July 31st 2015
Since I dance Tango I have heard a lot of Tango Ensembles live on stage. I can say, I have also listened to a lot of good orchestras! Today I would like to recommend an european ensemble from the south of France: Collectif Roulotte Tango
For my pleasure I had the chance to listen this wonderful musicians for three times - and every gig was great! For shure: They have a personal style and a brilliant singer. But: For me they also have one feature that counts for me - they are able to play several styles of the famous orchestras from Buenos Aires. They play Piazzolla and Pugliese very good (in this case they are not alone) and they play interpretations of D'Arienzo, Di Sarli, Biagi, Donato, Caló and Troilo ... and You can hear the different characteristics in the timing, phrasing and in the energy. Just one example: "Carnaval de mi Barrio" from Donato sounds so energetically in the Bandoneóns and so heartwarming in the Chorus that I was really overwhelmed.
It is a great pleasure to listen to them for an orchestral set and also terrific to dance to their interpretations, because - and this is an additional feature - they also play in Tandas with Cortinas. That's music good for dancers - for Tangueros and for Milongueros!
More Information you may find on their official homepage: Collectif Roulotte Tango
One of the CDs is available in Germany at Kiosko of Tangodanza.
Here follow some examples from YouTube:
June 23rd 2015
In the net I found a short and interesting article about the light in a Milonga or at a Tango event. A lot of dancers like it dark and not too bright. Maybe it is a kind of personal taste. But there are some points they would count for more light in a Milonga.
"Dancing in the dark
Event organiser: “People don’t want light milonga venues. One girl said that if it’s light, everybody will see it if she makes mistakes.
Dancing at a milonga never felt scary to me. It’s just a room filled with amateurs dancing with other amateurs. We all make various amounts of “mistakes”. I do understand that if one feels insecure about one’s own dancing, one might feel more exposed or vulnerable in a brightly lit room. (...)"
You can read the article here: Tango Immigrant - Dancing in the dark
May 26th 2015
Patrick Rudin from Basel writes a Blog. There I have found an articel from Jean-Michel Ledeur about the obvious and the hidden codes of a good working Milonga, thankfully translated into German by Patrick. In my opinion this short article is worth to read for everybody who is interested in traditional Tango.
The original article is Enlish and you can find the parts here:
[ German version / Deutsche Version:
Patrick Rudin aus Basel pflegt einen Blog. Dort habe ich einen Artikel von Jean-Michel Ledeur über die offensichtlichen und verborgenen Milongaregeln gefunden, den Patrick dankenswerter weise ins Deutsche übersetzt hat. Dieser Artikel ist meines Erachtens immer wieder lesenswert: kurz und knapp, ohne dass etwas wichtiges unter den Tisch fällt.
Das Original kommt aus dem Englischen, die Links dazu findest Du im Abschnitt oben. Hier geht es zur deutschen Version: Die offensichtlichen sowie die verborgenen Regeln einer Milonga ]
April 13th 2015 - actualized May 21st
"Abrazos de Corazon" is a small familiar Encuentro in Carinthia, Austria, with international DJs and participants. Happening in an old castle it has a special atmosphere in case of the location. Participants do not only gather there to dance - they are also welcome to share time with the others, the atmosphere of happyness, spirit of friendship and heartwarming embraces.
Organizer: a group of friends in Austria and Slovenia
Location: Moosburg Castle, Moosburg, Carinthia, Austria
Date: optionally once a year - (last event: April 24th-26th 2015)
facebook event page 2015: www.facebook.com/events/1393739237591527
facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/381361501942487
- ancient ballroom - historic wooden floor (carefully prepared for Tango dancers) - international DJs - light is good for Cabeceo - seating places with free choice - included water, juices and some snacks - accommodation and meals in the hotels are extra
- good organisation - relaxed and pleasant atmosphere - very good Ronda - Cabeceo works good
I participated this Encuentro for three times (2013-2015) and I like it very much in case of its cosy and familiar atmosphere.