So I went to Argentina! The Leadership course organizes some international placements for their students and this year both year 1, year 2 and some other Guildhall students had the opportunity to go to La Plata for two weeks. The activity was hosted by Colectivo La Sonora and had four main aspects: Candombe Percussion, Tango, community work and folkore music and dance.
Together with other 7 students we spent an amazing fortnight with two weeks full of music, strong emotions, intensive experiences, “multi-culti” moments, shared learning, and loads of music making that culminated in a concert in La Plata in the last night.
A word of thank you to everyone who made this experience possible:
- the staff of the Leadership course
- Teresa Campos, our group coordinator
- the people that worked with us
- Lissandro Baum, folklore
- Miky de Pozo, traditional percussion
- Sergio Balderrabano, a great musicologist and Piazzolla connoisseur
- Mariano, our chacarera teacher
- La Minga, cuerda de candombe from La Plata
- Romina, our candombe dance teacher
- Our tango dance teachers
- And so many other amazing people we had the chance to meet
- Bruno Cabadas, amazing bandoneon player that shared the stage with us on the Concierto para Quinteto by Piazzolla
- Finally the guys from La Sonora that did everything to organize such a wonderful experience for us:
- Alejandro Rodriguez, the head behind all this
- Cynthia Aguirre, the incredible tango singer
- Diego Amerise, the double bass man with a huge heart
- Juan Pablo Castrillo, our Candombe master
- Nahuén Ercoli, such a generous musician
- Rocío Bergé, the photographer that was always so supportive (the next galery is with photos by her)
- Horacio Pas, the amazing producer
- And Jose, our driver!
To everyone, again, THANK YOU. This post is more to share some images and the overall feeling than going in detail about these two weeks.