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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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They call it new tango—and for this group of young, gifted musicians, new is an understatement. The sounds rippling out of Argentina today have nothing to do with your father’s tango or even the strains you might hear at the tango dance school down the street. The nascent, percussive music being played in little clubs and on street corners is more world beat than tango. Full of anger and tragedy, jazz rhythms and rock beats, new tango music pulsates like Buenos Aires itself. Tango’s Revenge tells the story of this musical revolution and how a group of gifted young artists has taken as their mission to redefine the sound and culture of one of the great musical genres of the world: tango. Part of the wave of progressive ideas that is sweeping through Latin America, these musicians see their music as a way to restore pride and independence to their beloved Argentina. For these young men and women, the battle cry is “tango or death!” Keying on Julian Peralta, the genius and driving force behind the creation of a whole movement of young tango musicians called la máquina tanguera, the film looks at the sacrifices and determination of these young artists as they struggle to survive in Buenos Aires, a city given over to “souvenir tango,” the glitzy, schmaltzy kind of tango music and dance that began flourishing in the early 1980s and has since taken over the city. Caught between the lucrative commercial tango for tourists and the burgeoning electronic tango sweeping the world (such as Gotan Project in Paris and Otros Aires in Barcelona), groups like Astillero, Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro, Ciudad Baigon, and others soldier on, trying to make tango truly popular once again with Argentines the way it was before decades of military rule under which the music was banned. In the spirit of Buena Vista Social Club, which introduced an amazing group of Cuban jazzmen to the world, Tango's Revenge introduces to a large audience a group of formidable young musicians—as well as the city that nurtures them, Buenos Aires—and plunges us into the heart of Argentina today.

Length: 71 minutes

Item#: BVL150301

ISBN: 978-1-64347-698-8

Copyright date: ©2012

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