Archive for July 31st, 2011

1897, July 31 – BIRTH OF AGESILAO FERRAZANO

Composer, Leader, Violinist (Leo) – Paris on Christmas Day was romantic , the glittering  lights of its boulevards, its gorgeous windows, when Agesilao Ferrazzano arrived there in 1927…Parisioners were still talking about the landing of Charles Lindberg just a few months earlier and for Ernest Hemingway, part of Gertrude Steins lost generation, Paris was a continuous feast…perhaps Agesilao knew that destiny would rule that he was never to return home to Buenos Aires….he would eventually move to Italy where he would remain for many years and finally find his spiritual home in Beirut, Lebanon, where after a long and glorious career he would he would pass away at the age of 83….already as a child he demonstrated keen musical ability and he became devoted to the study of the violin…his first professional job was with the Roberto Firpo Orchestra when he was still a teenager; he was with Firpo when he premiered “La Cumparista” at the “La Giralda Cafe” in Montevideo in 1916…

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“La Cumparsita” which had been composed by a young architectural student Gerardo Matos Rogriguez, would become the most recognized tango in history…at the noted Maxim’s Cabaret he was a member of the orchestra of the ill-fated Eduardo Arolas…he formed his first orchestra at the age of 22 with Vicente Gorrese and in 1920 he formed with Enrique Delfino a celebrated duo with piano and violin which played in the foyer of the Opera House Theater…he would become part of the famous “Quarteto de Maestros” formed by Osvaldo Fresedo…he sailed on the steam ship Cap Polonia for his first trip to Europe as part of the Francisco Lomuto Orchestra…upon his return he, along with Adolfo Carabelli, was a founding member of the legendary Orchestra Tipica Victor…still later his Ferrazano Pollero Orchestra appeared to great success at the “Follies Bergere”….he and Pollero composed and recorded two especially beautiful tangos “Cuando Tu Me Quieras” and “Una Tarde”

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1954, July 30 – MARIO POMAR RECORDS “NO ME PREGUNTEN PORQUE”

The title means “Don’t ask me why”…and the lyrics say, “If one day you see me enter the cafe in a disheveled and confused manner, don’t ask me why…my soul was inebriated in the light of divine eyes, in lips which were a cup of honey…but today that I live in despair, I need to bury my existence in alcohol”…as a youth Mario Pomar began singing in local bars and cafes for donations until one fateful day a producer from Radio Belgrano happened to hear him and invited him to sing on the radio station…it was the beginning of a career in which he sang with the best orchestras including that of Miguel Calo, Juan D’arienzo and Osmar Maderna whom he met when they both played for Miguel Calo…He was nineteen when he made his first recording “Vuelve Otra Vez”…he was backed by the renown “Orchestra Tipica Victor” which through its many years of existence retained the excellence of its creator, the classically trained Adolfo Carabelli, whose disillusionment with a love affair would cause him to become a recluse and die alone at the age of 54…

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“No Me Pregunten Porque” was composed by the immortal Carlos Di Sarli who besides being a renown orchestra leader was also an accomplished composer…three times in his career his musicians walked out on him…he was a demanding, temperamental, difficult perfectionist…maybe it had something to do with the fact that as a young boy he had lost an eye in an accident and wore a prosthesis…he was born in the town of Bahia Blanca to an italian immigrant father who had moved to the new world when his first wife tragically died young…he eventually fell in love with Carlo’s mother Serafina who came from a musical family; one of her brothers Tito Russomano was a noted barritone…with the encouragement of his father young Carlos began studying piano preparing for a career in classical music…at age 13 he horrified his family when he began playing and touring with a Zarzuela Company…three years later he formed his own orchestra and began playing at the Cafe Express in his home town; it is during this period that he composed his first tango “Meditacion”…Carlos was also a gifted musician and perhaps no one represents the beauty, the sensuality, the passion of tango better, for the great number of people in the world, than he does…he recorded over 250 tangos in 27 albums

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