Category Archives: Music

Confusing but good, some tango nuevo

There are two bands that oddly I had not encountered until just this week, both bands are good, but they are easily confused with each other. One is called Trio Grande and has an album called Quadro Nuevo (Remixed). The other is a band called Quadro Nuevo. Both are good. It’s not all strictly tango as it’s in the extended space that is tango nuevo, jazz, klezma, reggae and latin. It is lovely stuff and eminently danceable for a modern milongueoro/a. Here are some vids:

TRIO GRANDE up first

Some of the best tracks from Trio Grande’s album Quadro Nuevo (Remixed) are not out there in You Tube land, for instance the stunningly nice La Luna – so you just have to buy the album (available through the usual large online download retailer). I am a bit pleased by that – they deserve some actual sales for their lovely original contribution to the canon.

QUADRO NUEVO up next:

Like Radio, Hate Ads?

consumion banner small

If you use a foreign proxy server to listen to your favorite internet radio station, chances are you will be served audio ads for the country the proxy is located in. So chose a country that you cannot understand the language of. That way you still get ads but they are in a language you can’t understand for products you never heard of, that you cannot buy. Hooray now it just sounds fun exotic instead of brainwash annoying.

consumion banner small

Gabriel

No not the angel. And not even that Genesis.

DSC_4265.jpg

Many years ago, simply because I lived near him I used to ocassionally bump into Phil Collins , Genesis prog rock drummer and subsequently a very good jazz artist. I didn’t then imagine however that I would have any connection with Peter Gabriel, also of the Genesis band. However, one of those music websites that ferrets out the strange connections with other people one has in musical taste has pointed me in his direction, and Lo! (little angel joke there) indeed there are some good connecty taste vibes with what Peter is doing.

Seems Mr Gabriel has a record label called Real World Records that is doing very interesting things. There are even old southern states black gospel things there, so the site really does seem to steer one to what will be liked.

If as I do, you miss the eclectic explorational mix of music that used to be presented by British Radio presenter John Peel, then the Soundcloud channel of Peter Gabriel’s record label Real World Records (<– click to go there), might help fill that void.

 

Mining tango

Those who know tango’s history, dance, culture and music will know why this music IS utterly and completely tango in many ways despite it not sounding much like what most people think is a tango. Piazzolla is tango’s greatest classical orchestra list, the flute is one of tango’s earliest instruments now seldom used in tango, and the tango owes something to flamenco too. Just enjoy, and if you can dance this, whatever kind of tango you do, then do!

The next video has some tango flamenco crossover, but is more here to show some very well-danced classic tango because it is beautiful to do or just watch.

International Jazz Day

For international jazz day I’d like to introduce you to a style of music called Walking Rhythm Spirituals acapella and a group from a long time ago, the Pilgrim Travellers who invented it. This is soooooooo funky! The saying goes that the devil doesn’t have all the best tunes, well Amen to that. These guys swing and sing for The King! The music might be from the 30’s and 40’s, but it feels fresh and alive.

Unparalleled fun

Are there other dimensions? – Yes.

Are there parallel universes? – No, not as such.

Up-down, left-right, forwards-backwards, yesterday-tomorrow, and all the other directions you can’t so easily see or describe because (mostly) they are very very tiny are dimensions. These are real. All the ones you can’t so easily see or describe, they are the “other dimensions.”

Every thing, every atomic particle is a probability wave. That electron is mostly probably here but it is a bit probably there etc. Things are fuzzy, smeared out probabilistically. Oh, so all the things are a little bit everywhere. A universe is a pattern of where all the bits are. The universe we live in is the one where all the bits are most likely where they are now. All the other combinations of less likely positions are the “parallel” universes. They exist a little bit because they exist probabilistically rather less likely but nevertheless to some extent, alongside (parallel in time), but we don’t usually see them because we are seeing the most likely arrangement of all the bits.

Parallel universes, to the limited extent they exist, are not in other dimensions, they are in the same ones we are in, but they are separated by probability, not by time-spacial dimensions.

And……… jump!

Up-down, left-right, forwards-backwards, yesterday-tomorrow – here are two lovely pieces of music you can dance tango to (or just chill out):

Audiopharmacy – Ruined Lands

Gasoline – The Hardest

They should point you to some wonderfully curated music (not “tango” but you don’t have to play a “tango” to dance a tango, do you).

And……… jump!

If you’re in London (the most hip rad kewl (chose epithet dependant on age and cultural background) city in the world, especially anywhere near Dalston or Haggerston, go to the  Tango Serendipity website. Then get yourself along to Steve’s tangos and classes –  up-down, left-right, forwards-backwards, yesterday-tomorrow… enjoy, learn, relax, change and grow in many ways. You can be part of the coolest thing in the coolest place anywhere in the universe right now. Take it while it’s there don’t grieve when its gone…. you know how that goes.

God Bless y’all 🙂