Upcoming MDC: 17 July 2010

We start to have Milonga del Corazón because our hearts are truly in tango. We'd like to offer a space where people in Hong Kong can experience the milongas in Buenos Aires - dancing in a cosy place with traditional tango music. We may not be able to offer grand and historical dance hall that like Salon Canning and Niño Bien, but we pay the greatest respect to the classical music like most milongas in Buenos Aires do. We carefully arrange and select the most danceable music in our milonga, as we believe that one of the keys to understand tango is to dance with the most sophisticated music in the tango history. We wish you enjoy dancing in our milonga, and experience the unique sensations that derived from embracing with the tango music from the golden era. 我們開始辨 Milonga del Corazón 是因為我們真的心愛探戈。我們希望在香港提供一個可以體驗布宜諾斯艾利斯milonga的地方﹣在有傳統探戈音樂的舒適氣氛下跳舞。我們或許不能提供像Salon Canning 或 Niño Bien那種有氣派有悠久歷史的舞池,但我們像布宜諾斯艾利斯大部份Milonga一樣十分尊重傳統的探戈音樂。我們精心安排和挑選最適合跳舞的音樂,因為我們深信要了解探戈其中之一的關鍵便是跟探戈歷史中最有深度的音樂跳舞。我們希望你喜歡在我們的Milonga跳舞,並體會到擁抱經典探戈音樂所帶來的奇妙感覺。 Emily and Coleman

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Sound of a Milonga

Salon CanningSuddenly I want to write about the sound of a milonga, mainly because I received a few complains during Javier and Andrea's grand milonga. Actually, not only that milonga, but in J&A's guided practica too. "Emily, your music is great, but would you please turn the volume down a bit? It's too loud."

Every time I received this kind of complain, I always have one of the following response,

(1) "Well, the teachers say this volume is just perfect." (I didn't make this up, this was really true, when Javier & Andrea/Pablo & Dana were here.)

(2) "Ok, will do." (Then I would turn down a little bit, then after a few mins, I would just turn to the "normal" volume gradually without causing others' attention.

(3) "This is exactly the volume in the milongas of Buenos Aires," I said only to my closer friends.

In my memory, Salon Canning has the best sound system. The Salon has very high ceiling, hanging speakers from the above, along the shape of the dancefloor. No matter how crowded the dance floor was, and how noisy the people were, I could always indulge myself into the music in a man's embrace. Since the music is loud enough to overwhelm me - what I conscious about is only - the music, and the bodies. As I remember, Nino Bien has similar sound system too.

Actually a milonga, is similar to a disco - a place of music and dance. Yes, a milonga should be more elegant, calm and romantic, but we have to admit that this is a place mainly for dance, not exclusively for eating nor chatting.

I'm sure some people may feel annoyed by this - but really, this is the authentic culture of BsAs too. Some argentinean teachers told me, "just ignore those people. This is what a real milonga should be."

I have to admit that almost all milongas and practica space in HK don't have a sound system like Salon Canning. The speakers are always put aside of the dance floor, so the sound is always louder at one side of the dance floor, and less loud on the other side.

It is really hard to make a balance.

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