Rob writes: "We had a great experience throughout. We've since talked with some others who've traveled there, and it's safe to say that none of them had anything like our trip! Anyway, thank you deeply for your hard work getting it together; it was a gas! Cheers, Rob and Elizabeth. Cuban music, Cuban dance, and Cuban culture reflect a unique mix of rhythms and peoples. We'd long sought the right licensed group trip -- still necessary -- that would take us into the heart of Havana. Elizabeth found this programme, which offered two hours drumming a day with pro teachers; three hours salsa dancing a day with gifted young dancers; and club dancing each night with the same dance partners, plus rooming in a Cuban home. Our slice of Cuba was close to the bone and not at all fancy, but it was full of life! There are many other ways to see Cuba; ours brought us close to real Cubans and allowed us to work one-on-one with elite dancers and musicians."
Today, we are giving you a short overview concerning the upcoming changes at "Danza y Movimiento". We will keep offering music and travels in the future – still, there will be a lot of changes…
Music department – CD sales and downloads in our own shop
We withdraw from this department. After many other legal adjustments, which had already made survival really hard for small suppliers, the new directive on the VAT system* that became effective on January 1st 2015, determined our end. This concerns our Club, which is influenced by the new tax regulations just like the download titles we offer. Until April 30th it will still be possible to order CDs in our shop. From then on, the ordering function will be deleted in our shop. However, we will still produce music and provide it via other online portals like for example iTunes. So our ambitious work will continue especially regarding tango…
Music department – music rights
We will develop this department further. This is interesting for everybody wanting to acquire music rights for their own productions. And nowadays this concerns especially audio-visual productions. We can offer a huge selection regarding tango music. No matter if you need music for a movie, a dance instruction DVD or just as the background music for a short video clip on Facebook, YouTube or your own website – we can offer thousands of titles. As we can also grant the right of use for more than 350 copyright-free tango tracks, our offer is highly interesting for producers of small or large films as well as for organizers of tango events. Quite often “copyright-free” is mistaken for music free of any other rights. Thus, we offer the possibility to use music legally and to guarantee that you will not have any legal problem on the basis of our contracts.
We will also expand this department: Tango in Argentina and Uruguay and especially our unique offer for dance and music vacations in Cuba. You cannot only book our all-year programme there (like for Buenos Aires and Montevideo), but there are regular individual journeys for small groups. We have legal offers for Americans to travel to Cuba Everybody who would like to learn “Salsa en Linea“, also called “New-York-Style”, is in good hands with us when travelling to Mexico (information in German language). It is possible to combine dance classes with cultural activities and Spanish language classes in all the countries mentioned.
Our newsletter and our blog will keep providing you with detailed information concerning all the topics mentioned here.
*Short information on the topic “Directive on the VAT system”
According to the new directive, all electronically provided services are subject to value-added tax in the country of the consumer. In other words, this means for our business that we as the vendor are obliged to submit a tax declaration in every single country of the customers who download music from our shop or pay a club membership fee. We have to charge every customer the VAT applicable in the specific country and indicate the tax amount on the respective invoice.
and although everything works more easily with other providers like iTunes or Amazon: and surely you already have an answer which might be that we want to earn money... Yes, this is completely correct - we want your money! But not because of the reasons you might think of. Apart from the fact that we enjoy earning money and that we are fine with becoming rich - if it would be possible with an independent download shop like ours anyway. Unfortunately, it is impossible ...
The laws of market economy, which apply also to the internet, are different: Everybody has the chance to become rich, but only few succeed. This is called monopolisation and no matter which commercial sector you might look at - this principle always applies! With due respect to your belief in the freedom of economy. This is something like believing in Santa Claus. And you are free to believe in this freedom... . But it is not for nothing that this freedom is called "neoliberalism“, thus "the new freedom". The new freedom is a form of dictatorship, which makes us believe that we are free and that all participants of the market can develop and spread themselves freely.
What does all this have to do with tango and our download shop? A simple answer: Nowadays, music is mainly bought by (still) two monopolists. As the purchase on their platforms is advertised everywhere, as it requires less effort and as the music in these shops can be found more quickly by the search engines, an independent shop hardly generates a turnover which allows its owners to finance themselves at all. This does not only affect us but also others. In other words, this signifies that we can only maintain our shop and the service implied if you don't spare the extra effort to buy your music with us. Only then, the shop can work at least cost-effectively.
To reject monopolisation is an individual process and it is not important what the others do. Our shop offers a lot of tango, about 5000 titles.
We are looking forward to your visit!
In the weeks to come, we will give away estimated 5000 CDs for free. We need the space and maybe you need our CDs. You can do with them whatever you want. You can give them to your friends, hand them out in your company, you can even visit bars and dance clubs and sell them. We don't want any money for them and we don't expect your service in return. You only pay us an expense allowance for our effort to prepare everything for you. This includes the shipping costs and a handling fee of 30 Euro, no matter if you receive 10, 20, 50 or 300 CDs from us.
And this is how it works: We announce the CDs we are going to give away for free in our newsletter, which you receive from us on a non-regular basis. You send us an email, how many CDs you are interested in and you tell us your delivery address. We will confirm your order and tell you if there are still enough CDs in stock. Furthermore, we will tell you our bank details you can transfer the handling fee to. On receipt of payment, we will send the CDs to you.
At the moment and according to our newsletter dated October 8th, we give away for free:
Wonderful prospects for all friends of Electrotango: Narcotango is visiting Europe and presents the current album "Cuenco":
27th of August in Frankfurt, Germany
29th of August in Frankfurt Festival MuseumSuferFest, Germany
30th of August in Flensburg Deutsches Haus, Germany
3rd of September in Heerlen Spiegeltent Festival Cultura Nova, Netherlands
6th of September in Bern Kulturcasino, Switzerland
9th of September in Wroclaw Stary Klasztor Festival Ethno Jazz, Poland
5th of December in Brasov Brasov Jazz Festival, Rumania
Click on the following CD cover and get a little foretaste:
With recordings from the Orquesta Donato-Zerillo, Edgardo Donato, the Orquesta Bianco-Bachicha, the Orquesta Típica Juan Sanchez Gorio, Roberto Grela and his conjunto de guitarras, Edmundo Rivero, Alberto Gomez, Cayetano Puglisi, Carlos Gardel and Alberto Castillo we give new impetus to our series "Tango Classics", which already consists of 233 albums. Follow this link and get an impression of the new releases:
The Hyperion Ensemble is based in the Italian La Spezia and it presents its 8th tango production with "Remembranzas". The ensemble from wild Liguria has gained a leading position within the European tango scene and it ranks among the most important current tango orchestras worldwide.
Available in our shop for download or CD!
The project of this new release is strictly following the previous one, "Epoca de oro" (2011), wishing to bring to new life the music of the historical orchestras of the 40s and 50s; this is the meaning of the title "Remembranzas", which is also one of the best songs of the CD. (The Spanish term "Remembranza" is linked closely to the Argentinian tango and it signifies something like a "memory of something that is past". Don't be surprised - some Spanish dictionaries don't even list this word...)
"Remembranzas" has been entirely recorded live, in various Festivals around Europe, with the sole exception of the last track, "La Cumparsita", recorded in studio. This has been done with the aim to maintain in the recordings the highly emotional atmosphere of the milongas, when the dancers, with the musicians, are celebrating together this wonderful mystery that is tango: As that famous lyric says, "el tango es rito y es religión, orquestas criollas son sus altares, y el sacerdote su bandoneón..."
Actually this CD is an adequate portrait of the Hyperion Ensemble in this moment of its life and activity, developing itself mainly in festivals or in shows with dancers, moving hundreds of people with the rhythm of the music by D'Arienzo, Fresedo, Varela etc. reinterpreted with a modern concept of sound and orchestration. The appreciated typical sound of the Hyperion Ensemble derives also from the use of the flute and guitar, two unusual instruments in Orquestas típicas but, actually, two essential instruments in Tango back since his origin in 1880. The vocals in this album are performed by the Argentinian singer Ruben Peloni, appreciated for his melodic and romantic interpretation and for his smooth and soft voice timbre.
This is an example of the many recordings with the Ensemble Hyperion to be found in the internet that demonstrates how beautiful tango dancing can be:
This is not only the fifth and most current album - it is also a cross-section of the band's history of 13 years and contains not only a multitude of new arrangements but also some previously unreleased favourite titles.
There are only few bands that have dealt with Argentinian tango as continuously and intensively with consistent vigour, energy and enthusiasm for the music.
Again, the Berlin based Argentinian singer and composer Sergio Gobi is guest musician on "5 al Tango".
Christian Gerber - Bandoneón
Bernhard von der Gabelentz - Violin
Samuel Lutzker - Violoncello
Rodolpho Paccapelo - Double Bass
Frank Schulte - Piano
Sergio Gobi - Voc
We have just received some new tango productions we would like to present to you. Two of the three CDs are dedicated mainly to classic tango, the last album presented here is an example of top quality electrotango.
Ariel Ardit: Yo lo canto hoy
Ariel Ardit wants to revitalise classic tango and to make it sound modern. For this means, he mainly uses titles that have not been interpreted millions of times before. Besides, he recorded five compositions of contemporary composers. The Orquesta Típica instrumentation is highly convincing as well as Ardit's voice which transmits the melodiousness of the tango titles without becoming syrupy.
Veronika Silva y Las Bordonas: Mano A Mano
The singer Verónika Silva used to tour with the Gotan Project from 2003 to 2006. This album is a cooperation with the trio Las Bordonas (Javier Amoretti, musical director and guitar), Ignacio Cedrún (voice and guitar) and Martín Creixell (guitar and guitarrón) and presents 12 tangos, waltzes and french chansons. Silva's charismatic voice as well as the minimalist instrumentation make this album a real listening pleasure not only for tango enthusiasts.
10 years after their debut album "Astornautas" the Argentinian electrotango band has released "Esencial". Here you will find titles penned by Piazzollas and also by the brothers Satragno, the founders of "Ultratango". The voice on two tracks is the one of Raúl Lavie, their father. Ultratango emphasise the fact that their music is not the result of mere DJ-sample-work, but that they strive to preserve the original character of the original compositions in their modern arrangements by using traditional tango instruments like the bandoneón as well as for example the synthesizer.
It's not easy to go to Cuba legally for Americans. There are many companies that propose legal travel but which is only legal according to the national law of their country like f.ex. Canada, but not legal according to US law.
Find out more about legal travel according to US law in a new section on our website especially for Americans who want to go to Cuba without having any bad experiences with immigration at the moment they return to the USA: Information about legal travel for Americans to Cuba