These guys were playing tango for tips in the colorful Boca neighborhood, but nobody was paying attention, not even the local fellows sitting on the bench on the left.
I post the shot (scanned) to do justice to tango music. I emphasize – the music, not the dance. For 99.9% of tango photos depict the dance, I guess because it is so photogenic. But the essence of tango is the music. It’d be unconceivable to think about the city of Buenos Aires without it: it’s on the air, heard casually in buses, taxis and cafes, or simply magically as from nowhere when you just walk the streets, probably coming from a music shop, or the radio, or a club.
So what do we have here? A singer, guitarist and a bandoneon player (“bandoneonista”). Let’s analyze this.
TANGO-SONG: Although instrumental tango is played for tango dance, the most popular style by far is actually the “tango-song” (tango-cancion), invented and popularized in the 1920s by tango legend Carlos Gardel (1890-1935), he was generally accompanied by guitar in his songs. He’s a national hero, and his portrait is a national icon, found almost everywhere.
Later, in the 1940s and 1950s additional instruments were incorporated to the music, actually in orchestra formations, and many of the most popular tango songs were composed, generally with lyrics based on philosophical poems with heavy use of “lunfardo”, the local slang.
A few can dance the tango, but every citizen of Buenos Aires knows the lyrics of tango songs like “El dia que me quieras”, “Mi Buenos Aires querido” and “Cambalache”.
BANDONEON: The bandoneon is the quintessential tango instrument. It’s the bandoneon that produces that slow, melancholic, magic cadence of tango. No, it’s not a kind of accordion, you’ll actually insult any tango musician if you suggest that. The accordion has piano-like keyboards on one side and it has a joyful sound. The bandoneon has buttons on both sides, it is very complex and should be played slowly. It was actually invented in the 1850s in Krefeld, Germany by Heinrich Band (hence “band-oneon”), to play religious music and brought to Argentina by German immigrants.
Two legendary bandoneon players have had a decisive influence on tango, each one revolutionizing it in his own time: Anibal Troilo “Pichuco” (1914-1975), in the 1940s and 50s, and Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), founding father of contemporary tango, or “nuevo tango”, in the 1960s and 70s.
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ChrisJ (104245) 2006-03-14 3:42
Lol! I like the bright warm colors & superb yellow vs blue contrast. The highlights are slightly oe, but mood rules here!
Gerrit (50982) 2006-03-14 4:32
Fantastic shot. Two real musicians at age and a singer who won't get older than 20 years ago.
Great colours in the background too.
Thanks and regards, gerrit
Angshu (56574) 2006-03-14 4:46
What wonderful colours, almost surreal. The statue looks slightly overexposed...but as Chris has said, the mood has been caught so well
gigi (2668) 2006-03-14 5:55
j'adore cette photo ou les couleurs sont magnifique
et bravo pour la compo
CRATEOS (7278) 2006-03-14 7:56
Street life foto... very special!!!powerfull coloring!!!you make one exeptional jumb here!!GNGRS Nikiforos
talikf (1290) 2006-03-14 8:13
Wow, the sign adds so much to the mood of the picture. The colors are amazing and the expressions of these old guys are so typical of street musicians in Argentina. Very good capture!
jhm (144268) 2006-03-14 12:05
Argentina tango is a very difficult dance, certainly for the white people, also in Europe become Argentina tango dancing, but this is not the real tango as well as in Argentina. In every dance school learn one tango, but almost always with Argentina teachers. A pity that the young people not have interest for this musicians, you show us a good picture with very well colours.
Thanks for visit,
josepmarin (57947) 2006-03-14 12:38
Good composition with the capture of this moment of daily life.
The colors of the walls are amazing, and the setting and sharpness are very good.
sam224 (6215) 2006-03-14 13:24
Nice shot here capturing a moment of daily life. The colourful walls in the background add even more interest to the composition.
plimrn (21344) 2006-03-14 13:37
your excellent note adds great interest to your colorful photo
IvarsU (2505) 2006-03-14 15:16
Hi, pastadog (Daniel)!
fantastic idea of scene. Tilte to tribute tango is showing all.. Ideal composition an most colorful picture of today!
gaby (19819) 2006-03-14 16:19
Daniel bonsoir - I'm an admirer of Astor Piazzolla (the bandoneon is often very sad) - great street scene with splendid colors and perfect focus - very interesting shot and note -
TeresaT (10806) 2006-03-14 17:30
Very good composition of these musicians.
I like the strong colours of the background.
smash2707 (3320) 2006-03-15 20:35
Beautiful colors! Nice daily life picture. What would be Argentina without the tango. It's amazing how many countries you've visited. Regards, Yvonne
pranab (5354) 2006-03-18 21:46
excellent color composition. nice expressive shot of the musicians. your dof is great too. great note.
pierrefonds (60378) 2006-06-17 10:08
A good POV of these musicians playing the tango. The photo has a good composition and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.