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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 PAGE 11A a tango in Argentina, Eastern time, offer a fresh take on the has experienced something attitude. It's darkly lit. It's Europe and even America, as genre. In some cases, Yiddish of a revival. Bulgach says ecstatic. It's out of control." Yiddish-speaking Jews joined Tango Club plays traditional it has become common Likewise, in both tango in the tango craze and made klezmer songs but with ele- practice at Jewish concerts and klezmer, Bulgach says it their own. ments oftango, suchas using in Argentina for the musi- the test of success is whether The Holocaust also created the Argentine bandoneoncians to perform an oldpeople are inspired to get up its own grim chapter in the rather than an accordion. Yiddish tango as part of the and dance. history of Yiddish tango, as In other instances, Bulgach repertoire.Atthesametime, By the end of the Yiddish the Nazis encouraged con- combines tunes and rhythms documentaries and concerts Tango Club concert, the centration camp orchestras, from both genres more free- of Jewish tango music have Skirball courtyard is crowded or lagernkapellen, to play ly, as in his self-composed sprung upacrosstheUnited with dancers joyously swept tangos, which they considered "Librescu Tango." And in States, and Jewish tango up by the spirit of Yiddish less encouraging of rebellion other pieces still, the corn- music has even reappeared tango. A few dance expert than American jazz. Indeed, bination is already inherent in Eastern Europe, repeat- tangos in pairs, while most as Czackis notes, Paul Celan's in the music -- for example, ing the patterns of nearly a bop and bounce informally famous poem on the con- Bulgachnotesthatlegendary century ago. tothe music. centration camps, "Death tango composer Astor Piaz- Aboveall, though, Bulgach As the evening comes to a Fugue," was originally titled zolla often said his favorite saystangoismoreaboutafeel- close, Bulgach leads the band "Death Tango." 3-3-2 rhythm was influenced ing than a specific harmony andhisaudienceinatango-ized Bulgach'sown renditions of by the Jewish music Piazzolla or rhythm, version of"Hatikvah," turning Yiddish tango draw on these heard as a child in Brooklyn. "To me, the tango is like the anthem of hope into a lilt- traditions and, at the same Jewish tango music alsothe blues," he says. "It's an ing, dance-like melody. Gustavo Bulgach Skirball By Anthony Weiss Bulgach is far from the first to combine Jewish music and LOS ANGELES (JTA)- The tangoin aheady combination. music that packs the Skirball Tango music was born in late Cultural Center's stately 19th-century Argentina in courtyard-Yiddish tango- is communities of newly arrived a musical hybrid twice over. European immigrants, many On the tango side, it is a of them Jews. blend of African-born rhythms As Jewishmusicians learned and apotpourri of European to play in the increasingly music styles. On the Yiddish popular style, they added their side, it combines mournful own musical and linguistic liturgical melodies with folk flourishes-- not only joining songs, major tango orchestras, but Tango, too, is famous for its also composing new tangos sensual dance, while Yiddish in Yiddish. Max Zalkind, for music is rooted in the festive one, composedbothinYiddish freylekhs of traditional wed- ("Odesa Mama") and Spanish ding bands. ("Mi Quinta in Castelar'). In combination, the two At the same time, as tango prove irresistible, asthe con- music became an interna- cert crowd stands and sways tional sensation, the genre to the tangled rhythms, swept across Eastern Europe. For Gustavo Bulgach, 47, Records and music journals band leader of Yiddish Tango filtered into cities and shtetls Club -- the star attraction at and created a new tango style the Skirball on Aug. 21 -- the even in places never visited by musicis also areminder of his touringArgentineorchestras. childhood in Buenos Aires in For example, as Lloica the 1970s and '80s. Born to a Czackis, a musician who has family of Russian Jewish ira- researched the history of migrants, Bulgach grew up Yiddish tango, noted in an in Argentina learning Jewish article written for the website folk music at the feet of his of World ORT, Poland"quickly grandfather, apassionatemu- became one of the capitals siclover, andinthe synagogue of European tango at a time founded by his grandfather, when most of its musicians, At the same time, he says, both in the classical and "Tango is more than the music popular scenes, were Jewish." you hear in Buenos Aires, it's The result was a pre-World something you breathe." War II profusion of Yiddish There will be a Relief J.D., founding member and For Israel Rally at Rollins chairman of Liberty Coun- College Alfond Stadium sel, and dean of Liberty at Harper-Shepherd Field, University School of Law. 340 Aragon Ave Winter This event is sponsored by Park, on Sunday, Sept. 7, Pastors Blake and Beverly at 6 p.m. The special guest LorenzofEncounterChurch, speaker will be Matt Staver, Orlando. HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance Air Conditioning Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960