Orquesta Típica in Argentinian musical terminology, is a Tango ensemble comprising sections of strings, accordion (known as bandoneon) and rhythm. This is also the case with the Fernández Fierro orchestra – but that is the end of all similarities with a typical Tango orchestra. A stage show with OTFF is an assault on the senses in the same way as a heavy metal gig or a Rock opera: Intense lighting, head-banging bandoneon players, dramatic vocals which at times take on a spoken-word style. All musicians are long-haired, bearded fellows in their 20s and 30s, the music is loud and their attitude towards Tango is vehemently unorthodox. They have popularised their style in their home town Buenos Aires by playing weekly shows in their own venue, a converted storage hall dubbed “Club Atletico Fernández Fierro” where entrance is free as long as you bring your own chair. At the “athletic club” other musicians are invited to play alongside OTFF. It is no exaggeration to say that OTFF have been undertaking a tremendous effort to renew a Tango environment that was in danger of growing stale and lose the interest of younger audiences. With the atypical orchestra of Fernández Fierro, Tango is revived and kept alive by a new generation with a pugnacious, anarchistic attitude.
Opening concert with Chango Spasiuk
In collaborations with Ministerio de la Cultura de la Nacion Argentina, Embassy of Argentina and PR Producciones.
Supported by Ministerio de la Cultura de la Nacion Argentina.
Text: Kristian Krohg-Sørensen