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Danzarin - Julian Plaza - TangoOz - Sydney Youth Orchestra - SYO

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Published on Mar 30, 2012

Danzarin by Julian Plaza. Performed by TangoOz led by Tango specialist Maggie Ferguson (bandoneon) http://www.maggiefergusontango.com/

Arrangement by Julian Plaza for Anibal Troilo and his orchestra. Courtesy of TangoVia, http://www.tangovia.org/

Julián Plaza was one of the most outstanding artistic personalities in the history of tango.

Bandoneonist, pianist, composer and, especially, arranger, he achieved an authority by way of study, work and talent. He was born in General Manuel Campos, a small locality of the province of La Pampa, on July 9, 1928.

As a player, he adapted to a wide variety of interpretative styles and joined orchestras of widely different modalities (Edgardo Donato, Antonio Rodio, Miguel Caló, Carlos Di Sarli, Osvaldo Pugliese).

He would reach his highest peak with the works he made for the two most outstanding outfits of the latter times, Aníbal Troilo and Osvaldo Pugliese, and later Sexteto Tango.

His tangos and milongas, nearly all instrumentals, bear the seal of an authentic creator, evidenced as early as his first important work A lo moderno, premiered in 1954 by the Miguel Caló orchestra followed by as series of five "Sensiblero", "Danzarín", "Melancólico", "Nostálgico" and "Disonante".
Julián Plaza later became a leading figure in the generation of 1955, together with Atilio Stampone, Osvaldo Berlinghieri, Leopoldo Federico, Osvaldo Requena and others, always searching for improvement and evolution, always in constant progression, probably influenced by the weight of Astor Piazzolla.

But the avant-garde never drew him far from the genuine tango roots. His moderation and his clear vision that tango, to continue being called as such, must keep its authentic popular and urban fleshiness, place him at an important place of its history.

Plaza made his debut in Edgardo Donato´s orchestra at the age of fifteen, and soon after joined with Antonio Rodio´s band. In 1949 he played in Miguel Caló´s orchestra, with which he stayed nearly ten years. Later he joined Carlos Di Sarli and was associated with Atilio Stampone and Florindo Sassone as arranger.

During 1959 he joined the Osvaldo Pugliese orchestra as bandoneonist until 1968, when, with other members of the orchestra, they formed the Sexteto Tango: Osvaldo Ruggiero and Víctor Lavallén (bandoneons), Emilio Balcarce and Oscar Herrero (violins), Alcides Rossi (double bass) and Plaza himself as pianist. They recorded for the Victor label.

In 1992 he decided to split with the Sexteto Tango, to become a conductor, a discipline he had not undertaken yet and went on to directed to assemble and direct his own ensemble to play his tangos and arrangements.

"Every composer, no matter how large his output may be, always has a work that, without being the most polished, it is the one that defines his style. In it, by exact and harmonious conjunction of certain values, the author exposes his sensitivity, has laid his roots bare, shown his knowledge and developed his creative capacity, achieving in that synthesis the identity of all his labor. Reasons of impact on popular taste, the acceptance and the incitement it provokes on the players, who, by including it in their repertoires bring that composition to the ears and the emotion of wide audiences. Besides the technical and aesthetic values, the truth is that the work finally becomes for its author a kind of summary of his artistic personality".

In Julián Plaza´s case, this could be his tango Danzarín.

Abel Fleury. Vida y obra, Editorial GraFer, 1995
Originally published in "Tango y Lunfardo" magazine, Nº 130, Chivilcoy, 16 July 1997. Reprinted by Todotango
Edited by Maggie Ferguson

This performance is part of the Sydney Youth Orchestra SYO Term 1 Family Concert at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on March 26, 2012.

The orchestras website is http://syo.com.au
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