From September 1st, the FACAFF tango festival will have 18 nights (split between Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) with the presentation of 57 groupsamong which the Fernández Fierro Typical Orchestra, La Boca Black Quintet, La Vagabunda, Agustín Guerrero Quintet, Daniel Ruggiero Typical Orchestra and Cardenal Domínguez Quintet, among others, some very young.
For example, the brothers Ulysses and Miguel Thayer, piano and double bass, share an early passion for tango; they are 15 and 13 years old and will perform with the Contemporary Tango Study Orchestra, conducted by Nazarena Cáceres, at the festival. They are two musicians who are part of a youthful trend that finds its voice in the genre to express itself.
Tango has been showing a sustained vitality not only due to its different proposals, but also due to the permanent renewal of its artistic scene. The fourth edition of the Festival Family of Artists of Club Atlético Fernández Fierro it is a cauldron for that sustained emergence of projects that, from tango, develop different paths that allow the genre to be enriched.
Nazarena Cáceres conducts the Contemporary Tango Study Orchestra, in which the brothers Ulises and Miguel Thayer play. Photo Lucia Merle
A fan of Charly Garcia
Pianist Ulises Thayen began studying piano at the age of five. He initially studied with the Suzuki method and at 8 he entered the Julián Aguirre conservatory where he met Agustín Guerrero, a fusion tango composer, with whom he studied since he was 8 years old.
-Where does your taste for tango come from?
-My mother, Ana Asprea, was a tango singer and my father, Cristóbal, played the bass, that is, I have always lived in an artistic field. My grandmother, for example, was the one who gave me my first keyboard, a Casio, and that’s where I started. Tango really appeared with Agustín Guerrero, but before he met him he had already composed a song with tango progressions, although without knowing it.
And he adds: “But I don’t want to pigeonhole myself so much in tango because it limits me, I use tools from other genres, although I feel identified with tango and I feel that my identity lies in it. Tango is a very important cultural movement, but I like rock. I see that with the internet the genres have been mixed, there is more freedom and tango is mixed with other music and is being transformed”.
Ulises has just released two songs, labyrinth and Impulse (which are already on Spotify); the first, in honor of Astor Piazzolla, is crossed by elements of blues and jazz, while Impulse it is more formally tango.
“I continue studying and learning with Guerrero; Some time ago he gave me three Piazzolla albums and I went crazy. In my compositions I use elements from my time, such as electronic music. During the Pandemic I had to lock myself in my house and I used that moment to compose on the computer and I learned a lot; I think it’s a waste not to use it.”
And continues: “labyrinth I composed it on the piano and put it on the computer and from there we went to the studio. Impulse I wrote it for strings in the Sibelius program and added the piano in the studio.
Smiles for tango. Ulises and Miguel Thayer, along with Nazarena Cáceres will perform at the CACAFF festival. Photo Lucia Merle
-What musicians do you listen to?
-Since last year I listen to Chick Corea and Martha Argerichwhich is fascinating, but as a reference I have Charly García, he’s my idol, I don’t know if he’s a role model, but musically he’s great.
Charly’s music is timeless and the fusion he makes of progressive rock with Argentine music, especially with La Máquina de making Pajaros, is fantastic. Before, he listened more to Serú Girán, but today, it is La Maquina. I find that stage of Charly inspiring and I feel it as an important influence.
In the end, it was the double bass
For double bass player Miguel Thayen, Charly García is also his idol, although he shares that space with the music of Fito Páez. Beyond these tastes, Miguel studies classical double bass which allows him a somewhat different approach to this tango project.
“First I started with the piano and then they enrolled me in an Almirante Brown orchestra-school, where they gave me a choice of instruments. I chose the piano, but there were no vacancies; then the cello, there were no vacancies either and so I stayed with the double bass.
I started studying the instrument when I was seven years old. In that orchestra we used to do popular songs and movie music, like Pirates of the Caribbean Y starwars. I took classes with Pablo Brie, then with Pablo Araujo; When I was eight years old I entered the conservatory where I had Marcelo Urban as a teacher and now I take classes with Carlos Benet”, Miguel says that during winter vacations he joined the Buenos Aires symphonic band.
For her part, Nazarena Cáceres began this year with the direction of the Escuela Tango Contemporáneo.
“The proposal of this school is to study, work on contemporary compositions with a clear stylistic opening, for example, we study themes by Julián Peralta and Ciudad Baigón, for example. The idea is convey from the school that tango is constantly growingwhich is alive, not in the museum”, he pointed out.
Cáceres is a singer and songwriter, she has just released her second EP, Archons; his previous job was Temperancehis first EP, released last year and three singles, Saturn in 2020, Voices Y forgotten tales. The singer will also present her project at FACAFF.
On the side of the orchestra, with nine musicians and four singers, Cáceres points out “because of the level of the works, it is a professionalized practice, the profile that is sought is intermediate-advanced level students, but we were adding people who were not so advanced but to feel comfortable with the pieces and the level”.
With Gardel in the photo: Nazarena Cáceres, Miguel Thayer and his brother Ulises. Photo Lucia Merle
And the singer and director closes: “But, we must be clear that the work of the typical orchestra requires a lot of dedication and love”.
Thursday 1: Characteristic Typical Orchestra Change of Front.
friday 2: Trio Barbarie, Paula Dórdolo, Bombay Bs. As and Orquesta Típica Di Pasquale.
The Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro, unifying and referent of tango. Photo EFE/ Courtesy Orquesta Típica Fernández
Saturday 3: Duo Aguirre/Lorenzo, Bring Rivers of Tango and Orquesta Típica La Modesta (Mar del Plata).
Sunday 4: Barragán-Maroglio-Vega (Mendoza), El Enganche (Rosario) and New Tango School Orchestra.
Wednesday 7: Fernández Fierro Typical Orchestra.
Thursday 8: Gisela Magri, Katia Ivandi-Retrotango and Euphorbia.
friday 9: Chifladas Tango, La Rantifusa Typical Orchestra and Luisina Mathieu-Amalia Escobar.
Saturday 10: Marchetti-Varela, Demia and El Maestro, La Hoguera Tango and La Vidú.
Sunday 11: Claudia Moreno, The Sensitive Guitars of Flores and Adrián Murga and Nazarena Cáceres.
Thursday 15: Quasimodo Trio, Agustín Guerrero Quintet and Ruggiero-Targo.
The Butaca Brothers will be present at the CACAFF Festival.
friday 16: Armchair Brothers, Toma Negra, Yesca and Contemporary Tango Study School Orchestra.
Saturday 17: La Púa, La Vagabunda, Quiero 24 and Pinares de Río.
Sunday 18: Juan Penas, Zafa Rancho and La Rompiente.
Thursday 22: Daniel Ruggiero Typical Orchestra.
friday 23: Sensottera/Castello, Marisa Vázquez and La Conurbana and Rotopercutor.
Saturday 24: Tangorra, Cardenal Domínguez Quintet and Quintet Negro La Boca.
Sunday 25: Overo, Transversal Quartet, Umbrales Quintet and Fierce Tango.
Thursday 29: Jet Tango, Pura Racha and Orquesta Victoria.
friday 30: Duo Di Vicenzo/Corach, Siniestra and Pampa Trash.
The shows of the FACAFF Festival are from 8 pm, at Sánchez de Bustamante 772. Tickets $1500 at the box office or through Tickethoy Live.
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