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Carlos Di Sarli

Birth Name: Carlos Di Sarli
Artistry: pianist, director, composer
Lived: 1903 - 1960
Alias: El Señor del Tango (Lord of Tango)

Carlos Di Sarli

  • Di Sarli's music has a clear rhythm with an easy, danceable sound for beginners whilst sufficiently complex for more advanced dancers, enabling his music to be regularly played at milongas
  • At the age of 13 (horrifying his piano teacher and father) Di Sarli toured with a company playing popular music and tangos
  • In 1919 he created his first orchestra, and played at a tea room
  • In this year he composed his first tango - the Meditación - but unfortunately this was never recorded
  • In 1923 he joint the bandoneonist Anselmo Aieta group
  • Di Sarli later joined the group led by the violinist Juan Pedro Castillo
  • In 1927 Di Sarli formed a sextet (violins, bandoneóns and string bass)
  • Between 1928 and 1931 Di Sarli recorded 49 sides with his sextet on the Victor label
  • In the mid 1930s he joined a small group of musicians with the bandoneonist Juan Cambareri
  • In the 1938 Di Sarli created his own orchestra which recorded the year after - this recording is considered a classic: The Tango Corazón
  • That orchestra was very successful for the next decade, recording 155 sides
  • Di Sarli's orchestra broke up in 1949
  • Between 1951 and 1953 he recorded 84 sides
  • In 1954 Di Sarli starting recording again, and these are considered classics of the genre, amongst the greatest tango recordings of all time
  • He recorded his final side in 1958
  • Di Sarli was seen as very innovative, with such reputation for good music that he was named El Señor del Tango (Lord of Tango)
  • Carlos Di Sarli is considered one of the greatest musicians of tango with a flair for elegance and subtlety
  • He always wore a dark pair of sunglasses to hide a childhood wound
  • Di Sarli died in January 1960, leaving behind 27 albums

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