1995 – present (22 years)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Chicana was formed in the first months of 1996 with the clear intention of producing tango music with a rougher edge. They favour the "canyengue" rhythms and humorous melodrama of early tango as opposed to more solemn later flavours. They truly believe that the essence of tango lies in its 1920's spirit of rebellion and spontaneity which puts it ideologically closer to rock music than to the orchestral forms that popularised it in the world since the '40s.
But they don't lack subtleties or precision ; they are solid musicians with just a taste for improvisation and noise. All they need is the chance to prove that tango music should thrive as popular music in the streets while it continues to dazzle from the orchestral stand. They have performed in many tango-bars, night clubs and milongas of Buenos Aires never failing in the task of combining communication with soul ; danceability with pathos. Their first independent release spans from "guardia vieja" instrumentals to forgotten gems of the 30s' and their own songs. Since then, they have taken advantage of numerous tours to the most dissimilar corners of the world (Spain, Germany, Brazil, Canada, England and Senegal) to add to their music elements of different cultures akin to tango. In their second release : "Un giro extraño" (A strange turn) we see a thorough deepening of the concepts of the first CD : Tango with camaristically refined arrangements, more of their own songs, rhythmic investigation into African and Brazilian milonga and insightful visits to non-tanguero argentine folklore.
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