First, when dancing it is important to find the pulse (the beat). After finding the pulse, we try to identify, the first beat of the phrase (number one): the strong beat. As dancers, we generally count a phrase in this way: one(strong)-two-three (semi-strong) four, five(strong again), six, seven (semi-strong) and eight, an then we start all over again.Read More
The orchestra featured in this posting is Enrique Rodriguez y su Orquesta. On the album covers of these CDs you may notice that this orchestra is not identified as “su orquesta tipica”, but instead as “su orquesta”.Read More
To continue our mini-series of blog postings with Golden Age Tango music suggestions, we turn now to two other great partnerships, that of the orchestra leader and pianist, Ricardo Tanturi,Read More
The next orchestra we suggest adding to your music collection is that of Angel D’Agostino and his singer Angel Vargas, often referred to as The Two Angels.Read More
Makela - (…) Tango is about two, whole and complete people coming together. Connecting, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and also socially. Of course the connection between the lead and the follow is very connected to the embrace.Read More
You may have noticed on many album covers the name of the orchestra leader is followed by the phrase, “y su orquesta tipica”, and perhaps dismissed it as just meaning something like “his usual orchestra”. However, la orquesta típica of the 1940s period referred to a specific combination of musicians and their instruments.Read More
Makela: We are so happy to have your paintings featured at our studio.
Marisa: My name is Marisa Aguiar… I always knew that I was supposed to be doing something of the sort I but couldn't figure out what it was. I'm not a "stay in the lines" type of person, so fluid art works very well for me.
When you go to a milonga you will most likely hear Pugliese toward the end of the night. People are more comfortable with each other, the space and romance is in the air. Pugliese’s music is intensely romantic, filled with melancholy, passion and longing. Some recordings that demonstrate these qualities are “Recuerdo” and “La Yumba”Read More
For me, improvisation is being able to use what you know and put it in a different way each time depending on the music and your partner. You need to have some kind of structure with parameters and from that you can find the freedom.Read More
Now that you have some familiarity with the Big Four orchestras you will likely want to experience some of the other major orchestras of the period. Our suggestion (Makela’s and I) is to now become familiar with Miguel Caló and his “Orchestra of the Stars” and his famous singers, Raúl Berón, Alberto Podestá and Jorge Ortiz.Read More
If you are a beginning tango dancer and want to get some music for practicing, or just want to enjoy listening to the music, then you may wish to buy some tango music for your personal music collection. The question you probably have is: What recordings should I buy? And where should I buy them?Read More
There are people who like to take private lessons more than others, I think you are more like that, and if you can take private lessons in addition to group classes that is definitely the best way to go. They are customized and hand picked training for you. Now, if you want to take group lessons I suggest the Absolute Beginners class on Saturdays.Read More
About tango… And I always think the moment you stop studying is the moment you stop living basically. I always try to go back to Buenos Aires and talk to colleagues, practice, ask questions, read, and listen…Tango is such a huge array of things, the music, the history, culture, the relationship between a lead and follow, gender issues, so many things. It’s fascinating and I love it. ..Read More
Carlos di Sarli is one of the most important band leaders of tango. There are much information throughout the internet about him.
What it is not easy to find it is an expert point of view. Here you go: Carlos Di Sarli – my list of favorite tangos (with the collaboration of our DJ Donald Cooper).Read More
What makes graceful movements? … Sometimes Makela has us practice "moving through mud"--an exercise of slowing down one's movements to develop better motion control.Read More
In summary, three styles were born: "el tango criollo", 'el tango liso", "el tango de salón".Read More
It feels good, it feels fresh, it feels new.Read More
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If you are serious about tango you need to start studying the music. That will influence and will inform how you dance.Read More
“Come on, me prejudiced? Impossible -I responded flustered.”Read More