Maintenant – en français!

Histoires du tango: secrets d'une musique 454x702The French version of Tango Stories is here!
The book will be presented in Paris on 31st January at Milonga Florida (the milonga of the Association Baïres de retour). The book has gone to the printers and we are now accepting pre-orders.

La version française de Tango Stories est ici!
Il y aura une presentation à Milonga Florida de l’association Baïres de retour à Paris le 31 Janvier. Le livre a été envoyé à l’imprimerie et nous acceptons maintenant les pré-commandes.

Fería del Libro, April 2015

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”.
Feria del Libro 2016We were fortunate to have the presence of the wonderful dancers and teachers Gustavo Benzecry Saba & María Olivera, who danced for a delighted audience.
 Gustavo Benzecry Saba & María OliveraI’m very grateful to the ATS for supporting my work and making this evening possible.

Contame una historia (Tell me a story)

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.
review in Revista Veintitrés (small)

CN23

Michael Lavocah on CN23, 17-04-2015

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.
CN23 - Michael Lavocah & Vicky Marquez

La 2×4

with Luis Tarantino on 'La 2x4'

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 Zona Norte

El Argentino Zona Norte - 16-04-2015
‘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’.

Tango Stories – Editions map

The table below presents a map of the various editions of “Tango Stories”:

Version Date
1.0 English
1st ed
978-0-9573276-0-3 (h)
978-0-9573276-1-0
8/11
1.5
corrected
reprint 3/12
1.7
revised
German
1st ed
978-0-9573276-2-7 (h)
10/13
2.0
revised
with index
English
2nd ed
978-0-9573276-4-1
12/14
corrected German
2nd ed
978-0-9573276-3-4
2/15
Spanish
Argentine edition
978-987-28607-4-5
4/15
Spanish
International edition
978-0-9573276-6-5
2/16

Version 2 (i.e. the 2nd editions of the English and German text) has an index and, as a new appendix, an essay on listening to tango music. If you only have the first edition, you can read this essay on todotango (English only).

German 2nd edition / Deutsch 2.Auflage

Tang-o-Geschichten 2.Auflage 478x740
The 2nd edition of the German text is also ready!
Die 2. Auflage des deutschen Textes ist auch bereit!

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Historias de Tango: la música nos lleva

Historias de tango: la música nos llevaI am excited to formally announce the forthcoming release of the Spanish version of “Tango Stories” in Buenos Aires this Easter. The book has gone to the printers and will be launched at the Maracaibo (the former Marabú cabaret) on Tuesday 14th April 2015. Later in the year the book will be made available outside Argentina through Amazon.

This project was made possible by the Argentine Tango Society to whom I express my thanks. It’s humbling for me that people want to support my work in this way. I must confess, it is with some trepidation that I look ahead to presenting my work in Argentina. Thus far, however, the reaction from Argentines has been universally positive.

Tango Stories: 2nd edition available

The 2nd edition of Tango Stories is now also available directly from us, at a discounted price.

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