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.
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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
Amelita Baltar, Omar Mollo, Noelia Moncada and Diego el Cigala: These voices touch everybody and they deserve to be pointed out here in a special way.
Amelita Baltar: El Nuevo Rumbo
This new album by the Argentian singer Amelita Baltar includes versions of titles by Piazzollas, as well as folklore and own compositions, like Sería fácil decir, Viaje sin luna and El nuevo rumbo. Renowned guest artists are Fito Páez, Pedro Aznar, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Fernando Ruiz Díaz, Luis Salinas, Leopoldo Federico, Paz Lenchantin, Hernán Jacinto, Raúl Carnota, Flaco Bustos, Pablo Mainetti and Leo Genovese.
Omar Mollo: Barrio Sur
Omar Mollo is the winner of Premio Carlos Gardel 2013 with his album Barrio Sur. He won the prize for "Best album of a male singer" and he interprets classic titles like Naranjo en flor, Cuando me entres a fallar and Afiches as well as contemporary compositions by for example Luis Alberto Spinetta and Andrés Ciro Martínez.
Noelia Moncada: Marioneta
Noelia Moncada has already worked with various tango orchestras like for example Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce, Sexteto de Raúl Garello, Orquesta del Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires and the Orquesta El Arranque and is currently one of the most charismatic female tango singers.
Diego El Cigala: Romance De La Luna Tucumana
Diego el Cigala is one of the most important flamenco artists today, but he has enlarged his repertoire in the last years. He discovered his love for Cuban music and also for tango. His interpretations are fascinating and unique, and his incomparable voice gives a captivating charm to the songs. Compare his version of Naranjo en flor to the one by Omar Mollo and experience the interesting different approaches.
Finally! The Grupo Niche is back with their latest production "Tocando El Cielo Con Las Manos". The original bandleader Jairo Varela unfortunately passed away recently, but these 13 tracks, are the most beautiful hommage to the maestro. Grupo Niche is a salsa institution and an inevitable part of any salsero repertoire:
After 10 years, 5 time Grammy award winner Olga Tañón returns in 2013 with her long awaited new studio album on her own label titled "Una Mujer". Guest artists are for example Elvis Crespo and Johnny Ventura.
Latin Grammy winner Tito el Bambino presents "Invicto" which features 16 tracks that fuse elements of pop, tropical, bachata and urban rhythms.
Who doesn't know him? Marc Anthony, a founding father of salsa, is known by most salseros, of course, and he has gained international celebrity through his marriage with Jennifer López. He has also won the Latin Grammy five times, and this album produced by Anthony and the renowned producer Sergio George marks his first project of original music in the tropical genre in nearly a decade.
Finally, a new star in bachata heaven: Leslie Grace. She was born in the Bronx as a daughter of dominican parents and grew up in Florida. Her first hit in the Latin Billboard Charts was "Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow". Another charming cover version of a 60s hit is "Be my baby", where she also mixes English und Spanish.
The label Label Le Chant du Monde has released a new series dedicated to classic tango: Francisco Canaro, Aníbal Troilo, Osvaldo Fresedo, Carlos Gardel, Juan d'Arienzo and Pedro Laurenz present their mastery with 25 titles each and invite you to dance. geben sich die Ehre und präsentieren auf jeweils 25 Titeln ihr ganzes Können und laden zum Tanz ein. The tracklistings and audio samples can be found by a click on the corresponding CD:
Living in the center of Havana in carefully selected and top quality private accommodations, dance classes with personal Cuban dance partners, rhythm and percussion classes from internationally renowned musicians: to my knowledge, “Danza y Movimiento” is the first and only tour operator worldwide offering a travel program specialized in music and dance to Cuba in cooperation with a US agency, which is licensed by US authorities and thus provides a legal participation to such a program in Cuba.
Clic on the photo and find more information about the first group travel in January 2014!
Here are some tips on how to determine who is offering legal travel to Cuba, and what to expect when choosing us or other tour operators:
Regarding the people-to-people-program, US citizens using other legal tour operators usually experience a tightly organized sightseeing program, which (in contrary to the associations the term “people-to-people“ might evoke) hardly offers a direct contact with the Cuban population and especially not with the up-to-date dance and music scene in Havana and Santiago.
There are also some tour operators promoting “legal journeys to Cuba”, without being able to provide an actual proof of legality.
You can find out yourself if an offer is legal (by US law ) or not:
1. License period
According to our knowledge, licenses are issued for a maximum of one year only.
2. Only US companies
Only companies with US residency can offer legal travel to Cuba.
This is why we are working this program through a legalized US company. We have organized highly qualified cultural journeys to Cuba for 17 years now. Our headquarters are located in Germany. This is why you do not book your legal journey with us, but with our American partner who uses our infrastructure. So if for example a Canadian travel agency offers “legal journeys to Cuba” on their websites, these journeys can very well be legal according to Canadian law, but not according to US law.
3. Letter of authorization
If you book your trip to Cuba ask for a a letter of authorization! Our program was developed strictly on the basis of the requirements of US authorities. The participators stay in Cuba on legal terms with the permission of the OFAC. They experience Cuban everyday-life from their arrival until their departure and receive classes by highly qualified dance and percussion teachers. If you book this journey, you will receive a letter of authorization for submission to authorities and insurances.
Legal travel to Cuba needs a lot of bureaucratic work and a very special travel plan. The providing of this service requires a lot of work and investments, special in our case offering a program that is totally different from what you will find elsewhere. However, the price of such a journey is still cheaper than the one offered by other legal tour operators. Certainly, our price is higher than the price of journeys offered by tour operators, who cannot provide a letter of authorization from the OFAC on your request.
We are offering something nobody else does ... Dance, music, rhythm and percussion determine a journey which makes you experience Cuba in a unique way.