The Spirit of San Telmo

Astor Piazzolla definitely took tango music to a whole new and more complex level. He introduced many new harmonic and rhythmic structures taken frosan-telmo-0021m classical music and even jazz; this resulted in what he called “contemporary music of Buenos Aires”.

Listening to Astor Piazzolla’s songs is an experience in and about itself. One should pick a special time and place and be predisposed to enjoy one of his highly acclaimed albums – Libertango. Some critics have described the atmosphere Piazzolla creates in his music in the lines of “tunes that takes the listener on a journey comparable to a long countryside ride in a convertible car on a clear night; one of those nights when one can appreciate a starry sky, in the company of someone one is in love with, while enjoying each other’s company, down to the very last detail and minute.”

Piazzolla’s music truly represents the cultural spirit of Buenos Aires as the metropolitan, multicultural city that it is. More specifically, Astor Piazzolla’s music is usually associated not only with Buenos Aires, but also with San Telmo and the wide spectrum of urban architecture, bohemian cafés, milongas, houses, inhabitants, artists and flea markets. Something characteristic of San Telmo is the joy of its people and their hospitality.

San Telmo is an invitation to open one’s heart and also to see what Buenos Aires is all about. From time to time, there are particular breaking points in history, when some enlightened being is born to be the one in charge to introduce new perspectives to people or their followers. Such has been the case of the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Mozart, JC Waterwalker, Frida Kahlo and, of course, Astor Piazzolla. Thanks to Astor Piazzolla as a tango music pioneer, there were also other people that dared experimenting with other styles of tango, fusing different elements.

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