In response to Louis’s comment on Malerba

(To read Louis’s comment, please go to my post “Tandas Frequently Played in Bs.As.”.)

I’m not taking notes of every song titles, I’m just writing down the tanda sequence. As for the song title, I remember the songs and check out the titles when I’m home.

I read the discussion about Malerba on the TangoDJ list. I think generally DJs on the list agree that his music is good. But I guess when it comes to DJing, his music is on a rather low priority outside Buenos Aires when there’re many many good stuff to play (I completely understand because I did the same myself!). Also Malerba’s music is not the kind of stuff that can drive people to the dance floor when people don’t know the music. I think when people know Malerba and like his music, they would love to dance on his music; but when people don’t know it, then his music is just nice to dance but not particularly “attractive”, and can be boring to dancers who need energy and excitement in the music.

However, I don’t think it’s so difficult for people to appreciate Malerba. Malerba with Medina is similar to D’Agostino with Vargas. If non-Argentineans can fall in love with the music of D’Agostino with Vargas, they should be able to appreciate Malerba with Medina.

To make dancers who don’t know Malerba (or any orchestra that people are not familiar with), I believe DJ needs to use a teaser. For me the teaser of Malerba is Gitana Rusa. If people start to fall in love with the teaser, and want to know more about Malerba, then the community will slowly get to love his music. Here in the milongas that I go to, whenever DJ starts to play Gitana Rusa, I can hear sighs from the dancers and they all rush into the floor. When the community has emotional connection with the song, no matter it is slow or fast, people will dance on it.

A porteño told Isaac the other day, “Malerba is the music that you dance with your loved one.” So romantic!

5 Responses to “In response to Louis’s comment on Malerba”

  1. Toni Tango Says:

    Thanks for this interesting piece on Tango music for dancing, I will ask our DJ in Toronto , Mr. Victor Hugo to play some Malerba for us at his next milonga. see … http://tangoispassion.com/events.html

    Best Regards Toni Tango.

  2. TP Says:

    Hola, Royce,

    From reading your posts, I started to collect Malerba’s music. I love it. Gitana Rusa, Enbrujamiento, Remembranza, Ninguna, Mi Taza De Cafe, La Piba De Los Jasmines… I only have two cds (Grabaciones Olvidada & II) which have ten tracks each. I am wondering if there are more out there that I can get.
    I know Buenos Aires Tango Club has one compilation of twenty tracks which has quite a few overlaps.

    Always thankful to your insightful posts.

  3. Royce Says:

    Hi TP,

    I’m glad you like Malerba. Just few days ago there was another discussion about Malerba on TangoDJ list. I was surprised to know that some DJs find it difficult to dance on Malerba – they said it’s too slow! I think it’s not the problem of Malerba, but a technical issue (of dancing)/preferences of these DJs. Anyway, there’re always people like and dislike a particular orchestra, no point to argue on this matter.

    Did you buy the BATC CD? If not, I will recommend you to get it. It’s true there’re 8 repeating songs, but the rest are nice to dance and listen to. Among those non-repeating songs, I particularly like “Violín”, Corazón de artista” (vals) and “Mariana” (milonga). You can also get “Mariana” from DYM (Danza y Movimiento) Milonga Vol. 3.

  4. TP Says:

    We are going to order a few cds from BATC. I will make sure the Malerba one is on the list. I also like Jose Garcia con Alfredo Rojas. Any recommendation on his cds. I only have the Motivo Sentimental and ten tracks from Grabaciones Olvidada. Going to get the one from BATC as well.

    Thanks as always

  5. Royce Says:

    Hi TP,

    I like José Garcia too. And thank you for mentioning him! I just checked the website of BATC and noticed that they have 2 CDs of José Garcia. There’re some repeating tracks, but there’re many things that I don’t have before. Should go and get them tomorrow. :-)

    I think with what you have plus those CDs from BATC, you will have all the José Garcia CDs available in the commerical market. Though it is possible that we might miss some private labels in Japan and in Europe.

    P.S. Don’t forget to get “Nubes de Humo” from BATC!

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