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Artist Profiles: La Chicana

La Chicana in 2004

La Chicana was formed in the first months of 1996 by Dolores Solá, Acho Estol and Juan Valverde with the clear intention of producing tango music with a rougher edge. They favor the ‘canyengue’ or orillero street rhythms and humorous melodrama of early tango as opposed to more solemn later flavors. They truly believe that the essence of tango lies in its 1920s spirit of rebellion and spontaneity witch puts it ideologically closer to rock music than to the orchestral forms that popularized it in the world since the 1940s.

La Chicana has performed at numerous festivals and special events throughout the world. In 1997 they performed routinely in Buenos Aires while working on their first CD, Ayer hoy era mañana, out in early 1998, combining revisited classics: tango, milonga, candombe- with their own unreleased songs.

They were given the UNESCO International Merit Award atn the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. During the first half of the year 2000 La Chicana performed extensively in Buenos Aires, recorded their second album and did a tour of Spain that included six cities. Because of the success they were invited to present their second CD with a similar tour in February 2001. Back in Buenos Aires they performed many shows promoting the album with many of the guests that appear in it, and TV and radio appearances.

During 2001 La Chicana had numerous engagements in Buenos Aires – Notorious, Ghandi, Tobago, T. Tasso – and they began recording their third CD. In December their second CD “Un giro extraño” was voted by Leon Gieco as album of the year in the music section of newspaper “Pagina 12”. They started recording sessions for their third CD.

In early 2003 La Chicana produced their third album Tango agazapado and they finished shooting for the documentary feature: “Tango: Un giro extraño” directed by Mercedes Garcia Guevara.

La Chicana

The short subject film “El Elegante” was finished in Los Angeles. Produced by Kalmia Pictures and 20th Century Fox it is totally scored by Acho Estol with music performed by La Chicana.

On August 29th La Chicana presented Tango agazapado at ND Ateneo, a theater in Buenos Aires. During the rest of 2003 they received excellent press reviews for this record.

In early 2004 they received the prestigious “Carlos Gardel Award” for Tango agazapado in the “Best New Tango” category.

Although the lineup has changed several times, the group is led by vocalist Dolores Solá and guitarist and composer Acho Estol.

 

Discography

* Ayer Hoy Era Mañana (1997)
* Un Giro Extraño (2000)
* Tango agazapado (2006)
* Revolución o picnic (2011)
* Antihéroes y tumbas (2015)
* La Pampa Grande (2016)

Website: www.lachicanatango.com

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Artist Profiles: Dolores Solá

Dolores Solá

Dolores Solá started her professional life as a singer at the same time she began her work as an actress in theater, musicals, films and TV. She studied acting with Augusto Fernandez, Cristina Moreira, and Joy Morris among others and took singing lessons with Maria Schwartz, Flora Yungerman, and Susana Naiditch. Dolores has also taken dancing courses: Flamenco with Marcela Suez, and Tango with Luis Solanas.

She has explored different types of music such as flamenco, rock, boleros and tango, but it was the latter she finally chose as best for her expression.

In 1995 Solá founded with Horacio Estol (Acho Estol) and Juan Valverde the tango group La Chicana while singing also in the Duet “Tangachas”.

In 1996 they started their first European Tango tour. Since, she has performed with her group for diverse audiences, from receptions to Emperors and Prime ministers to theatres and suburban Tango dance clubs.

In 2009 Solá released her solo album Salto Mortal that elements of cabaret, mixing Argentine tango with fado, pasodobles and waltzes. She recreates the Buenos Aires of the Belle Epoque. The song selection includes forgotten treasures that used to be performed by Carlos Gardel, Corsini and Magaldi.

Dolores Solá

Discography

* Ayer Hoy Era Mañana, with La Chicana (1997)
* Un Giro Extraño, with La Chicana (2000)
* Tango agazapado, with La Chicana (2006)
* Lejos
* Salto Mortal (2009)
* Revolución o picnic, with La Chicana (2011)
* Antihéroes y tumbas, with La Chicana (2015)
* La Pampa Grande, with La Chicana (2016)

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EXIB 2016 Conferences and Trade Show

The Iberoamerican Music Expo 2016 turned out to be a great opportunity to catch up with Portuguese music and some of the album releases from neighboring Spain and Latin America.

The EXIB trade show area was smaller than WOMEX, but there was a pretty good representation of booking agencies, festivals, institutions and record labels/producers.

 

EXIB Música 2016 trade show - Photo courtesy of EXIB Música
EXIB Música 2016 trade show – Photo courtesy of EXIB Música

 

One of the most fascinating exhibitors was Tradisom Producoes Culturais. This record company puts together fabulous boxed sets, books with CD, hard cover CDs, and regular CDs focusing on traditional and contemporary Portuguese folk music. Some of the goodies exhibited included a mammoth hard cover 552-page book accompanied by 4 CDs titled A Origem fo Fado (the origin of fado).

 

A Origem fo Fado (the origin of fado).
A Origem fo Fado (the origin of fado).

 

Tradisom also had a boxed set with the entre discography by one of the greatest Portuguese folk bands in the late 20th century, Brigada Victor Jara. There were also fado boxed sets, a Julio Pereira (cavaquinho master) hard cover book+CD and much more. This label is a goldmine for Portuguese music.

Several of the exhibitors represented some of the artists that showcased throughout EXIB 2016. I managed to get a pretty decent amount of CDs and memory sticks with press kits so we will be reviewing some of this material in the next weeks.

 

Covers of La Tundra magazine
Covers of La Tundra magazine

 

In this era of digital everything, it was great to see a new print magazine made in London. La Tundra is a free Spanish language culture and arts magazine published and designed by Silvia Demetilla. The magazine features CD and book reviews, the theater scene, urban radar (reviews of recommended places in London neighborhoods), urban spaces, travel articles, interviews and environmental consciousness reports.

Iberoamerica Musical is the umbrella organization that supports EXIB. The organization runs several other initiatives such as the upcoming Revista Digital Pura Mestiza, a quarterly magazine targeting Ibero-American music industry professionals.

Conferences

Three influential music journalists, Gabriel Plaza (Argentina), Enrique Blanc (Mexico), and Humphrey Inzillo (Argentina) gave a presentation about the network of Ibero-American music journalists.

left to right Humphrey Inzillo, Gabriel Plaza and Enrique Blanc at EXIB 2016
left to right: Humphrey Inzillo, Gabriel Plaza and Enrique Blanc at EXIB 2016 – Photo by Angel Romero

 

Inzillo, Plaza and Blanc also introduced some of the most interesting sounds coming from Latin America, like various forms of cumbia, including electronic cumbia produced by companies like tropical futurism label ZZK Records; the new tango scene in Argentina, featuring new tango orchestras and bands with a new attitude such as Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro, El Arranque, Buenos Aires Negro, Melingo and La Chicana.

 

 

Enrique Blanc explained that Mexico has four main music production areas: Mexico City, Tijuana, Monterrey and Guadalajara. Mexico City is a huge city that produces all music genres; Tijuana has an interesting electronic scene and is heavily influenced by its northern neighbor, the USA; Monterrey (near Laredo and Brownsville in Texas) focuses on conjunto and norteño sounds.

Guadalajara, meanwhile, is considered the cultural capital of Mexico. Enrique introduced Guadalajara acts like indie rock band Porter, showcasing their video Huitzil; and Hoppo! a new band featuring Chilean and Mexican artists, including Café Tacvba vocalist Rubén Albarrán.

 

 

 

Festival programmers met for the 2nd Encounter of Ibero-American Music Festivals. The first session was a networking and strategizing section open to festivals only. The second part was open to artist managers and agents as well as musicians.

Brazilian wind instrument virtuoso Carlos Malta gave a masterclass and conference at Evora University, and then there were numerous micro-conferences presenting books, events, new media platforms, music guides and more within the EXIB trade show space. Lastly, the expo featured an Ibero-American music documentary series.

My impression this year is that EXIB has grown. Naturally, this year the Portuguese presence was much larger, which made the event very attractive for those unfamiliar with the Portuguese music scene. I also saw some media colleagues from beyond Ibero America: musician and writer Andrew Cronshaw (UK), Simon Broughton of Songlines magazine (UK) and Drago Vovk from Radio Sraka in Slovenia.

Plans for EXIB 2017 have not been finalized yet, but it looks like Cordoba in Spain might be the next location for this unique music expo.

Related articles:

The Passionate Music of Alentejo, the Focus of EXIB 2016 Opening Concert

Three Continents Represented at EXIB 2016 Day 1 Showcases

The Diverse Sounds of Iberia, Mexico and Cuba at EXIB 2016 Day 2 Showcases

Cuatro Mastery and Hip Shaking Cumbia at EXIB 2016 Day 3 Showcases

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Artist Profiles: Acho Estol

Acho Estol
Acho Estol

Argentine musician Acho Estol started playing the guitar at eight and the electric guitar at ten, then he took up various instruments during the teenage years – he also plays flute, charango, bass, piano and percussion – but never losing focus on his main one.

He combines his work in film (assistant director and director of shorts, clips and CD-ROMs) with music and has been part of many rock and pop bands being a prolific composer in these styles, with always a touch of tango in his lyrics and melodies. He is one of the founders of tango group La Chicana.

Acho has traveled extensively around the world (United States of America, Canada, Brazil, Chile, England, France, Spain, South Africa, Senegal) playing his music and searching for different styles. In 1996 he studied tango arrangements with Ismael Spitalnik.

Acho has produced his own independent recordings, as well as music for TV, short films, choreography and commercials. He has also produced La Chicana’s releases: Ayer Hoy Era Mañana, Un Giro Extraño and Tango agazapado.

Discography

 

Ayer Hoy Era Mañana, with La Chicana
Ayer Hoy Era Mañana, with La Chicana

 

Un Giro Extraño, with La Chicana
Un Giro Extraño, with La Chicana

 

Tango agazapado, with La Chicana
Tango agazapado, with La Chicana

 

Acho Estol - Mi Pelicula (2007)
Acho Estol – Mi Pelicula (2007)

 

Acho Estol - Buenosaurios (Galileo Music GMC034, 2010)
Acho Estol – Buenosaurios (Galileo Music GMC034, 2010)

 

Lejos, with La Chicana
Lejos, with La Chicana

 

Canción llorada (2008)
Canción llorada (2008)

 

 Revolución o picnic (2011), double album with La Chicana
Revolución o picnic (2011), double album with La Chicana

 

Antihéroes y tumbas (2015), with La Chicana
Antihéroes y tumbas (2015), with La Chicana
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