодня уже были более стандартные инструментальные записи Тройло из его самого раннего периода, самые ритмические, но захотелось добавить еще одну танду попечальнее и позадумчивее. Мне понравилось.
33. Anibal Troilo - Instrumental  "Quejas de bandoneon" 1944 2:38
34. Anibal Troilo - Instrumental  "La Maleva" 1942 2:41
35. Anibal Troilo - Instrumental  "Chique (El elegante)" 1944 3:07
36. Алла Пугачева "Свеча горела" cortina  0:19
Филиберто - гениальный танго-композитор и, впоследствии, бессменный руководитель муниципального оркестра народной музыки Буэнос-Айреса - играл, конечно, и танго, хотя местные знатоки смотрели на это с сомнением, поскольку маэстро принципиально выступал за фьюжн всех народных стилей. Но вот вальсы Филиберто, это абсолютно стоит послушать.
37. Juan De Dios Filiberto "Tus Ojos Me Embelesan" 1935 2:55
38. Juan De Dios Filiberto "Pensando En Ti" 1935 2:50
39. Juan De Dios Filiberto "Palomita Blanca" 1959  2:35
40. Pink Floyd  "Goodbye Blue Sky cortina long 2"  0:29
41. Lucio Demare - Horacio Quintana  "Torrente" 1944 3:10
42. Lucio Demare - Horacio Quintana "Solamente ella" 1944 3:15
43. Lucio Demare - Horacio Quintana  "Igual que un bandoneon" 1945 3:02
44. De Mono  "Statki na niebie"  0:28
45. Enrique Rodríguez - Armando Moreno "Como Has Cambiado Pebeta" 1942 2:37
46. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "El encopao" 1942 2:34
47. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno  "Cómo Se Pianta la Vida" 1940 2:23
48. Витас "7-й элемент" cortina 2012 0:23
49. Orquesta Tipica Victor - Mariano Balcarce  "Milonga De Los Fortines" 1937  2:55
50. Orquesta Tipica Victor - Carlos Lafuente "Cacareando" 1933 2:45
51. Miguel Villasboas - Instrumental "La Milonga Que Hacia Falta" 1961  2:18

Бросив в плейлист аргентинскую кортину, я на секунду задумался, а не ошибкой ли были мои (в основном) ретро-российские кортины в Тюмени? Пошло ли под настроение, или лучше было бы взять заставки "подальше от дома", поэкзотичнее? Но была не была, будем продолжать в том же ключе.
52. Sandro de America  "Yo Te Amo cortina" 1968 0:23
53. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón "Que te importa que te llore" 1942 2:44
“Jamas retornaras” - еще одно аргентинское классическое танго, в котором можно услышать ретро-российские мотивы. Одна из двух фраз, из которых построена эта композиция, близка к "уличному танго" моего детства, "Сиреневому Туману". Даже слова очень похожи. Но тут, я уверен, связь скорее обратная. "Сиреневый туман" известен с поздних военных лет и вполне мог быть навеян мелодией из Аргентины. Правда, уже в послесоветские годы, когда эта песня снова стала популярной, за копирайт судились потомки двух предполагаемых авторов, и под суду как бы доказали, что эта песня якобы создана еще в 1937 году, но только оставалась совершенно неизвестной. Но на самом деле остались сильные сомнения, та ли была песня, или другая с похожим названием, но совсем не танго, или вообще ничего не было.  Суд судом, а я остаюсь в убеждении, что в данном случае не аргентинцы взяли эту мелодию у русских, а наоборот.
54. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón "Jamas Retornaras" 1942 2:31
55. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón "Tristezas De La Calle Corrientes" 1942 2:46
56.Алла Пугачева "Миллион алых роз" (кортина) 1982 0:19
57. Edgardo Donato -  Horacio Lagos  "El Adios" 1938 3:09
58. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales y Romeo Gavio "Sinfonia de Arrabal" 1940 3:07
59. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales "Carnaval De Mi Barrio" 1939 2:25
60. Жанна Агузарова "Старый Отель" 1987 0:22
61. Francisco Lomuto - Jorge Omar  "Damisela encantadora (vals)" 1936 2:58
62. Francisco Lomuto - Instrumental  "Noche de ronda (vals)" 1937 2:34
63. Francisco Lomuto - Fernando Diaz y Mercedes Simone "Lo que vieron mis ojos" 1933 2:22
64. Леонид Утесов. "Дорога на Берлин" (медл.)  0:27
65. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray  "Isla de Capri" 1935 3:16
66. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "Canto de amor" 1934 3:25
67. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "Sollosos" 1937 3:27
68. Alexey Kudryavtsev  "The heart breaks cortina 2"  0:22
69. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Solamente Dios y yo" 1958 2:30
70. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Alguien" 1956 3:14
71. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Esperame en el cielo" 1958 2:52
Перерыв для вальса именинницы ... эээ, подождите, днерожденного Д'Арьенцо. Теперь припоминаю, что уже слышал, что вальс для дня рождения - не универсальная традиция, и в некоторых регионах это танго, и тут запрос был на ритмическую, уверенную запись.
72. Aníbal Troilo - Floreal Ruiz, Edmundo Rivero  "Lagrimitas de mi corazón" 1948 2:59
73.   "silence30s"  0:31
74. Juan D'Arienzo - Hector Maure  "El olivo (El olvido)" 1941 2:51
75. Любэ "Батька Махно cortina 1"  0:18
Конечно, после перерыва, да уже по позднему времени, нам для пульса энергии не обойтись без еще Д’Арьенцо, притом самого крутого замеса
76. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "Zorro Gris" 1973 2:08
77. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "Bar Exposicion" 1973 2:33
78. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "Este Es El Rey" 1971 3:10
Конечно, я не планировал ставить танду милонг в последний час милонги, но из-за шоу учителей мне уже пришлось пропустить шанс поставить одну из танд милонг, когда ей по правилам было бы нормальное место. А жадность, она штука сильная )) Как же можно прожить без милонг? Так что добавляем сюда:
79. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "La mulateada" 1941 2:21
80. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "Pena mulata" 1941 2:27
81. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "Zorzal" 1941 2:39
82. Любэ "Атас cortina"  0:35
83. Soha  "Mil Pasos" 2008 4:07
84. Alacran  "Reflejo De Luna" 2010 3:44
85. "Fool car"  3:09
86. Цыганская народная. "Осенняя роса"cortina 0:30
Лучшее наследие танго Уругвая:
87. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Hasta siempre amor" 1958 2:57
88. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Queriendote" 1955 2:49
89. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Sus Ojos Se Cerraron" 1956 2:47
90. Лидия Русланова. “Валенки 1 (cortina)"  0:24
91. Alfredo de Angelis - Instrumental "Mi dolor" 1957 2:51
92. Alfredo de Angelis - Instrumental "Pavadita" 1958 2:53
93. Alfredo de Angelis - Instrumental  "Felicia" 1969 2:47
94. Леонид Утесов. "С Одесского кичмана" (cortina) 1935 0:22
95. Osvaldo Pugliese - Roberto Chanel "Rondando Tu Esquina" 1944 2:48
96. Osvaldo Pugliese - Roberto Chanel "Corrientes Y Esmeralda" 1944 2:49
97. Osvaldo Pugliese - Jorge Maciel  "Remembranza" 1956 3:41
98. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "La cumparsita" 1951 3:49
…. и уже на прощанье, специальный трек о Сибири )) Ремикс "русской баллады" Гарделя.
99. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno  "Sonia" 1959 3:36


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Milonga Sin Nombre de Luna Llena, July 2017

To my great consternation, I can't figure out what was played for the first tanda :) it must have been from a different interface, because my saved list begins with a cortina which followed.
004. Viktor Tsoy  "Red-Yellow Days cortina long 3"  0:33
Since it is a full Moon night, there are many Moon-themed tangos in the list. And the very first one already offers a foray into history. "Esta noche de luna", "This moonlit night", has been composed by José García of the Grey Foxes of Tango. I played his eponymous tango composition, "Zorro Gris", on many occasions and by different orchestras, but I don't think I ever played Garcia's own recordings. The "problem" is that many of the Garcia's hits were also played and recorded by other superb orchestras such as Di Sarli's, and Garcia's "Grey Foxes" always get the short straw.... Todotango reports that José García had much stronger fan base in Colombia & Chile than at home. Anyway - let's celebrate this July "birthday boy" born July 22, 1908! In the image of his orchestra, in their trademark gray suits, José García is the violinist in the center.
005. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "Esta noche de luna" 1943 3:11
006. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "Adiós te vas" 1943 2:30
007. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino"Tristeza Marina" 1943 3:05
008. Soda Stereo  "Corazon elator"  0:28
009. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "Independencia" 1953 2:31
010. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "El Flete" 1936 2:56
011. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "La Payanca" 1936 2:32
012. Leonid Utesov  "Road to Berlin (fast)"  0:30
013. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Silueta Porteña" 1936 3:01
014. Francisco Canaro - Instrumental "Milonga De Antaño" 1937 2:54
015. Francisco Canaro - Instrumental "La Milonga De Mis Tiempos" 1938 3:17
016. Kult  "dziewczyna o perlowych wlosach"  0:30
Another Di Sarli tanda, another dramatic Moon song
017. Carlos di Sarli - Jorge Durán "Hoy Al Recordarla" 1945 3:08
018. Carlos di Sarli - Jorge Durán  "Tus labios me dirán" 1945 2:19
019. Carlos di Sarli - Jorge Durán "Vieja Luna" 1945 2:52
020. Folk  "Shumel Kamysh "  0:23
021. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos  "A oscuras" 1941 2:48
022. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos  "Lagrimas" 1939 2:50
Luis Rubistein (1908-1954)
Luis Rubistein, born July 8 1908, authored both the music and the lyrics of Donato's super-hit, a sweet, gently funny, and softly melancholic hymn to an Italo-Argentine neighborhood, "Carnaval de mi barrio". Rubistein was born Moises Rubinstein to a family of recent Russian Jewish immigrants. A cobbler's son, he never even completed grade school, having been kicked out of 3rd grade after a conflict with teacher over ... the little bright kid's writing poems in class! Luis's father died early and he became a father figure to his younger brothers, who also went on to become tango poets and composers under pen names Oscar Rubens and Elias Randal.
Writing tango lyrics brought Luis Rubistein early fame when Carlos Gardel performed his "Tarde gris" in 1930, but Luis was also also a successful music journalist, and even sang with D'Arienzo, despite being a stutterer in everyday speech.By the age of 25, Rubistein started composing tangos as well, reaching spectacular success with "Carnival de mi barrio", subtitled "Street painting in the tempo of tango".
023. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales "Carnaval De Mi Barrio" 1939 2:25
024. Stas Borsov  "Anyuta cortina" 2000 0:21
July 11th marks the birth date of Anibal Troilo, one of the most influential tango musicians. I showcased Troilo's life and music before, especially when we were marking Anibal Troilo centennial in 2014. With Argentine National Day of Tango already "taken" by Carlos Gardel and Julio de Caro's common birthday, the grateful nation has opted, in 2005, to make Troilo's birthday, July 11th, the National Day of Bandoneon! In the imaginary Bandoneon Player hall of fame, with such incredible talents as Pedro Maffia, Pedro Laurenz, Ciriaco Ortiz, and Astor Piazzolla, Troilo stands out both as a longtime orchestra leader and as a political survivor, who continued appearing on TV and publishing records well into LP age, even as tango entered its Dark Ages. As a result, to the generation before the Rebirth of Tango in the 1990s, Anibal Troilo epitomized the old and continuing glory of the genre. In my most humble opinion, this glory was partly tainted and not fully deserved, but then, I always rooted for the underdogs and the fallen! Anyway - we will celebrate tonight with vals and tango tandas, and these shall be from the Golden Forties, rather than from latter, darker era. 
025. Anibal Troilo - Alberto Marino y Floreal Ruiz "Palomita blanca (Vals)" 1944 3:20
026. Anibal Troilo - Floreal Ruiz "Flor De Lino" 1947 2:49
027. Anibal Troilo - Floreal Ruiz "Romance De Barrio" 1947 2:35
The 1941 "Charlemos" was the highest point of Luis Rubistein's career as a composer and songwriter. In just over the year, Luis Rubistein's main business in live radio broadcasting will be destroyed by military censorship after a coup, and he will never recover. An incredible song, a tale of a desperate call to a made-up telephone number, with a teary apology in its closing line, which, as a tango historian Julio Nudler reconstructs, may have really sounded "Soy Judio ... Perdóneme ...". Forgive my sadness, for I am Jewish. This was the year of the Holocaust ghettos and deportation, soon to flare up with millions shot dead in the killing fields of Eastern Europe. And Rubistein was always eager to open Argentina to the Jewish themes. Who knows?
028. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "Charlemos" 1941 2:30
029. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "Cascabelito" 1941 2:32
030. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "Patotero sentimental" 1942 2:34
031. Leonid Bykov  "Smuglyanka cortina long"  0:33
Anibal Troilo teamed up with "Fiore" (Francisco Fiorentino) right from the opening night in "Marabu" in 1937, but they didn't start mass recording until 4 years later. And their earliest 1941 hits are the dearest to my heart among Troilo's nearly 500 records spanning over 3 decades. The union of a vocal with the orchestra is so seamlessly perfect! No wonder many in Argentina are willing to credit Troilo with single-handedly inventing the "cantor de orquesta" style of tango!
032. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Toda mi vida" 1941 2:56
033. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Pajaro Ciego" 1941 3:00
034. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Te Aconsejo Que Me Olvides" 1941 2:59
035. Lyube  "Atas cortina"  0:35
Some of Canaro's stellar quintet's final recordings, a testament of a director who already published a memoir of his 50 (!) years in tango, who lost his health and good graces of the politicians, but wouldn't think of retirement!
036. Quinteto Pirincho - Instrumental "El firulete" 1958 2:29
037. Quinteto Pirincho - Instrumental "Orillera" 1960 2:24
038. Quinteto Pirincho - Instrumental "La cara de la luna" 1959 2:29
039. Stas Borsov  "Anyuta cortina" 2000 0:21
040. Haris Alexiou  "To Tango Tis Nefelis" 1998 4:07
041. Mecano  "Hijo De La Luna"  4:29
042. Shigeru Umebayashi "Yumeji's Theme - extended vers" 2001 3:06
043. Gogol Bordello  "Pala Tute cortina 1" 2012 0:18
Biagi debuted in "Marabu" as well, soon after Troilo, in September 1938. These are his earliest, fiery tracks, and we will have time for another for another tanda of the later, darker masterpieces...
044. Rodolfo Biagi - Andrés Falgás  "La chacarera" 1940 2:24
045. Rodolfo Biagi - Andrés Falgás  "Queja indiana" 1939 2:24
046. Rodolfo Biagi - Andrés Falgás  "Cielo" 1939 2:32
047. Orquesta Típica Víctor - Angel Vargas "Sin Rumbo Fijo" 1938  2:18
048. Orquesta Típica Víctor - Mario Pomar  "Temo" 1940 2:55
049. Orquesta Típica Víctor - Lita Morales "Noches de invierno" 1937 2:47
050. Lidiya Ruslanova  "Valenki 4 (cortina)"  0:24
051. Edgardo Donato -  Horacio Lagos  "El Adios" 1938 3:09
052. Edgardo Donato - Lita Morales y Romeo Gavio  "Mi Serenata" 1940 3:02
053. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales y Romeo Gavio "Sinfonia de Arrabal" 1940 3:09
054. Gogol Bordello  "Pala Tute cortina 2" 2012 0:19
055. Juan D'Arienzo - Hector Maure  "Cicatrices" 1942 2:21
056. Juan D'Arienzo - Hector Maure  "Ya Lo Ves " 1941 2:38
057. Juan D'Arienzo - Hector Maure  "El olivo (El olvido)" 1941 2:51
058. Lidiya Ruslanova  "Valenki 1 (cortina)"  0:24
059. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "La mulateada" 1941 2:21
060. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino  "Pena mulata" 1941 2:27
061. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino  "Yo Soy De San Telmo" 1943 2:20
062. Russian Folk  "Gypsy Girl (cortina)"  0:22
063. Ángel D'Agostino  (palabras de Julian Centeya) "Café Domínguez" 1955 2:56
Enrique Cadicamo (1900-1999)
We also celebrate birthday of a great tango poet Enrique Cadicamo on July 15th. He lived to the age of 99, published many books and wrote over 1,000 tango songs - so many that even Gardel managed to sing over 20 of them! A bohemian and a womanizer of his younger years, Cadicamo settled down in his later life, even marrying in his 60s, and quitting smoking ... at 86.
No milonga would ever be complete without a Cadicamo song, but "Tres esquinas" is one of the most acclaimed of them, a nostalgic memory of the poor immigrant neighborhood, with its three street corners on a side of railroad tracks. The rails are gone, but the barrio is said to remain dirt poor and full of immigrants, not a tourist spot by any means...
064. Angel D'Agostino - Angel Vargas "Tres esquinas" 1941 3:05
065. Angel D'Agostino - Angel Vargas "Ahora No Me Conocés" 1941 2:35
066. Alla Pugacheva  "Winter Night (Svecha gorela) cortina"  0:19
067. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Recuerdos De Paris" 1937 3:12
068. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Ciego" 1935 2:57
069. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Condena (S.O.S.)" 1937 2:39
070.  "Shalom lach eretz nehederet" 1977 0:31
071. Pedro Láurenz - Alberto Podestá  "Paisaje" 1943 2:53
072. Pedro Láurenz - Carlos Bermudez y Jorge Linares "Mendocina" 1944 2:32
073. Pedro Láurenz - Juan Carlos Casas "Mascarita" 1940 2:53
074. Viktor Tsoy  "Kukushka cortina long 2"  0:37
075. Florindo Sassone - Instrumental "Bar Exposicion" 2000 3:26
076. Florindo Sassone - Instrumental "Adios corazon" 1968 2:16
077. Florindo Sassone - Instrumental "Ojos Negros (Oscar Strok)" 1968 2:28
078. Pause for announcements and raffle
079. Vitas  "7, the element cortina" 2012 0:23
080. Miguel Calo - Raul Beron  "Tristezas de la calle Corrientes" 1942 2:46
081. Miguel Calo - Raul Beron  "Un crimen" 1942 3:00
082. Miguel Calo - Raul Beron  "Que te importa que te llore" 1942 2:44
083. AR Rahman  "Ringa Ringa cortina long 3"  0:29
084. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "Sacale Punta" 1935 2:17
085. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "De punta a punta (milonga)" 1939 2:21
086. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos  "La Milonga Que Faltaba" 1938 2:29
087. Sandro de America  "Yo Te Amo cortina" 1968, 1968 0:23
088. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "Yo no se llorar" 1933 2:36
089. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "No quiero verte llorar" 1937 2:42
090. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "Recuerdo de bohemia" 1935 2:36
091. Folk  "Shumel Kamysh "  0:23
092. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Hasta siempre amor" 1958 2:57
094. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Queriendote" 1955 2:49
096. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Sus Ojos Se Cerraron" 1956 2:47
097. Stas Borsov  "Anyuta cortina" 2000, 2000 0:21
098. Enrique Rodriguez - El "Chato" Flores "Las Espigadoras (Vals)" 1938 2:47
099. Enrique Rodriguez - El "Chato" Flores "Los Piconeros (Vals)" 1939 2:47
100. Enrique Rodriguez - El "Chato" Flores  "Salud, Dinero Y Amor" 1939 2:41
101. Zhanna Aguzarova  "Old Hotel cortina long"  0:38
102. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Solamente Dios y yo" 1958 2:30
103. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Alguien" 1956 3:14
105. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Esperame en el cielo" 1958 2:52
106. Victor Tsoy  "Spokoynaya Noch' (cortina)"  0:49
107. Osvaldo Pugliese - Intrumental "La Yumba" 1952 2:51
108. Osvaldo Pugliese - Intrumental "Pata Ancha" 1957 3:19
109. Osvaldo Pugliese - Jorge Maciel "Remembranza" 1956 3:41
110. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "La cumparsita" 1951 3:54

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tango Volunteers Appreciation night playlist, 8/11/17

Just weeks after the grand annual Mountain Milonga Retreat and its crazy roaming afterparty, we are ready to celebrate our wonderful volunteers with a special free milonga. Hats off to you, selfless tangueros! Your dedication makes Argentine tango shine bright, even in the wild mountains and forbidding deserts of Utah!
Grand Asado crew at Mountain Milonga Retreat 2017.
What a miracle of a volunteer team work!
001. Ricardo Tanturi - Instrumental  "Una noche de garufa" 1941 2:32
002. Ricardo Tanturi - Instrumental  "Comparsa criolla" 1941 2:51
003. Ricardo Tanturi - Instrumental  "Argañaraz" 1940 2:21
004. Zhanna Aguzarova "Old Hotel" 1987 0:22
005. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Envidia" 1936 3:18
006. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida"Invierno" 1937 3:25
007. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida"Alma del bandoneon" 1935 2:46
008. Russian Folk  "Gypsy Girl (cortina)"  0:22
Wild flowers ...

009. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "Shusheta" 1940 2:22
010. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "Catamarca" 1940 2:23
011. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "La trilla" 1940 2:21
012. Gogol Bordello  "Pala Tute cortina 1" 2012 0:18
... and wild mushrooms!
Sopa de hongos, anyone?
013. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "Joaquina" 1935 3:01
014. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "El Internado" 1938 2:31
015. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "Ataniche" 1936 2:32
016. Russian Folk  "Gypsy Girl (cortina)"  0:22
017. Orquesta Tipica Victor - Mariano Balcarce  "Milonga De Los Fortines" 1937 2:55
018. Orquesta Tipica Victor - Carlos Lafuente "Cacareando" 1933 2:45
019. Miguel Villasboas - Instrumental "La Milonga Que Hacia Falta" 1961 2:18
020. Zhanna Aguzarova "Old Hotel" 1987 0:22
021. Carlos di Sarli - Alberto Podestá "Lloran Las Campanas" 1944 2:58
022. Carlos di Sarli - Alberto Podestá  "Nido gaucho" 1942 3:22
023. Carlos di Sarli - Alberto Podestá  "Nada" 1944 2:45
024. Alla Pugacheva "Million Scarlet Roses" 1982 0:19
025. Enrique Rodríguez - Armando Moreno "Como Has Cambiado Pebeta" 1942 2:37
026. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "El encopao" 1942 2:34
027. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "Cómo Se Pianta la Vida" 2:23
028. Zhanna Aguzarova "Cats" 1987 0:21
029. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales  "Mañana sera la mia" 1941 2:52
030. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "Con Tus Besos (vals)" 1938 2:23
031. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "Quien Sera - vals" 1941 2:15
032. Maya Kristalinskaya  "Nezhnost (Tenderness)"  0:17
033. Miguel Caló - Raúl Iriarte  "La vI llegar" 1944 3:24
034. Miguel Caló - Raúl Iriarte  "Cada dia te extrano mas" 1943 2:33
035. Miguel Caló - Raúl Iriarte  "La noche que te fuiste" 1945 2:47
036. Russian Folk  "Kalinka-Malinka 1 (cortina)"  0:25
037. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Malena" 1942 3:01
038. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Pa' que seguir" 1942 2:35
039. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Cada vez que me recuerdes" 1943 2:40
040. Lidiya Ruslanova  "Valenki 1 (cortina)"  0:24
Some of the best contemporary milongas!
041. Otros Aires "Los Vino"  2:41
042. Otros Aires "Rotos En El Raval"  3:53
043. Otros Aires "Milonga Sentimental"  3:57
044. Anzhelika Varum  "Autumn Jazz"  0:20
These are very different orchestra compositions despite one title, but all stellar
045. Orquesta Tipica Victor - Ángel Vargas "Adios Buenos Aires" 1938 2:36
046. Orquesta Típica Víctor - Ernesto Famá "Carillon de La Merced" 1931 3:16
047. Orquesta Tipica Victor - Ortega Del Cerro "Una Vez" 1943 3:22
048. Lidiya Ruslanova  "Valenki 1 (cortina)"  0:24
049. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Solamente Dios y yo" 1958 2:30
050. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Alguien" 1956 3:14
051. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Esperame en el cielo" 1958 2:52
052. Folk  "Shumel Kamysh "  0:23
053. Francisco Lomuto - Jorge Omar  "Damisela encantadora (vals)" 1936 2:58
054. Francisco Lomuto - Instrumental  "Noche de ronda (vals)" 1937 2:34
055. Francisco Lomuto - Fernando Diaz  "Lo que vieron mis ojos" 1933 2:22
056. Maya Kristalinskaya  "Nezhnost (Tenderness)"  0:17
057. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón "Que te importa que te llore" 1942 2:44
058. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón "Jamas Retornaras" 1996 2:31
059. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón "Tristezas De La Calle Corrientes"  2:46
060. Mammas and the Papas  "California Dreaming cortina long"  0:40
061. Edgardo Donato -  Horacio Lagos  "El Adios" 1938 3:09
062. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales y Romeo Gavio "Sinfonia de Arrabal" 1940 3:07
063. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales "Carnaval De Mi Barrio" 1939 2:25
064. Zhanna Aguzarova "Cats" 1987 0:21
065. The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet  "Negrito" 2011 1:53
066. The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet  "Largas las Penas" 2011 3:02
067. The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet  "Ella Es Asi (feat. Enrique "El Peru" Chavez)" 2011 2:32
068. Zhanna Aguzarova "Old Hotel" 1987 0:22
069. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "Alas Rotás" 1938 2:32
070. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales "Chapaleando barro" 1939 2:21
071. Edgardo Donato - Lita Morales y Ravio Gavioli "Yo Te Amo" 1940 2:50
072. Anzhelika Varum  "Autumn Jazz"  0:20
073. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Sus Ojos Se Cerraron" 1956 2:47
074. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Queriendote" 1955 2:49
075. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Hasta siempre amor" 1958 2:57
076. Alla Pugacheva "Million Scarlet Roses" 1982 0:19
077. Orquesta Tipica Victor - Lita Morales "Noches de invierno" 1937 2:47
078. Orquesta Típica Víctor - Angel Vargas "Sin Rumbo Fijo" 1938 2:18
079. Orquesta Tipica Victor - Mario Pomar  "Temo" 1940 2:55
080. Zhanna Aguzarova "Cats" 1987 0:21
081. Fool's Garden "Lemon Tree" 1999 3:11
082. Jason Mraz  "I'm Yours" 2008 4:20
083. Damour Vocal Band  "SWAY - danceable cut"  1:39
084. Russian Folk  "Gypsy Girl (cortina)"  0:22
085. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "Yo No Sé Llorar" 1933 2:36
086. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "Vida mia" 1933 3:23
087. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "Angustia" 1938 2:39
088. Alla Pugacheva "Million Scarlet Roses" 1982 0:19
089. Hector Varela - Rodolfo Lesica "Y todavia te quiero" 1956 3:06
090. Hector Varela - Rodolfo Lesica "El destino la llevo" 1959 3:01
091. Hector Varela - Argentino Ledesma "Fueron tres años" 1956 3:26
092. Anzhelika Varum  "Autumn Jazz"  0:20
093. Osvaldo Pugliese - Roberto Chanel "Corrientes y Esmeralda" 1944 2:46
094. Osvaldo Pugliese - Roberto Chanel  "Farol" 1943 3:22
095. Osvaldo Pugliese - Roberto Chanel "Rondando Tu Esquina" 1945 2:49
096. Russian folk  "Murka"  0:20
097. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "Bar Exposicion" 1973 2:33
098. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "Zorro gris" 1973 2:03
099. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "Este Es El Rey" 1971 3:10
100. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "La Cumparsita" 1955 3:44