Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcome to "TOTW"

Welcome to "Tanda of the Week"!  A tanda of tango music will be uploaded on the blog once a week for your listening and dancing pleasure. This blog was created to educate dancers about tango and the orchestras of the golden era and beyond, as well as to share tandas and create discussion between dancers and dj's about good tango to dance to. This is a non-profit tango blog but if you wish you can support the blog by donations on Paypal.

Most of the tandas on the blog are by Dj Antti Suniala but tandas from guest dj's are welcome too! Below you will find a list of the most important orchestras featured on TOTW and a link to the tandas to listen to from each orchestra. For more information about the orchestras you can study the articles on the Todo Tango website. On www.tango.info you can find very useful listings of recordings from all the orchestras. Welcome and I hope you enjoy the blog!

Biagi, Rodolfo - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Calo, Miguel - TOTW - Todo Tango tango.info - iTunes Store
Canaro, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store
D'Agostino, Ángel - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
D'Arienzo, Juan - TOTW - Todo Tango tango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
De Angelis, Alfredo - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store
Demare, Lucio - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Donato, Edgardo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Fresedo
, Osvaldo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Laurenz, Pedro - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Lomuto, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Orquesta Tipica Victor - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Pugliese, Osvaldo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Rodriguez, Enrique - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Tanturi, Ricardo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Troilo, Anibal - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Varela, Héctor - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store 

Tandas by category:

Favorite tandas by Dj Antti Suniala - All the favorites on Spotify
Tandas by guest DJ's

Tango - Vals - Milonga tandas

1920's - 1930's - 1940's - 1950's tango music

Tandas with vocals
Instrumental tandas
Tandas with both instrumentals and vocal songs


Individual tandas available on Spotify are marked with the Spotify logo. Click here for the full playlist of all tandas on Spotify.

Tanda of the Week is now also available in Deezer.com. The individual tandas available on Deezer are marked with the Deezer logo. Click here for the Tanda of the Week on Deezer profile.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tanda of the Week 10/2015 - Black Magic - Mixed orchestras - DJ Antti Suniala

De Angelis, Rotundo, Varela and D'Arienzo


1. Alfredo De Angelis / Oscar Larroca - "Volvamos a empezar" 1953
2. Francisco Rotundo / Floreal Ruíz - "Resignate hermano" 1952
3. Héctor Varela / Argentino Ledesma - "Un remordimiento" 1955
4. Juan D'Arienzo / Jorge Valdez - "Destino de flor" 1957


http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/1HuHsYTsMsFMstkhNO0X4ihttp://www.deezer.com/playlist/1167936751This weeks tanda is an experiment into the dark arts and black magic of mixing songs from different orchestras into one tango tanda. Mixing orchestras in a tanda is not common practise and is generally frowned upon especially when not done well. Most common and more accepted examples of it are the milonga and even vals tandas with songs from many orchestras, often partly due to a lot more limited amount of recordings in both styles. I am not quite sure if the term "Ronda de ases" is used only for a tanda consisting of the greatest hits of tango from several orchestras put into one tanda - like a super romantic tanda from Canaro's "Poema" and Fresedo's "Buscandote" etc. - or if can be used in general for a tango tanda of mixed orchestras even if the songs are not such standard super hits? Here I experiment with the latter option.

The journey to the dark side began when I came across Rotundo's "Resignate hermano" and thought it sounded suprisingly a lot like a mix of early 50's De Angelis, Varela and D'Arienzo. So to pass time on my bus tour* I tried to find songs that'd go well with it. I was juggling many songs from all the other three orchestras and the tanda turned out like this... for now.

I personally don't look for DJ's to mix orchestras in tango tandas, although I might tolerate one mixed tanda in a set, but rather have the difference between tandas provide enough variation and inspiration for the dancers. I think, at least for me, mixing orchestras is more acceptable when the songs or orchestras are not super well-known. I know many DJ's do it with some early 30's music. I've done it on the blog earlier in similar style with a tanda of Orquesta Tipica Victor, Provincianos and Donato. One of the fundamental ideas for a tanda is to have a consistent style and mood throughout the tanda, a task which can be possible even with the mixing of the orchestras. Sometimes you might find a great song but the same orchestra doesn't have enough songs for a great tanda and you want to look a bit further into similar songs from other sources. However, when it comes to true classics, I really would not want anyone mixing for example Troilo/Fiorentino and Di Sarli/Rufino even if the DJ in their mind could come up with some kind consistency and similarity.

Of course it could be argued that the orchestras and songs of this tanda of mine are fairly well-known (or could it?) but for example I chose to go with D'Arienzo/Valdez because the song and style is not the most common to D'Arienzo... I tried some songs from the earlier 50's with Laborde and Echague but found that Jorge Valdez as a singer also matched the other singers (Larroca, Ruiz and Ledesma) better. From Varela I was thinking of going with "Moneda de cobre" but thought of "El remordimiento" as a slightly softer choise for this rather massive and strong tanda. Maybe I could've also looked into the Varela recordings with Rodolfo Lesica.

I found out that by pure luck, or guidance from the tango devils, "El remordimiento" is actually composed by Francisco Rotundo. Rotundo also recorded "Destino de flor" with Alfredo del Río. I tried hard to find a connection for Rotundo and the De Angelis song to satisfy my tango geek side as well, but failed to do so.

Now... if you find yourself behind the decks at a very traditional milonga, it's probably not a great idea to play something like this. If you feel like your crowd is ready for some experimentation then this tanda might work. If you think they'll like the opening track then they'll probably enjoy the rest of the tanda too. I sure would rather dance to this than 50's D'Arienzo/Echague, which always rubs me the wrong way.

Anyway.... the tanda is an experiment. I even thought of saving it for an April Fool's tanda and mark all the songs to be recorded by Rotundo and see how fast my readers realize the mixing of orchestras... but the Spotify/Deezer playlists would've of course given it away too soon.

So my friends and enemies. Do you think these songs have a consistent enough style to be mixed into one tanda? Would you even notice the difference in styles? Would you recommend other songs to improve the tanda? Have you played or danced to any great tango tandas of mixed orchestras?

Enjoy!

PS. I updated the neglected complete TOTW playlist on Spotify!

De Angelis, Alfredo - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store
Rotundo, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store
Varela, Héctor - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
D'Arienzo, Juan - TOTW - Todo Tango tango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store

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THE BUS TOUR*

I just finished a two week tour of 3200 km by bus... I played in Vilnius (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia), Helsinki and Tampere (Finland) and Lodz and Warsaw (Poland). The hours of sitting in busses and the recovery was made a lot easier by the great tango communities, dancers, organizers and my hosts. Thank you all!




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tanda of the Week 09/2015 - Anibal Troilo / Alberto Marino - DJ Antti Suniala

...or Biagi: "La marca de fuego"!

After a short recovery from the endless hours of dancing at the Tango Frostbite festival, the Finnish tango scene already has it's sights on the second highlight of the year; The second edition of the Tangosauna marathon is coming up again in June 12th-14th and the registration starts tomorrow on Wednesday the 25th of February!

I will be playing at the marathon again and in the great company of DJ's Andrés Molina, Sandro Puliti, Analía LaRubia Del Giglio, Fatih KaçmazBernt Andreas Drange and Jenni Valli.

So join us for the white nights, swimming and some very hot tangos and saunas...!

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1. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Uno" 1943
2. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Cotorrita de la suerte" 1945
3. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Fuimos" 1946
4. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Sombras nada más" 1944


http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1160883241http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/27e8641VxoTDdwuTBeugQpHere's another tanda I played last Thursday at the Tango Frostbite festival in Finland. I was happy to hear that the maestros in attendance greatly appreciated my selection of Buenos Aires style music and afterwards I received detailed compliments and feedback from both Javier Rodriguez and Horacio Godoy, who especially liked this tanda.

I'll say one thing about the tanda or Troilo/Marino tandas in general. Here is where we cross from the well-known earlier Troilo recordings, both instrumental and songs with Francisco Fiorentino, into the slighly less-known and more challenging tangos from 1943 and beyond. These songs are more appreciated in Buenos Aires but the scenes in Europe (at least) seem to be catching up. However, what I hear from many DJ's is that, out of the 40 something Troilo/Marino tangos, they're playing a lot of the lesser-known songs and arrangements that are more difficult to dance to. I'd say it's good to remember that just like with Pugliese, that if you choose the most well-known and danceable songs you can find - it is still Pugliese. Meaning that the music still has all the qualities that make Pugliese so amazing but is less challenging. And the same goes for Troilo with Marino. You don't always need to select the most special songs in trying to get maximum results. Of course everything depends on everything else you play in your set, but I assure that you will get great and often even better results with such a tanda like this which has three compositions Uno, Fuimos and Sombras... straight from the top100 of the tango history.

Enjoy!

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Here's more information of Alberto Marino from TodoTango:

Alberto Marino (26.4.1923 – 21.6.1989).

"The bandoneonist Aníbal Troilo heard him sing and suggested the latter to join the former's outfit. Marino had already made an agreement to join the orchestra of Rodolfo Biagi, but accepted Troilo's suggestion, and worked with him from 1943 until 1947.

For many people it was the singer's best time, his renditions of the tangos "Tres amigos", "Fuimos" and "Tal vez será su voz" are authentic jewels, among many others, of his contribution to the history of tango. 

After that successful stage he decided to start his career as soloist. His first orchestra was conducted by the violinist Emilio Balcarce,the same one with whom he had begun in 1939. Later the bandoneonist Enrique Alessio took over the leadership of his orchestra and some time later he is replaced by the Uruguayan musician, Héctor María Artola.

He admired Gardel and Charlo, but when he was asked about who influenced on his expression and phrasing, he invariably answered: Antonio Rodríguez Lesende. A singer hardly known, whose recordings are very hard to find and that are around sixteen renditions. [edit: listen to Di Sarli/Lesende "Milonga de Centenario" and you can hear the similarities in their singing styles]"

- by Ricardo García Blaya, Todo Tango


Troilo, Anibal - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Marino, Alberto - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store 


http://marathon.tango.fi/registration

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tanda of the Week 08/2015 - Canaro Milongas - DJ Antti Suniala

Photo by Hernan Ohaco

1. Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "No hay tierra como la mía" 1939
2. Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "La milonga de Buenos Aires" 1939
3. Francisco Canaro  - "Reliquias porteñas" 1938
 
http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/5pKVomqvF3RsiWplOuxxaEhttp://www.deezer.com/playlist/1158079321Greetings from the Tango Frostbite festival in Helsinki Finland! I had the honor to play the lovely opening milonga of the festival and this is one of the tandas of my set. In the five and a half hour milonga I played four milonga tandas, which were a slower Canaro tanda as the first one, followed later by milongas from Troilo and Laurenz and then as the last milonga tanda I played this one. I chose very classic milongas for all tandas and I really like to keep it that way especially when I play bigger festival milongas like this. Keep it classy and strong and don't be afraid of uptempo milongas! Actually "No hay tierra como la mia" sounds more uptempo than it eventually is. But it's a great strong start for a milonga tanda. Be sure to check out the Lomuto version of the song (Spotify / Deezer), which is probably even better!

Canaro, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store

http://frostbite.tango.fi/

Monday, February 9, 2015

Tanda of the Week 07/2015 -
Di Sarli / Famá 1929/1931 -
DJ Antti Suniala

Ernesto Famä

1. Carlos Di Sarli - "No cantes Victoria" 1929
2. Carlos Di Sarli / Ernesto Famá - "Flora" 1930
3. Carlos Di Sarli / Ernesto Famá - "Maldita" 1931
4. Carlos Di Sarli / Ernesto Famá - "Chau Pinela" 1930


http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/6c5zYsvThPucSaiXnSbrzy
http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1144875851From the late 1950's Di Sarli let's make a jump to where it all started. Here's a tanda of some of Di Sarli's very first recordings. I really enjoy dancing to the funky "Chau pinela" which is sometimes marked as a tango-milonga. Enjoy!

Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store


Friday, February 6, 2015

Tanda of the Week 06/2015 - Juan D'Arienzo instrumentals - DJ Antti Suniala

DJ Antti Suniala - Tango Salon Festival, Lodz, Poland

First of all, I'm happy to announce a few more gigs for this year. I have the honor and pleasure of playing again at both the Tangosauna Ultimate Tango Marathon in Finland and the Tango d'Amore Festival in Ukraine. I also hope to see you many of you at the Frostbite Tango Festival in Finland very soon!

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1. Juan D'Arienzo  - "Maipo" 1939
2. Juan D'Arienzo  - "Derecho viejo" 1938
3. Juan D'Arienzo  - "El pollito" 1939
4. Juan D'Arienzo  - "Felicia" 1939

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/1PWTdER548eDPl1orFY0pw http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1141188411So I was promising something very classic for this weeks tanda and here's one of my absolute favorites. The tanda still goes a bit into the extremes (next week something more chill?) as all of the songs are very uptempo and probably some of the strongest instrumentals you can find from D'Arienzo. I remember playing this one in the Tango Salon Festival in Lodz, Poland and receiving applauses from the appreciative dancers.

Rodolfo Biagi is always praised for his playing and input in the D'Arienzo orchestra in 1935-1938. Here in these songs the piano is played by the long time successor Juan Polito and in my opinion the man is on fire. Love this stuff!

There's quite a difference in quality of the tracks on the playlists provided... While the
Meta Fierro - Yunta Brava release with "Maipo", "Derecho viejo" and "Felicia" is in truly great quality and surely one of the best available, it was very difficult to find a good quality version of "El pollito". If you want to play the song in a milonga I'd recommend finding another better version than this. Unfortunately I'm not sure which release I could recommend. A lot of the early discography is available at www.tangotunes.com and hopefully they'll include even more songs soon in their store.

Enjoy!

D'Arienzo, Juan - TOTW - Todo Tango tango.info - iTunes Store

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tanda of the Week 05/2015 - Francisco Canaro y Nelly Omar



1. Francisco Canaro / Nelly Omar - "La canción de Buenos Aires" 1947
2. Francisco Canaro / Nelly Omar - "Canción desesperada" 1946
3. Francisco Canaro / Nelly Omar - "Sentimiento gaucho" 1947
4. Francisco Canaro / Nelly Omar - "Sus ojos se cerraron" 1947


http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/4LA1TS9LliNjxobZskQkyEhttp://www.deezer.com/playlist/1129829001For this weeks post, I wanted to go back to some real classics of tango, since quite many of the blogs recent tandas have been pushing past the most traditional views of traditional tango. However I happened to stumble upon these songs by Canaro with Nelly Omar and was very pleasantly suprised and thought I'd share them with you all. So let's get back to the true classics next week.

There are not many tangos recorded with female vocalists and only a fraction of those would be concidered suitable for dancing. Canaro recorded also with Ada Falcón and Tita Merello, Edgardo Donato with Lita Morales and Donato Racciatti with Nina Miranda. Out of these it is probably Lita Morales who you might hear in milongas the most but only when sharing the spotlight with one or two of her male colleagues. So finding these songs was refreshing for me. Especially because the songs have such a good traditional structure and Canaro's orchestra, for once, doesn't bring the trademark wind instruments to the forefront and they've pulled the plug off the hammond organ and they actually sound like a.... like a tango orchestra. I'm sorry, I had to say it. I do not like all the extra instruments personally.

If you want to have a more generally recognizable song as the first one to open the tanda... I'd suggest "Sentimiento gaucho".

So what do you think? Could this be the best tango tanda with a female vocalist out there? Or am I forgetting someone and/or you'd rather give the honors to someone else?

Enjoy and have a nice week!

Canaro, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tanda of the Week 04/2015 - Di Sarli con Pomar, Duran, Casares y Florio 1950's


Hello all and a happy New Year! Sorry for taking my time to start the new year here at Tanda of the Week but I've been extremely busy with a couple of things. One of them being playing at and greatly enjoying the Tango Remolino DJ Festival in L'viv Ukraine just after Christmas. The festival was 12 days long (!!!) but I only had the chance to play the opening night and stay for two more days/nights of dancing. Highly recommended.

The main thing I was busy with however was the directing of a new show for my fire circus and dance company Walkea. A full month of rehearsals and a lot more time taken for producing the show ended with the 10 shows for a total amount of 28,000 people in the Lux Helsinki festival in Finland. I'm currently preparing our promotional videos and material... but for a sneak peak you can look at some amazing photographs from the performances.

And one of the things I'm busy with now is the promotion of my DJ career and looking for opportunities to play in milongas and festivals and everything in between in 2015 (and 2016 since many events book DJ's very early). So here's a reminder to you all that I am indeed a full time artist and I love to DJ as much as I can and I'm willing to travel a lot in order to do so. Any help in passing my CV (pdf) to the right people or recommending or requesting me to play goes a long way and is much appreciated! Greatly due to other tango fanatics and their help I've been very fortunate to play around the world and meet a lot of great people in doing so. And at least for the next few years I think I'll stay on the road. In fact I'm planning to put two of my passions together and do a few DJ tours on bicycle this year.

Here are some of my already public tour dates: 
  • 27.06. Midnight Light Tango Festival, Umeå, Sweden 
  • 06.06. Tango Alegria 10 year Anniversary, Kuopio Finland
  • 18.05. StudiLONGA, Halle
  • 19.04. La Luna, Antwerp
  • 18.04. La Roca, Amersfoort Netherlands
  • 16.04. Estar Bien, Antwerp
  • 14.04. Los Locos, Amsterdam
  • 12.04. La Tangueria, Brussels 
  • 24.02. Teerenpeli, Tampere, Finland
  • 19.-22.02. Tango Frostbite Festival, Helsinki
  • 14.02. Balta Pirts, Riga, Latvia
  • 13.02. Milonga Tipica, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 24.01. Bailongo, Berlin   

Hope to see you at a milonga!
All the best,

DJ Antti Suniala

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1. Carlos Di Sarli / Mario Pomar - "Domani" 1952
2. Carlos Di SarliJorge Durán - "Nubes de humo" 1958
3. Carlos Di Sarli / Horacio Casares - "Hasta siempre, amor" 1958
4. Carlos Di Sarli / Roberto Florio - "Derrotado" 1956

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/6jTbYADUMG7eL6dw6yeufW
http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1124625341I hope you don't mind me sharing another Di Sarli tanda. This tanda is made not only to put beautiful songs together but also to showcase four of the finest singers Di Sarli recorded with in the 1950's. I also wanted to choose songs that are slightly more uptempo than a lot of the Di Sarli recordings from the 50's. Uptempo in this case basically means midtempo or slower midtempo but still uptempo compared to the majority of the recordings. Also these songs are on the shorter spectum of (1950's) song lenght as they are around the 2:45-2:55 mark. This should give the tanda a lot of energy on top of the beauty of the songs.

There's a bit of a time leap between the first two songs going from 1952 to 1958 but if you have "Domani" in good quality this should be no problem. Also, to my ears, this version on Spotify/Deezer sounds a little bit too fast. My version from the Tango Digital Archive shellacs is a bit slower.

Enjoy!

Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tanda of the Week 49 / 2014 - Anibal Troilo - DJ Michael Lavocah

 

1. Aníbal Troilo / Floreal Ruíz - "Confesión" 1947
2. Aníbal Troilo / Floreal Ruíz - "La noche que te fuiste" 1945
3. Aníbal Troilo / Floreal Ruíz - "Mis amigos de ayer" 1946
4. Aníbal Troilo / Edmundo Rivero - "Sur" 1948



http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/5sSC78PSZpDBGMmI3fPhjp
http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1067950651This week I have the pleasure of featuring a beautiful tanda from Michael Lavocah, the author of the highly acclaimed "Tango Masters: Aníbal Troilo" and "Tango Stories: Musical Secrets". And as my readers might have noticed, the blog has featured plenty of tandas of Anibal Troilo earlier, and nothing makes me happier than publishing another one. Here's what Michael wrote about the tanda and the music of Troilo from the late 40's:



In the early days of the tango revival, the only Troilo we heard at the milonga was the brilliant 1941 sides with Fiorentino. It was the only Troilo we had at the time. It is also the most accessible dance music Troilo ever recorded, the music that sounds most like the other bands. It's such a pity that he recorded almost nothing in the years 1937-1940 - we would play a lot more Troilo in the milonga if he had.

As more of Troilo's recordings began to be released, they were not particularly well received by the modern public. The energy of the sides from 1942 is often radically lower than those from 1941, and we didn't know how to listen to more sophisticated music. Many communities stuck to the "easier" 1941 sides.

The situation is much better now, with Troilo-Marino regularly played at many milongas and even chosen for performances. But Troilo's later sides from the 1940s - still very much from his dance era - are still relatively rare flowers at our milongas. This is perhaps the most sophisticated dance music ever recorded, requiring plenty of active listening. It won't be suitable for every tango environment, but it's music I wish were better known. Much if it has more energy than the mid 1940s sides which have now become accepted.


This is a real tanda I played at the High Noon Tango Marathon in Berlin this summer, August 2014. I played on Sunday afternoon from 12 noon to 6pm, with another DJ to follow me, and played this tanda in the last half hour, just before a milonga tanda. The level of the dancers was high and the room was really together, with a responsive crowd and a coherent flow on the dance floor, so I felt the tanda had a good chance of going down well.

The songs cover 1945-1948. Troilo's singers at this time are Floreal Ruiz, who is more lyrical, and Edmundo Rivero, whose voice is darker. Rivero's voice has a such a strong personality that I don't play tandas just of Rivero. Ruiz is an easier choice, but I wanted to see if I could finish with Rivero's "Sur", an outstanding tango (Troilo's favourite vocal tango) very seldom played at the milonga, so I made a mixed tanda.
"Confesión", known to many people from the lovely recording by the Orquesta Típica Porteña from 1931, makes a very strong opening with its crashing syncopations and dramatic lyric. After this, "La noche que te fuiste" is relatively soft and calming, but still a strong choice, even if it's not as common at the milonga as Caló's slightly simpler version. The third song, "Mis amigos de ayer" is the weakest song in the tanda - still a five star song however, and a good match to the previous one. "Sur" then provides the emotional highlight. Because of the large dynamic range in this song (at the end Rivero drops his voice almost to a whisper), the DJ needs to be ready to tweak the volume, but in this case it wasn't necessary because the dancers were all in the music and room was completely quiet - just as it should be.

- Michael Lavocah

You can read more about Troilo's dance music in his book, "Tango Masters: Aníbal Troilo", available on amazon or direct from him at www.tangomusicsecrets.com
 
 


Troilo, Anibal - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tanda of the Week 47 / 2014 - Anibal Troilo - Instrumental milongas - DJ Antti Suniala

First World Tango Problems - pt. 2

1. Aníbal Troilo - "La trampera" 1951
2. Aníbal Troilo - "Mano brava" 1952
3. Aníbal Troilo - "De pura cepa" 1942

Bonus track: Aníbal Troilo - "Nocturna" 1961
 
http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/6e2PPD1YBfOqDRsjzKVIJuhttp://www.deezer.com/playlist/1054544201One of the finest milongas from Anibal Troilo in my opinion is his own composition "La trampera", which was recorded first in 1951 and later again in 1962 with Roberto Grela (Spotify) and also in 1969 (Spotify). I wanted to create an instrumental milonga tanda starting with "La trampera" and here's how it turned out.

"Mano brava" (by Manuel Buzon) was originally recorded with the singer Francisco Fiorentino in 1941 and in 1952 Troilo recorded an instrumental version. The second version is very identical to the vocal version, although slightly slower and ofcourse without the vocals. In fact it is without the vocal part entirely, making the song that much shorter also and the song might feel like it ends too soon.

For the third instrumental there weren't that many to choose from. It would be either "De pura cepa" from 1942... or "Nocturna" from 1961, which is a rather, may I say, "epic" milonga composed by none other than Julian Plaza.

"Nocturna", like many other compositions by Plaza such as "Payadora", is popular with modern performing orchestras and is more often a part of a tango documentary soundtrack than an actual selection of a tango DJ. However I've enjoyed dancing to the song many times when played by a live orchestras so I personally could stomach the song as the original recording by the one and only Anibal Troilo.

DJ's should note the differences in sound quality and I'd suggest editing a mono version of "Nocturna" to get rid of some of the panning of instruments for a more balanced sound when played in a milonga.

Enjoy! You can check all the other milonga tandas on TOTW here!

P.S. The unrelated picture is a tango-meme of mine and a  part of the "First world tango problems" series.



Troilo, Anibal - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store