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The Twelve Days of Tav-Mas! - Tav Falco - Day Four Tav Falco's bumper bunch of five to see us through the twelve days of Christmas... Tav talks tango on day four

The Twelve Days of Tav-Mas! - Tav Falco - Day Four

Tav Falco's bumper bunch of five to see us through the twelve days of Christmas... Tav talks tango on day four

by OL House Writer,
first published: December, 2022

approximate reading time: minutes

A dance bristling with passion, with daggers, with silhouettes of feline grace, and with moans of betrayal.

The inimitable Tav Falco has lead the unapproachable Panther Burns since the 1970s. The ditch-diggers of American music, idiosyncratic and effervescent, purveyors of arcane wisdom. Panther Burns have howled their way from Memphis out around the globe through those six decades bewitching, beguiling and sometimes bemusing fans of the blues, old soul and good old rock’n’roll. We’ve checked in with Tav often along the way. We even had a previous Christmas sojourn back in 2016. So of course we were going to ask Tav to join in with our December wide “Bunch of Five” project. Mr Falco went above and beyond and provided us with a mighty missive detailing his recent move out East and laying out his five great things... We’ve split it into 12 parts and we’re sharing it one day at a time to see everybody through into the New Year. It’s the twelve days of Tav-mas! Part four today is Tango day... If you’re just joining us you can go right back to the start here ⇒


The Twelve Days of Tav-Mas! - Tav Falco - Day Four
Another motivation is Tango Argentino - a dance I am obsessed with. Soon as I got off the plane in Buenos Aires, I was dancing in La Confitería Ideal. A dance of embrace between partners yes, but more of an amorous relationship between partners. A dance bristling with passion, with daggers, with silhouettes of feline grace, and with moans of betrayal. As Isadora Duncan wrote, "From my first timid steps I felt my pulses respond to the enticing languorous rhythm of this voluptuous dance, sweet as a long caress, intoxicating as love under southern skies, cruel and dangerous as the allurement of a tropical forest."

For four months I hung on in the port city living at Hotel Uruguay in San Telmo – the barrio of Candombe, which is a form once danced by Brazilian blacks who had populated the area. From the elegant El Maracaibo consecrated by self-blinded, piano maestro Carlos DiSarli, to Club Almagro, to Salon Canning, and to the milonga of La Viruta, I danced the nights away. Each barrio in Bs.As. has its particular style of dancing recognizable to the eye of the aficionado. Eventually I was drawn to an offbeat milonga in the barrio of San Telmo where my mentor Gustavo Naviera started his career, and I too became an habitué.Tango posterby Ernesto Garcia Cabral


Tango Argentina
Sidewalk in Argentina


Tango San TelmoTF in San Telmo 2000


The reaching arm of Destiny has provided a Tango enclave here in my town where I move across the floor with polished, terpsichorean Thais. We practice under a talented Filipino maestro for Tango is a life-long process of devotion and practice not unlike holy orders or a kind of Zen-of-the-embrace in motion.

Tango with Phimsoudasihanou
Tango on the beach with Phimsoudasihanou by James Barker 2021


Tango with Phimsoudasihanou
On the floor with Kay Krystal 2022


TF – returns to La Conventicola Degli Ultramoderni, Rome July 2022


Essential Tav Falco's 12 Days of Christmas Info
When Tav Falco, a long time friend of Outsideleft, sent over his Bunch of Fives, it was a bumper collection, requiring an alternative plan and that is Tav Falco's 12 Days of Christmas. Of the many great, great Christmas things Tav has shared with us over the years, this is the most ambitious and the greatest yet.

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