Tag Archives: Music Video

Petrodollars Tango


A tango with undertones of what ails Argentina; economic, moral, ethical and governance collapse.
Enjoy the dance and the message behind the dance.
Leo

New York Swings


Not much to tell about this piece, it speaks for itself, or rather swings by itself ūüôā
(Check out what cocktails at nightclubs were going for…)
Enjoy the moves and great sound!

Leo

Imagimotion # 2 – Stardust


Used morphing as the primary vehicle to express the changing nature of elements and how the stars have contributed to everything on Earth.
Everything changes all the time, inevitably, randomly and we don’t know where it will lead us…

Enjoy the show – peace,
Leo

Video

Mystical Tango Magic


To end the year on a high note, here’s a tango from the heart.
Music by Tanghetto – Remix by me.

Have a wonderful 2015!
Leo

Tango Solitario


Experimental assembly and editing of a sensual Tango dance.

Music: Sola – Gotan Project (Live performance) Remix by Leo Bar
Special thanks to Paul РNano Projections for use of Nano Projections РSmooth yourself from vimeo.com/nanoprojections

Along came a Tango


When I decided to put together this piece had to deal with 4 different media, in different formats, sizes and codex. So I began to strip audio from the live video recording, remastering it and adding a layer of voice overs. These were created from text to speech,  formatted, changed in pitch  and amplified to produce an echo-like sound in the background.

From then on I edited the video and mixed it with the tango dance (that was performed to a different music and muted) Since the dance was more like a classical ballet, rather than tango I liked the effect that would be created by pairing it to a modern and mournful tango. All that said, added scenery and stills from those years mentioned in the lyrics and the concept became a reality.

Personally, enjoyed the discovery and melding of styles and consider it to be an exceptional piece of history, folklore and nostalgia all wrapped in a beautiful package.

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Ballet-like dance to a modern tango. Superbly interpreted and performed by Gisela Natoli and Gustavo Rosas.
Scenery from Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Music: Gotan Project (live) remix and audio voice-over overlays by Leo Bar.
Enjoy the show,
Leo

 

Tango Contratiempo


Once I heard the musical composition, I fell in love with this fusion tango, and knew I had to produce a video for it. That was 2 years ago! The approach I took was to make it as syncopated in imagery as the composition itself. As I was making slow progress towards the middle of the project, a new project popped up and I had to put this on ice for a while.

Once I returned to it, I had lost my train of thought and the pace I wanted to maintain. Restarting to tune in and reconnecting with the inspiration did not go smoothly. Hopefully the start-stop-start nature doesn’t show in the final product. Enjoy the show!

Contratiempo – [translation] In music It can be written with silences (in this case as a syncopation written with silences). If the instrument running pace no longer produces sounds. Syncopation in music is the compositional strategy to break the regularity of the rhythm, through the accentuation of a note on a weak spot or a semi-strong comp√°s.
[Spanish] Puede ser escrita con silencios (en este caso se denomina contratiempo). Si el instrumento que ejecuta el ritmo no produce sonidos prolongados, se oirá lo mismo como escrito con notas de síncopa escrita con silencios.
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Music: Montserrat (a modern tango fusion) by Bajofondo (live) in Montevideo,  Uruguay (remixed by Leo Bar)
Some photographs of Bs. As. courtesy of Fotografo Volante @ flickr.com/photos/ruggeroarena/

Lunatic Tango ~ ~ Tango Lun√°tico


An artistically danced tango accompanied by old-town street scenery, eateries and parillada (slow grilled) food from Montevideo, UY

In this production I chose to show typical Montevidean settings, such as, the Mercado del Puerto, Barrio Sur, Ciudad Vieja and  Centro. Because Uruguayans love to eat meat (Asado, Parrillada, Achuras) it was natural to include scenes of eateries and patrons enjoying their fare. Tango is a powerful expression of emotions, culture, folklore and relationships, so it made sense to tie it to the most salient aspects of everyday life in the little country West of the Uruguay River. Enjoy the dance!

Special thanks to:
~ Jerry Jones РTexture used Infected2 @ flickr.com/photos/skeletalmess/
~ Leo Alvarez РSome photographs used @ flickr.com/photos/leoalvarezshoots/
~ BorisTube7 РVideo clips 1: Gustavo Rosas y Gisela Natoli @ youtube.com

Digital Art & Paintings: Leo Bar
Music: Tango Roxanne – Remixed by Leo Bar

A little tap will do you


I made this video in November of 2012 and set it aside. After the tragic events that took place in Boston, MA this month I decided to post it so it could bring some cheer back into our lives.

Enjoy the moment,

Leo
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Music: Oscar Woods – Don’t Sell It Don’t Give It Away – In the Public Domain
Video and Film Clips:
Gregory Hines – Let the man dance
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – Cafe Metropole, Deleted Scenes
Savion Glover – Live Performance, at ABC show
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – Stormy Weather

Audio MIx & Special Effects: Leo Bar
Digital Art – Photography: Leo Bar

Tango Euro Klez


Music: Tango Bar & Kiev Swing by Garry B :: https://vimeo.com/garryb; listen to his music :: http://soundcloud.com/garry-b
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– The migration of tango from Argentina and Uruguay to Western and Eastern Europe
1900 – 1920 : Tangos were mainly sung and played by small instrumental bands (fundamentally trios and quartets), until “La Orquesta Tipica” arrives on the scene, with the incorporation of the bandoneo’n. In 1907, one of the very first genuine Argentine Tangueros to visit Paris (France) was composer Angel Villoldo, who wanted to do some recording. (At the time, Paris had the best recording facilities and techniques.) In 1918, writing lyrics for the tango became all the rage with singers such as the tragic Carlos Gardel and celebrated salon orchestras like Francisco Canaro‘s giving the music a new legitimacy and acceptance. Carlos Gardel is still revered today, many decades after his death.
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By 1912, dancers and musicians from Buenos Aires, traveled to Europe and the first European tango craze took place in Paris, soon followed by London, Berlin, and other capitals. Towards the end of 1913 it hit New York in the USA, and Finland.
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One of the most popular ballroom dances in Europe during the 1920’s and 30’s was unquestionably the tango. This explains why this music appeared later in ghettos and concentration camps. Following a boom in Western Europe, the tango reached the east by the late 1910’s. However, as opposed to countries like France and Germany, frequently visited by Argentine Orquestas T√≠picas, most Eastern European countries became acquainted with the tango only through records, the radio and journals. This indirect connection may explain the character that this music developed in such regions. With increasing popularity and a new stream of local tangos, the style‚Äôs re-embodiment gradually drifted away from the South American model. Poland, which had regained its independence after the Warsaw treaty of 1919, quickly became one of the capitals of European tango at a time when most of its musicians, both in the classical and the popular scenes, were Jewish.
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Enjoy the show,
Leo