Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bandeonist Rodolfo Mederos in Manila for one night of Argentinean tango music

Tonight in Manila, living a #Travelife, I attended a very intimate and exclusive party to introduce the Argentinian tango musician Rodolfo Mederos to Manila society.

The party was held in a lovely home in the city, as our hostess is a passionate tango dancer with an eye for interiors and style. Everything in her home looked very lovely, aglow with candles and tasteful flower arrangements.

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To start off the evening, over tapas, paella and wine, we watched a video of tango music in Argentina with none other than Rodolfo Mederos playing himself.

A tango musician is called a bandeonist, as the music instrument he uses is called a bandeo.

He's past 70 years old but you would never guess it, as he has the energy of a sprightly 50-something man and the kind of magnetic appeal that women of all ages find irresistible.



The Ambassador of Argentina and his wife were seated next to me as we watched the video, so I turned to the Ambassador and said: "Is he really very famous in Argentina?"

The Ambassador told me that Rodolfo Mederos is one of the most famous and one of the best of Argentinean tango musicians. He is also a composer, and he founded the Argentinean cult music group called Generacion Cero, which tried to improvise on traditional tango music.


On April 24, Rodolfo Mederos will be in Manila for one night only, to play for tango aficionados and for tango music lovers in the Philippines. He will be accompanied by the Philippine Philarmonic Orchestra (PPO), and tango dancers in Manila are already looking forward to his last song.

In Argentina, you see, he always plays one song as his signature last song, and he usually asks people to dance. So tango lovers in Manila are hoping he will do the same on April 24.

What a lovely and fun way to end an evening of excellent tango music, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife. 

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