Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Nuevo Tango

It only means New Tango in  Spanish
Gustavo Naveira writes about Nuevo tango:

There is great confusion on the question of the way of dancing the tango: call it technique, form, or style. The term tango nuevo is used to refer to a style of dancing, which is an error. In reality, Tango Nuevo is everything that has happened with the tango since the 1980's. It is not a question of a style ... the words Tango Nuevo are neither a specific term nor a title (except in the case of a musical work by Piazzola).

"Dance for yourself, if someone understands good.  If not then no matter,
go right on doing what you love."

With this in mind, these words directly express, through their literal meaning, what is happening with tango dancing in general; namely that it is evolving. Tango Nuevo is not one more style; it is simply that tango dancing is growing, improving, developing, enriching itself, and in that sense we are moving toward a new dimension in tango dancing... There has been much recent discussion, in the community of tango dancers, on the problem of the embrace, dividing the dance into open or closed style, which is also a matter of great confusion.

Open embrace or closed embrace, dancing with space or dancing close, these are all outmoded terms. This is an old way of thinking, resulting from the lack of technical knowledge in past eras. This simple and clumsy division between open and closed is often used by those who try to deny the evolution of the dance, to disguise their own lack of knowledge. Today it is perfectly clear that the distances in the dance have a much greater complexity than a simple open or closed... We have learned, and we have developed our knowledge. The result of this is a dance of greater possibilities, and also of a much more artistic quality.  *  *  *  *

"Nostalgias"   ...   Placido Domingo

Tango music
One of the recent examples of the tango nuevo music was the incorporation of jazz and classical music into tango music. The original Milonga was with a drum and Panpipes. Then the Europeans introduce the guitar and violins. The German influx brought the Bandoneon into prominence.

The most important composer of this new style was Ástor Piazzolla who revolutionized tango in the 1950s by introducing new instruments such as the saxophone and electric guitar, and who brought new forms of harmonic and melodic structure into the traditional tango ensemble. Tango nuevo includes the fusion of electronic and acoustic sounds.

Some examples of tango nuevo music artists are Tanghetto, Bajofondo, Electrocutango, Gotan Project, Nuevo Tango Ensamble, Ensemble Montréal Tango, Narcotango (album by Carlos Libedinsky), Rodrigo Favela (Latin Tango) and Pablo Ziegler.

"Mi Buenos Aires Querido"   ...   Carlos Gardel

Fusion: On Oahu, the artists are the International Style and the Argentine Tango. They usually consider their dance an art and above the common folk. For us the common folk, we tend to like the American Tango and some of the most beautiful exhibitions of tango I have seen have been largely based on the American. However the Filipino Tango is making inroads on Oahu and accepted readily as a different style. The fusion is all set, it will just take time.

Pub's Side Note: Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have come across before.

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