Modern Tango World N° 5 (Mexico) - Page 38

Tango Tinto: Camino Esquivo The quartet Tango Tinto describes themselves as a traditional quartet specializing in Argentinian Tango. Their musicians are Gerardo Agnese (bandoneón), Bárbara Varassi Pega (piano), Virgilio Monti (double-bass), Vincenzo Albini (violin), and as Rubén Peloni (vocals). Their repertoire usually includes traditional composers, such as Pugliese, Troilo, Arolas, Plaza, D’Arienzo, Canaro, De Caro, Piazzolla, et al to please the dancers at milongas and festivals. But, they increasingly add their own songs. For their third album, Camino Esquivo, seven tracks were written by themselves. Four were written by bandoneonista Agnese, two by pianist Varassi Pega and one by their singer Peloni. The other songs are El Último Organito by Acho Manzi, La Casita de mis Viejos by Juan Carlos Cobián, Chiqué by Ricardo Brignolo, Ensueños by Luis Brighenti, and Inspiración by P. Paulos. They even arranged these old tangos to be a bit nuevo, making them fit to their musical preferences. While music like this can easily be somewhat boring, particularly when musicians intend to impress their audience with their skills, Tango Tinto do not make this mistake. They have the necessary verve and passion. They change tempo and atmosphere even within a song to attract their followers. Their singer Rubén Peloni with his warm timbre, balancing the vibes the ensemble creates with pure emotions. Gerardo Agnese´s song Voy a Volver is one of the wonderful moments of this album: The piano opens with discrete melodic and harmonic progressions, Peloni sings the beautiful melody with relaxed passion, while violin and bandoneon r espond with elegant melodic phrases, and the double-bass gives clear structure. For me, one of the album´s highlights. Further, Rubén Peloni´s El rioba de la ex comes along as a lively milongacandombe and has the necessary elements to convince the dancers. Other songs need their time to unfold, such as the bittersweet Sin Tu Manos by Tango Tinto´s bandoneonista, Gerardo Agnese. Astor Piazzolla surely would have been pleased about this reference. Overall Scoring (1-5 stars): **** Dancer´s pleasure << Listener´s pleasure Duration: 76 min. Artist´s website: http://www.tangotinto.com/ — 36 — To Subscribe, Click here