Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tanda of the Week 47/2015 - Osvaldo Pugliese Instrumentals - DJ Antti Suniala

1. Osvaldo Pugliese - "Verano porteño" 1966
2. Osvaldo Pugliese - "Pata ancha" 1957
3. Osvaldo Pugliese - "Emancipación" 1955
4. Osvaldo Pugliese - "Patético" 1948

https://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/0Md2EsqX1YvtBBUwU55vSvSorry for the lack of updates recently. I was overwhelmed with my gigs and life in general in October.

http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1459412345This is a tanda that I played in two events in Germany the last month. First one was the "Tangotanzen Macht Schön" milonga in Berlin and the second was a Night of the Arts special milonga in the beautiful city museum of Schwerin. In "TTMS" I was asked to play a couple of alternative tandas but I somewhat dodged the task by playing a variation of this tanda from Ariel Ardit as well as this Pugliese tanda. I figured that playing the great Pugliese version of the Astor Piazzolla classic "Verano porteño" (Spotify/Deezer) would work well for the crowd. Although it's not one of Pugliese's best known or most popular recordings, the orchestra does a great job in, somewhat ironically, toning down the original composition into an arrangement that ends up being very danceable.

The rest of the tanda is put together from some of the biggest songs from the Pugliese instrumental discography. What I find interesting is that this tanda goes the unusual way in starting from the later recordings and going back in time towards the end. I didn't want to remain in the 60's recordings for the whole tanda and I also wanted to finish with a relatively clear structured song. Usually there's a huge change in the dynamics and quality of the songs when playing music from almost a 20 year time frame, but the 1948 "Patético" holds it's own remarkably well, due to strenght of the song itself (seriously.... this is one of absolute favorites) but also somehow being of great quality in comparison to some other songs from that time period. When I played the tanda I also made sure to have a long enough gap in between the songs and turn up the volume and bass a bit for the first moments of "Patético" to hide any differences in the sound qualities.

The tanda worked wonderfully well both in Berlin and in Schwerin, where this tanda was applauded.

If you (or even if you don't) like the earlier 40's Pugliese better then I recommend checking out the tanda with Roberto Chanel as the singer. I have put quite many Pugliese tandas on the blog but clearly there's still plenty of room for a lot more. I think I'll focus more on the earlier 40's instrumentals (which I play in every milonga) the next time.


Pugliese, Osvaldo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store