Almost perfect

by Stuck in Customs It was my first tanda in the milongas with her. In the break between two dances at the legendary milonga at Club Sunderland, I was chatting with la preciosa, who later became one of my dearest tango friends. She asked me if I knew who was dancing (the exhibition) that night, and I confirmed, that yes, of course I knew. It was the very reason I went there that night, in fact. [Read More]

Tango Vía in El Tangauta

by Leo Reynolds If youfound the Tango Vía project interesting, there is a full article in the current edition of El Tangauta (No 178). You can get the entire magazine as pdf if you register at their website. All quotes are from English version of the interview in that edition. In addition, there is a lot of interesting reading on the Tango Vía project’s web site (in Spanish) about how they do the digital copies. [Read More]

Homenaje a los milongueros -- the show

Marisa Galindo was directing a show in honor of the milongueros, and she is now posting footage from this show on youtube for all of us to see! The show was filmed on the 16th of October 1991, Homenaje a los Milongueros de Buenos Aires. I have seen fragments of this show before, but didn’t know the source, and this seems to be much better quality and I think complete. Truth to be told, I haven’t had time to watch it all yet, but I will, and I will watch it again. [Read More]

In search for the authentic

by MR38 We love our Argentine Tango (or maybe Tango Argentino) to be sure. Do not bastardize it, please. We want the real thing! On the other hand, there is no one tango. Tango is a living expression of the people who play, sing, listen to and dance it. My tango is different from yours, or I sure hope so. Not too different, but a little different. That’s what makes it interesting. [Read More]

Walking on high heels

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“599” caption=“Cinderella discovers the risk involved in dancing too wildly while wearing glass shoes”][/caption] Sure he was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, backwards... and in high heels. I had the pleasure of dancing with a woman in Buenos Aires who really knew how to operate her feet. She worked in television in her country, and was known as ’the woman that knows how to walk on high heels’. [Read More]

--A labour of love that needs more lovers

by alexkerhead Man of action. Man of ambition: [Tango Vía](http://www.tangovia.org/), the organization this tango double-bass player from the famous [Orquesta El Arranque](http://www.orquestaelarranque.com.ar) presides, is up to nothing less than archiving every single tango recording in a super-high definition, archive-grade digital format, following strict technical processing that will drastically enhance the sound quality to make it an almost-perfect match to the pristine original. [Buenos Aires Herald](http://buenosairesherald.com/PrintedEdition/View/4262) Wonder how we could help them succeed with this project, arranging some sort of fund raiser or something? [Read More]

From 'Band Union' to bandoneón?

by Rüdis Fotos What is the origin of the word bandoneón? Two competing theories exist. They both agree that the instrument is somehow named after the assumed inventor, Heinrich Band. The name ‘Band Union’ was used by Heinrich Band and partners, and it got mispronounced and reinterpreted in Argentina as bandoneón. The name was invented by Band or others based on the naming of other instruments such as the accordion, Band + ion was transformed into bandonion, which in turn became bandoneón in Argentina. [Read More]

Comme il faut (the shoes)

by Simba tango What I do understand: People (men and women) are crazy about these shoes. They look (and are) extremely sharp, sexy, are light and well balanced. In other words perfect for dancing. An image of exclusivity also helps, although it has faded a little the last few years. What I don’t understand: Why the competition hasn’t caught up. It surely can’t be that hard? After all, we are not talking rocket science. [Read More]

The Resistance

by mirsasha Tangocommuter is constructive and a man of action. Simba likes that. Following up on his own idea to distribute the homage to the milongueros, he has created a flyer, and I am happy to host it here at simbatango.com. The challenge is, in his own words: (...) print out a lot of copies, with an attractive picture, perhaps that of the entrance to Sin Rumbo, so that it looks like a regular leaflet, to leave on the table at the entry of every milonga we go to… Quietly sneaking in a little education in the milongas. [Read More]