Dienstag, 30. September 2014

Ariel Ardit: „Ni más ni menos“

Thirteen opportunities to enjoy Ariel Ardit´s wonderful and sentiment interpretations of classic songs from the “Golden Age” of Argentine tango music (some made popular by orchestras of Pedro Laurenz, Osvaldo Pugliese, Horacio Salgán, Carlos Di Sarli, Aníbal Troilo and other).  
The former singer of the Orquesta "El Arranque" surely is an outstanding vocalist with a warm timbre, perfoming with elegant grandessa, and gentle passion. Whatever he sings, it is beautiful – a bit old-fashioned, but in a good way to feel `at home´. 
The music, published in 2008, lives by the great musicians, Andrés Linetzky (piano), Gustavo Mule (violin), Nicolás Capsitsky (bandoneon) and Pablo Chaile (double bass), and by its transparent arrangements (seven from Andrés Linetzky). Although the vocals are clearly in the foreground, the instruments are not simply ornamentation – they entrain, they slow down, they move forward, and they let the songs shine, particularly when they take over the melody after the verses.
For me, one of my favorite albums! Whenever I listen, it makes me smile. - “Nothing more - and nothing less.”  (www.arielardit.com.ar)

Mittwoch, 17. September 2014

Yasmin Levy on Tango ... and more

In October 2014, the new CD / DVD TANGO of the Israeli singer and songwriter Yasmin Levy came out. Her old fans might be surprised because they may love her because of her Ladino songs, and now she breaks out of their expectations. The tango purists might be indignant because their `evergreens´ are presented with a symphonic orchestra and arrangements which are quite different from the `orquesta típica´ tradition.   
Find here the full-length interview with this exceptional singer. My ciritical critical appraisal of her CD was published in the periodical Tangodanza (issue 2/2015).