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    ANYONE FOR YIDDISH TANGO?

    By Audrey Coleman

    Gustavo BulgachPut the two words “Yiddish” and “tango” together, and some might respond, “You’re joking?” But history bears out a strong connection between the two. These will be evident in the upcoming performance of Yiddish Tango Club at the Skirball Cultural Center on Thursday evening, August 21. Having investigated Vietnamese tango in my June column, this gives me yet another opportunity to dig for treasures in music history.

    But first here’s the scoop on the show. Virtuoso klezmer clarinetist Gustavo Bulgach, who launched the Yiddish Tango Club project in 2012, will lead his ensemble in accompanying tangos with lyrics written in Yiddish as well as Argentine tango instrumentals from the early days of the genre and the innovative tangos of Astor Piazzolla. They also will be performing pieces from the klezmer repertoire, freilachs (happy, fast-paced numbers) and nigunim (improvised vocal numbers with roots in religious and particularly Hasidic texts and music).

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  • COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    September-October 2014

    WHERE HAVE ALL THE VENUES GONE, LONG TIME PASSING…

    By Dennis Roger Reed

    Live Music Tonight signGot an email from a young lady that books music for a pizza place. One of the bands I play with performed regularly there in the last couple of years. She had bad news: instead of a couple more dates before the end of the year, she let us know that the venue was dropping live music. Too bad, I liked the place, it paid fairly well and we drew good sized crowds because it was a ways from our “usual territory.” Certainly not the first venue to close up shop, nor the last. At least it wasn’t like that scene in Paul Simon’s actually quite excellent movie One Trick Pony where the band pulls up to the venue only to find it’s out of business. Sad but true, venues go out of business. Owners change. Live music is dropped.

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July-August 2007

New World Flamenco Festival

La Flor de la Vida, August 10-19

By Chris Stuart

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A Fuego Lento Photo by Miguel Angel Gonzalez

There are few folk dances that blend passion and precision, energy and elegance, as well as flamenco.

Its origins are only dimly known, and there is debate over the very word. The dance appeared first in the Andalusian region of Spain in the sixteenth century during what is known as the Reconquest and quickly spread. The unique mélange of native Andalusian, Islamic, Sephardic, and Gypsy cultures, gives the dance its themes of loss, persecution, pride, as well as its characteristic rite of sexual tension.

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Maria Jose Franco Photo by Dean Thomas

The word flamenco might mean gypsy or perhaps a reference to the Flemish, the legendary home of the gypsies. In either case, the origins are distinctly folk oriented, the dance developing from the poorer strata of society. Over the past 500 years it has been alternately derided as an uncouth regional dance and hailed as the pinnacle of Iberian soul.Now we have a unique opportunity to appreciate the very best in flamenco dance with the New World Flamenco Festival August 10-19 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The festival is titled La Flor de la Vida, The Prime of Life, and premieres three companies of young flamenco dancers who are among the very best currently performing in Spain.This established festival has often emphasized the stars of traditional flamenco, but this year's program will bring a new generation to Southern California.

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Juan Ogalla Photo by Andy Mogg

This is an unprecedented chance to see what is new and coming inflamenco dance. All the troupes are in the prime of life and promise to present an exciting show of new works, some created especially for this festival.Each company is led by a well-known dancer who has built his or her own company and been successful at Spain's major flamenco festival, Festival de Jerez. The three troupes will divide the ten day festival.Compañia Maria José Franco will perform August 10-12, a program titled De Grana y Oro, and features, besides Ms. Franco, a high-profile cast including Morenito de Llora, Juan Jose Amador and Luis Moneo. August 14-15, André Peña and Pila Ogalla will present "A Fuego Lento," which promises a smoldering male and female duet. And Compañia Juan Ogalla, with guest artist Milagros Mengibar, will perform Cosas de Cai, August 17-19, featuring Spain's leading exponent of the bata de cola, the long gown.

This is a chance to enjoy some of the best dancers in the world of any style, and a festival that deserves to attract many people interested in, and appreciative of, great folk dancing, fabulous production, and sensual storytelling.

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