Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Astor Piazzolla: Scent Of A Woman

from a tango history siteSee what Astor learned on St Marks Place :). Actually this isn't Piazzolla,the real name of this piece is ''Por una Cabeza,'' a tango by Carlos Gardel.
Alas, although endorsed during the Peron regime, neo-folkloric music gains in national popularity and tango unites disparate immigrant groups less as they assimilate into Argentine society. Ensembles replace large orchestras, concerts replace dances, and el nuevo tango appears with outstanding and disciplined musicians like bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla, who returns to Argentina after his New York childhood to fuse tango and jazz. For his audition, he performed Gershwin's famous Rhapsody in Blue.
Playing standing, Piazzolla introduced dissonance, chromatic harmony, and new rhythms.
Argentine tango was long ago absorbed and modified by ballroom dancers and many films such as Scent of a Woman, True Lies, and Assassination Tango, and on stage in productions such as Tango Argentino and Forever Tango.
Featuring Pablo Veron & Gisela Merino, professional shows like Tango Argentino promote tango today.
Today Argentine tango enjoys a subtle but pervasive worldwide re-emergence, perhaps promoted by traveling Argentine performers and instructors and well produced stages shows. The foundation of this revival, however, comprises literally scores of tango communities in which its nostalgic bohemian lifestyle and dramatic expression continues to fascinate local tangueros -- people like you and me!

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