NEOTANGO is the name for different contemporary musicians who are developping a new kind of tango based on the classical tango. In the 1980's the Argentine Tango was rediscovered in Europe and the USA and a thorough study was made by dancers and musicians on the characteristics of the Tango in the 1930's - 1950's. New orchestra's (Color Tango and Sexteto Canyengue) took over Pugliese's and Piazzolla's arrangements while dancers were strongly influenced by great tango teachers such as Antonio Todaro and Pepito Avellaneda.
The young Tango band Fernandez Fierro is an example of modern tango music based on traditional arrangements.
Now a new century has arrived, with new tango music. Gotan Project conquered the world with their sensational 'La Revancha del Tango'. Important new groups are Bajofondo Tango Club, Tanghetto and curious dj's like Rumpistol from Denmark. Interesting compilations appear such as 'Lounge Tango', 'Piazzolla Remixed' and 'Electronic Tango'. International DJ's find inspirations in traditional tango's adding a loungey flavour to it with beats and samples.
Tango Dance has been subject to contemporary influences since the turn of the century. Similar to the musical development the traditional laws of tango dancing have become less severe. In the milonga it is no longer requiered to dance exclusively in the close embrace. More dance attitudes and dance moves have been introduced by new dancers like Fabian Salas, Chicho Frumboli, Pablo Inza and others. Elements from Modern Dance, Salsa and Swing can be mixed which has led to a richer tango vocabulary. The principle of leading and following remains intact, but all kinds of variations from closed to open styles combined with new moves are possible these days and have created ways to work towards a modern, more personal tango.
A special band in the Neotango landscape is NARCOTANGO, founded by Carlos Libedinsky. In his compositions he combines authentic instruments like bandoneon, guitar, violin and bass with electronic effects and samples. However, he puts a lot of attention to the danceability of his music. This leads to an exiting blend of sensuous melodies and powerful beats that is loved by tango dancers today.
Carlos comments:“At the hour when there are only a few couples left on the dance floor, magic sneaks into the milonga, and I watch people dancing and experimenting with a new kind of tango dance, when my body is exhausted from dancing for hours and I don't want the night to end, at that hour NARCOTANGO was born. It was then that I could imagine the music that I wanted to dance to, and to see others dance to. At that moment the narcotic power of tango takes over and confirms, once again, that I have entered a universe inside of me that is hard to leave, because like a drug, tango generates an incredible, sensual and powerful addiction."
Critics say about Narcotango:“They play a cross-over between Osvaldo Pugliese and Massive Attack, a clear synthesis of traditional tango and electronic music. Tango music for a new generation.”
Narcotango has released four cd's and one DVD in 2008, ' Narcotango en Vivo'. The Tangomagia Festival invited Narcotango for a concert in Amsterdam in 2003. In 2004 they performed in Holland in Club Panama, Paradiso and Nighttown. In 2007 Narcotango has been touring in Europe, among others Germany, Italy, France and The Netherlands. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 they visited Europa and performed among others in Italy and the Netherlands. TangoTalks organises the Narcotango concerts in Amsterdam in cooperation with Paradiso.