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The video to one of our songs: 'Luces del puerto'

We now have a Wordpress blog!

Posted 14/4/2017

We are delighted to say we now have a WP version of our blog. Welcome! You can follow us here

Estamos felices de contarles que ahora tenemos una versión de nuestro blog en Wordpress! Bienvenidos!

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Valentina and MarĂ­a de Buenos Aires

Posted 6/4/2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was during the recording of Revolucionario, many years ago that Robert McFall asked me if I would be interested to take part in a future recording of María de Buenos Aires, Piazzolla’s tango masterpiece. ‘A dream for the future’, he said. Without even thinking about it I said, ‘Of course, I‘d love to!’, still submerged in the bliss of what was my first recording with McFall’s Chamber. Now it is a reality. Yes, a Chilean woman in Scotland, singing the part of María, in Piazzolla’s magnificent tango operita. I have sung since I was little. I taught myself. Folk music and tango. My two loves. Some people ask me, ‘A Chilean singing tango?’ ‘Why not?’ I say. ‘We are brothers in Bolívar’s America! Music brings down walls’, I say. ‘It builds bridges! And let’s be clear, we need bridges more than ever now!’ ‘Why tango?’ ask the folkloristas. ‘Why folk?’ ask the tangueristas. I say, ‘You cannot choose between your parents. And they have both been my ‘parents’ in this life that I have had to live away from my homeland. Long live Piazzolla! Long live Violeta Parra! And ‘thanks be to life’, for it has given me folk and tango!’

 

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Fue durante la grabación del disco Revolucionario hace ya muchos años atrás que Robert McFall, el líder del grupo Mr McFall’s Chamber, me preguntó si me interesaría tomar parte en una futura grabación de María de Buenos Aires, la operita de tango de Astor Piazzolla. ‘Un sueño para el futuro’, dijo.  ‘Me encantaría ‘, respondí­, sin pensarlo dos veces, todavía sumergida en la delicia de lo que fue mi primera grabación con ellos. Ahora es realidad. ¡Sí, una chilena en Escocia, canta el papel de María en la magnífica operita de tango de Astor Piazzolla!  Canto desde niña. Aprendí sola. Folklore y tango. Mis dos amores. Algunos me preguntan, ‘¿una chilena cantando tango? ‘   ‘¿Por qué no? ¡Somos pueblos hermanos, de la América de Bolívar!  ¡La música rompe muros!’, digo, ‘crea puentes, que esté claro - ahora que se necesitan más que nunca’.  ‘¿Por qué el tango? ‘, me preguntan los folkloristas.  ‘¿Por qué el folklore? ‘, me preguntan los tangueristas. Yo respondo ‘¡No se puede elegir entre los padres! Son mis ‘padres’ en esta vida fuera de Chile que me tocó vivir.  ¡Viva Piazzolla! ¡Viva Violeta Parra! ¡Y gracias a la vida, que me ha dado el folklore y tango!

 

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fRoots article. March 2017. "Diasporas on your doorstep"

Valentina and Moishe's Bagels

Posted 15/3/2017

 

Valentina will be joining Moishes' Bagels at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry, Port-na-craig, PH16 5DR Pitlochry. Scotland. There will be tango songs and Latin American folk music to nourish the soul! See you there!

24 March at 19:30–23:00

 

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