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September 04, 2008

Oscar Ferrari - 9 August 1924 - 20 August 2008

Oscar Ferrari biography on TodoTango

Oscar Ferrari died on August 20, 2008. He had been performing until recently, his pure tenor voice undiminished by age.

  • With Orquesta Tipica Fervor de Buenos Aires

  • On stage with another group.

  • With Anibal Arias

  • In the Cafe de Los Maestros film, by Gustavo Santolla

    Excerpt from interview on Todo Tango (linked above):

    I suggest to all who "dig" tango that they ought to have respect for the music, for the lyrics and that -before recording- they have to dive into the meaning of the lyrics; especially for a very simple honest reason: we are using the talent of the writers and musicians and the least we can do is to respect what they wrote. We don't have to change the music to fit our convenience. Today I listen to recordings in which the music has nothing to do with what the composer wrote. No, boys, no. When distorting the music, tango loses harmony, loses beauty, because the one who wrote it burnt his eyebrows to find the chords and to achieve the right harmony. The least we can do is to respect him, to sing according to the music the author wrote and not to accommodate the lyrics to make it easier for us. No, no, let us respect him, because we are using that talent without paying anything and living on him.

    Posted by joegrohens at September 4, 2008 05:38 PM


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