Modern Tango World N° 5 (Mexico) - Page 41

Salgán has won numerous awards, including the Shining Konex in 2005 as the best musician of the decade. He retired from the stage in 2003. But, he would often repeat that he had retired from public life, but not music. He gave a concert in 2010, during the celebrations for the bicentennial of the May Revolution of 1810 that gave Argentina its independence. In a duo with guitar virtuoso Ubaldo de Lío, this began a dazzling new phase in Salgán’s career. Liberated from the need to please the traditional dancers, he crafted sophisticated instrumentals designed with listeners in mind and achieved a brilliant balance between tradition and innovation, as music scholars Kacey Link and Kristin Wendland put it in their book, Tracing Tangueros. Salgán toyed with counter melodies and rhythms, and expressively colored his arrangements with lines for viola, cello and bass clarinet, instruments seldom found in traditional tango. But his best-known Salgán helped broaden the musical vocab