Taninos: (Spanish Word for Tannins) “Tannins are often described as the component that “dries the mouth” out in red wines. Tannins are largely responsible for giving red wines their defined structure, taste and color.”
TANINO DÚO is an ensemble from Buenos Aires formed by the unique blend of two instruments with strong argentine roots: the Spanish guitar and the chromatic harmonica. The duo proposes arrangements where musical interplay and spontaneous interpretation are essential to the musical expression.
This musical group performs mostly argentine popular music, emphasizing its interest in argentine Tango. The repertoire is comprised by Tangos, Valses and Milongas from different musical periods, along with Zambas, Chacareras and original compositions.
For three years, Tanino dúo has been performing in theaters, milongas and musical festivals of Buenos Aires. It has also toured extensively throughout the country(Cordoba, San Luis, Prov. de Buenos Aires) and to international venues in Latina America (Peru) and Europe (Italy, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Slovenia).
Tanino dúo’s debut album, “Tango + Folklore”, was released in October 2011 under the record label Los Años Luz. The album was presented live in November in two of the most prominent scenarios of Buenos Aires musical scene.
In December 2011, Tanino duo was awarded first price as “Best Instrumental Ensemble (from duet to quartets)” in the “XIX Hugo del Carril Competition”organized by the Musical Department of the Cultural Secretary of The City Of Buenos Aires.
In February 2012, Tanino dúo was awarded “Best instrumental Tango Duet” in the 39° National Celebration “Valle del Sol” in the city of Merlo (province of San Luis-Arg.). There, this group shared stage with important figures of the musical scene of Argentina such as Pedro Aznar and Jairo.
In October/November 2012 Tanino duo made its first European tour, invited by “Faitango” (Italian organization advocated to disseminate argentine tango). This part of the tour included cities such as Torino, Roma, Firenze, Aosta, Brescia, Vicenza, Pisa, Bari, Trieste, Cuneo and Venice. After this, Tanino duo continued throughout 5 other countries performing in the cities of: París, Montargis, Valence, Crest, Aix en Provence (France), Oxford, London, Fleet (England), Edinburgh, Glasgow (Scotland), Heidelberg, Ludwinsburg (Germany) and Capodistria (Slovenia). The result of this tour, declared of Cultural Interest by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, was a success: 30 performances in 50 days. To mention a few: concerts at the historical “Teatro Petruzzelli” of the city of Bari, at the University “Aldo Moro” of Bari, in the International Tango Festival “Paris Banlieues 2012”, and more than 25 milongas.
In April 2013 this ensemble toured to Peru, sponsored by the Argentine Embassy in Peru and the “Fondo Metropolitano de Artes y Ciencias” of Buenos Aires(Metropolitan Found of Art and Science). The tour will include the cities of Lima, Arequipa and Cusco. It was also declared of Cultural Interest by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina.
In June-July 2013 Tanino Duo made a series of concerts in Buenos Aires with different orchestras performing the Double concerto for guitar, bandoneon and string orchestra “Hommage a Liege” of Astor Piazzolla. These orquestras were the“Camerata Del IUNA” (of the National University Art Institute), the “Da Capo Almagro” (directed by Pablo Motta) and the prestigious Symphony Orquestra from Avellaneda playing in the prestigious Teatro Roma.
In August 2013, Tanino duo toured to Europe for the second time invited by the prestigious International Tango Festival of the City of Tarbes (France). This group also participated in the prestigious Gallarate Jazz Festival (Italy) sharing stage with guitarist Paolo Angeli, as concert in Teatro Petruzzelli de Bari (Italy) and more.
In this tour, Tanino Duo also did educational approach in the field of music. A one day workshop was made in North Berwick High School (Scotland) working with teachers of the institution, combining knowledge in order to demonstrate students the diversity of Argentine music. Practical and theoretical music skills were developed with the students.
In March-April 2014 Tanino duo records “Pulso Sur”, second cd, with the production of Ignacio Varchausky. This Cd is also part of the record label, Los Años Luz.
In July-September Tanino dúo tours to Europe for the third time visiting countries such as: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Scotland. This tour is the official international presentation of “Pulso Sur”. Various activities are held in important Jazz and Tango Festivals and Educational institutions such as:Tangopostale Festival 2014 (Toulouse, France), Forte Latino Festival (St. Etienne, France) Tangonale Festival 2014 (Berlín, Germany), Ambria Jazz Festival 2014. In the educational aspect: LMS (Live music In School) series of 10 concerts in 5 high schools of Jutland area (Denmark), Seminar and concert in the School of Music Edinburgh College of Art (University of Edinburgh) and a series of concerts in High Schools of Edinburgh (East Lothian area)
In January-March 2016 Tanino does its fith tour to Europe invited by the prestigious World Music Festival of Glasgow Scotland Celtic Connections. There they perform along with the local group Mr Mc Falls Chamber in the Royal concert Hall of Glasgow. They also perform in milongas and concert halls of Denmark, France and Germany.
In the present moment Tanino is in the process of recording its third album with the violinist Katharina Deissler as Trio and also a string quintet as guests.
Record company: LOS AñOS LUZ
Recording sesion of TANINO DÚO + Strings in Estudios Doctor F. for "Ni es Cielo Ní es Azul". April 2017. Engineer Florencio Justo.
Quinteto de Cuerdas:
Manuel Quiroga (1er. violín)
Emanuel Teper (2do. violín)
Rodrigo Beraldi (viola)
Martin Baldi (cello)
Bruno Bollini (contrabajo)
TANINO CUATRO The new project of TANINO duo in QUARTET format recreates the sound of the “cuarteto tipico” in the history of tango in which the guitars are protagonists in the accompaniment to a singer or melodic instrumentalist. To The consolidated sound of harmonica and guitar build in 7 years of carrier, Tanino dúo adds the guitarrón of Adam Tully and the double bass of the exceptional instrumentalist, teacher and producer Ignacio Varchausky. This formation proposes fresh and new arrangements of classical tangos of all periods where musical interplay and spontaneous interpretation are essential to the musical expression, and where the chromatic harmonica stands for its melodic brightness.
Santiago Álvarez (armónica cromática)
Fernando Sánchez (guitarra)
Adam Tully (guitarrón)
Ignacio Varchausky (contrabajo)
TANINO TRIO The name “Tanino Trio” was chosen in 2014 after the former “Tanino Duo” had already been touring and working together with the violinist Katharina Deißler for two consecutive years. The Tanino Dúo, consisting of guitar (Fernando Sánchez) and harmonica (Santiago Álvarez) therefore gains another instrument, which also has a long tradition in tango. Not only since the formation of the “Orquestas Típicas” but going further back to the beginnings of the genre when the common ensemble of the Guardia Vieja consisted of the trio violin, guitar and flute. Ever since the musicians first met they have been working together on a repertoire dedicated to Argentinean popular music. Therefore they are focusing on tangos, valses and milongas of different periods, emphasizing the qualities of the genre which make it pleasant to dance to, while also devoting themselves to its lyrical richness and the possibilities of expression the violin has to offer. The three musicians met for the first time in Buenos Aires at the beginning of 2013 and soon after started performing as “Tanino Dúo + Katharina Deißler” on stages like Café Vinilo, Hasta Trilce, Torquato Tasso, Sanata Bar and the Milonga de La Catedral. In the same year they did their first tour throughout Germany playing milongas as well as concerts. In March of the following year Katharina Deißler participated in the recording of Tanino Dúo’s second CD “Pulso Sur”, which was produced by the label “Los Años Luz” under the supervision of Ignacio Varchausky. Shortly after they traveled to Europe for the second time and played thoughout Germany in cities like Freiburg, München, Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Bremen as well as in Zürich, Switzerland.
Since 2015 the trio has been working in their new project that will be part of the third Cd of the group called „Ni es cielo, ni es Azul“. That album will have 2 parts: The first one composed of original arrangement for made by the trio of traditional tangos (Oro y Plata, Maquillaje, Tu Pálida Voz, Ensueños etc) and the second one composed of the duo guitar-harmonica and a string quintet. The particularitie of this part will be the recording for the first time of the Piazzolla piece -„Hommage a Liege“ Double concerto for bandoneon, guitar and strings- in a formation with a chromatic harmonica. The guest musician will be renamed musicians of the tango scene of Buenos Aires such as Ignacio Varchausky on contrabass.
Picture: Jennifer Ressel
Fernando Sánchez was born in Buenos Aires in 1980 and began his guitar studies with private teachers. In 2008, after studying with the maestro Javier Bravo, he graduated from Conservatorio Superior de Música “Astor Piazzolla” of Buenos Aires with a music teaching degree specializing in guitar. He is also a graduate from the University of Buenos Aires in Music Therapy. Having previously studied musical arranging with bandoneonist Rodolfo Mederos, Fernando is now studying with the maestro Claudio “Pino” Enriquez. He is currently teaching music both privately and in well-known institutions such as the Collegium Musicum of Buenos Aires, the Center of Body Education ISEA A-771, and the School of Music of the Glaux Cultural Foundation. Fernando is performing with three musical ensembles: Tanino dúo, Bien Debute Trio, and Maurin Sanchez.
Santiago Alvarez was born in Buenos Aires in 1986 and started diatonic harmonica studies (focused on blues) with private teachers at the age of 16. In 2008, he moved to New York City where he attended the “Mannes College – The New School of Music”. In 2009, he started chromatic harmonica studies with Franco Luciani. He also is pursuing a piano career in the professorate of music of the “Instituto Superior Santa Ana A-792” of Buenos Aires. Since 2010, he has also been giving private harmonica lessons. While following his musical career, he is also about to complete his degree in Sociology at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA/FSOC). Since 2010, Santiago has been part of the Tanino dúo project. Nowadays, he is working in the Escuela de Música Popular de Avellaneda (EMPA) as a harmonica teacher focused in the folklore area. Since 2016 he is also a teacher of History of Tango and History of Argentine Folklore in the Art School "Republica de Italia" (Florencio Varela).