| There is
something magical about tango. May be it is the pulsating rhythm,
set against either a lyrical, rich and simple melody, or its percussive
rhythmic phrases. Tango is a unique form of dance music, which has
captured the hearts of people from all over the world, in a way,
which no other music has done. The accordion has become almost synonymous
with the tango, from its beginnings in its dance form, to its development
through to the modern tango.
On this recording, I hope to bring together a taste of everything.
Especially in my homeland of Australia, the tango is yet establising
its popularity in its more serious form. Therefore, I hope that
this will be a great introduction to those, who have yet to discover
the wonder of that great Argentinian composer, Astor Piazzolla,
or tango in its more pure and innocent form. The music of Astor
Pazzolla is very satisfying to play, with its intensely complex
rhythms and harmonies. On the other hand, there are some very beautiful
tangos, no less satisfying for their simplicity - in fact, that
is their wonder.
I'm sure you will find tango is an infection from which you won't
want a cure!
The Tango was first developed in Buenos Aires in Argentina and/or
Montevideo, Uruguay in the 19th century. It first appeared in the
slum areas where newly arrived Spaniards, Italians, Jews, and Eastern
Europeans were interspersed with the local displaced country folk
and African dockworkers. The European traditions were mixed with
the local folk music and African beat to form the early styles of
Tango. From this early primitive beginning it has spread throughout
the world, and is now witnessed everywhere from Tango Bars to Ballroom
In the 21st century, the tango has reached the stage where it has
become a culture of it's own. It is performed by many classical
musicians in concert, yet it is also heard in traditional popular
music venues. Originally it was performed by violin, guitar and
flute, but the bandoneon and/or accordion have taken the leading
role in tango music from the late 19th century, and no tango is
now complete without either accordion or bandoneon.
Astor Piazzolla, an Argentinian by birth who studied classically
in Paris, is credited with developing the sounds and rythms of the
Tango Neuvo. In more recent times, Tango Milonga, which is strictly
instrumental, has given away to Tango Neuvo, a more classical form
developed by Astor Piazzolla, himself a lover of both classical
and tango music.
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