DDPs Favorite Tandas:
Di Sarli

Di Sarli: 1940s Instrumentals

Siete palabras (1945)
La cachila (1941)
La torcacita (1941)
Ensueños (1943)

Carlos Di Sarli is famous for being so demanding that his entire orchestra walked out on him—thrice. His recordings span thirty years, from his first Sextet in 1928 to the lush instrumentals of the late 1950s, and they display a variety of styles, from fast and rhythmic to slow, lush, and lyrical.
Choosing which tanda of Di Sarli to publish first was very difficult for me—I could have gone with those ’50s instrumentals, so familiar to many of us from our first tango walking classes, or perhaps picked vocals with Roberto Rufino, or Alberto Podestá, or even Jorge Durán (though personally, I don’t care as much for him).
I opted for this set of instrumentals to showcase the variety of sounds in Di Sarli’s palette. The tanda moves from more picado to more romantic, and makes a great bridge between the two styles of music. I’ve also played it backwards to move from romance to rhythm.


About Derrick Del Pilar

Born and raised in Chicago, I came to the tango while studying at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires in 2006. In 2008 I earned my B.A. with majors in Creative Writing and Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Arizona, and in 2009 I earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. My specialty is the history & literature of early 20th century Argentina.


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