Interview with Mariano 'Chicho' Frumboli

by parakulturado [T]oday there is a new generation that learned to dance 2,3 or 5 years ago, who only know how to do the new styles, the ganchos, the colgadas, but who are not in contact with everything that came before, and I go to the milongas and I see people that know how to move but that don’t know how to dance, people don’t breathe tango like they did before. [Read More]

Performance Insights

As I was uploading a couple of new videos at youtube, I noticed the ‘Attention’ ranking of my videos in the ‘Insights’ section. The video with most attention (showed by a red bar like in the illustration top centre) is a video showing Jorge Dispari and María ‘La Turca’ del Carmen at Confitería Ideal. At the time of writing, this video has been viewed 11 852 times. Youtube describes the calculation of the video ‘hot spots’ like this: ”The ups-and-downs of viewership at each moment in your video, compared to videos of similar length. [Read More]

Tailored for Tango

by wmacphail –Come back here! You are not entering the floor without buttoning your jacket! Her voice left no doubt, and the young aspiring dancer stepped back, buttoned his jacket and went back on the dance floor. He was smiling, but he would not commit the same error again. In one of my very first tango lessons, I was told that the Argentine dancers would never take off their jacket for dancing. [Read More]

Your most underrated skill set

eye-contactEye contact. According to American Airlines. Funny coincidence I saw this ad just a couple of days before we left for Buenos Aires, as we were flying AA. The photo is taken in San Telmo if I am not mistaken.

Does this mean AA know the cabeceo?

They canceled our flight, by the way, and the car seat did not fit in the seat, and they put us in the very back, so I can’t say we were very happy with them, hence no temptation to think it was destiny or anything…

Going, going, and...

Día de la bandera Argentina by Koluso, on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License by  Koluso

The airplane takes off with a roar.

Passing over woods.

Passing over cities.

Passing over lakes.

Passing over farmlands.

Passing over oceans.

Leaving a white stripe in the clear blue sky.

Going.

Going.

And gooone.

New CD from OT Fernández Fierro

by Simba tango The punk kids of tango just released another album. It looks like it is called Fernández Fierro, and is available at Zival’s/Tangostore. I used to be very enthusiastic about these guys, but after their last release Mucha Mierda (the photo above is from the release party at la Trastienda), I was a bit disappointed, much like Michael Lavocah was. Too harsh, brutal and little variation. But then, that is what they said about D’Arienzo in the 30s. [Read More]

The Golden Age Visualized

When was the Golden Age of tango, exactly? It is fairly common to say 1935-1955 mas o menos, but while I was playing around with the data at tango.info, I thought it would be fun to make a plot to **see when the Golden Age was. And here it is. ** These are the number of unique recordings in the database, so if a recording is issued on several cds, it is only counted once. [Read More]

Bring out your lion

by digitalART2 How could Simba not like a workshop that started by working with bringing out your inner lion? Not the little cute one, but the grown up, strong one? The day started rather low, though. –I am not feeling well, and I had been looking forward to this for so long. La princesa went straight back to bed and needed to stay there, it seemed. I was taking our little guy to his arts class, and she would go to the women’s technique class with Graciela. [Read More]