December 14, 2015
A few days ago, we said "adios" to a tango legend. I'm sure you know his voice very well! Alberto Podestá, who died Thursday at the age of 91, first became famous for singing and recording with the orchestras of Migel Caló and Carlos di Sarli. (There's a great story about how he was recruited by Di Sarli's agent in a brief memoir, translated to English HERE. He was very young!)
Surely you've danced in milongas many times to the voice of Podestá. In homage to the great singer, here are some examples which I think you'll recognize, and to which I hope you'll enjoy listening:
With Miguel Caló's orchestra (from the album "Yo Soy el Tango"):
- "Yo Soy el Tango"
- "Pedacito de Cielo" (vals)
With Carlos di Sarli's orchestra (from the album "Los Primeros Exitos, volume 2"):
- "Nada" (probably Podestá's most famous song in recordings and live concerts, including this recent one, when he was 90 years old! I saw him perform a year earlier at Salon Canning in Buenos Aires, and felt so fortunate. It was a great surprise to me that he was the guest artist that night. The place was packed solid, mostly with young people. His "Nada" brought me to tears!)
- "Al Compás del Corazón" (quite different from the Caló/Beron version!)
"Nada" and "La Capilla Blanca" - links above - both by DiSarli with Podestá, are two of 16 tangos we study in depth in "Tango Musicality Mojo". Today, in homage to Podestá, I'll give you a gift straight from that program:
Please enjoy comparing the different couples' interpretation of this tango!
For you tango music apasionados, I'll mention that after Di Sarli, Podestá sang for the orchestra Pedro Laurenz. You'd recognize Podestá's voice in Laurenz' "Garúa" and "Recien", because you dance to them in milongas! And then he sang with Francini-Pontier, a later orchestra formed by two of Caló's musicians, with whom, over the years, Podestá became great friends.
I hope you will easily recognize his voice now when you hear it in milongas, and think of him with appreciation, as I and millions of other fans do!
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For all of his 74-year-long career, Podestá was a great interpreter of tangos.
We tango dancers also interpret tangos night after night in milongas. But, unlike Podestá, most of us didn't grow up listening to tango.
At whatever level you dance, you're doing your best to interpret the music, and maybe you bring to it "a good musical sense". But if you're like many of my readers, sometimes you feel like you're "winging it". Or like others, you sometimes feel like you're trying to make sense out of chaos.
I'd like you to acquire a mastery of interpreting tango music, whether you're an advanced tango dancer or an advanced beginner, and particularly if you're not a musician.
So as part of my homage to Alberto Podestá', I'd like to invite you to join our musicality program, "Tango Musicality Mojo", and learn my "7 Building Blocks of Tango Musicality", so you'll have clarity and confidence about exactly what you're hearing as you dance.