Tango’s Revenge: Introduction (04:01)
Ten years after the economic collapse, tango music and dance are reviving the street life of Argentina. Carlos Copello is the owner of a tango school and is a tango dancer himself; Juan Fabbri is the owner of several tango clubs throughout Buenos Aires.
Tourist Tango (05:32)
Mariano Gonzalez Calo and Federico Maiocchi are both students at a tango school and are members of a popular tango band in Latin America. A musician explains the new tango is part of a political renaissance and is a rejection of foreign music, particularly American music; tourist tango is considered to be a cheap version of the music.
New Tango (05:36)
Pauline Nogues says tourist tango, though less enjoyable, should still be considered the tango; hear the Orchestra Tipica Andariega playing lively tango music. Eighty percent of Argentinians who listen to tango are dancers; the Orlando Goni School was created by musician Julian Peralta who says tango is music that is bad but loud.
Folk Music of Buenos Aires (05:33)
Lucas Furno discusses the different way musicians find tango as he prepares for a performance with his band; hear the band Vice Versa playing in a club. Brothers Emiliano and Lautaro Greco are both members of a tango band; Greco explains tango is a commercial product in the tourism market.
Destroying the Tango (06:01)
Astor Piazzolla was the first musician to revolutionize tango music during the golden age of tango; historian and musician Ignacio Varchauski talks about how in the 1940s there was 25 years of very well-trained musicians in tango. Leopoldo Federico began playing in orchestras in the 1940s and is now one of the most well-known tango musicians.
Learning to Play the Tango (06:35)
Peralta began as a jazz and rock musician before he discovered the tango later on in his music career; Martijn van der Linden says it's not enough to just play an instrument along with the music when playing the tango, musicians must have superior timing and feel connected to the music.
Rejecting American Culture (03:19)
At the Avellaneda School of Popular Music, Peralta teaches the tango method to a group of young students. In the 1990s in Argentina, playing rock music was another way the people were succumbing to the weight of cultural imperialism.
South American Culture (05:25)
Following Argentians bankruptcy, the people began rioting in the streets, and this crisis gave the young people another reason to play the tango. Jose Texido of the Amores Tango Orchestra, says they are fashioning the culture of the country through their music.
Tangos Second Golden Age (05:26)
American tango dancer Angel Price says she moved to Buenos Aires because she loved the energy of the city which sets it apart from other Latin America cities. Many musicians believe tango is going into its second golden age; a musician explains the instrument the bandoneon originated in Germany.
Future of the Tango (09:47)
The Festival de Tango de Buenos Aires is directed by Gustavo Mozzi and was created when the tango reappeared in the 1990s; Mozzi explains diversity is essential to the festival. There is no government support of the tango, but composers still take creative risks.
What is Tango? (05:51)
Musicians in Buenos Aires describe the tango not as a set of instruments or a style of dance, but a philosophical concept; see a group playing the tango on the streets of the city. Buenos Aires is the center of social advances and cultural awareness in South America.
Credits: Tango's Revenge (04:27)
Credits: Tango's Revenge
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