Volve al Tambor LIVE performance at Tango Berretin Feb. 2nd, 2013

Our premiere of this great murga inspired milonga by Javier Arias of Orquesta Tipica Misteriosa and murga man Ariel Pratt.
Alex Krebs – bandoneon
Andrew Oliver – piano
Pepe Raphael – vocals
Jesse Brooke – cajon
Jeff Johnson – bass
Lisbeth Dreier – violin

Filmed at Tango Berretin in Portland, OR on Feb. 2nd, 2013

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.

Rehearsal last Tuesday, Jan. 22nd

We rehearsed a few new songs last Tuesday at Tango Berretin, including a murga-inspired milonga composed by Javier Arias of Orquesta Tipica Misteriosa one of our favorite bands playing new music for dancing with lyrics by Ariel Pratt called “Volve al Tambor.”  We first heard this song on a YouTube video of Misteriosa when they premiered it at their weekly milonga in Buenos Aires about 6 months ago.  We were really excited about this new milonga they had composed so we got in touch and they sent us the lyrics.  We worked up an arrangement and tried it out Tuesday, though Jesse, our percussionist was sick (like most everyone in Portland around now), but here’s what Volve al Tambor sounds like sans modified drum kit:

We also rehearsed two new alternative tangos that we composed, a new arrangement of “Zorzal” with Pepe Raphael singing on which he completely delivers on (as usual) and looked over two traditional tangos that we composed late last year.

Next rehearsal next Tuesday to prep up for our upcoming gigs in Feb. (2nd, and 16th at Berretin, 23rd and 24th at the Valentango festival).

Working on the new album

  So, we will be releasing a new tango album this summer on vinyl and digital download.  It’ll be all original compositions exploring a different vein of tango.  We just sent three recorded tracks to a studio in Albuquerque for flamenco legend Vicente Griego to lay down some vocals, and two tracks to a studio in the Bay Area where saxophonist jazz giant and old family friend, Hafez Modirzadeh, will be doing some overdubbing. We have no idea what genre this music really is, but it’s danceable and we like it.