Nada Más - Tango canaro d'arienzo tango tango history Feb 11, 2022

Nada Más - Tango

© by Cosima Diaz Campos, 11 February 2022

The beautiful tango "Nada Más" is written by Juan D'Arienzo and Luis Rubistein (music & lyrics) in 1938. In this year, Juan D'Arienzo recorded his version with the singer Alberto Echagüe. This is probably the version that is most played at milongas, and that is often chosen for performances. The strong accents, the amazing syncopations and the sudden stops give dancers many options to be creative with their improvisations on the dance floor.  

Two arrangements by Canaro: one for dancers and one for listeners

In the same year, Francisco Canaro recorded two arrangements to this tango: one with singer Robert Maida and one with Ada Falcón. Tango has a long history of being both a music for dancers and a music for listeners. In this case you can hear the difference very clearly: the...

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Día de la Bailarina de Tango tango tango history Jan 29, 2022

© by Cosima Diaz Campos, 22 January 2022

Celebration Days in Argentina

In Argentina it is a custom to dedicate celebration days. These official and national Days of celebration are a symbol of recognizition.

Here are just a few examples: Día del Estudiante (Day of the Student), Día del Maestro (Day of the Teacher), Día del Camionero (Day of the Truck Driver), a del Médico (Day of the Medical Doctor), Día del Niño (Day of the Child), Día del Artista Plástico (Day of the Plastic Artists), and the list goes on.

Día del Bailarín de Tango

The Day of the Tangodancers is celebrated 7th of February, in honour of the passing of  José Ovidio Bianquet El Cachafaz, el 7 de febrero de 1942 en Mar del Plata at the age of 57, after his ultimate show on stage of El Rancho Grande. Since 1933 until...

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Gallo Ciego (Tango) tango tango history Jan 22, 2022

Gallo Ciego (Tango)

© by Cosima Diaz Campos, 22 January 2022

Agustín Bardi (1884 – 1941) composed the tango Gallo Ciego.
Gallo Ciego is a children's game (see photo).
Litterally Gallo Ciego means blind rooster.

The first recorded version I have found is by
Julio De Caro (1927).
The next recording I could find is 11 years later, by Ricardo Tanturi (1938 by Odeon).

Of course we don't know how many other tango orchestras have played Gallo Ciego at milongas, but we have at least these two recordings of 1927 and 1938.

It took another 21 years untill another version of Chiqué was recorded, played by Osvaldo Pugliese (1959 by Odeon). Although this was officially 'after the Golden Era', it still has the same signature style that Pugliese already had developed in the Golden Era, and the style that he played at packed full milongas with great success amongst the...

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Nada (Tango) music tango tango history Jan 21, 2022

Nada (Tango)

© by Cosima Diaz Campos , 21 January 2022

Let's listen to three interprations of the same tango: "Nada".
They were all recorded in 1944, the Golden Era of Tango.

The tango "Nada" was composed in 1944 by José Dames, and the lyrics were written by Horacio Sanguinetti.

Miguel Caló and singer Raul Iriarte were the first to record this new piece, with RCA-Victor. You can say it was an instant hit. A month later Di Sarli and Podesta recorded the piece with Odeon, and two months later Biagi and Alberto Amor recorded it with Odeon.

I can only imagine what it must have been like, in that time, when a new hit came out. The excitement of the dancers when they heard it for the first time! And the thrill for the musicians, when they found it and made the arrangements or made the improvisations of this new piece according to their orchestra style. Only one version...

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Tango Rhythms for Dancers music tango tango abc Dec 03, 2021

Tango Dance |  A few common Rhythms

© by Cosima Diaz Campos , 2 December 2021

The word rhythm is close to the ancient Greek word rhythmos, which is derived from the ancient Greek rhein, “to flow”. The ancient Greek concept of rhythmos probably refered to the momentary positions taken by dancers during the course of their performance.

Nowadays, in its most general sense,  rhythm is an ordered alternation of contrasting elements. The philosopher Matila Ghyka synthesizes as follows:
“Rhythm is the experience of orderly flow of a movement”.

Rhythm in nature
the rhythm of our breathing and of our heart beating, our circadian rhythms, the circle of the earth around the sun (night and day), the circle of the moon around the earth (tidal ebb and flow), etc.

Rhythm in arts
music, dance, poetry, performance art, painting, drawing, sculpture,...

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Root to Rise health mindfulness tango abc teaching Oct 27, 2021

27 October 2021, by Cosima Díaz Campos

In tango, as in nature, we root down in order to rise up. And we also rise up to root down. It's a two way stream.

Our tango embrace is build from the ground. A grounded stance is so important: we root to rise! From a solid, balanced standing position we can embrace each other in a free and comforting way. Without a good fundament from the body, the embrace will be easily used to correct our own imbalance or postural problems.

In our classes we emphasize how we use the connection to the floor to rise in our upright posture. The idea behind the phrase 'root to rise' is that every position and movement is built from the ground up.

Pada bandha (foot lock) is a yoga technique in which the soles of the feet are placed on the ground so the weight is evenly distributed in the foot. This pada bandha connects the body with the earth through the...

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Solo Tango biography tango teaching Oct 27, 2021

 Photo taken during a performance for the opening of the cultural season in Amsterdam (Uitmarkt, main stage), during the time that I only trained solo. Photographer: Bert Verleur.

20 October 2021, by Cosima Diaz Campos

This blog is about what solo tango training means to me, and why I think it is so important for every tangodancer.

Why I started solo tango training

At the start of my tangolife I trained solo. Mariano had a dance partner with whom he trained at least three times a week for a couple of hours, for their theatre shows, and he did not want to train with me. He only danced with me at milongas. He had taught his ex-girlfriend tango from absolute beginner to professional, and he did not want to fall into the same trap again. So his plan was to never dance professionally with his girlfriend. We all know that plan failed, but let's save that story for another time. In this...

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El Molinete mindset practice tango tango abc teaching Oct 12, 2021

12 October 2021, by Cosima Díaz Campos

El Molinete is the name of the 'windmill' figure in tango.  Classically, the molinete consists of a side step, front step, pivot forward, side step, pivot backward, and back step. The molinete can start in any of the four directions. When four steps are made around, we get a giro (full turn). When only three of the four steps are being made, we usually call it a media luna (half moon).

Although there are also combinations in which the leader walks the molinete around the follower, in most variations the follower walks the molinete around the leader in tango. The leader is in the middle, and can dance many different variations while the follower walks the molinete. The leader invites the follower to dance around him by continuously keeping the rotation in his spine to one side. The leaders' steps are build from combinations of changes...

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Tango in Kimono ikuo abo tango tango history Oct 02, 2021

1 October 2021, by Cosima Diaz Campos

In memory of the legendary tango singer Ikuo Abo (20 April 1937 - 1 September 2021).

Today I invite you to listen to the tango En Esta Tarde Gris (in this grey afternoon) played by Orquesta Típica Masaichi Sakamoto with singer Ikuo Abo, recorded in the 60's.

Ikuo Abo did not speak Spanish. He learnt all the lyrics of the tango phonetically.
His pronounciation is amazing, and his phrasing is impressive. Phrasing in tango singing is one of the most difficult aspects, and also one of the most important. The orchestra also plays impeccable, their timing and phrasing, their accents, the play with volume is wonderful.

Ikuo-san was born in Hirosaki, Aomori City, northern Japan. He began his career as a tango singer with his teachers, the Argentine musicians Ricardo Francia and Fernando Tell. Ikuo's breakthrough in Japan was in 1961, when he...
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Navigation on the dance floor tango teaching Sep 29, 2021

26 September 2021, by Mariano Diaz Campos

"When should we start teaching navigation on the dance floor to our beginner groups?" This is a question we regularly get from Tango teachers who join our lessons. Navigation on the dance floor is a special skill to learn, that can be supported by the teachers. 

For us the answer is undoubtelty: from the very first step. With an elegant balance and a caminada the navigation can be practiced really well from the very beginning. The caminada helps to dance in the ronda, and the balance is great to use to dance on the spot. Next is the cunita, a simple turn on the spot. This is useful for the leaders to learn to scan the dancers around them, and get a sense of the flow on the dance floor. Depending on the flow of the group of dancers, the leader can decide to walk forward, or to stay on the spot (turning or not). It is just as important to be...

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Mundial de Tango 2021 Sep 21, 2021

21 September 2021, by Mariano Diaz Campos

Update 26 September 2021
And the winners are...
Tango Salón:
Barbara Ferreyra, Agustin Agnez
Tango Escenario:
Emmanuel Casal, Yanina Muzyka

The 18th edition of the world championship tango is held from 16 - 26 September 2021. This festival is organised by the government, and the first edition was held in 2003. The championship consist of two categories: Tango Salón and Tango Escenario.

Tango Salón is characterized by preserving the popular tango style. The embrace cannot be broken while the music lasts,. Jumping is prohibited. By regulation, the jury is obliged to qualify mainly taking into account the musicality, the connection between the couple and the elegance of the walk. Improvisation and the use of popular choreographic figures (cortes, quebradas, corridas, barridas, sacadas al piso, enrosques, etc) is essential.

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Merceditas folklore maderna tango tango history Sep 12, 2021


12 Sep 2021 by Cosima Díaz Campos

Merceditas - Tango

Orquestra Símbolo Osmar Maderna
Direction: Aquiles Roggero (originally violinist)
Singers: Adolfo Rivas & Raúl Aldao
Composition & lyrics original chamamé: Rámon Sixto Rios
Arrangement for tango: presumably Osmar Maderna made the arrangement
Recorded in 1958.

Tangomusic & tangodance aficionados alike love the tango 'Merceditas'. The intro of this tango starts with the intense descending glissando by the violins, to continue with the peaceful and calming melody of this piece in e-minor. If the melody would be a landscape, I would see fields of granes waving in the wind.

After this intro the beat is picked up by the whole orchestra, with the sharp sounds of the bows of the violins on the string, to emphasize the rhythms. In this part, the violins continue with fast and accentuated...

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