I've written about new music that inspires me, and recently I've wondered if I put money where my mouth is.
To that end, I have done a quick statistical analysis of my playlist from the first half of 2019.
The data set
I play 3-4 times a month, and I so looked at 20 sets that have under 1000 tracks in total, not including cortinas.
Most of these are normal weekly milongas in Prague. There were a couple specials, such as a festival in Norway.
My guess was about 15%.
I did not realize I was this progressive.
What new music I play
The modern orchestras that most often appear in my sets are:
- Orquesta Romantica Milonguera
- Collectif Roulotte Tango
- Alex Krebs' bands: Conjunto Betterin, The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet
- Quarteto Sol Tango
- Sexteto Cristal
What about the other 62.8%?
As I wrote previously, I am invested in the entire tango tradition. The classic 1940s repertoire is at respectable 31.7%, the 1930s music at 13.9%, and the remaining 27.2% goes to the 1950-1970s period (mostly centered on the 50s).
My sales pitch to those interested in hiring me can thus be summarized as: one-half "Golden Age", 1/4 "Silken Age" (1950s, mostly), 1/4 "New Age".