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  1. Os Tanguistas

From the recording Os Tanguistas

Poem written in 1998, at the sound of El Dia en Que Me Quieras, of Carlos Gardel, with the Berlin Symphonic, conducted by Daniel Beremboin. Poem set to music in 2007, in Miami. I have always loved the tango, and the music of Astor Piazzolla haunted me since I heard him decades ago. I met Alexis Alrich after her performance for the Hong Kong Chamber Music Society at the Hong Kong Club. She played her beautiful compositions and two tangos of Piazzolla. I cried pretty much throughout the concert - it was that beautiful. A few months after that, intimidated and shy, I asked Christine Nigam to approach her for me, as I was determined to have her play Os Tanguistas with me. William Lane of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble joined us with the rich telluric tones of his virtuoso viola playing, as did Sam Ferrer, the outstanding double-bassist of the Hong Kong Phillharmonic. Acordeon by Caetano Bartholo was added in Brasilia, as well as percussion by Macaxeira Acioli. Parts and arrangement by Alexis Alrich in Hong Kong, and by Dudu Maia in Brasilia. Recorded in 2014.

Lyrics

Os tanguistas são donos da tristeza.Quero entrar onde habitamQuero lembrar por que a paixãoDilera os amantesA dor de amarPode abrir uma feridaQue nada nem ninguemVai conseguir sararQuando esta musica Doida, doída, me lembrarDo amor que eu tinhaMe virá a dorToda a dor do mundoQue é só minhaTango players are the owners of sadness.I want to go into their homesI want to remember why it is that passionLacerates lovers

Translation:
The pain of lovingMay open a woundThat nothing and no oneCan ever healWhen this crazy achyMusic reminds meOf the love I used to haveThe pain will comeAll the pain of this worldWhich I bear alone Maguinha - vocals, Alexis Alrich - piano, William Lane - viola, Caetano Bartholo - acordeon, Macaxeira Acioli - percussion. Parts and arrangement by Alexis AlrichPoem written in 1998, at the sound of El Dia en Que Me Quieras, of Carlos Gardel, with the Berlin Symphonic, conducted by Daniel Beremboin.   Poem set to music in 2007, in Miami.Hong Kong and Brasilia, 2014