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Let's Have Dinner and Go Dancing with the Mandragora Tango Orchestra

by Mandragora Tango Orchestra

A Modern Tango Orchestra with roots in the Guardia Vieja (Old Guard)
Genre: Latin: Tango
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  Song Share Time Download
1. La Cumparsita (TangoChristSuperstar Akoustic Remix)
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6:08 $0.99
2. Haciendose al del Zamora
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4:35 $0.99
3. Verano Porteño
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4:02 $0.99
4. Besame Mucho
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3:17 $0.99
5. Corazon d'oro
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4:00 $0.99
6. El garron
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2:37 $0.99
7. La ultima copa
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2:56 $0.99
8. La ultima cita
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3:19 $0.99
9. A la gran muñeca
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2:44 $0.99
10. Milonga del 900
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3:15 $0.99
11. Tempranillo
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4:16 $0.99
12. Adiós, Nonino
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4:07 $0.99
13. Oelle como espíritu adolescente (Smells Like Teen Spirit)
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4:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Mandrágora Tango Orchestra is one of the few large tango orchestras outside of Argentina and is based right here in the Twin Cities. Perhaps you have caught them at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune's production of Maria de Buenos Aires last spring, on Minnesota Public Radio, or on Sunday nights at the Loring Pasta Bar. They would like to invite you to the CD release party of their newest album, "Let's Have Dinner and Go Dancing with Mandrágora". They will be hosting a milonga, or tango dance party to celebrate on Saturday, November 17th. You need not be a dancer to enjoy the allure of the tango, but you may find yourself drawn to their sultry rhythms all the same.

The Mandrágora Tango Orchestra is led by accordionist Bob Barnes, who founded the group in 2001. Mandrágora Tango started playing regular Sunday night milongas as a quartet and started to attract a loyal following of tango dancers. In 2003, Bob added a string trio and piano to the quartet and created the Mandrágora Tango Orchestra, which plays 3 or 4 milongas a year. In 2002, an elderly Argentine gentleman by the name of Max Valentinuzzi introduced himself to the band. Max had been playing tango piano for over 60 years and wanted to play with Mandrágora while he was in town visiting his daughter and grandchildren. He has taught Mandrágora a lot about the history and spirit of tango, and he recorded some songs for the CD. Considered to be the band's tango godfather, Max will be hosting the Southern Hemisphere CD release party in Tucuman, Argentina on the same night.

"Let's Have Dinner and Go Dancing With Mandrágora Tango" is a collection of tangos, vals (waltzes) and milongas (2-steps) recoded over the past year or so. The tracks range from rollicking guardia vieja (old style) tangos to lush epocha d'ora (golden age) ones, as well as some of Bob Barnes's originals and a curious tango version of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. About half of the tracks are with the full orchestra: 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, piano and accordion. The other half are as a quintet: accordion, violin, guitar and bass with Max Valentinuzzi on piano.

The Mandrágora Tango Orchestra is Bob Barnes on accordion and bandoneon, Scott Matteo Davies on guitar, Dan Chouinard on piano, Christian Zamora and Laura Harada on violin, Nancy Svendals on viola, Carol Bjorlie on cello, and Leo Bjorlie on bass. You can download full versions of many of their recordings and read more about them on their website:

This is how to dance the tango!
Feel the blood rise to your face with every beat,
While an arm winds like a snake around a waist that is about to break.
This is how to dance the tango!
- Elizardo Martinez Vilas, 1942



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this is another type of tango music which I find interesting. it's the first time I listen to this music. I like it and I enjoy listening to it.

Mark B. Hammond

I'll dance to this !
I had originally purchased the first CD, Mandragora Plays Tangos and Sad Waltzes, and I liked it so much that I consulted their website. It was on their website that I was made familiar with the most recent release. Although it is true that I was first attracted to TANGCHRIST SUPERSTAR and the cover of SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT, the rest of the music is pleasant and quite danceable. Now, if I could only get them to organize their CD into tandas -- yes, I like my waltzes separated together and my tangos separated together. I liked the CD so much that I bought an extra copy to send to a friend in Montreal for Christmas. It really says something positive when I purchase an extra copy to give as a gift.


Mandragora is TOPS in TANGO!
Let's Have Dinner and Go Dancing is an absolutely awesome CD! I would love to be able to dance to the Mandragora Tango Orchestra in person but until I do I will do the next best thing at our milongas with their CDs.

Marc D.

Great Interpretation
I live in Quebec, Canada
Here in Montreal every year we have a festival of tango.
I would like to see Mandragora live, will come one day?
I did discover these beautiful arrangement Tanguero friends have been impressed by the virtuosity and the arrangement of the music.
To listen and especially to buy if you are absolutely passionate of Tango.


This is a beautiful CD collection of Latin American music. It has opened up a new musical dimension for me. The arrangements and interpretations are so original and very exciting. Over the years, I have heard La Cumparsita a million times but never played like this before. It is a gem. Congratulations and thank you.

marian droba

inspiring great flourishes and interpretation
I play in a local tango band and this band is my inspiration. Buy this CD. It's fresh with mandragora energy. This band has it's own gererous sound playing the great standards with elan. The arrangements are gorgeous dominoes falling gracefully towards each other like the gentle/powerful embrace of argentine tango!

Paul TS Lee

Fresh and funny tangos
I heard TangoChristSuperstar on a podcast and checked out more of Mandragora's work at their website. I was delighted to find their other performances to be equally compelling (not to mention fresh and full of fun and humor), and am glad to be able to support them by buying the CDs. They were my 2007 stocking stuffers for tango friends.

For those who are having to choose between this and their previous album, I would say that if you were looking for that specific, Argentine Tango sound, this is the better choice. If you are looking for music that works for non-Argentine tango, e.g. ragtime, vintage or even ballroom tango, then check out their first album, "Mandragora Plays Tangos and Sad Waltzes".


Absolutely lovely!
I used three of the tunes on my last DJ job and people loved it. I could observe that the music inspired especially to do many giros and turns.
I found the change of tempi in one piece very interesting: changing from slow and dreamy tunes to perky ones, just at the right time to drive the dancers on again. Give me more of such music!

Roger Everett

Everyone on the lookout for good tango music and thoroughly satisfying arrangements and performances will be grateful for the freshness and beauty of Bob Barnes and his orchestra. Oneof the few adding Finnish music to the selection.