I've been meaning to write a new post for over a week now but there is so much to see and do finding a spare moment has not been easy! Last weekend I saw a concert in a very nice new cultural centre here, the Usina del Arte http://usinadelarte.org/ in La Boca. There was a hommage concert for the bandoneonist Anibal Troilo, http://www.troilo.com.ar/ who was born 100 years ago this year so they asked some of the most famous bandoneonists to come and play solos on Troilo's bandoneon. It was fascinating seeing how different they all sounded on the same instrument and after playing Raul Garello gave the bandoneon a little fond pat and Walter Rios gave it a kiss! There are tons of concerts and cultural events here all for free. Its incredible, so people are very cultured and go out alot. I have been setting up interviews for next week and managed to interview a Mexican violinist who works in the tango world here called Perla Flores. She learnt with Ramiro Gallo who is one of the big names in the tango world now. I am currently doing a course called Tango Para Musicos where Ramiro is teaching and he has created a method for tango violin. He is a great teacher so now I really want to find a way to bring him to the UK to give classes. I am also taking classes with Ignacio Varchausky on the styles of tango orchestras which is also fantastic so I want to bring him over to the UK too!
I'll be going to a concert tonight with the violinist Fabian Bertero who has worked with many great tango musicians and comes from a well-known musical family. he also teaches at the Folclore y Tango del Conservatorio Municipal Manuel de Falla de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.