Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ep. 52 (1976-2016) of Danceable Tangos of the Year

Episode 52 covers the years 1976-2016. We start the episode with one of Astor Piazzolla's most recognizable tango nuevo piece, "Libertango"; as "demonstrated" in the movie Tango Lesson, it is "danceable", at least in circumstances where a follower is courted by three leaders. To cover the many great tango nuevo, alternative tango, and electronic tango formations of the past four decades would take way more than an hour; instead, our last episode follows the spirit of the series and cherry-picks from danceable tangos of more traditional style, but perhaps lesser known formations.

I hope you enjoyed our journey to explore 90 years of Argentine tango music. We started at 1927 when non-acoustic recording methods started to become widespread and finished with last year. “Danceable Tangos of the Year” featured more than 900 tangos, valses, and milongas that you could and should be able to listen and dance to in milongas all around the world (some statistics: balazstango.blogspot.hu/2016/10/which-are-top-3-argentine-tango.html .) If you would like to listen to these and many more danceable tangos, you could start at Argentine Tango Radio at www.ArgentineTangoRadio.com, and then head to purchase the music on your own at tangotunes.com, tango-dj.at, or at the usual big online music stores.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all enthusiasts around the world who put significant amount of their own time to help disseminate tango culture. My work as a DJ and radio host was indirectly helped to a great extent, for instance, by the teams behind todotango.com and el-recodo.com, by Bernhard Gehberger of tango-dj.at, by Tobias Conradi of tango.info, by Christoph Lanner of the Canaro discography, by Gabriel Valiente, author of Encyclopedia of Tango, and by Vicente Luis Scorzari and many many others. Thank you!

I’d also like to apologize for my bad Spanish pronounciation which surely entertained, or upset some friends on the other side of the globe. Please forgive me the hubris of entering to your territory without a proper command of your language; my only excuse is that mine was a work of love.

Two of the most influential figures in the development of Argentine tango music, as it headed into its Golden Age, were Julio De Caro and Juan D’Arienzo. We started our episode series with the former, and it seems to me most appropriate to end it with the latter. Juan D’Arienzo’s 1951 "La Cumparsita" brings the closure. Abrazos to all!

For more information on "Danceable Tangos of the Year" visit: www.ArgentineTangoRadio.com/dtoty .

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