Dino Saluzzi and family – reflection on modern Argentinian music/memories and family

I had the greatest pleasure to be in the auditorium, when Dino Saluzzi and his family members performed in Munich’s Prinzregenten theatre. When describing to friends that I am going to a mere tango concert, I was partly wrong. The music I’ve heard does not stop my creative mind from reflecting on this afternoon.

Without a clear definition to which type of music I would sort these wonderful and professional Argentinian musicians, I can state that it was a connection between jazz in the first place, then traditional Argentinian music, and Argentinian tango. However, the junction of the mentioned music styles has an intrinsic goal, which – in my opinion, and from how I perceived the music- was filled with sounds from Argentinian landscapes, the strong winds e.g. This idea came to my mind thinking back of Pedro Ochoa‘s (*1968) piece Tierra Viva, which I could listen to when it was winning the prize at International Rostrum of Composers. I recall sounds of the wind in that piece, which musically are depicting the atmosphere in Patagonia.

The theme of landscapes goes even further. Dino Saluzzi presented his album El Valle de la Infancia, which takes him back to the songs he was listening as a child. Here is one piece in full version called Churqui. The last piece he and his band performed at the concert was written by Dino Saluzzi’s father when he was seven years old. Also malambo dance was also one among other traditional themes during this evening. This dance is a triumph dance of the Argentinian cowboys, gauchos. In Dino Saluzzi’s version the strong rhythm could be seen as a frame to the nice melody. Here is another example how malambo is portrayed in modern Argentinian music in the beginning of the 20th century by Alberto Ginastera in the closing of his Estancia Suite.

The existing band plays together longer than 2005, when this album was recorded. However, to compose and perform an album strongly based on personal experience requires, either to include people with whom you shared this experience: like family and close friends, or to tell the other band leaders about your experience so thoroughly, that they can fell what you mean. Dino Saluzzi chose the first way: he invited his son, José María, on guitar, Felix, his brother, on tenor sax and clarinet, Matías, his nephew, on electric bass and double bass, and a close friend, Quinto Cinalli on drums. Here is a sample of how they rehearse a very famous tango at home. Not only the living room atmosphere of this concert was so pleasant but also the high level of them performing as a family made it an unforgettable live listening experience of the great bandeonist, Dino Saluzzi.