Echoes of Argentina
They say that music soothes the soul and transcends borders. For its part, tango crossed the Atlantic and took seed in the older, poorer districts of Buenos Aires. Initially shunned by the bourgeoisie in its country of origin, tango has stood the test of time to become not only popular but glamorous as well! With its wings pinned to the ambition of sordid slums, tango was born in the heart of Buenos Aires like the cry of a bird striving to touch the sky. What a strange fate for a love transmuted into pure cadence, making its way on hope alone.
Tango – a blend of rage, grief, faith and loneliness proud of its capacity to express love – has fulfilled its destiny by reaching out to us so we too can share in the suave fever of its glorious notes!
The Argentinian and Uruguayan tradition of the Tango, now familiar around the world, was developed by the urban lower classes in Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the Rio de la Plata basin. Among this mix of European immigrants to the region, descendents of African slaves and the natives of the region known as criollos, a wide range of customs, beliefs and rituals were merged and transformed into a distinctive cultural identity. As one of the most recognizable embodiments of that identity, the music, dance and poetry of tango both embodies and encourages diversity and cultural dialogue. It is practised in the traditional dance halls of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, spreading the spirit of its community across the globe even as it adapts to new environments and changing times. That community today includes musicians, professional and amateur dancers, choreographers, composers, songwriters, teachers of the art and the national living treasures who embody the culture of tango. Tango is also incorporated into celebrations of national heritage in Argentina and Uruguay, reflecting the widespread embrace of this popular urban music.