Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tango Nuevo - Sam Robles, Jr.
Each of the Robles family lines has their talented individuals. Some were high school musicians like Augie and Tibo Munoz from Gertrudis' line playing with the Douglas High School band back in the '50's. Today, Tibo's grandsons are attending Arizona State University on musical scholarships earned from their musical talent. Jose Honne Robles, an attorney from the Rafael line is an artist who had a showing at La Pilita Museum in Tucson in 2009. Roberto Figueroa from the Miguel line creates heirloom wooden pieces in the form of spoons and rolling pins. And the list goes on.
But the Plutarco line......well, they are chock full of musical talent. The most well known musician in this line is Eduardo (Lalo) Robles who had an orchestra for decades in Tucson and played throughout Arizona. He played the saxaphone. Skipped a generation, but his grandson Sam Robles, Jr. also plays the saxaphone in a group he founded called Tango Nuevo. Here is an excerpt from their My Space page describing the group: "Tango Nuevo is a Los Angeles based instrumental group. They all met while studing at the California Institute of the Arts. By combining elements of Tango, Jazz, and modern classical music, Tango Nuevo has created a unique yet recognizable sound."
Who doesn't love the Tango? Fiery, passionate, evocative and so is the music that compliments the dance. As Sam says, this is Tango Nuevo, nuevo being the operative word. Theirs is a fresh take on an ancient form of dance/music. Embrace it.
Not surprisingly, Sam's day gig is a music teacher with the Los Angeles School District.
The more genealogy research I do, the more I am convinced it really is all about the genes. Think Lalo's musical genes are alive and well in many of his descendants and most especially in his grandson Sam. Viva Lalo, Viva Sam!
It's interesting when you go to Tango Nuevo's site just to scroll down their list of visitors/followers and see the people from around the world who have listened and commented on their music. You can listen to their musical collection by visiting http://www.myspace.com/tangonuevo.