Continuing with the series of tangos, this piece features Juan D’Arienzo and his Orchestra playing “Loca” from a 1970′s Argentinian TV program. Together with superb dancing and great photography by Graciela Pierre (see credits) this production came together smoothly. The challenge was to synchronize the music (re-sampled) with the video portions and the dance. After a few failures and out of sync renderings, it all came together. I’ve tried to construct this piece in the same style of the band beat leading the dancers and using the power of the 2-4 beat to accentuate and cut the scenes.
Juan D’Arienzo is known as “El Rey del Compás” (King of the Beat). Departing from other orchestras of the golden age, D’Arienzo returned to the 2-4 feel that characterized music of the old guard, but he used more modern arrangements and instrumentation. His popular group produced hundreds of recordings.
In 1949 D’Arienzo said: “From my point of view, tango is, above all, rhythm, nerve, strength and character. Early tango, that of the old stream (guardia vieja), had all that, and we must try not to ever lose it. Because we forgot that, Argentine tango entered into a crisis some years ago. Putting aside modesty, I did all was possible to make it reappear. Furthermore, I tried to rescue for tango music its masculine strength, which it had been losing through successive circumstances. In that way in my interpretations I stamped the rhythm, the nerve, the strength and the character which distinguished it in the music world and which it had been losing for the above reasons. Luckily, that crisis was temporary, and today tango has been re-established, our tango, with the vitality of its best times. My major pride is to have contributed to that renaissance of our popular music.”
D’Arienzo, at the end of his career, dug-in his own style; of course, without knowing it and without even thinking of it. People saw him making faces in front of the musicians and the singers; they saw him with fondness, there was something of nostalgia and something of mockery. Of course, the orchestra beat was leading the dancers’ feet. And the dancers’ feet still follow the beat when D’Arienzo´s records are played back and his figure keeps on raising a great fondness.
(Some excerpts from TodoTango.com; Wikipedia.com)
I hope you enjoy my interpretation of the “King of the Beat” and his band playing “Loca”.
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After a long pause, I decided to make a few more tango videos. The strength of this music and the sensuality of the dancers is a double attraction to the senses. Intense feelings and disappointments are typically expressed in the words of this composition.
It’s all about returning to the same places after a long exile – due to the events in the 1970′s – Vuelvo al Sur – I return to the South. So, this theme encouraged me to return and make another production.
Music: Vuelvo al Sur by Astor Piazzolla, played by Gotan Project (which I remixed and edited to fit into a timeline.)
I used scenes of tango dancers and still photographs heavily softened-diffused, added noise and vignette to express memories of times gone bye. If you like tango I hope you enjoy this interpretation.
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Tagged animation, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Dance, Danza, Folklore, La Boca, Leo Bar, Montevideo, Music Video, Photography, Pix In Motion, spanish, Uruguay
This is a joyful, colorful event that takes place at the beginning of carnival and continues throughout (40 days). Its roots are African – Bantu, yet all Uruguayans take part in this unique popular celebration.
The main attractions of Uruguayan Carnival include two colorful parades called Desfile de Carnival (Carnival Parade) and Desfile de Llamadas (Calls Parade, a candombe-summoning parade). In this production I am showing the Calls Parade and all of its representative elements.
The ‘Calls’ groups, basically formed by drummers playing the tamboril, perform candombe rhythmic figures. Revelers also wear their festival clothing. Each group has its own theme. Women wearing elegant, bright dresses are called vedettes and provide the sensual touch to parades.
European archetypes (Pierrot, Harlequin and Columbina) merge with African ancestral elements (the Old Mother or Mama Vieja, the Medicine Man or Gramillero and the Magician or Escobero) in the local version of the festival. As a manifestation of Uruguayan culture and a growing tourist attraction, Uruguayan Carnival is currently receiving important governmental support.
Special thanks to the following http://www.flickr.com members for sharing their beautiful photography: L.A. Shooter (Leo Alvarez); Adriana Cabrera Esteve; Fotoguay
Enjoy the show,
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The biggest and best Carnival (Carnaval) in the world, does it again! An amazing show put on by a great people. It never stops to amaze me how rich and full of life this spectacle really is. The joy and energy, together with the artistry and pageantry is out of this world. Everybody is included in these parades, kids, men, women, all colors, races even paraplegics and disabled people parade as well.
In the southeastern cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, huge organized parades are led by samba schools. These official parades are meant to be watched by the public, while minor parades (“blocos”) allowing public participation can be found in most other cities. A real celebration of the people for the people. Each parade group “escola” displays a theme, a float, the ensemble, dancers and a unique song, together with the choreography to compete for first place in their category. I have tried in this production to recreate portions of the Rio de Janeiro parade and give the viewer a sense of “being there” in the midst of it.
Carnival is the most famous holiday in Brazil and has become an event of huge proportions. Except for industry, malls and the carnival related workers, the country stops completely for almost a week and festivities continue, day and night, mainly in coastal cities. Beer consumption accounts for 80% of annual consumption and tourism receives 70% of the annual visitors (According to Wikipedia).
Video images arte from the public domain, Internet and news broadcasts.
Special thanks to
for his great photographs.
Enjoy the show,
For more background, history and information see ::
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Tagged animation, Brazil, Carnaval, Carnival, Dance, Danza, Folklore, Leo Bar, Music, new videos, Parade, Photography, Pix In Motion, Rio de Janeiro, Samba
Sometimes one must have fun, enjoy life and stare incredulously at its beauty. This piece was conceived in this state of mind.
Some new and refined techniques of camera movement, 3D animation and complex multiple-screens were applied in this production.
The music is Prelude – J. S. Bach suite No. 1 played by Yo Yo Ma
Not much more to say other than it was a pleasure and joy to produce this small gem and I hope you too enjoy the “moves”,
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Just some great modern classical music by the master of new tango, Libertango by Astor Piazzolla.
I just had to do it! Been thinking for more than a year, and finally did it!
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Since I had plenty of material remaining from my previous production of Candombe del Uruguay, I decided to follow up with this piece. The intensity and joy of the participants, dancers and drummers is just overwhelming. Even the spectators get into it and start dancing as they feel the strong beat of the drums. While I was editing this work, I couldn’t avoid tapping my hands and feet to the contagious beat
Special thanks to Marcos Martinez and the Intendencia de Montevideo for giving me access to film.
Elements Used in this Production
Photography all @ http://www.Flickr.com: Silvilila; Vince Alongi; Libertinus; Leo Bar
Music: Macumba Night – Antonio Sacco @ MFA.com; Lonjas del Cuareim (remix)
Video: MVD TV; Isla de Flores
Digital Art, HDR, Animation: Leo Bar
Enjoy the show,
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Tagged African culture, animation, art, Candombe, Carnaval, Dance, Danza, Drums, Folklore, HDR, Leo Bar, Montevideo, Music, Photography, Pix In Motion, spanish, Uruguay, Video
What an inspiration this music! I have been thinking and wondering how to interpret and present Astor Piazzolla’s music for quite a while. Couldn’t find the right frame of mind/imagery to go with it. It’s tango, jazz, classical and new age music all packaged together in beautiful compositions.
Finally, I decided to plunge and do the first one. Hope you enjoy my interpretation.
Elements used in this production:
Photography all @ http://www.Flickr.com: Cathy Haglund; Louis Vest; Graciela Pierre; Leo Bar
Music: Tango Fugata – Astor Piazzolla
Art, montage & Animation: Leo Bar
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