Thursday, August 11, 2022

“I really like that Toledo has its own world music”

Tango is hard to come to mind when one thinks of movida madrileña.

I think we’re a little crazy. The Madrid scene was pop and rock, and counting. Salsa, which later became very fashionable, was not there yet, and neither was all South American music. We really had no idea this would continue. I used to sing tango because I had heard them since childhood, my grandfather used to sing them for me. A friend who had a bar, El Salero, asked me to sing there. I got my musician friends from that time, all rock musicians, to play for a few days. It was February 1984, and things got messy.

What’s the secret to such longevity for a group?

Above all, that the public loves it, because when the public stops going to concerts, the talk is over. And that you like it, of course; If you don’t like it, no one else will like it either.

Small tango is heard in the big media. How do they do it to reach the masses?

Yes, there are stations that play tango. Radio 3 used to have a program on Sundays. Now there are a lot of stations on the internet and some programs call me sometimes. And the public continues to go to concerts, although now, with the virus, our public, my age, older people with slightly higher heads than children, are still a little afraid to come together. Out, still, but those in theaters who were in their twenties in their eighties still have a few more qualms. But things are going well.

What other tango groups or soloists would stand out in Spain?

There are many groups, there are also many Argentines and Spaniards. Jaane has Arballeros, a very good musician. There is another group in Salamanca, Tango Zero, made up of conservatory teachers, who are also very good. Diani is in Valladolid, who has been doing tango for many years; As in Segovia lvaro Hache. There are a lot of Spanish people.

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He has a classic tango, but he has his own songs as well.

Yes. However we have started making versions of the classic tango. Then Osvaldo arrived in Laria. We met her during the recording of her second album, Margot. An Argentine friend, who used to sing in Madrid’s restaurants, then took him to us and from there we started our relationship with him. it was very nice. He was an old man who encouraged us to do our own songs. He made the music and Carlos Zabaleta and I made the lyrics. So from our third album, in addition to a tribute to Gardel, those are our songs with some classic themes.

How has your musical style evolved over these 38 years?

At first, with Osvaldo, we did tango a little in our own way. Sometimes we mix it with choti with other traditional music. But we are pulling more and more towards the classic, although we also offer a different interpretation.

What is the evolution of tango in Argentina?

During all the years of the military junta, tango was identified with the regime in Argentina. That’s why young people didn’t even want to listen to tango. This is the same thing that happened here with Coppala, who was identified with the Franco regime. But time has passed and now there are a lot of young people in Argentina who have taken over and are doing very interesting things. They are also very prepared people with music studies and a lot of ingenuity.

Do Malaje go there a lot?

I’ve been going to Argentina for about thirty years, although I haven’t been there for four or five years. They feel proud that a boy on the other side of the world makes their music. When I go to Buenos Aires I don’t have time to eat as many barbecues as they want to invite me, they make me sing everywhere. I have worked with many Argentine musicians, we understand each other very well.

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How do you view music in Spain?

There are things that are being done quite well, even by very young people. Although there are some trends in music in general in the world, I don’t know if I don’t like them or if I don’t understand that kind of music. There is an imaginative halt in the music.

Se refer a reggaton?

Yes, for all that music that would be fine for clubs, but he considers a pause, a pause, both musically and poetically. But it will end.

Are concerts coming back after three years?

We haven’t worked much in the summer because we are not old enough to walk the streets. But there is a series of concerts that we have practically every year and that we do. The world music thing is new to us in Toledo, we did it in France, where we used to go to festivals like this a lot. And I really like that they’re doing it in Toledo. We are very excited to be in Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

What will be the repertoire this Saturday?

This is the repertoire of what we were doing when we stopped because of the pandemic, although we have changed some things. We include some songs that are not tango. We have included bolero, rancher and some french songs. Starting in the fall, we’ll start doing something else that we’re preparing for.

Plus, will you be recording anything new this fall?

We are looking at that possibility. The other day we talked to a record label. But the record has changed a lot. Before you record an album and that’s it. Now it has become more complicated with the Internet. But I’m catching up fast. Plus, now it’s like you’re recording songs and releasing them slowly, like in the time of The Beatles.

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