Studio Video + Gas Mask (!?)

We’ve been in the studio recently laying down tracks for our new album of alternative tangos for dancing…thus the lack of blog posts…HOWEVER we have 2 videos for you today!  Firstly we got some footage of Erin and Jeff laying down killer violin and bass tracks on Alt 6 (we need song titles!!).  You’ll also hear the bando, piano, drums and vocals which we recorded the previous day.  This is just a rough mix but things are sounding pretty great!  We’re excited about the new tunes and vibe:

We also had a rehearsal recently while the floor in the back of the studio was being refinished.  The fumes were HORRIBLE so Jesse, our drummer, ran home to get his GAS MASK (!?), something only Jesse would just have on hand.

Hope everyone in Portland is enjoying the sun today!  More music soon!  Gig calendar is also up to date.


New Remix EP!

We’re experimenting with some electronic sounds here in tang0-land and we thought it would be fun to ask two producers to remix the last track from our album “Looking Ahead on the Shoulders of the Past.”  The track is a new alternative song that we composed around this time last year with the wonderful Maria Volonte when she was in town for a bit.  We asked Halo Refuser (Portland) and Kasata Sound (Vermont) for their takes on the song.  Since we’ve been experimenting a bit with “dub-tango” or at least dancing to dubstep, it seemed to make sense to see what would happen if we integrated those elements into this project.  We’ve posted the results as an EP on Bandcamp which you can stream or download for free, or name your price if you wish to contribute!  Enjoy…


Tango 13 + Gig tonight!

Well we’re looking forward to another fun evening of music and dancing at Tango Berretin this evening!  As always Alex teaches the beginner class at 8 and dancing from 9-2am with live music at 10:30.

In addition to debuting “Volve al Tambor” (see previous post) we’re also going to performing some of our newest “traditional style” tangos that Alex and I have composed.  Tango #13 (awaiting a title – any suggestions are welcome in the comments section!) is a “crunchier” thing that we wrote in an effort to see how far we could stretch certain conventions and still remain danceable.  There’s a lot of harmonic and melodic tension in this one but somehow, in the end, it didn’t turn out quite as weird as we had imagined while composing it.  Here’s a recording from last week’s rehearsal, not perfect, but the point gets across:

Enjoy, pass it around, download for free, etc!  Have a few listens and then come and dance to it tonight!  See you there.