Tag Archives: Tango

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

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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 – Nano Projections for use of Nano Projections – Smooth 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 compás.
[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/

so LONG miLONGa


A tribute to Alfredo Zitarrosa – (March 10, 1936 – January 17, 1989 in Montevideo, Uruguay) was a Uruguayan singer, composer, poet, writer and journalist. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in the popular music of his country and Latin America in general. For more info see my blog :: or en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfredo_Zitarrosa
Vintage 1940’s Montevideo film: Prelinger Collection :: Archive.Org – Public Domain
Music:Zitarrosa by Bajofondo – Remix by Leo Bar
Dancers: Gustavo Rosas & Gisela Natoli (live performance)
Graphics, Digital Paintings: Leo Bar

Tango Glorioso


In this production I decided to use masks and filters in addition to the split screens due to the intense lighting of the dance scenes. By masking this sequence with an antique look I tried to minimize the glare of the fluorescent lighting. Once I had done it to the dance portion, for the sake of balance did it to the scenic clips as well. The vignette was added to promote the “old” look and to further enhance the masking.

Gustavo Rosas and Gisela Natoli dance (rearranged by Leo Bar) to a new age tango – Gloria by Gotan Project (remixed). Traditional scenery of places and events in Uruguay and Argentina can be seen side by side with the dancers.
Art and paintings by Leo Bar.
Enjoy the show,

Leo