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Tango: my life as a not-so-good leader

And you thought that YOU were the worst dancer in the world ?

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Richard Galliano 

One of my class partners is currently investigating the intricacies of alternative tango, neo-tango, tango nuevo, tango-fusion, electro-tango, tango-anything-you-name-it.
For the moment she's mainly gathering material: CDs, articles, URLs, videos. Then she will extract the ultimate truth. And it seems she has already found a lot of it (of material, not truth...)

Yesterday she proudly gave me one CD ("New York tango") by Richard Galliano, whom she said was Piazzolla's main heir. The name was completely unknown to me. If asked who he was, I would have answered maybe a fashion designer ("And now, ladies and gentlemen, here is Richard Galliano's lingerie Winter collection!")

So I'm listening to it, and it's clearly not to my liking. It's jazzy, and I don't like jazz. Some pieces are by Piazzolla, most of them by Galliano. The first half of Piazzolla's pieces played by Galliano sound tango-ish, but if I listen only to the second half of these pieces then I can't recognize them, Galliano's jazzy mind has taken precedence over Piazzolla's themes.

My partner was nuts about Galliano's "Adios Nonino" (on another album by Galliano), but I bet it's because she didn't know this title at all. I'll give her the Piazzolla's version.


posted by Pablo  # 3:26 AM
Comments:
Galliano is a fashion designer indeed. But it's John Galliano.
 
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