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April 2, 2010: Three Part Tango @ The Loft

March 28, 2010

Letras Y Poesía del Tango

Series III:

April 2nd, 2010

@ The Loft

208 S Washington #200

Pioneer Square

Map & Directions

Door Opens 8pm Sharp

Milonga Begins 10pm with DJ Kat

$10 before 10pm

$7 Milonga only

Composers, Voices, and Songwriters of the 1920’s

This month’s program includes:

Presentation on the life and work of Argentine Poets, Writers and Lyricists Homer Manzi, Alfredo Le Pera and Enrique Santos Discepolo.

Listen and introduce yourselves to the voices and collaborative melody of Singers Teofilo Ibenez and Jorge Ortiz.

Pianist/Composer Rodolfo Biagi was known for his work with D’Arienzo and for leading his own orchestra.  Ben Thomas will give an overview of his career and discuss the rhythmic and textural elements that make his music so identifiable and powerful for dancers.

A Taste of Tango

Alfredo Le Pera was an Brazilian journalistdramatist, and lyricist, best known for his brief but fruitful collaboration with the Argentinian tango singer Carlos Gardel. Some of their best-known collaborations are the tangos Melodía de arrabalCuesta abajoSoledadVolvió una nocheGolondrinaLejana tierra míaMi Buenos Aires querido, and El día que me quieras.  Le Pera is credited with elevating the literary quality of tango lyrics while respecting the popular character of the musical form.

Jorge Ortiz Jorge Ortiz worked with great orchestras such as Edward Donato, Rodolfo Biagi, and Miguel Calo. His career took him from the 1930’s to the 1980’s in Argentina, Brazil, and Columbia

Rodolfo Biagi was an Argentine Tango musician who started his musical career by playing background music for silent movies, and this was where he was first discovered by a tango band leader. He played for the orchestra of Juan D’Arienzo from 1935 to 1938, and is often partly credited for the development of D’Arienzos rhythmic style. He later formed his own orchestra, and the special rhythmic qualities of his music is easily recognisable.

LETRAS Y POESIA DEL TANGO is a six part performance and literary series co-sponsored by Richard Hugo House and The Loft in Seattle, WA.  A curated investigation of the soul of tango through poetry and music, followed by late night dancing, ¡como los barrios del Buenos Aires! Featuring local and international poets, musicians, DJ’s and dancing.

Co-Produced and Curated by Sara Thomsen and Josie Davis

206.713.9177/ or visit us on facebook! ….

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