Who said you had to be born in Buenos Aires to make a name for yourself in the tango? Like some other great musicians - the bandoneonists Ciriaco Ortiz, Homero Manzi, Ruben Juarez, to name just a few - Debora Russ comes from Cordoba. Who said you had to have sucked the tango from a baby's bottle to be good at it?
Debora Russ was not born into a family of musicians, and her childhood was more nourished by the Spanish songs that kept alive her grandfather's nostalgia. As a child, she took flamenco dance classes and later even became a qualified teacher, but to hear her, we are not so far away from the tango: "In listening to Anibal Troilo, a genius of the bandoneon", she explains, "I always found something Andalusian in his music, well before knowing he was indeed a great connoisseur of flamenco".
In 2012, her new challenge carries the title "Tangos Pendientes": tangos waiting to be heard. She is accompanied by Victor Villena on bandoneon, Alejandro Schwartz on guitar and Mauricio Angarita on bass. For this disc, Debora Russ moves away from the contemporary to revisit some of the classics, not necessarily well known. "I created the list by asking people around me which tangos they like, or would like to hear me sing", she explains. It's a selection drawn from a repertoire of immense abundance. "There is no subject that has not been sung in the tango," adds Debora Russ. "By turns descriptive or philosophical, the tango expresses sadness, joy, love in all its facets and itsmysteries, social movements, politics, popular passions like football or horse racing, and even the sacred or the mystic."
Debora Russ : vocals
Alejandro Schwarz : guitar, arrangements
Victor Hugo Villena : bandoneon
Bernard Lanaspeze : doublebass
Collection VOX POPULI
CD - AC 145 - 2012
Harmonia Mundi / Accords Croisés