Café Au Petit Suisse, november 2014, Paris. I had a meeting with the General Secretary of the Odeon Theater, Denis Bretin. It happened to be in the company of Jean-Pierre Thibaudat, a journalist. During this brief encounter, I gave him my dossier about Tango 1972. One week later we where talking about the dramaturgy of the projet at the Café Hôtel du Nord. Marina Cedro
Jean-Pierre Thibaudat is a writer and journalist, reporting from Moscow. He was the Chief Editor of the theater column for the french newspaper Libération between 1978 and 1996. He’s currently the Art Advisor for the theater festival Passages and he writes a blog about culture for the magazine Mediapart called Balagan.
We met in november 2014, on my way back from Japan, in parisian book shop. I was in the rush of making a video trailer for Tango 1972. She joined the project straight away. I meet her in her house in Pantin right before leaving for Buenos Aires. The video is in the style of a short film. Rhythm, plasure and emotion. What really impressed me of Mareike is her sense of music and her interest in contemporary dance that shapes her unique approach to the camera and filming style. Marina Cedro
Mareike Engelhardt is graduated in Literature, Art History and Psychology. She studied cinema at the “École Supérieure d’Études Cinématographiques” in Paris.
She filmed short movies like “Effigy” that won the first prize at the Movie Festival of Toulouse. In 2010 she approached contemporary dance with “The geometry of separation” with the choreographer Riki Von Falken. The movie is presented in several international festival like the Radialsystem in Berlin, in Potsdam, Heilbronn and Yaoudé (Africa). In 2011 she is invited to participate, with the portuguese choreographer Pedro Casses, to create the Dream-Dance for the movie “Atlantis“. The same year she directs “La Balade”, produced by Abbel.
Mareike alternates experimental movies and fiction. She works as assistant director for, among others, Volker Schlöndorff and Roman Polanski.
We met in Paris in 2008 at Ya Basta. It’s Rémy Kolpa Kopoul, my music sponsor, that suggest I should make him listen to my music. Philippe really took the time to do so, in particular Milonga de intimidad and I think he liked it.
A day in 2014 I receive a call : – Hola Marina, it’s Philippe Cohen Solal, I listened to your album Cronicas, it’s fantastic! I’d love you to be the voice of the music I created for the movie « Tu veux ou tu veux pas » (‘The Missionaries‘) of Tony Marshal, it’s urgent, are you okay with it?
I recorded the voice of the song in 30 minutes.
When I started to write Tango 1972 in solo, I asked him to collaborate to this work. He agreed, we both are looking for the sound of the 70s. Marina Cedro
Philippe Cohen-Solal is a french composer and arranger. He’s one of the founders of the Gotan Project trio, that brought up a singular marriage between tango and electric music.
At the age of 20, Philippe Cohen Solal becomes musical programmer. He was the host of a daily radio programm at 95.2 FM (musical station created for Europe 1) with interviews of singers and musical bands from all over the world, in particular from the UK. At Polydor, where he stays for 3 years, he realizes Raft, an album that will sell over 650 000 copies.
He descovers Keziah Jones paying in front of a parisian terrasse. He was also the one who introduced Zazie to Mercury label. Musical Director for Virgin, he’ll be one of the first music supervisor of France and he will works on soundtracks for many directors like Arnaud Desplechin, Nikita Mikhalkov, Lars von Trier, Bertrand Tavernier or Kieslowski. Later he will also work for Tonie Marshall, Christian Vincent and Didier Le Pêcheur. At the time, it’s techno and house music that captivate him. It’s in 1992 that he will participate to the first french electronic compilation tape “PUR” (Paris Union Recording) and founds his first company “Science & Mélodie”, specialized in music composition for images.
He creates in 1995 the label “Ya Basta Records” inspiered by the book of the Subcomandante Marcos.
The same year he’s the artistic officiant « Métamorphose » around the « Messe pour le Temps Présent » (‘Mass for the present time’) of Pierre Henry and Michel Colombier, for which he remixes the Psychedelic Rock Cult together with Fatboy Slim, St Germain, Coldcut and William Orbit.
His masterpiece can be considered Gotan Project, a work that associates tango to an electronic partition and to several acoustic instruments like the bandonéon, created with the argentinian musician Eduardo Makaroff and his Boyz from Brazil‘s partner Christoph H. Müller. His personal project «$olal présents The Moonshine Sessions», is an acoustic album recorded in the Tennessee countryside featuring several stars of Country and Bluegrass music of Nashville sets his international status as songwriter. He produced under his label David Walters, a caribbean electro-folk singer, El Hijo de la Cumbia, one of the inventors of the Nueva Cumbia and Féloche, a french électro-rocksteady french singer. He also produced and collaborated to the album Il « Talé » of Salif Keita (feat. Bobby Mc Ferrin, Esperanza Spalding, Manu Dibango & Roots Manuva). In 2014, together with Christophe Chassol he creates the original soundtrack of the movie « Tu veux ou tu veux pas » of Tonie Marshall.
It was in the summer 2011 when I met Gérard Lo Monaco in Paris. It was at the presentation of the new album of the argentinian musician Juan Carlos Caceres, one of my teachers. I was impressed by Gérard’s work, his poetry on paper, his modern vision so rooted in art. We work together since then, he’s my Art Director. With Tango 1972, I have the opportunity to evoke street art and typography. Marina Cedro
Gérard Lo Monaco is an argentinian illustrator born in 1948 in Buenos Aires. In Paris he has been awardedfrom the Museum of Decorative Arts of Paris for the best theater poster for “Offenbach’. In 2001, Charles Trenet entrusts him with the creation of the campaign for his farewall tour. He realized music sleeves covers for several musicians as Les Négresses Vertes, Mano Negra and Renaud (for which he also designed the set of his music tour “Boucan d’enfer” – A Hell of a noise – in 2002). Following his encounter with Eduardo Makaroff, they create the label “Mañana” (‘Tomorrow’), a label dedicated to creations about tango and to the diffusion of the argentinian music all over the world.