After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Los Viejos de Tango
Two awesome tango documentaries came out recently that celebrate the old guard, la guardia vieja, of tango. More than a trend following the huge success of The Buena Vista Social Club, these movies also attempt to preserve the magic of music made by artists who will not be around for too much longer. Already several of the Cuban and Argentinian musicians from these films have passed on. Thank goodness we have them on film for posterity, to learn from and enjoy. (And to counterbalance the influence of tango electronico.)
In my dreams I imagine Buenos Aires in the old days, when one could go out any night of the week to hear these fabulous musicians play in great orchestras for the listening and dancing pleasure of tangueros. Truly, a golden age.
Here are some snippets to whet your appetite to find and watch the complete documentaries--well worth the time and effort if you love tango, if you love music, if you love history and culture.
Si Sos Brujo
Cafe de los Maestros