Guillermo Garcia 
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Re: “Speaking Tango with Trio Garufa

My name is Guillermo García and I am the guitarist of Trio Garufa. While I appreciate the exposure given to our band and our new album in this article, there are numerous factual errors that give a false representation of tango. Author Rachel Swan acknowledged to me that she didn't do any research on the genre, and she only visited one dance venue.

Far from "failing to modernize", tango music and dance are among the genres that have most evolved over the last century. A quick consultation to Wikipedia is a good start for the responsible journalist. The tango dance scene is booming in the world right now, as can be easily verified with a web search with keywords "tango in YourFavoriteCityHere".

I am surprised the East Bay Express endorses Rachel Swan's discriminatory judgements on our Bay Area tango dance scene as one that is "middle-aged", "flirts with obsolescence", needs "new blood" and risks "wilting". Moreover, after seeing a few dance venues, the informed journalist would have realized that people of all ages and races dance tango. I am not sure what is implied by "Ecumenical sensibility" (Def. of Ecumenical: "Representing a number of Christian churches").

Author Rachel Swan seems to believe tradition implies "anachronistic" and is thus deprived of "sex appeal". She might acquire a less superficial perspective after reading Igor Stravinsky's definition of the word "tradition" in Poetics of Music: "A real tradition is not the relic of a past that is irretrievably gone; it is a living force that animates and informs the present. Far from implying the repetition of what has been, tradition presupposes the reality of what endures. It appears as an heirloom, a heritage that one receives on condition of making it bear fruit before passing it on to one's descendants".

Other factual errors in this article:

- Trio Garufa was formed in 2001 and did not play with a "rotating cast of bass players". John Eckstrom was the founder bassist, and Dan Robbins joined the band afterwards.
- The "electro-tango" fusion style did not exist yet in the eighties, but started twenty years later. The huge current tango revival (to which this article is oblivious) did start in the eighties thanks to the successful Broadway show "Tango Argentino", followed by "Forever Tango".
- "a parilla" should be "a la parrilla" (and the correct translation is "on the grill")
- "tangeros" should be "tangueros"
- "Pachamana" should be "Pachamama"

Despite all the flaws in this article, I am still thankful to the author and East Bay Express for publishing it. An actual review of the music in our new album would have been nice.

19 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Guillermo Garcia on 06/04/2012 at 3:05 AM

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