Life is tough, we all know that. But sometimes the reminders are just too harsh. Octavio Brunetti has passed away. You might not know who he is, but he is a significant part of The Death of Tango.
First and foremost, he is important to me, as he was my music teacher during the year I lived in New York City. He helped me understand tango as a genre in a much deeper way than I had before. He taught me how to write arrangements. He encouraged me to sing, and to pursue music with passion. He also loved tango as much (probably more) as I did.
Secondly, Octavio was a member of the Urban Tango Trio, together with Machiko Ozawa and Pedro Giraudo. They were one of the first groups I interviewed on The Death of Tango, after their gig in Highland Park, NJ. I also played their music often on the show.
This picture of Octavio is a very nice representation of his character, as he loved to play the piano and he often had that face while doing so. He really enjoyed every moment of making tango music.
When I told him I was leaving New York to move to Rome, he said “that’s unfortunate; one of the few tango music lovers we have in New York is leaving us”. He probably never imagined the same would happen with him, and in a much more profound and sadder way. I cannot believe it, and I probably don’t understand what happened yet. But I hope that his friends and family have the strength that it takes to carry on.
I just uploaded show 160, which could also be known as show 2.2, since it’s the second show of the “online era”. It’s about my visit to Buenos Aires, featuring music by artists that I heard while visiting. It’s available at:
http://deathoftango.podomatic.com (and iTunes)
http://www.princeton.edu/~pablo/death (while supplies last)
Acabo de colgar el programa 160, también conocido como 2.2 ya que es el segundo programa de la “era cibernética”. Es sobre mi visita a Buenos Aires, e incluye música de artistas que escuché durante mi visita. Lo pueden escuchar en:
http://deathoftango.podomatic.com (y iTunes)
http://www.princeton.edu/~pablo/death (mientras no me cancelan la cuenta)
Includes: Lucio Arce, Orquesta Típica La Vidú, Analía Goldberg, Osvaldo Peredo con la Orquesta Tipica Almagro, Hernán CUCUZA Castiello & Moscato Luna, Federico Mizrahi, Guillermo Fernández, Chino Laborde, Julio Pane, Juan Villarreal & Marco Antonio Fernández, Ariel Ardit, Luciano Tobaldi, Gran Quinteto Real, Soledad Francia, Edmundo Rivero
Dear listeners, I have not forgotten you! I will have a new show up very soon!
Listen to the last show of The Death of Tango on WPRB, “The Farewell”:
The show will continue online-only until further notice.
Thank you for these six wonderful years!
Tune into WPRB.com and 103.3 FM from 11 AM to 1 PM for the last on-air show of The Death of Tango on WPRB EVER! I will have a “farewell-related” show today. I will also go on the air sometime between 10:30 AM and 11 AM during Classical Discoveries, where host Marvin is going to interview me. I hope you can tune in!
Do you have a favorite Death of Tango moment? Share it so that I can mention it at the last show next week. A song you heard, a band you liked, a guest you enjoyed?