Histoires de tango : secrets d’une musique has received an extensive and complementary review in the centenary issue of La Salida, the French tango magazine (La Salida No.100, pp76-78)
Extraordinairement vif et documenté, dans un style qui assume tout l’enthousiasme et les emportements [d’auteur]. Un vrai beau livre de tango
Extraordinarily lively and documented, in a style that takes on all [the author’s] enthusiasm and passion. A really beautiful tango book.
Une corte critique de Histoires de tango dans le magazine de tango ToutTango.
Historías de tango: la música nos lleva was recently presented at Buenos Aires’s Feria del Libro, one of the largest book fairs in the world. This presentation was made possible by the Argentine Tango Society (ATS), who also sponsored the translation. As I was unable to attend, the book was presented by the poet Bebe Ponti and Ricardo García Blaya, the man behind the website todotango, who was also presenting his new work “Tango Argentino: Memoria y Testimonio”.
We were fortunate to have the presence of the wonderful dancers and teachers Gustavo Benzecry Saba & María Olivera, who danced for a delighted audience.
I’m very grateful to the ATS for supporting my work and making this evening possible.
A new review of Historias de tango in the Argentine print magazine Revista Veintitrés.
‘Historias de tango – La música nos lleva’ es el intenso y completo resultado de años de escucha, análisis y suelos de milongas gastados: un recorte personal sobre las orquestas y grupos que forjaron, enriquecieron y revolucionaron el género haciendo foco en el tango danza durante la época de oro que atravesó la década del ’40.
‘Historias de tango – La música nos lleva’ is the intense and complete result of years of listening, analysis and worn-out milonga floors: a personal review of orchestras and groups which forged, enriched and revolutionised the genre, focussing on tango as a dance during the golden age that spanned the 40s.
– Nicolás Russo, Revista 23
See the full review below. The opening quote in the review –
You have who lips, tell me a story… a beautiful mess which invites one to dream – come from the tango Contame una historia of Eladia Blazquez.
Michael Lavocah on CN23, 17-04-2015
I was asked to come on the Argentine news channel CN23
to talk about the book and my opinions on tango. These guys joked around a lot, but they knew their stuff and asked good questions – what was the first tango that really grabbed me (‘Toda mi vida’ of Troilo / Fiorentino), what did I think about Electrotango (grabs the interest at first, but the rhythm can become monotonous), what was my favourite tango (very difficult – I surprised myself by choosing ‘Sur’). We had a lot of fun – I even danced with co-presenter Vicky Márquez, who had never danced tango before! I can tell you – ella se deja llevar
with Luis Tarantino on ‘La 2×4’, 17-04-2015
Tango radio station La 2×4
is famous among tango enthusiasts in Argentina, broadcasting on 92.7 FM and also streaming live on the internet. Luis Tarantino kindly invited me on to his show, where we chatted about tango, the book and (of course) football.
‘El Argentino’ is a free newspaper that is distributed on the Subte in Buenos Aires, a bit like the ‘Evening Standard’ in London. We got this excellent coverage in the Zona Norte edition, which covers all the stations on the North side of town. Click on the picture to view the pdf of the whole page. In case you don’t speak Spanish, ‘Destacado’ here means something like ‘Pick of the week’.
Tangodanza magazine published this review of TangoGeschichten (1st edition) in the first issue of 2014.
Michael Lavocah hat ein neues Genre der Tangoliteratur erfunden. Das Buch ist kein Katechismus, wie manchmal geraunt wird, aber ein hervorragendes Handbuch für Tango-Interessierte, mit dem man sich lange beschäftigen kann.
Michael Lavocah has invented a new genre of tango literature. The book is not a catechism, as is sometimes murmured mysteriously, but an excellent guide for those interested in tango which can engage your attention for a long time.
Read the full review
Review courtesy of Tangodanza magazine – reproduced by permission.
Tango Stories: Musical Secrets is featured in the latest issue of the Dutch tango magazine
La Cadena (issue 172). Click the image for a high resolution pdf version of the article.
The article in La Cadena is extracted from a much longer interview which Dutch readers can read here