Month: December 2014

Happy holidays dear friends…

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champagne corkWe are celebrating three years on WordPress where we have shared articles, pictures, created events, travelled, and written all kinds of articles that link back to our huge passion, Argentine tango.

Thanks for visiting us and we hope all of you follow (or continue to follow) your passions towards happiness in the New Year.

Please enjoy this beautiful tango vals by Osvaldo Pugliese, Navidad.

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Alberto Dassieu, a true Maestro

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"Querida Isabella, mucho me alegra ver esta foto que fue de las primeras que tuve en mi llegada a Toronto, como así también poder compartir con muchos amigos de esa ciudad, a los que siempre recuerdo. Por su gran cariño para conmigo. Esas son cosas que uno nunca debe olvidar. Y es lo que me sucede a mí, que no lo olvido, que siempre quiero recordar. Aprovecho para mandarles un cariño grande como así a todas las personas que se adhirieron en comentarios. Cariñosamente, Alberto Dassieu"
“Querida Isabella, mucho me alegra ver esta foto que fue de las primeras que tuve en mi llegada a Toronto, como así también poder compartir con muchos amigos de esa ciudad, a los que siempre recuerdo. Por su gran cariño para conmigo. Esas son cosas que uno nunca debe olvidar. Y es lo que me sucede a mí, que no lo olvido, que siempre quiero recordar. Aprovecho para mandarles un cariño grande como así a todas las personas que se adhirieron en comentarios. Cariñosamente, Alberto Dassieu”

Having had the pleasure of watching Alberto Dassieu for years in the milongas in Buenos Aires and dancing with him upon hearing he was doing a North American tour in 2011 with a stop in Toronto the idea of taking a private class with him struck home. What would we talk about, dance, what did I want the legend to share with me?
Upon reflection the easiest course that came to mind for me was hoping he would share a little bit of his insights into the orchestra Carlos di Sarli. Of course he would have some interesting views on the topic and want to include me in on them with his long experience.

The class was very interesting and right after we danced one beautiful tango Alberto honoured me with the invitation to do some demonstations with him in Toronto.

Even though we didn’t have the opportunity to ever practise together; when our chance came to share a beautiful tango at a milonga, Alberto was utterly clear with the vision that we should dance the Tango “Llueve otra vez”.


Thank you for sharing a little with me Alberto Dassieu, a true Maestro.

About the music:

Llueve otra vez
Tango 1944
Música: Juan José Guichandut
Letra: Juan José Guichandut
Escucha corazón
el eco de su voz…
Escucha, corazón, está lloviendo
y la lluvia va tejiendo
los recuerdos de su amor.
¡Qué pena, corazón!
No es ella, ni es su voz.
Tan sólo es la obsesión que me domina,
el recuerdo que castiga
desde su adiós.

Llueve…
y un látigo de luz me azota,
relámpago de fiebre loca.
La lluvia, sin cesar,
golpeando en el cristal,
renueva la emoción perdida.
Y entre la bruma creo ver su imagen,
igual que entonces, diciendo adiós.
Llueve…
y el cielo se llenó de sombras,
lo mismo que mi corazón.

Tristeza que dejó
el eco de su voz.
Tristeza de esperar inútilmente
y creer que nuevamente
con la lluvia volverá.
¡No esperes, corazón!
¡No penes por su amor!
Mañana cuando el sol radiante asome
al calor de otros amores,
olvidarás.

after midnight…

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isabella close up with steve yee el almacen 2012

It’s past three a.m. at the Sunday night milonga (dance) during the Midwest Tango Festival held in Indianapolis for the first time this year.

Sitting close to the steamed up windows and feeling cold, exhausted from dancing tango all weekend and Dj’ing the Sunday late afternoon practica earlier, an intrepid ‘lead’ stands close by.

She skillfully looks at me with her mirada (look) and then cabeceo’s (nods at) me and I pretend that perhaps she is looking at the non-existent person sitting on the chair behind me.  Both of us laugh, embrace, and quickly become one within the romantic Golden Age music that is enveloping us.

We are profoundly drawn into the fabric of the vocal line and accompaniment.  As soon as the first song of the tanda (grouping) ends we look at each other with wonderment, surprise and deep emotion.

When two people connect so deeply, chest to chest, and breathe in unison with each other and the music, our bodies fuse together to become a kind of musical instrument and float away into another realm.

Only to come back to earth at the end of the tanda.