After having played tango music -to varying degrees of competency- in recent years, my bandmates and I decided to take our next step by spending some time in Buenos Aires. What better way to learn about a culture than to actually visit it?
This took an enormous amount of planning and quite a bit more cooperation than we had yet experienced. Previously, we just needed to talk enough to figure out when the next show was happening, where we would hold the next rehearsal, or how could we get the violinist to stop dancing during the intermission so that we can start our next set. In that way, the trip has become a wild success before we even got on the plane (ed. note- we're not leaving for another 3 days).
During the height of our plotting, I thought that this might be a way in which I endeavor to keep probing at the different aspects of tango culture. If we are looking for some authenticity then why not embrace Lunfardo in all its phases?
This will serve as the mission statement for this blog: All things tango as seen by an innocent onlooker.
It is difficult to find many other places that lay claim to an artistic expression that is at once singular but malleable. Argentinians hold fast to tango as being part of their identity but that doesn't specify any one medium. Some things are intrinsically Porteno: whether it be music, dance, poetry, language, architecture, theatre, food, etc., but where that line is between borrowing and ownership is always a tricky one. I want to write about what I find that is uniquely tango here as to show relationships to other places (and its exports) if not to clearly delineate between some of the myths/realities of tango.
Besides, at one point in my life I wanted to be a writer. That dream, like many other choices in my teen years, was a bad idea from the jump but at least I'll have an opportunity to make the dust off from my writing sklls that r slopppy.