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Artist Profiles: Gotan Project

The three principle members of Gotan Project – Parisian Philippe Cohen Solal, Swiss-born Christophe Mueller and Argentine musician Eduardo Makaroff – came together in the late 1990s through a mutual passion for the combination of sound with image, but were equally driven by the desire to successfully mix electronic and acoustic music.

They then built on a foundation of house and dub production by adding some of the finest Argentine tango musicians. The result was a blend of Parisian production with Buenos Aires tradition.

Their debut album was La Revancha Del Tango. In early 2004, Philippe Cohen Solal compiled a mix album of new tracks and remixes on behalf of the band, Inspiracion Espiracion (XL Recordings). Philippe Cohen Solal explained some of the factors that led them to make this album, which was not exactly a new GoTan Project record, but a collection of new tracks, plus GoTan Project remixing tracks and people mixing GoTan Project tracks:

“We set ourselves the challenge of bringing together past influences and present aspirations for just one hour – the Ancients and the Moderns. Indeed, what difference is there between a 40s groove, a 70s groove, and a groove for tomorrow? There is a difference in the sound quality of the recordings, naturally, but that aside, Anibal Troilo grooves, Astor Piazzolla grooves, and Pepe Bradock grooves. One is an amazing arranger, one a songwriting genius, and the other an inspired producer. Calexico, Domingo Cura, Peter Kruder, Anibal Troilo, Anti Pop Consortium, GoTan Project, Pepe Bradock, Al Shid and the voices of those Argentinean women, legendary figures, stars or unknowns, with names like Evita, Cecilia and Rita.”

GoTan Project also had a visual component. The second disc that accompanied the album included a video by their longtime visual collaborator, Prisca Lobjoy. She is a video artist and was part of the GoTan Project world since the very beginning, from the design of their first single sleeves, to the album cover and, above all, the creation of the videos, which were projected during the live shows.

The group’s third recording, Lunatico, had a decidedly stronger emphasis on the more organic roots of tango. “We really wanted to explore both tango and folkloric music from Argentina a lot further than we had before,” said Philippe. “That’s why many of the tracks are classically tango-oriented, very traditional patterns that people like (Anibal) Troilo would use.”


La Revancha del Tango (XL Recordings, 2001)
Lunático (XL Recordings, 2006)
Tango 3.0 (XL Recordings, 2010)


That’s Not Tango – Astor Piazzolla, A Life in Music to Debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Left ro right: Brandt Frederiksen, JP Jofre, Lesley Karsten, Nick Danielson – Photo by Mihyun Kang

That’s Not Tango – Astor Piazzolla, A Life In Music is a project imagined by Lesley Karsten and written by Karsten and Stephen Wadsworth. The show will be presented at The Appel Room in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on July 30 and 31 at 8:00 p.m. (Previous versions of the show have been performed at Joe’s Pub and SubCulture in New York City, as well as in New Orleans, Louisiana and Fort Myers, Florida.)

“The premise is simple,” says Karsten, who gives voice to the great Argentine bandoneon player and composer Astor Piazzolla on stage. “He’s dead, hates it and returns because he has unfinished business – with himself. He has regrets, struggles with isolation, memories of love lost. He gave what he had to give – and the music is astonishing – but he needs to set the record straight. There’s a price to be paid for immortality.”

Staged by Broadway director and co-writer Stephen Wadsworth, That’s Not Tango (the title mocks an old, familiar complaint among tango aficionados about this music) features Karsten and a quartet comprising JP Jofre on bandoneon (button accordion), Piazzolla’s instrument; Nick Danielson on violin; Brandt Fredriksen on piano and music director; and Pablo Aslan on bass.

That’s Not Tango is both drama and chamber concert. “With That’s Not Tango, first and foremost I want the audience to be moved. I want them to have an experience,” says Karsten. “As for Astor, he’s clearly a genius. His music affects people quite profoundly. But as a human being he was flawed – and we’re still accountable for our choices no matter what kind of genius we may possess.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 8pm & Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 8pm
The Appel Room
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway at 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
Event link: www.thatsnottango.com/jalc


Elegant and Graceful Piano Tango

Hakon Skogstad – Two Hands To Tango

Hakon Skogstad – Two Hands To Tango (Avantango Records, 2018)

Norwegian musician Hakon Skogstad delivers an exquisite interpretation of tango through the prism of the piano, combining tango, jazz and classical music elements.

Skogstad extracts the passion, romance and longing feelings of tango with ease. The material includes eight tango classics, as well as two original pieces including a tribute to Astor Piazzolla.


Artist Profiles: Mar del Plata Tango Orchestra

Mar Del Plata Tango Orchestra was created in 1997 by the Mar del Plata city council. Its first official performance held at Colón Theater on July 8th, 1997. From then on its activity has been sustained through periodic concerts hold in the city, in different cities of the Province of Buenos Aires and foreign countries.

Its  repertory is ample and traditional. Maestro Julio Davila is the conductor of the orchestra.

Mar Del Plata Orchestra’s members:

Julio Davila – piano, conductor, director

Ernesto Scorziello – bandoneon soloist

Carlos Baez – bandoneon

Daniel Sergio – cello soloist

Carlos Ramos – singer

Dancing Couples:

Emmanuel and Fernanda

Nicolás and Anastasia


Artist profiles: Julio Davila

Maestro Julio Davila was born in 1943 Buenos Aires. At the age of six he began his piano studies Santa Cecilia´s Conservatory. continued with professor Pedro Sebastian Caballero, who belongs to Argentine National Music And then studied under guidance of Orestes Cufaro whom completed musical formation realizing harmony studies.

In 1957 he formed his first orchestra “Los Jovenes del Tango” with the sponsorship of Mr. Francisco Ducan. Davila’s debut was at the “Radio del Pueblo” and his orchestra also performed at clubs. Two years later, he became a professional musician when he was called by Argentino Ledesma to work as pianist. After that, he was called by many well known artists such as Floreal Ruiz, Alberto Marino, Roberto Rufino, Jorge Duran, Roberto Florio, Alberto Moran, Nestor Fabian, Hugo Marcel, Maria Graña and Nelly Vazquez, among others.

In 1960 Davila created the Mar del Plata orchestra. In 1965 he received an offer to form and conduct a stable orchestra for the Kimberley Club of Mar del Plata and for five years he appeared on TV Channel 8 in a popular show called “Saturday´s of Sea and Mountains”. During that period, he accompanied renowned national singers in various tango shows, accompanying Roberto Goyeneche for a season. From then on, and for twenty-six years Davila accompanied Goyeneche throughout the world.

In 1992 he became director of the musical revue at the Monumental II Theater of Buenos Aires. The following year he was named director of a musical cycle at the Monumental Theater of Buenos Aires denominated “Buenos Aires in time of Tango” with Guillermo Galve and Adriana Varela. In 1994 he became the director of the show “Why do I sing so” at in the National Cervantes Theater. The same year he worked as musical director for the singer Ricardo “Chiqui”. Organized by Luis Aguilé, Maestro Davila shared the spotlight of the “Argentine Week” at the Puerta de Hierro Theater in Madrid, Spain, with Beba Bidart, Mabel Manzoti, Barry Finn, and Oscar Pano.

Since 1997, he is the director of Mar del Plata Tango Orchestra.


Artist Profiles: Hora Cero

Taking the name from one of Astor Piazzolla’s finest recordings, Hora Cero was a group of talented Argentine musicians who performed Astor Piazzolla’s new tango compositions. The repertory covers all of his different musical periods.


Darío Polonara: bandoneon

Damián Balarino: piano and keyboards

Diego Sandullo: guitar

Ezequiel Dutil: electric and acoustic bass

Lisandro Basla: drums and percussion

Pablo Santillán: vocals


Artist Profiles: Didi Gutman

Argentine composer Didi Gutman performed as a musician with artists such as Roy Ayers, Luis Alberto Spinetta, David Lebon, and produced the albums for Azul Violeta, Poncho Kingz and El General.

In his hometown of Buenos Aires, Didi Gutman Repetto was involved in bringing back the traditional voice of the tango. His voice could easily be confused with the great voices of tango’s past. He is part of the new generation of artists breathing new life into this genre.

Gutman the musical director for some of Bebel Gilberto’s tours. He also had a  group Me And The Other Guy.

Gutman was a member of the Bajofondo Tango Club.


Classics by Rising Tango Star

Mariel Martínez – Templanza (Mapa Records, 2017)

Templanza is the latest album by young tango vocalist Mariel Martínez. She is one of the finest performers in the current tango scene. Born in Buenos Aires, she relocated to Madrid in 2002 and established a European base that allows her to easily tour Europe. Her highly expressive and passionate vocals have the perfect companion in the hands of the Fabián Carbone Sextet. Carbone is a leading Argentine bandoneon player and his ensemble is also based in Spain which makes it a perfect fit.

The new recording features classic songs. Mariel and Fabián recovered the original handwritten arrangements of the groundbreaking orchestra of the Golden Decade of the Argentine tango: the ensemble led by acclaimed bandoneonist and composer Anibal “Pichuco” Troilo.

The lineup on Templanza includes Mariel Martínez on vocals; Fabián Carbone on bandoneón; Rocio Terán on piano; David Merlín on violin; Daniel Hurtado on violin; Blanca López Rubal on cello; and José Luis Ferreyra on upright bass.

Templanza is a gracefully elegant album, an impeccable example of exceptional tango craftsmanship.

Buy the digital version of Templanza or the CD directly from the artist.


Artist Profiles: Mariel Martínez

Mariel Martínez


Tango vocalist Maria Elena Martínez, better known as Mariel Martínez, was born March 28, 1980 in Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

As a teenager, Mariel studied music and singing at the Escuela Popular de Avellaneda guided by Chocho Ruiz and Aníbal Arias.

She was become one of the leading performers of classic Argentine tango. Mariel moved to Madrid in 2002 and has toured many European countries since then.

In 2005, Martiel formed a duo with electric guitarist Alejandro Picciano. They experimented with jazz-infused tango. Famed Argentine musician and producer Litto Nebbia offered to record an album for his Melopea label in Buenos Aires. De mi barrio, was released in 2008 in Spain by Factoría Autor. The recording featured Carlos Quilici on bandoneon and Tancredo on violin.

In 2010, Mariel traveled back to Argentina for a tour. She recorded an album at Litto Nebbia studios in Villa Urquiza titled Perfume de tango. The lineup included Alejandro Picciano, Litto Nebbia, Carlos Buono, Pablo Agri, Federico Boaglio and Carlos Quilici.

Back in Madrid, Alejandro Picciano put together an ensemble called La Porteña Tango Trío along with Federico Peuvrel on piano and Fernando Giardini on bandoneon. The trio became Mariel’s regular band.

While on tour in Buenos Aires, Mariel recorded an intimate album of old tangos titled “Esos otros Tangos” (“Those other Tangos”) in 2012, accompanied by Alejandro Picciano on guitar. “Esos otros Tangos” was nominated to Best Album by a Female Tango Artist at the Premios Gardel 2014.


Mariel Martínez with Fabián Carbone Sexteto


In 2017, Mariel released “Templanza” accompanied by the Fabián Carbone Sextet. Bandoneon maestro Fabian Carbone recovered and used the original handwritten arrangements of the legendary Anibal Troilo orchestra.


De mi Barrio (Factoría Autor/Discos Melopea, 2008)
Perfume de Tango (Discos Melopea, 2010)
Un Placer (Discos Melopea, 2012)
Esos otros Tangos (Discos Melopea, 2014)
Buenos Aires…Cuando lejos me vi (Discos Melopea, 2015)
Templanza (Mapa Records/ Discos Melopea, 2017)