What does tango mean to those who dance it? How can it mean even more? Renée Rouger thought the answer might lie in the poetry of the lyrics. When she saw John Osburn perform a Shakespearean sonnet in Central Park, she asked him to join her in reciting tangos at her intimate bohemian milonga. At Milonga Falucho in New York, the meaning of tango comes to life in lively new translations spoken side-by-side with the Spanish originals.
This is one of those big, culturally steeped tangos that comes on in the early morning at a traditional milonga, when the crowd has thinned to the hardiest tangueros. So it couldn't have been more appropriate for Milonga Falucho's 4th Anniversary at Café Argentino. It tipped a hat to John's birthday some days earlier, a tango with "John" in the lyrics mirroring the "Renée" tangos she celebrated with previously. The night marked the "Infamous Decade" of the 1930s with costumes and a tribute to Discepolo. A number of tango luminaries showed up, and live music was performed by Emiliano Messiez (piano), Federico Diaz (guitar), and Horacio Romo, orchestra director of Sexteto Mayor (bandoneón). Viva Feiner deejayed.
A mí me llaman Juan
Letra de Carlos Waiss
Música de Tito Ribero They Call Me Tango John (1943)Lyrics by Carlos Waiss,
trans. J. OsburnMusic by Tito Ribero Soy un mozo pobre y
que en la vida me he curtido,
Every tanguero knows the moment in a milonga when the mood shifts from urban to rural, city to country, the street to the soil, when a chacarera comes on and those who can dance joyously to the classic folkloric genre. Falucho/Chelsea marked Hispanic Heritage Month in New York with this bow to that wider heritage. Añoranzas is the official cultural anthem of Santiago de Estero, the oldest colonial city in Argentina and the capital of the province where chacarera originated. The composer-lyricist Julio Argentino Jeréz was significant in keeping folkloric culture alive in Buenos Aires, where he was also a notable tango singer. At Falucho, Silvana Brizuela and Jorge Rojas taught a chacarera class and danced the song live after the recitation. Carlos Quiroga DJed, Francisco Pancho Navarro and Javier Sanchez provided live music for the night.
Añoranzas(1945) Chacarera doble Música y letra de Julio Argentino Jeréz The Things
I Miss (1945) Chacarera doble Music and lyricsby Julio Argentino Jeréz…