With beautiful artwork by Emily-Rose Šarkova, this is a 3-fold CD .
Good Enough For Gringos is the long awaited debut album from Sydney-based tango quintet Tángalo. The album is a unique blend of both new arrangements of 'Golden Age' tango music, and original compositions by Owen Salomé and Emily-Rose Šarkova.
Tángalo use Violin, Guitar, Double Bass, Flute, Accordion, Piano and Voices to create a sound that is is beguiling and vividly personal. The dazzling instrumental lines and impassioned vocals reference both the poetic background of tango music, and something considerably more modern.
Gentler tracks such as 'Jacinto Chiclana' contrast with the violence of the 'Fugato'. Recognisable and well known tangos such as 'La Cumparsita' and 'Poema' are re-imagined ( with new arrangements that celebrate the essence of tango). The more playful 'El Patito Feo' and 'De Antaño' can be heard next to the sensuous 'Las Aguas Tranquilas' and the tension of 'Tango Lluvia'.
The wonderful vocals of esteemed Argentine tango singer, Fabián Rodríguez, are featured on 'Hasta Siempre Amor' in a unique collaboration.
Through all of these changing moods and characters, Tángalo maintain an exquisite musical sensitivity that allows this album to simply unfurl like the scent of an exotic flower drifting in the warm summer air of a Buenos Aires, or Sydney, evening.
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A new arrangement of this famous old tango.
Mi barrio esta de fiesta, con su mejor sonrisa
y una ternura extraña, me invade el corazón,
parece que las horas, corriesen más de prisa
y que del mismo barro, brotase una canción.
La murga de purretes, desafinando un tango
machuca los oidos, con destemplada voz,
gorriones de mi barrio, que vuelcan en el fango,
puñados de alegria, que les regala Dios.
¡Carnaval de mi barrio!,
donde todo es amor,
cascabeles de risa,
matizando el dolor,
¡carnaval de mi barrio!,
pedacito de sol,
con nostalgias de luna,
y canción de farol.
La que volvio sin honra, se disfrazó de apache,
y el barrio en cada puerta, comenta sin cesar,
su traje descarado, sus ojos azabache,
y su poca vergüenza, que no sabe ocultar.
El tano verdulero, sentado en la vereda,
mastica su cachimbo, cansado de fumar
y en su sonrisa amarga una nostalgia enreda;
también alla en Italia vivió su carnaval.
My neighbourhood is celebrating
with its best smile, and a strange tenderness
invades my heart.
It seems that the hours pass more quickly
and from the mud itself, a song sprouts.
A band of street kids, singing a tango out of tune,
bruises the ears with an unpleasant voice.
These are the sparrows of my neighbourhood,
that spill onto the mud, handfuls of joy
that God gives them.
Carnival in my neighbourhood!
where everything is love,
bells of laughter, toning down the pain,
Carnival in my neighbourhood!
A small piece of the sun,
with the nostalgias of the moon,
and the song of the lamppost.
The woman who came back without honour
was disguised as a thug,
and the neighbours in each door
gossiped non-stop about her shameless costume,
her jet black eyes, and her lack of modesty,
(which she doesn’t know how to hide).
The Italian grocer seated on the sidewalk,
chews on his pipe, tired of smoking,
and in his bitter smile a nostalgia tangles;
back in Italy, he too lived his carnival.
from Good Enough For Gringos,
released January 13, 2014
Owen Salomé - Arrangement, Flute
Emily-Rose Šarkova - Accordion
Susana Bishop - Violin, Vocals
Amy Putt - Piano
Johan Delin - Double Bass
Tángalo are a Sydney-based tango quintet who perform a mix of original compositions and existing
Tángalo use Violin, Guitar, Double Bass, Flute, Accordion, Piano and Voices to create a sound that is is beguiling and vividly personal. The dazzling instrumental lines and impassioned vocals reference both the poetic background of tango music, and something considerably more modern....more