Magazine article New Internationalist

Anda

Magazine article New Internationalist

Anda

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MUSIC

Anda

by Melingo (World Village 056, CD + digital)

Daniel Melingo is a polymath who resists definition. The Argentinean clarinetist is an interpreter of contemporary tango par excellence; but he is also a poet, an actor and a cross-cultural figure - akin to Serge Gainsbourg in France - who inhabits multiple spheres of influence. Even when Melingo is not playing what is strictly tango, he has its swaying loucheness offpat.

So it's not surprising that Melingo pays homage to Gainsbourg with a cover of 'Intoxicated Man'. It's a suitably sleazy, grainyvoiced French version that effects a transposition of the Parisian Rive Gauche to the bohemian equivalent in Buenos Aires. In fact, Paris provides the intellectual mood: a cover of Erik Satie's first 'Gnossienne' accentuates a spiky atonality that lingers on the edges of the French composer's experimental piano work. …

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