Sunday, March 23, 2014

Milonga Sin Nombre "Homenaje a Rodolfo Biagi y Enrique Rodriguez" playlist, March 22 2014

This marks the second time when we theme Milonga Sin Nombre after "tango orchestras of the month" (in January, it was the birthday month of Di Sarli and Tanturi, and DJ Mark rather elegantly marked Di Sarli and Tanturi tandas by displaying different color roses at the DJ table). It is the tango DJ's perennial quandary, how to educate the tangueros about the music without being didactic or boring or non-danceable. Just how does one nudge the dancers to think about the music titles, orchestras, epochs, and singers without distracting them from the dance?

I'd love to hear your suggestions. Personally, I believe that a good milonga doesn't lend any possibilities for lecturing or quizzing of any sort ... but once a milonga is over, then it may be great to give the tangueros a chance to re-visit the music they liked, and to ask more questions about it. That's how I started my own path into understanding tango music and poetry - by asking DJs such as Dan "Red Fox" Boccia or Homer Ladas about the records they played.

For bios of Rodolfo Biagi and Enrique Rodriguez and my thoughts about their role on tango's history and present, please check the milonga flyer. And now, to the playlist:

01. Carlos Di Sarli - Instrumental "El ingeniero" 1952 3:25
02. Carlos Di Sarli - Instrumental "El Once" 2:48
03. Carlos Di Sarli - Instrumental "El amanecer" 1951 2:30
04.   "Bremenskie Lullaby Cortina"  0:31
Do you notice how Enrique Rodriguez hushes the final beat of each tango? There are two schools of thought about it... some think that it's still perfectly OK to finish a dance with a flourish on the non-existent note; others maintain that it's uncool to underscore what's not there in the music, and so, if you are in the know, then you'll stop on Rodriguez's actual final beat, rather than on the one which "sort of makes sense" except it isn't there.
A sampler of the more lyrical Rodriguez tangos:
05. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "Como Se Pianta La Vida"  2:25
06. Enrique Rodriguez - Roberto Flores  "Son cosas de bandoneon"  2:42
07. Enrique Rodriguez - Andres Falgas  "Alma en pena" 1946 3:05
08. Russian Folk  "Kalinka-Malinka 2 (cortina)"  0:25
09. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Milonga del corazon" 1938 2:48
10. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Fama  "Milonga del 900" 1933 2:55
11. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Milonga criolla" 1936 3:00
12. Carmen Piculeata  "Vien, Tzigane" 2013 0:24
13. Ricardo Tanturi - Enrique Campos  "Oigo Tu Voz" 3:07
14. Tanturi, Ricardo  "Madame Ivonne" 1942 2:18
15. Ricardo Tanturi  "Que Nunca Me Falte"  2:42
16. "Malysh i Karlson Cortina"  0:22
Vintage Biagi,  powerful, primal, vibrant. These records came from my very first tango CD, "Alex 4 Shorey":
17. Rodolfo Biagi - Jorge Ortíz "Humillación" 1941 2:42
18. Rodolfo Biagi - Jorge Ortíz "Indiferencia" 1942 2:33
19. Rodolfo Biagi -  Andrés Falgás "La chacarera" 1940 2:24
20. Russian Folk  "Kalinka-Malinka 1 (cortina)"  0:25
The trio of Enrique Rodriguez's most light-hearted valses ... it was too short a milonga to add another tanda of his more complex, folk song-based valses such as "Los Piconeros", "Las Espigadoras", or"En el Volga yo te espero".
21. Enrique Rodriguez - Roberto Flores  "Salud Dinero Y Amor (vals)"  2:39
22. Enrique Rodrigues "Tengo mil novias-Roberto Flores-1939(Vals)" 3:06
23. Enrique Rodriguez - Roberto Flores  "Fru Fru (vals)"  2:57
24. Carmen Piculeata  "Vien, Tzigane" 2013, 2013 0:24
25. Lucio Demare - Hector Alvarado  "Malena" 1951 3:13
26. Lucio Demare - Juan Carlos Miranda  "Manana zarpa un barco" 1942 3:22
27. Lucio Demare - Juan Carlos Miranda  "No te apures, Carablanca" 1942 3:29
28. Victor Tsoy  "Gruppa Krovi (cortina)"  0:36
"Llorar por una mujer" may be the most famous of Enrique Rodriguez's tango compositions; Cadicamo's lyrics of "En la buena y en la mala" are to die for; and "Danza Maligna" is the truest manifesto of tango: "Let's live together for the quarter of an hour // Of this oldtime and evil dance", or how about these lines: "Ungodly pleasure, the perverted dance // the tango is a rite and a religion"
29. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno  "Llorar por una mujer" 1941 2:51
30. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "En la buena y en la mala" 1940 2:26
31. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "Danza Maligna" 1940 2:27
32. Lidiya Ruslanova  "Valenki 3 (cortina)"  0:24
Cut for live music!
Brian and Dave playing at Milonga Sin Nombre

The three classic Biagi milongas:
33. Rodolfo Biagi - Alberto Amor  "Flor de monserrat" 1945 2:16
34. Rodolfo Biagi - Teófilo Ibáñez  "Campo afuera" 1939 2:08
35. Rodolfo Biagi - Carlos Saavedra "Por la huella" 1948 2:47
36. Carmen Piculeata  "Vien, Tzigane" 2013, 2013 0:24
I whispered to Irina, "Could you believe it that in the music I selected, there is no Fresedo and no Laurenz?", and she was, like, "No way, can it be fixed?" :)
37. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray  "Isla de Capri" 1935 3:17
38. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray  "En la huella del dolor" 1934 2:49
39. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray  "Niebla del Riachuelo" 1937 2:25
40. Lidiya Ruslanova  "Valenki 4 (cortina)"  0:24
41. Donato, Edgardo Various Artists "La Melodía Del Corazón" 1940 3:18
42. Edgardo Donato - Lita Morales - Romeo Gavio  "Mi Serenata" 1940 3:02
43. Donato, Edgardo  "El Adios" 1938 3:09
44. Carmen Piculeata  "Egy kis cigainy dal" 2013, 2013 0:29
So many exhilarating, energetic valses of Biagi's orchestra! One tanda is far too little to give proper credit to them - Biagi's "Lagrimas y Sonrisas", "Amor y Vals", "La Loca de Amor", "Lejos de Ti","Viejo Porton" and others are a good milonga's must-play. For this tanda, I picked 3 records united by the vocal of Andres Falgas; the 2nd one has a special place in my memory, of an ornate slope-side veranda perched high amid the vineyards of Prague, where shadows of the dancers swirled to the sound of the vals on its ceiling.
45. Rodolfo Biagi - Andres Falgas  "El ultimo adios (vals)" 1940 2:09
46. Rodolfo Biagi - Andres Falgas  "Dejame amarte aunque sea un di (vals)" 1939 2:55
47. Rodolfo Biagi - Andres Falgas  "Dichas que vivi (vals)" 1939 2:17
48. Carmen Piculeata  "Vien, Tzigane" 2013 0:24
49. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón  "Jamás retornarás" 1942-10-09 2:31
50. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón  "Corazón no le hagas caso" 1942-09-29 3:00
51. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón  "Al compás del corazón" 1942-04-29 2:48
An assortment of years and vocalists to showcase Biagi's gentler, more lyrical side (and sorry for the DJ's oops moment with a missing cortina):
52. Rodolfo Biagi - Andrés Falgás "Queja Indiana" 1939 2:24
53. Rodolfo Biagi - Jorge Ortíz "Todo Te Nombra" 1940 3:33
54. Rodolfo Biagi- Carlos Acuña "Tu Voz" 1944 2:29
55. Lidiya Ruslanova  "Valenki 1 (cortina)"  0:24
As I already mentioned, it may be hard to play a milonga tanda of Enrique Rodriguez if you aren't up to interpreting tangofox as a kind of a milonga. And El Rey de Fox has myriad excellent tangofox records of all moods and sounds! But tangueros tend to be too shy to dance to them, often consigning these tracks to alternative milongas despite their most classic, vintage BsAs sound. In fact the first time I had a chance to dance to "Para Mi Eres Divina" was at an alternative milonga DJ'd by Varo in ABQ (thanks, man!!) In the following sampler, the first tune is a remixed (and faithfully translated) New York Yiddish pop record, immortalized by Andres Sisters in the 1920s; the second one remixes Brahms classic; and the final one is came from von Geczy's operetta which molded a fox after Hungarian folk czárdás. Be warned, tangofoxes may be highly addictive - it may take a long time to get a tune out of your head!
56. Enrique Rodriguez - Roberto Flores  "Para mi eres divina" 1938 2:28
57. Enrique Rodriguez  "Danza Hungara no 5" 1947 2:43
58. Enrique Rodriguez "Amor en budapest"  2:43
59. Carmen Piculeata  "Vien, Tzigane" 2013, 2013 0:24
60. Carlos Di Sarli - Alberto Podestá  "Lloran las campanas" 1944-09-20 2:58
61. Carlos Di Sarli - Alberto Podesta "La Capilla Blanca"  2:55
62. Carlos Di Sarli - Alberto Podesta "Junto a tu corazon"  3:00
63. Russian Folk  "Gypsy Girl (cortina)"  0:22
64. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos - Lita Morales "Sinsabor" 1939 2:53
65. Edgardo Donato "Sinfonia de arrabal"  2:55
66. Edgardo Donato  "Carnaval De Mi Barrio" 2:25
67. "Bremenskie Lullaby Cortina"  0:31
68.  Osváldo Pugliese - Jorge Maciel "Remembranzas" 1956 3:41
69. Osváldo Pugliese - Roberto Chanel "Rondando Tu Esquina" 1945 2:49
70. Osváldo Pugliese - Instrumental "Recuerdo" 1943 2:45
71. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "La cumparsita" 1951 3:49
72. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole  "Over The Rainbow" 2001 3:32
(72 total)

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