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Enjoy the interview with MIGUEL ÁNGEL ZOTTO who will share how he started dancing, and his thoughts on teaching and dancing tango (can we systematize how to teach tango? what are the most important movements? how should one lead, do giros, ochos...) and some other things. (Interview is in Spanish & English)
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Bajofondo, formerly known as Bajofondo Tango Club, is an Argentine-Uruguayan tango fusion collective led by Grammy-winning producer Gustavo Santaolalla. Bajofondo fuses acoustic tango with electronic music in a contemporary style representative of the Rio de la Plata music scene in the 21st century. Bajofondo is touring 78 cities in the U.S. this year--including D.C.'s infamous 9:30 Club--to promote it's newest album, Presente.
BAJOFONDO - SECRET MISSION
Jessica Zappia for Tango Dancers Blog
Bajofondo leader, Gustavo Santaolalla, spoke only once during the hour and a half concert in Washington, D.C. He introduced no band members, mentioned no names, and gave no thanks. He simply announced that in the city of secrets, Bajofondo has a not-so-secret mission – “to dance!” This of course made me and my fellow tangueros shout in approval. But there were others shouting for glee as well, because while only ten percent of the audience danced the tango, everyone can dance to Bajofondo. I admit that as a tanguera, I was oblivious to the presence of non-tango dancers at the 9:30 Club venue. However, the reality is that Bajofondo has survived on its non-tango fan base. The band even acknowledged its non-tango audience by changing its name from Bajofondo Tango Club to Bajofondo in 2008. And judging by the sounds of the newest album, the band will continue to appeal to a diverse fan base.
Over a third of the 21 songs from the DC concert were from the much-anticipated new Presente album. While critiqued as less “danceable” by local tangueros, this new album is a sign that Bajofondo is exploring, changing, and growing. No band can survive without evolving at least a little bit. This current evolution reminds me of rock music in a very electronica kind of way. More lyrics, and more sequences/djsets. Not surprising for an award winning Latin rock producer and film composer like Gustavo Santaolalla.
But beyond Santaolalla, on the stage, Bandoneonista Martin Ferres has always been the rock star and center of attention. He plays his instrument as both a musical and theatrical tool. He hops up and down on his right leg, so much so that you can see a noticeable difference in his left and right calf muscles through his skinny jeans. But Presente highlights the other members of the band in a fun way, through instrument swaps and vocals. Particular highlights from Presente included drummer Adrian Sosa doing vocals while violinist Javier Casalla covered the drums on Cuesta Arriba. The surprising role switch captivated me. I seemed to pay more attention to them now that they were playing “foreign” instruments.
On Olvidate, video jockey Veronica Loza projected the lyrics on the screen behind the band. Genius. This resulted in a full 9:30 Club sing along. Not a very tango-like approach, but very rock band-esque. And I loved it. In fact, many of the Presente album choruses were easy sing-alongs, winning my concert affection as I swayed and sang along. As if that weren’t enough, the lighting crew and Veronica created a stormy wet ambience to soak us in the song Lluvia and immerse us in the new album.
Exploring, changing, growing – I’m a fan. I’m along for the ride. But this is my confession as a tanguera: my favorite song on the new album is La Trufa y El Sifon, the song that probably most resembles their previous albums. I understand the need to evolve, but I sincerely hope that tango will continue to be a strong and present influence in future albums. Ultimately, whatever strange and wonderful influences drove the creation of Presente, Bajofondo accomplished its mission: TO DANCE.
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