This must've been my most progressive playlist to-date.
The occasion was the penultimate edition of Milonga Joe, a popular Monday evening milonga in Prague. The very last one happens on the 24th of February, 2020.
I went all in without much preparation done beforehand. Somehow the right people showed up and I got in the "zone" instantly.
Without further ado, this is how I played it.
Intro tanda, a few people arriving and talking
- Indio manso * Carlos Di Sarli (1958)
- Bahía Blanca * Carlos Di Sarli (1958)
- El abrojo * Carlos Di Sarli (1958)
- Una fija | Glorias de ayer * Carlos Di Sarli (1958)
Still not too many present, the first couple dances
- And I love her * Orquesta Romantica Milonguera (2019)
- No sé tú * Orquesta Romantica Milonguera, Roberto Minondi (2020)
- Perfidia * Orquesta Romantica Milonguera, Roberto Minondi (2018)
- Algo contigo * Orquesta Romantica Milonguera, Ximena Gimenez, Roberto Minondi (2020)
Sound check with a singer Emmanuel Codina who'll have two sets tonight.
- Poema * Orquesta Típica Andariega (2017)
- Trenzas * Orquesta Típica Andariega / Marisol Martinez (2019)
- Loca * Orquesta Típica Andariega (2017)
- Al compás del corazón | Late un corazón * Orquesta Típica Andariega / Marisol Martinez (2019)
Time for valses!
- No nos veremos más * Collectif Roulotte Tango, Gaspar Pocai (2015)
- Romance de barrio * Collectif Roulotte Tango, Gaspar Pocai (2012)
- Pedacito de cielo * Collectif Roulotte Tango, Gaspar Pocai (2012)
Take it more easy now? Nah.
- Café Domínguez * Tango Bardo (2015)
- Pavadita * Tango Bardo (2015)
- Mi dolor * Tango Bardo (2017)
- Tigre viejo * Tango Bardo (2017)
Okay, we need something romantic and calming now.
- El último café * La Auténtica Milonguera / Marisol Martinez (2020)
- Por la vuelta * La Auténtica Milonguera / Jesus Hidalgo (2020)
- Cada vez que me recuerdes * La Auténtica Milonguera / Marisol Martinez (2020)
- Tú, el cielo y tú * La Auténtica Milonguera / Marisol Martinez, Jesus Hidalgo (2020)
Milonga time! As it turned out later, the only milongas of tonight.
- Silueta porteña * Osvaldo Pugliese, Miguel Montero, Jorge Maciel (1956)
- Milonga sentimental * Fulvio Salamanca / Armando Guerrico, Mario Luna (1958)
- El ABC del amor | ABC del amor * Juan D'Arienzo, Horacio Palma, Jorge Valdez (1961)
The singer comes on stage and does a four-piece tanda. Very passionate and technically 100%. People like him and dance.
I felt I needed a to calm them afterwards. Nothing too trivial though. This Di Sarli tanda is one of two from the Golden age that made it tonight.
- Didí * Carlos Di Sarli (1947)
- El ingeniero * Carlos Di Sarli (1945)
- La racha * Carlos Di Sarli (1947)
- Ojos negros * Carlos Di Sarli (1945)
The singer did tangos, and so it's time for valses again.
- Angélica * Alfredo De Angelis, Juan Carlos Godoy (1961)
- Desagradecida * Alfredo De Angelis, Lalo Martel (1962)
- Maldito corazón * Alfredo De Angelis / Juan Carlos Godoy (1960)
I had one more tanda to go before the singer would return. I chose these instrumentals deliberately, even though they begin with two covers of Di Sarli and we had Di Sarli before the valses. Not that I am looking for an excuse or anything.
- Cara sucia * Collectif Roulotte Tango (2015)
- Una fija | Glorias de ayer * Collectif Roulotte Tango (2015)
- Inspiración * Collectif Roulotte Tango (2012)
- La maleva * Collectif Roulotte Tango (2015)
The singer comes onstage and does his second set. Very romantic with relaxed tempos.
It's about 23:15 and I don't want people to start looking at their watches. A high-energy tanda of Tanturi instrumentals could help (and it did). This is 2nd Golden age tanda of the night.
- El buey solo * Ricardo Tanturi (1941)
- Comparsa criolla * Ricardo Tanturi (1941)
- Argañaraz | Aquellas farras * Ricardo Tanturi (1940)
- Una noche de garufa * Ricardo Tanturi (1941)
Oh yes, valses again! I announce the last two tandas. My favorite tanguera appears nearby, and so I prepare both including an extra Cumparsita, and go down to the dance floor to make a few moves myself.
- Ilusión de vivir * Leo Lipesker, Roberto Rufino (1959)
- La noche que me esperes * Osvaldo Pugliese, Alberto Morán (1952)
- Manos adoradas * Osvaldo Pugliese, Alberto Morán (1952)
How better to end an evening than with late Di Sarli vocals with Jorge Durán?
No la maldigas por Dios * Carlos Di Sarli, Jorge Durán (1958)
Dónde estás * Carlos Di Sarli, Jorge Durán (1958)
Por quererla así * Carlos Di Sarli, Jorge Durán (1958)
Si nos queremos todavía * Carlos Di Sarli, Jorge Durán (1958)
And, without any extra pause, the Cumparsita.
La cumparsita * Tángalo, Susana Bishop (2014)
I spotted one or two hard-core traditionalists who may have disapproved but I've gotta say, I was very pleased with myself yesterday. Most of the people stayed on the dance floor the whole evening, although as usual we had a gender imbalance at play. I saw a lot of smiles and hugging. It worked.
With Klub Joe closing, we're losing an excellent venue where I'd typically play twice a month. Too bad. Somehow, though, when a milonga closes, another opens soon thereafter. I am not too worried.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments!
I am also enthusiastic about new/contemporary orchestras.
I found Collectif Roulotte Tango nice, it's a pity they are not on streaming platforms.