Playlist from Hell

I played Saturday night at a festival near Trondheim, Norway, in a place called Hell.

My dancers were a great mix in terms of level, energy, and enthusiasm, mostly Nordic but you couldn't tell - tango people should form their own nation, I think. What a glorious country we would be!

Going in, I had a plan that included an ambitious lyrical arc culminating with great 50s vocals. I changed it mid-way and never got to them.

This was the first hour:

  • Viento norte | Sexteto Cristal
  • Comme il faut | Como debe ser | Quinteto Ángel
  • El pollito | London Tango Orchestra
  • Vida mía | Orquesta Típica Andariega

-- CORTINA --

  • Mi musa campera | Francisco Canaro, Carlos Galán
  • Media noche | Francisco Canaro, Carlos Galán
  • De puerta en puerta | Francisco Canaro, Carlos Galán
  • Venganza | Francisco Canaro, Carlos Galán

-- CORTINA --

  • Noche de ronda | Francisco Lomuto
  • Corazón de artista | Ricardo Malerba
  • Desde el alma | Ricardo Tanturi

-- CORTINA --

  • Paciencia | Juan D'Arienzo, Enrique Carbel
  • Indiferencia | Juan D'Arienzo, Alberto Echagüe
  • Olvidame | Juan D'Arienzo, Alberto Echagüe
  • La bruja | Juan D'Arienzo, Alberto Echagüe

-- CORTINA --

  • El cielo en tus ojos | Carlos Di Sarli, Roberto Rufino
  • Bien frappé | Carlos Di Sarli, Roberto Rufino
  • Zorro plateado | Carlos Di Sarli, Roberto Rufino
  • Si tú quisieras | Carlos Di Sarli, Roberto Rufino

-- CORTINA --

  • Qué tiempo aquel | Francisco Lomuto, Jorge Omar
  • Varón | Francisco Lomuto, Jorge Omar
  • No hay tierra como la mía | Francisco Lomuto, Fernando Díaz

I started with a mixed contemporary tanda to announce that I intend to mix in new tangos, then dropped into the standard repertoire. People already had a 6-hour afternoon milonga in their legs, and I felt I needed to be careful.

Second hour:

  • Julián | Edgardo Donato
  • El pollito | Ricardo Tanturi
  • El relámpago | Florindo Sassone
  • Quejas de bandoneón | Pedro Láurenz

-- CORTINA --

  • En tus ojos de cielo | Miguel Caló, Raúl Berón
  • Domingo a la noche | Miguel Caló, Raúl Berón
  • Entre sueños | Miguel Caló, Raúl Berón
  • La abandoné y no sabía | Miguel Caló, Raúl Berón

-- CORTINA --

  • Pabellon de las rosas | Juan D'Arienzo
  • Sueño florido | Juan D'Arienzo
  • Francia | Juan D'Arienzo

-- CORTINA --

  • Alas rotas | Edgardo Donato, Horacio Lagos
  • Se va la vida | Edgardo Donato, Horacio Lagos
  • Hacete cartel | Edgardo Donato, Horacio Lagos
  • Carnaval de mi barrio | Edgardo Donato, Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales, Romeo Gavioli

-- CORTINA --

  • El incendio | Rodolfo Biagi
  • Unión cívica | Rodolfo Biagi
  • Pura clase | Rodolfo Biagi
  • La maleva | Rodolfo Biagi

-- CORTINA --

  • El criollito oriental | Pedro Láurenz, Alberto Podestá
  • Yo soy de San Telmo | Pedro Láurenz, Alberto Podestá
  • Maldonado | Pedro Láurenz, Alberto Podestá

The mixed instrumentals at the top are from 1950s. I felt that they meshed together rather well. The Caló / Berón tanda was too soft; I should have gone higher on the passion scale.

There was an announcement after the vals tanda, and the Donato / Lagos upbeat tanda that followed was meant to bring some cheers. It worked and the floor was full.

Third hour:

  • Caminito | Carlos Di Sarli, Oscar Serpa
  • Cuatro vidas | Carlos Di Sarli, Oscar Serpa
  • Viento verde | Carlos Di Sarli, Oscar Serpa
  • Por el camino | Carlos Di Sarli, Oscar Serpa

-- CORTINA --

  • C.T.V. | Aníbal Troilo
  • Cachirulo | Aníbal Troilo
  • Cordón de oro | Aníbal Troilo
  • Guapeando | Aníbal Troilo

-- CORTINA --

  • Lontano | Orquesta Típica Andariega, Fabián Villalón
  • Buonasera | Orquesta Típica Andariega, Fabián Villalón
  • Gira Gira | Orquesta Típica Andariega, Fabián Villalón

-- CORTINA --

  • Yo quiero cantar un tango | Pedro Láurenz, Alberto Podestá
  • Recién | Pedro Láurenz, Alberto Podestá
  • Muchachos, mi último tango | Pedro Láurenz, Alberto Podestá
  • Nunca tuvo novio | Pedro Láurenz, Alberto Podestá

-- CORTINA --

  • Café de los Angelitos | Rodolfo Biagi, Alberto Amor
  • Viento malo | Rodolfo Biagi, Alberto Amor
  • Cuando llora la milonga | Rodolfo Biagi, Alberto Amor
  • Adiós, pampa mía | Rodolfo Biagi, Alberto Amor

-- CORTINA --

  • Largá las penas | The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet
  • Negrito | The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet
  • Ella es así (feat. Enrique El Peru" Chavez)" | The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet

What worked: the Andariega vals tanda was received with enthusiasm. These are indeed superb new valses!

What didn't: I felt that the Biagi / Amor tanda following Láurenz with Podestá did not provide sufficient contrast. I should have built up more energy coming to the milongas.

Fourth hour:

  • Madreselva | Francisco Lomuto, Jorge Omar
  • Por la vuelta | Francisco Lomuto, Jorge Omar
  • Gólgota | Francisco Lomuto, Jorge Omar
  • La melodía de nuestro adiós | Francisco Lomuto, Jorge Omar

-- CORTINA --

  • Tierrita | Ricardo Tanturi
  • El chamuyo | Edgardo Donato
  • Gallo ciego | Ricardo Tanturi
  • Elegante papirusa | Edgardo Donato

-- CORTINA --

  • Ella | Ángel D'Agostino, Tino García
  • Esquinas porteñas | Ángel D'Agostino, Rubén Cané
  • Quemá esas cartas | Armando Cupo, Alberto Morán

-- CORTINA --

  • Tristeza de la calle corrientes | Tango Bardo, Cucuza Castiello
  • Felicidad | Tango Bardo, Cucuza Castiello
  • Miedo | Tango Bardo, Cucuza Castiello
  • Alma de loca | Tango Bardo, Cucuza Castiello

-- CORTINA --

  • Esta noche me emborracho | Rodolfo Biagi, Carlos Saavedra
  • Mientras duerme la ciudad | Rodolfo Biagi, Carlos Saavedra
  • Sin palabras | Rodolfo Biagi, Carlos Saavedra
  • Gracias | Rodolfo Biagi, Carlos Saavedra

-- CORTINA --

  • Milonga de antaño | Francisco Canaro
  • Milonga de mis amores | Francisco Canaro
  • Silueta porteña | Francisco Canaro, Roberto Maida

I was holding back and besides the Tango Bardo tanda, I did not step outside of the standard repertoire. One reason was that a fellow DJ ran a parallel alternative / non-tango session at the bar, and I thought I should provide sufficient contrast to that. Today, I'd swap the Biagi / Tango Bardo tandas, or even replace the latter with something more energetic.

Last hour and good-byes:

  • Muchachos comienza la ronda | Osvaldo Pugliese, Roberto Chanel
  • Farol | Osvaldo Pugliese, Roberto Chanel
  • El día de tu ausencia | Osvaldo Pugliese, Roberto Chanel
  • El tango es una historia | Osvaldo Pugliese, Roberto Chanel

-- CORTINA --

  • Didí | Di di | Ricardo Tanturi
  • Lágrimas | Ricardo Tanturi
  • Argañaraz | Aquellas farras | Ricardo Tanturi
  • Una noche de garufa | Ricardo Tanturi

-- CORTINA --

  • Cuando florezcan los rosales | Sexteto Cristal, Guillermo Rozenthuler
  • Noches de invierno | Sexteto Cristal, Guillermo Rozenthuler
  • Vals del recuerdo | Sexteto Cristal, Guillermo Rozenthuler

-- CORTINA --

  • El yacaré | Ángel D'Agostino, Ángel Vargas
  • Adiós, arrabal | Ángel D'Agostino, Ángel Vargas
  • Solo compasión | Ángel D'Agostino, Ángel Vargas
  • La cumparsita | Ángel D'Agostino, Ángel Vargas

The end came at about 2.15 AM an I felt that the closure was satisfying. If I were to do this all over again, I'd go in with ~ 10% more confidence and challenge the floor more in certain key moments.