Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tanda of the Week 25/2016 - Juan D'Arienzo instrumental milongas!!!

1. Juan D'Arienzo - "El potro" 1949
2. Juan D'Arienzo - "La espuela" 1946
3. Juan D'Arienzo - "Milonga de mis amores" 1970

https://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/7iFNwsQlCSFu56XCxus8fXhttp://www.deezer.com/playlist/1951313742I had the pleasure of DJ'ing at the 3rd edition of the Tangosauna tangomarathon for the third time (!!!) and here's one of the milongatandas I played. I was scrolling through the D'Arienzo discography and was flirting with the idea of playing something like "Milonga que peina canas" (Spotify) but ended up going all instrumental. Unfortunately there are not many great instrumental milonga recordings from D'Arienzo but I felt like this tanda went down great and was nicely refreshing.


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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tanda of the Week 12/2016 - Ricardo Tanturi - Instrumentals - TangoTunes!

1. Ricardo Tanturi - "Recuerdo" 1942
2. Ricardo Tanturi - "Entre sueños" 1943
3. Ricardo Tanturi - "La huella" 1941
4. Ricardo Tanturi - "Mariposita" 1947

"The other Tanturi instrumentals" ----

http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1684364901One of the great fairly recent releases from TangoTunes is the compilation of all the instrumental songs recorded by Ricardo Tanturi in 1937-1947. The release has 16 songs and a few that many of us have surely been looking for in good quality for a while now. Please remember that while listening to the tanda you only have the best quality versions I was able to find on Spotify or Deezer. Be sure to listen to the samples provided on TangoTunes for all the songs.

We're more accustomed to hearing the Tanturi's uptempo instrumentals like the songs in this Tanturi instrumental tanda but his mix of melody and rhythm works well in the down/midtempo range as well. Tanturi recorded the Pugliese classic "Recuerdo" a few years before Osvaldo himself, and while it's not quite the match for Puglieses recording, there's nothing wrong in Tanturi's arrangement of this fine song. "Entre sueños" is a bit of a strange one and you can see how you like it in comparison to the vocal version of Miguel Caló and Raúl Berón. "La huella" is more rhythmical but has enough of melody to make it fit the tanda and my favorite "Mariposita" finishes the rather smooth tanda.

No fireworks but everything works. Probably best played early on in the milonga.

Between these and the "Comparsa Criolla"'s there's a mix of more rhythmical midtempo tracks like "Adios pueblo" and "Lagrimas" which are definitely worth checking out too.


Tanturi, Ricardo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tanda of the Week 11/2016 - Juan D'Arienzo - DJ Francesco Cieschi

1. Juan D'Arienzo - "Este es El Rey" 1971
2. Juan D'Arienzo / Osvaldo Ramos - "Sentimiento gaucho" 1965
3. Juan D'Arienzo - "Inspiración" 1967
4. Juan D'Arienzo / Osvaldo Ramos - "Mi dolor" 1972

https://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/2Jjv9fVAgcMphB3ARVORIqThis is a guest DJ tanda from Francesco Cieschi from Berlin. He's a part of the amazing team organizing the monthly Loca milonga in Berlin. Here's what he had to say about the tanda:

http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1649956961"Very well, here we have a very powerful tanda. Would I use these songs at any time? Of course not. But at the right moment, with the right people on the dance floor, this is a blast! 

 It starts with a shock. “Este es el rey” is a very peculiar and a very powerful song. Therefore I would suggest to "announce it" with a fitting high energy cortina, maybe not Norah Jones or Jeff Buckley. “Sentimiento Gaucho” is a very wellknown song, played also by many other orquestas, such as Canaro, Lomuto, Biagi, Racciatti, Varela and so on. Still powerful. The bandoneons rock, but there are also nice violins, voice and some piano 'easter eggs' to dance on. “Inspiracion”. Same thing, but instrumental. Very well known song played by many orchestras. Powerful, but still danceable. And also here, I love the piano 'easter eggs'. A light variation close to the end, getting ready for the last piece. 

Did I say it starts with a shock? It ends with a boom! “Mi dolor”, particularly this version, is one of the best tango songs ever! It's a matter of taste, but I'm really sure I'm not alone here, am I? Here I really don't need to say anything else. Power, beautiful voice and a crazy variation. It's fun, really. The overall mood and atmosphere of the tanda stays the same. I don't use it as a rule, in fact I don't have many rules, but changing abruptly the mood of a tanda doesn't make much sense for me. The third song leaves some space for a breath, here and there. And, at least regarding the songs with singer, we have the same theme. You know, a man was in love with a woman, this woman betrayed him, now he is suffering, he wants to forget her but he can't, and he would like to have her back. Well, it's not very original, but still."

Thank you Francesco!

Unfortunately the correct version of "Mi dolor" wasn't available on Spotify or Deezer (at least in Finland) so I had to replace the song with another version, which also has Osvaldo Ramos singing, but the version packs way less punch than the 1972 version with D'Arienzo.

Be sure to check out other tandas from Juan D'Arienzo!!

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

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tanda of the Week 07/2016 - Osvaldo Pugliese y Roberto Chanel - TangoTunes new releases!

The DJ's of Singapore Tango Marathon!

Greetings! It's been a long time since my last post and a lot has happened for me during that time. I had the great pleasure of playing twice at the Tango Remolino festival in Ukraine, we just finished the Helsinki Milonga Weekend in Finland and I'm looking forward to my up and coming gigs. I'm especially looking forward to returning to Singapore again in the end of April for the first edition of the Singapore Tango Marathon! Also the hottest marathon of all - Tangosauna - is happening in June again and I have the honor of playing there for the third time! Here are some of my tour dates: