+ Cutting-Edge Electro-Tango plus free tango lessons, and more!
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“Sensual tangos are a feast
for the senses. The Otero Dance Co. dazzles the eyes as ace
musicians play…sex oozed from the stage”- L.A. TIMES
Los Angeles – Back by popular demand
after their capacity crowd event at the Ford Amphitheatre last year, Del Mate
Productions presents the third annual FIESTA ARGENTINA 2007: Tangos de ayer yde hoy(Tangos
of yesterday and today) at the Ford on Saturday, August 18 at .
Argentina is an
equal parts music and dance concert that offers traditional tango forms
daring, new contemporary and cutting-edge forms of the genre. The
electrifying line-up features the L.A. debut of Argentina’s Grammy-nominated Tanghettoof Buenos Aires
in a world
premiere collaboration with
Southern California-based Otero Dance Company.Tanghetto will perform the new style
electronica tango, blending traditional and
modern explorations of the tango music genre with video projections in a
contemporary tango/rock presentation.
will enjoy the romantic stylings of Pablo Motta and his “Los Angeles Tango
Quartet.”Guitarist Jose “Pepe”
Rocha from Uruguay will join Argentine singer Guillermo
Galvéto present classic tango songs accompanied
by classical guitar. The instrumentation will blend traditional tango
instruments, such as bandoneón, piano, upright bass
and violin, with contemporary keyboards, electric guitar, computer-generated
loops, the violoncello and erhu, a
Chinese bowed stringinstrument.
Argentina offers audiences a full
sensory immersion in Argentine culture. From the smoldering passion of tango –
erotic and haunting, involving both body and soul – to the smoky saloons of
Buenos Aires with the plaintive yearnings of tango torch songs, lovers are
caught in fervent embraces and devastating dances with lightning fast kicks and
serpentine twists. Tango continues to evolve in Argentina as well as other parts of
the world, such as the “Gotan Project” in France and the “Bajofondo
Tango Club” in the Rio de la Plata, Uruguay.
FREE TANGO INSTRUCTION:
Argentina also will feature tango instructor Vladimir Estrin
of Tango Afficionado, who will offer free
pre-show tango lessons on the Ford’s plaza at 6:00 p.m. Vendors will be
available, selling tango dance wear, shoes, video dance instruction and
authentic Argentine leather goods, maté gourds, and
traditional arts and crafts from the Cactus Gallery.
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evolved in the late 1800s and early 1900s to become the flagship music of Argentina and more specifically of Buenos Aires. It evolved from guitar
ensembles to orchestras and for many years it remained without major changes.
In the 1960s and ’70s Astor Piazzolla revolutionized
the style mixing it with contemporary classical music and jazz elements. That
became the new direction of exploration for several decades until groups such
as “Bajofondo Tango Club,” “Gotan
Project” and “Tanghetto” opened new doors using electronica and rock music fused with tango to create a
completely new style more reflective of present day society and reality.
OF THE ARTISTS:
Tanghettois an Argentine band led by Max Masri (synths and programming)
and Diego S. Velázquez (guitars). Formed in 2001, they created and coined the
term “electrotango.” The name "Tanghetto" (a combination of the words
"tango" and "ghetto") was inspired by the "little Argentinas," the communities of
exiled Argentines living overseas. In the mid-’90s, Masri
(while in his teens was one of the last disciples of legendary tango maestro VirgilioExpósito) went back to
Buenos Aires from Germany after sharing experiences with Argentine emigrants
and brought the idea to create a new musical language blending tango and modern
sounds. In late 1998, he started working with Diego S. Velázquez and they began
recording and producing their first electrotango
tracks. In 2001 this idea was revived, with a modern sound, their own
compositions and, finally, a name for the project: Tanghetto.
The current line-up includes Federico Vázquez (bandoneón), Antonio Boyadjian
(violoncello and Chinese bowed string instrument, erhu)
and Daniel Corrado (acoustic andelectronic drums).
Galvé(vocalist) was born in La Boca, Argentina in 1946 and began his
professional career in 1975 when Jose Colángelo took
him to “Malena al Sur.” Galvé appeared with Colángelo in
the program “La Música Popular” on Radio Ciudad de
Buenos Aires and in concerts at the Casacuberta Hall in
Teatro San Martín. In 1977,
he participated in the “Esteflaco,
flaco Buenos Aires” show at TeatroOdeón and appeared regularly at “El Viejo Almacén” with the musicians of Carlos Figari
and then the septet of legendary conductor HoracioSalgán. Clarín newspaper declared
him the tango revelation of 1977. In 1980, he recorded his first LP called “VamosTodavía” and then “Que me queres vender” under the
direction of Osvaldo Tarantino and JuancaTavera, who would become
his main composers and longtime friends. He performs at the best stages in Buenos Aires such as Caño
14, Michelangelo, CasaRosada,
Cafe de losAngelitos, Casa
Blanca and CasteloVecchio.
His international career started in 1982 performing for the first time in France at the Parisian hall, Trottoirs de Buenos Aires. In 1983, he performed in Los Angeles and has since performed
throughout California, Florida and New York. In 1985, he toured in Mexico with a company conducted by
José Colángelo. In 1992, he opened at the “Memorial
de AméricaLatina” in de Sao Paulo, Brazil and at the “Festival de
Tango de Montevideo Joventango” in "Les Allumées," in Tango Maximo
in Nantes Rennes, Saint Malo, France. In 1994, he performed at
the TeatrodelComplejo Cultural delCecut
in Tijuana, Mexico. In 1997, he performed at the
Los Angeles Festival. In 1999, he joined “Tango Pasión”
and toured the Lyric Theatre in London and to Holland, Sweden, Finland,
Switzerland and Austria joining the Millennium celebrations at the Theatre des
Champs Elyseés with the show “Tango Pasión, de Buenos Aires a Paris.” In 2000, he performed in Barcelona, Madrid, Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt and other cities in China and the U.S. He participated in the
fourth edition of the “Festival Buenos Aires Tango,” in Zárate
and the closing ceremonies of the “Festival de Cine, in Mar del Plata,” invited
by the late Maestro José Libertella, director of Sexteto Mayor. Galvé received the following
awards: AMA (1979), Prensario (1983), Orden del Porteño (1993), El Satiricon
(1996), Ciudadano Ilustre de la República de San Telmo (1994) y "Ciudadano
Ilustre," given by the Mayor of the city of Mar del Plata (2004).
Motta(pianist) Born in Pergamino
and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pablo moved with his family
to Los Angeles, where he chose the double bass at age
13 and at 15 began working
professionally alongside his father, José Luis "Pepe" Motta. This experience taught him many styles, including
tango, Argentine folklore, various Latin rhythms and improvisation in general.
He attended CaliforniaStateUniversity, Northridge where his main
teachers were David Young, Oscar Meza (from the Los Angeles Philharmonic), Don
Kasper and most importantly, Gary Pratt. In 2000, he moved to Kansas City to perform, arrange and
compose for Tango Lorca, an Argentine tango ensemble
made up FIESTA ARGENTINA 2007 - August 18 at at the Ford Amphitheatre -
p3 of young musicians. He also formed "The Pablo Motta
Trio,” featuring his own, original compositions and arrangements of jazz
standards. In 2002, he moved back to Los Angeles where he pursued his career
with his trio and toured with major tango shows. As a jazz musician, he has
freelanced extensively, performing and collaborating with many artists such as JustoAlmario, Ronald Muldrow, Ron
Anthony, Bobby Rodriguez, Ark Sano and Donald Vega. In Kansas City, he played with such artists
as Roger Wilder, ToddStrait, Will Matthews (from the
Count Basie Orchestra) and many others. With The
Pablo Motta Trio, he's been very active in the Los Angeles jazz scene performing in
some of the most important jazz venues such as Charlie O's and the Grand Star
Jazz Club. As a tango bassist, he has recorded music for and appeared in
several movies, including "Wings of Courage" (IMAX), "My Father the
Hero" and "Marlene Dietrich" (Miramax). He appears in many CDs
with artists from the U.S., Argentina and Japan. In 1998, he toured with
"Tango Vivo!" through Canada (Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Kitchener and Toronto). In 2001, he joined the
cast of "Tango Dreams" and performed in Los Angeles, New Mexico and Japan. In 2004, he was invited to
join the Broadway hit "Forever Tango" with musical director Victor Lavallen and since then has been touring with them through
New York (Broadway), Tokyo, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles (Kodak
Theater), Mexico, Seoul, Seattle, Reno and Puerto Rico. When at home in Los Angeles, he performs with "Trio
Tangábile" (with Coco Trivisonno
and Marcelo Caceres) and he directs the Los Angeles
Tango Trio and the Los Angeles Tango Quartet. As a classical musician, he has
performed with Mládí Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara
Symphony, New Ear Ensemble (Kansas City based group dedicated to new
music) and while in college with the American Youth Symphony. Recently, Pablo
performed with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails at a
benefit festival organized by Neil Young for The Bridge School. Pablo performs
on double bass and works extensively with the electric bass. He plays for
Peruvian "Rock Star" Julio Andrade and in other rock/pop/funk
and Claudio Otero slithered, slinked and stalked their way through some serious
business… the Oteros
blazed through sumptuous lifts and thigh-thrusts.” – LA Times
Otero Dance Company (www.gloriatango.com)
by acclaimed dancers and brother and sister Gloria and Claudio Otero, the Otero
is unique in the United States for offering both Tango and
Gaucho dances in one show. The Otero Dance Company’s dramatic Tango renditions
seduce with their passion and intensity and bring the keenly aesthetic aspect
of Tango to its fiery culmination. The dancers of the Otero company
are both from the U.S. and Argentina. They have performed
throughout Japan, Mexico, South America, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and the U.S. and on major Latino TV
channels in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Many of the dancers have
also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. The
Otero Dance Company appeared in numerous commercial, TV shows and films and
shared the stage with renowned international artists such as: Dyango, Pimpinela, Violeta Rivas; for Tango: Ruben Juarez, Nestor Roland, Juan
Carlos Copes; for Folklore: Los de Salta, Los Tucu-Tucu, SixtoPalavecino; and Rock: Memphis La Blusera,
Los Pericos and Los Twist.
2004 and 2006 Del Mate Productions presented “Fiesta Peru”and Fiesta Argentin
’06 to capacity audiences at the Ford Amphitheatre. Del Mate Productions, who
produces the festival, is a recording studio, an independent music label and a
to Fiesta Argentina 2007 are $42 & $35; $12 for children 12 and under. For tickets, log on to www.FordTheatres.org
or call the Ford box office at 323 GO 1-FORD (or 323-461-3673).
Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga
Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA90068, just off the 101 HollywoodFreeway
across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios.
grounds open two hours before showtime for
picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and
beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be
ordered in advance.
are welcome to bring their own food and drink. The Ford is disabled accessible.
Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request.
stacked parking costs
$5 per vehicle for evening shows and $1 per vehicle for morning family shows.
For evening shows only, FREE non-stacked parking serviced
by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, forevening amphitheatre
performances only, is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes,
stops in the "kiss and ride" area.
event is part of the Ford Amphitheatre 2007 Season, a multi-disciplinary arts
series FIESTA ARGENTINA 2007 - August 18 at at the Ford Amphitheatre -
p4 produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los
Angeles County- based arts organizations. For a complete season schedule,
directions to the theater and parking information, log on to www.FordTheatres.org.