Welcome to your very first tarea from Tango Matiz. First off, yes, tarea is Spanish for homework but let me venture out and say that this will be some of the most interesting homework you’ve had to do in a while. I mean, come on! Who doesn’t like to watch some tango videos and listen to some music?! Anyway, let’s jump right into it.
I’d like for you guys to read Part 1 of a wonderful tango book I breezed through recently. In fact, if you want to purchase a copy of the whole book for yourself, you can do so here: The Meaning of Tango: The Story of the Argentinian Dance.
Note: The book has a number of sections which explain how to perform specific “moves” in tango. In my reading, I didn’t find them all that valuable, rather a bit convoluted. Please feel free to ignore them, and just read up on the history of the dance.
Now, since not everyone will buy the book, I have scanned the first part, and am providing it below for you to download and read:
Download: Meaning of Tango — Part 1
We will discuss it briefly during our next class.
I am providing you with a few different kinds of videos. First up, a quick video to demonstrate an almost perfect technique of walking. This is Javier Rodriguez & Stella Misse. Javier dances close to the absolute best Salón Tango.
And an exercise on “connection”:
Now, a few videos for inspiration:
Pablo Rodriguez & Corina Herrera — Nada más, Orquesta Juan D’Arienzo & singer Alberto Echagüe, 1938
Michelle Marsidi & Joachim Dietiker — Bajo un cielo de estrellas, Orquesta Miguel Caló & singer Alberto Podestá, 1941
Sebastian Achaval & Roxana Suarez — No hay tierra como la mía, Solo Tango Orquesta (original: Orquesta Francisco Canaro & singer Ernesto Famá, 1939)
In this tarea I want to touch briefly on one Class A orchestra from the Golden Age of Tango (1935–1955): Orquesta Juan D’Arienzo.
Note: Class A was a recording industry classification for the most recorded orchestras of the Golden Age. It was reserved for just 4 orquestras.
Orquesta Juan D’Arienzo
Juan D’Arienzo is commonly known as “El Rey del Compás”, or the “King of the Beat/Rhythm”. His music jump-started the Golden Age (due heavily in part to his pianist Rodolfo Biagi), and he is quite heavily associated with the rebirth of Tango in Buenos Aires (BsAs) during the 30s. He brought the music back to the dancers.
He often opened his first set of the night with this gem, quite aptly called: Este es el rey or “Here is the King”:
Another famous D’Arienzo recording is Loca or “Crazy (Woman)”. The below recording is a very late D’Arienzo performing live.
Finally, and exicing milonga, La Puñalada or “The Stab”:
That’s it! See you in class.