ONLINE – Tango Lecture Series – Tango Lyrics with Jake Spatz
December 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Who wrote the tangos we dance to? Why were they written, and what are they about? Join us for this exploration of tango lyrics with poetry translator Jake Spatz, and learn about the origins of your favorite songs.
Jake’s translations follow the original forms and melodies, offering a trusty tour through the meanings of the songs. We’ll cover dance-floor favorites like “Malena” and “Tinta Roja,” and learn how the songs evolved from the roaring ’20s to the turbulent ’30s and into the romantic style of the ’40s—and we’ll explore how songs “talk to each other” across decades.
Jake Spatz, teacher, DJ, and host of the Eastern Market milonga in DC, has been translating tango lyrics since 2005. He now collaborates with the weekly program “Bienvenido al Tango” on WOWD-LP in Takoma Park, Maryland. The first volume of his tango translations Librotango includes 26 songs in singable English versions (available in paperback on Amazon.com).