August 17, 1998 |
Tango music is the voice of Argentina, as intimately identified with the national character as jazz is for the United States. And there are similarities between both types of music: Each is the musical manifestation of melting-pot societies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, simmering up from a social netherworld to emerge as rich, complex cultural expressions.
April 19, 2007 |
Over his long, wandering career, accordionist Dino Saluzzi, 71, has often reached across genre lines in search of creative expression. For him, the idea of blending Argentine folk and tango music with European classical tradition comes naturally. So Saluzzi is a perfect fit for the Skirball Cultural Center's series "Compressing the World," which reaches its apex tonight when the lyrical master of the tango accordion, the bandoneon, appears with cellist Anja Lechner.
September 8, 2003 |
Orchestral playing that managed to be urgent in attack and sumptuous in tone distinguished the Los Angeles Philharmonic's program "The Passion of Tango" on Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. However, conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya needs to update his notions of tango choreography.
March 19, 2000 |
It's opening night at Club Social de Avellaneda, a new tango dance hall in a gritty Buenos Aires blue-collar neighborhood reminiscent of deep Brooklyn. Bronze busts of Juan and Evita Peron grace the entrance of the building. Inside, a giant mural above the dance floor depicts local stevedores, meatpackers and factory workers of a half-century ago.
March 1, 1998 |
Two musics, from two different parts of the world, come together with enticing compatibility in this eminently listenable new album. Is there really a common bond linking jazz and tango--two seemingly disparate forms of music? Absolutely. Both are urban musics, simmered in a melting pot of different ethnic and racial elements; both were associated, early on, with the bordello world; and both are founded upon surging rhythms and improvisation.
August 18, 1991 |
Beneath the midnight sun of Finland's brief but brilliant summer, thousands of couples find romance in the nation's adopted dance--the Finnish tango. At the annual Tango Fair in July, more than 50,000 people danced till the early hours in the small western town of Seinajoki. Almost a quarter of Finland's 5 million population stayed glued to their televisions as 10 top tango singers battled to be crowned tango king and queen of 1991. "It was the first hot weekend of the summer and we had 1.