Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tanda of the Week 09/2015 - Anibal Troilo / Alberto Marino - DJ Antti Suniala

...or Biagi: "La marca de fuego"!

After a short recovery from the endless hours of dancing at the Tango Frostbite festival, the Finnish tango scene already has it's sights on the second highlight of the year; The second edition of the Tangosauna marathon is coming up again in June 12th-14th and the registration starts tomorrow on Wednesday the 25th of February!

I will be playing at the marathon again and in the great company of DJ's Andrés Molina, Sandro Puliti, Analía LaRubia Del Giglio, Fatih KaçmazBernt Andreas Drange and Jenni Valli.

So join us for the white nights, swimming and some very hot tangos and saunas...!


1. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Uno" 1943
2. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Cotorrita de la suerte" 1945
3. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Fuimos" 1946
4. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Sombras nada más" 1944

http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1160883241http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/27e8641VxoTDdwuTBeugQpHere's another tanda I played last Thursday at the Tango Frostbite festival in Finland. I was happy to hear that the maestros in attendance greatly appreciated my selection of Buenos Aires style music and afterwards I received detailed compliments and feedback from both Javier Rodriguez and Horacio Godoy, who especially liked this tanda.

I'll say one thing about the tanda or Troilo/Marino tandas in general. Here is where we cross from the well-known earlier Troilo recordings, both instrumental and songs with Francisco Fiorentino, into the slighly less-known and more challenging tangos from 1943 and beyond. These songs are more appreciated in Buenos Aires but the scenes in Europe (at least) seem to be catching up. However, what I hear from many DJ's is that, out of the 40 something Troilo/Marino tangos, they're playing a lot of the lesser-known songs and arrangements that are more difficult to dance to. I'd say it's good to remember that just like with Pugliese, that if you choose the most well-known and danceable songs you can find - it is still Pugliese. Meaning that the music still has all the qualities that make Pugliese so amazing but is less challenging. And the same goes for Troilo with Marino. You don't always need to select the most special songs in trying to get maximum results. Of course everything depends on everything else you play in your set, but I assure that you will get great and often even better results with such a tanda like this which has three compositions Uno, Fuimos and Sombras... straight from the top100 of the tango history.



Here's more information of Alberto Marino from TodoTango:

Alberto Marino (26.4.1923 – 21.6.1989).

"The bandoneonist Aníbal Troilo heard him sing and suggested the latter to join the former's outfit. Marino had already made an agreement to join the orchestra of Rodolfo Biagi, but accepted Troilo's suggestion, and worked with him from 1943 until 1947.

For many people it was the singer's best time, his renditions of the tangos "Tres amigos", "Fuimos" and "Tal vez será su voz" are authentic jewels, among many others, of his contribution to the history of tango. 

After that successful stage he decided to start his career as soloist. His first orchestra was conducted by the violinist Emilio Balcarce,the same one with whom he had begun in 1939. Later the bandoneonist Enrique Alessio took over the leadership of his orchestra and some time later he is replaced by the Uruguayan musician, Héctor María Artola.

He admired Gardel and Charlo, but when he was asked about who influenced on his expression and phrasing, he invariably answered: Antonio Rodríguez Lesende. A singer hardly known, whose recordings are very hard to find and that are around sixteen renditions. [edit: listen to Di Sarli/Lesende "Milonga de Centenario" and you can hear the similarities in their singing styles]"

- by Ricardo García Blaya, Todo Tango

Troilo, Anibal - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Marino, Alberto - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store 


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tanda of the Week 08/2015 - Canaro Milongas - DJ Antti Suniala

Photo by Hernan Ohaco

1. Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "No hay tierra como la mía" 1939
2. Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "La milonga de Buenos Aires" 1939
3. Francisco Canaro  - "Reliquias porteñas" 1938
http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/5pKVomqvF3RsiWplOuxxaEhttp://www.deezer.com/playlist/1158079321Greetings from the Tango Frostbite festival in Helsinki Finland! I had the honor to play the lovely opening milonga of the festival and this is one of the tandas of my set. In the five and a half hour milonga I played four milonga tandas, which were a slower Canaro tanda as the first one, followed later by milongas from Troilo and Laurenz and then as the last milonga tanda I played this one. I chose very classic milongas for all tandas and I really like to keep it that way especially when I play bigger festival milongas like this. Keep it classy and strong and don't be afraid of uptempo milongas! Actually "No hay tierra como la mia" sounds more uptempo than it eventually is. But it's a great strong start for a milonga tanda. Be sure to check out the Lomuto version of the song (Spotify / Deezer), which is probably even better!

Canaro, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store


Monday, February 9, 2015

Tanda of the Week 07/2015 -
Di Sarli / Famá 1929/1931 -
DJ Antti Suniala

Ernesto Famä

1. Carlos Di Sarli - "No cantes Victoria" 1929
2. Carlos Di Sarli / Ernesto Famá - "Flora" 1930
3. Carlos Di Sarli / Ernesto Famá - "Maldita" 1931
4. Carlos Di Sarli / Ernesto Famá - "Chau Pinela" 1930

http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1144875851From the late 1950's Di Sarli let's make a jump to where it all started. Here's a tanda of some of Di Sarli's very first recordings. I really enjoy dancing to the funky "Chau pinela" which is sometimes marked as a tango-milonga. Enjoy!

Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tanda of the Week 06/2015 - Juan D'Arienzo instrumentals - DJ Antti Suniala

DJ Antti Suniala - Tango Salon Festival, Lodz, Poland

First of all, I'm happy to announce a few more gigs for this year. I have the honor and pleasure of playing again at both the Tangosauna Ultimate Tango Marathon in Finland and the Tango d'Amore Festival in Ukraine. I also hope to see you many of you at the Frostbite Tango Festival in Finland very soon!


1. Juan D'Arienzo  - "Maipo" 1939
2. Juan D'Arienzo  - "Derecho viejo" 1938
3. Juan D'Arienzo  - "El pollito" 1939
4. Juan D'Arienzo  - "Felicia" 1939

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/1PWTdER548eDPl1orFY0pw http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1141188411So I was promising something very classic for this weeks tanda and here's one of my absolute favorites. The tanda still goes a bit into the extremes (next week something more chill?) as all of the songs are very uptempo and probably some of the strongest instrumentals you can find from D'Arienzo. I remember playing this one in the Tango Salon Festival in Lodz, Poland and receiving applauses from the appreciative dancers.

Rodolfo Biagi is always praised for his playing and input in the D'Arienzo orchestra in 1935-1938. Here in these songs the piano is played by the long time successor Juan Polito and in my opinion the man is on fire. Love this stuff!

There's quite a difference in quality of the tracks on the playlists provided... While the
Meta Fierro - Yunta Brava release with "Maipo", "Derecho viejo" and "Felicia" is in truly great quality and surely one of the best available, it was very difficult to find a good quality version of "El pollito". If you want to play the song in a milonga I'd recommend finding another better version than this. Unfortunately I'm not sure which release I could recommend. A lot of the early discography is available at www.tangotunes.com and hopefully they'll include even more songs soon in their store.


D'Arienzo, Juan - TOTW - Todo Tango tango.info - iTunes Store