Archive for July, 2007

I’m on tweeduizend.be!

July 25, 2007

That’s right! Today one of my tango pictures was selected for tweeduizend.be, a photo site for pictures taken in and about Antwerp, analogous to drieduizend.be for Leuven.
One photo is selected daily from all photos tagged with “tweeduizend“, “Antwerp” or “Antwerpen” on Flickr and Photoblog. So everyone can easily participate! Just tag your pictures!
One cool feature of tweeduizend.be is the Google Maps mashup.

This is the winner:

TRANCE
Dancing

More pictures I took on the same event.

Otros Aires in Antwerp

July 23, 2007

Yesterday I went to a Otros Aires concert in “Openluchttheater Rivierenhof” in Antwerp.

Tars Lootens Carlos Diaz and Zapatango Guitarist Carlos Diaz and Zapatango

Carlos Diaz’ MySpace Carlos Diaz Zapatango played before Otros Aires. I didn’t expect much of it but they were in fact rather good in their jazz-tango style. Not for dancing though…

Then came Otros Aires MySpace otrosaires !

Otros Aires

The music, electronic traditional tango’s and milonga’s, was so good that we couldn’t stay seated, after a few songs when they started “La Yumba” we jumped up and danced between the sitting audience and the stage.

Dancing Dancing Dancing Dancing

Many people followed our example. No dancer could stay seated on this music. The rough concrete floor was awful but the dancing very inspired 🙂

Watch Otros Aires on YouTube.

Google Maps See the places in this post.

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Emotional Electric Violins

July 17, 2007

These two great bands prominently use an electric violin to convey strong emotion with their music:

The first band is Dirty Three, I was blown away by their ferociously emotional songs when I saw them live on the Pukkelpop Festival in 1996. Very impressive! One of the few concerts I will never forget! Horse Stories is still one of my favorite CD’s.

Be blown away:

The second are Beltaine, a Polish band who play, mainly instrumental, Celtic folk rock with other influences. I saw them in a small pub in Warsaw, the “Kliper”, back in 2004. The crowd went crazy and asked for more and more and more, it was a very memorable concert. I Bought their first CD “Rockhill” right there at the concert. Their music always excites me and makes me happy. I’m looking forward to the second CD that should be released in September.
Check them out: audio and video on their website or on YouTube:

Poema

July 8, 2007

Canaro’s “Poema” is everywhere these days, it was the warm-up song on the Benelux Tango Championship, it’s used in demo’s, it’s on every milonga, last night at La Tangueria DJ Tommaso even ended the milonga with it – exit “La Cumparsita”

Since it’s one of my favorite songs I created a “Poema” playlist on YouTube and I made a page dedicated to “Poema” on this blog. It lists versions of “Poema” and the best videos.

If you know more versions of “Poema” or find more videos, please let me know so I can add them!

Paris Renaissance Tango Festival 2007

July 3, 2007

Last weekend: Paris Renaissance Tango Festival!
We went to 2 milongas at the Cabaret Sauvage, a very nice tango location with a round dancefloor, which is disorienting when you stop dancing, because you never know where you are. At least it’s very easy to follow the line of dance 🙂

On friday it was like an average milonga, the music was not exceptionally good, I had expected more people, but it was good for warming up and getting acquainted with the people.
I didn’t like the demo’s so much: Claudia y Esteban and Céline y Damian. All this neotango stuff on very slow music, it’s not my thing. These people can dance very well and Céline was very elegant, but something is missing in their choreographies, they don’t convince me.

On saturday the demo’s were neotango as well, but they were good! Which was to be expected with names like Fabian Salas, Sebastian Arce and Chicho.
These guys and their partners, they have fun, they are inventive and they play with the music. It was a joy to watch, even if you’re not a neotango fan.

Before the milonga we had dinner in an italian restaurant, there was a large group of italians invading the restaurant, they turned out to be the Ensemble Hyperion tango orchestra!
The milonga was very good as well, Ensemble Hyperion is a good orchestra, the DJ played excellent music, it was quite crowded but there was a good flow on the floor, very high level dancers, and I enjoyed some very good tandas. We stayed until the end at 5:10, everyone was disappointed that it was already finished…

These videos are not taken in Paris, but they give a good impression of what it was like:
Fabian Salas

Sebastian Arce (“Enjoy the Silence” by Tanghetto)

Chicho (great on one of my favorite songs: “Poema” by Canaro)

Never enough Chicho 😉 (“Plano secuencia” by Narcotango)