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LA CHICANA

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina | INDIE

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The common theme throughout all of them seem to be courage, invention and wit, three qualities that La Chicana have in spades. There’s a palpable sense of warmth and connection in the room and it’s one of the most enjoyable gigs on a number of levels I’ve seen for a while.
…This is the spirit of wit, play, invention and the deep engagement with
culture that I admire…the grace, ease, outwardness and inspiring tenacity of La Chicana.
......"that the singer Dolores Sola really has star quality, enormous stage presence. She’s been blessed Dolores, not only with great beauty but a magnificent voice, with just the right edge of rasp to carry the flavour of smokey milongas. …but there's something else in Dolores´ delivery, a more knowing, impish quality …
- Brighton Music. England


La Chicana.

“Ayer hoy era mañana” is the name of the record by this group that doesn´t introduce itself as a classical orchestral line-up but more as a band that plays tango in an almost acoustic way with no rhythm doublings and keeping the structure of classic tango, performing and feeling it from its roots without leaving humor behind. La Chicana is formed by Dolores Solá in vocals, Acho Estol in guitar vocal and arrangements (also the author of several pieces) and Juan Valverde, flute and clarinet.

Traditional themes and updated language “Ayer hoy era mañana” The title of this cd points to the traditional and modern songs that, cleverly mixed, were selected for the recording. Made up of tangos, milongas, waltz, a chamame and a "batucada". A vigorous rhythm accompanies the voice - gifted with natural vibrato - of Dolores Solá. She knows how to give with her performance and phrasing a quaint sound to the "lowlife" songs that she attacks with panache. A thematic thread is distinguished in many of the chosen lyrics: the one in which the author flares up to the woman that left the misery of her origins to dwell in the world of easy living. We find it in “Oro y plata”, “Farandulera”, and “La Marilyn”. And from another angle in "La mina del Ford". Without forgetting the complains of the deserted woman in "Que queres con ese loro?". Acho Estol´s compositions deserve a special paragraph, he manages to combine magnificent musical rhythms with lyrics where today´s street language rehashes the traditional urban topics as well as those of other genres he visits. The rocker origin is expressed in the nostalgic "La Patota", romanticism impregnates "Una rosa y un farol" and the horror experienced is expressed in "Llamame chamame". Juan Valverde shows in his performance harmonic and melodic subtleties that are attractive to the ear. We recommend this youthful group because starting from a primitive line-up it manages a pleasing conjuction with the expressive forms of today.
BUENOS AIRES TANGO

This group is a project of guitarist-composer and arranger Acho Estol, singer Dolores Solá and flutist Juan Valverde and it seems to be a proof of the strong winds of renovation that grace tango. They cultivate a repertoire in which tradition, taken as what it was from the beggining of the century until the forties, cohabits with current afairs. And even with sonorities that seem futuristic, hence the title. Nonetheless the preferential public will be those who ask what´s new? If they wonder they already have an answer. Very tanguera. (C.P)
Diario Pagina12, of Argentina, February 1998. “Ayer hoy era mañana”, La Chicana.
8 points.

Tango from the nineties.Combining the old guard, tangos from the forties and their own songs, La Chicana is an interesting tango group. There are findings like La Patota (a milonga with an original "batuque" as base), a streetwise sound and a certain rock
er, parodic pulse. Acho Estol - guitar and arrengements- uncovers himself as a skillful composer.
(M de M) Diario CLARÍN, of Argentina, February 1998.

La Chicana. “Ayer hoy era mañana”
Inscribed in the abundant offer of urban music by young musicians, La Chicana contributes from this first recording an absolutely personal approach for covering tango classics and show their own compositional vein. With a trio as a base and the "ill-bred" singing presence of Dolores Solá - who asserts herself like the traditional female voices in the genre - , the group can boast their playfulness with the rhythm and manages to raise attention.
Diario LA PRENSA, of Argentina, March 1998.

“Ayer hoy era mañana” La Chicana.
This tango group keeps consolidating its place. In its first CD Estol reveals himself as a young talented composer and Dolores Solá entraps with a warm voice, perfect for performing tango.
Revista LUNA, of Argentina, May 1998.

“Ayer hoy era mañana” La Chicana.
This tango group keeps consolidating its place. In its first CD Estol reveals himself as a young talented composer and Dolores Solá entraps with a warm voice, perfect for performing tango.
Diario LA NACIÓN, of Argentina, April 1999.

La Chicana. “Ayer hoy era mañana”
This trio headed by the elegant voice of Dolores Solá makes its debut in the recording market with a more than correct work. Searching for their personality they borrow an interesting repertoire (Tinta roja, Oro y plata, El porteñito among others), besides daring to show their own compositions penned by Acho Estol.
Revista EL PLANETA URBANO, of Argentina, September 2000.

Un Giro Extraño. La Chicana.
This group´s most recent CD delights lovers and laymen of tango alike, from a wonderful repertoire and for the artistic resources that give it a remarkable positioning in the contemporary urban sound. Dolores Solá´s sweet but at the same time bold voice shines in Acho Estol´s songs, and also in gems like "Polka de la tarjeta de cartón", by González Tuñón and music by Tata Cedrón. Lavish invited musi - International Press


“Una voz particularísima que se flexibiliza según la canción” “.......la iconoclasta entonación de Dolores Solá que pasa- sin mella- por las distintas formas melódicas y rítmicas”
Diario “El Día”. Espectáculos. 18/11/ 2006

“… los años y la maduración musical hicieron que el último disco de la banda fuera uno de sus mejores albumes (quizá el mejor) y que el total de su cancionero quede perfectamente ensamblado en la formación actual sin resignar esa cuota de frescura implícita en la búsqueda y la experimentación. Y la cantante como suele (o debe) ocurrir sobre el escenario es más expresiva que en los discos…”
Calificación: Muy bueno. Crítica show presentación de “Lejos” .
Mauro Apicella. La Nación. Argentina. 2007

“El cuarto volumen de la fascinante trayectoria de Acho Estol y su compañera Dolores Solá amplía el horizonte que se bocetaba en el no menos espléndido “Tango agazapado”…” Crítica de “Lejos”
Vanguardia. Barcelona 2007

“Fascina esa dualidad camaleónica de Dolores Solá y Acho Estol: Tradicionales y posmodernos, rurales y porteños…La leyenda del tango se agiganta con discos tan valientes y hermosos como este.
Crítica de “Lejos” El País. España 2007

“Lejos es un disco más que interesante, con geniales composiciones, una novedosa combinación de ritmos y una interpretación vocal que logra transmitir atmósferas cargadas de poesía y sentimientos. Sin dudas, para atesorar en un rincón privilegiado de la discoteca.”
Cinema paradiso . España 2007

“…el proyecto de Dolorés Solá y Acho Estol se revela a cada nuevo disco como una de las propuestas más actuales e interesantes que podemos escuchar hoy. Con Lejos, que pese a su nombre suena muy cerca del oyente, se consolidan como unos creadores únicos.”
El duende de Madrid 2007

“La Chicana sigue rompiendo las barreras estéticas del tango cantado… la voz de Dolores Solá cada vez más seductora y las composiciones de Acho Estol ingeniosas y poéticas como siempre. Un disco adictivo a partir de la tercera escucha!”
Revista Efe eme. España 2007
“Este grupo conjuga de forma brillante los ritmos tangueros con otros géneros musicales meramente folclóricos no sólo argentinos sino de otros lugares como Brasil, Uruguay o Senegal. Lejos es su cuarto disco (sin contar Canción Llorada, un recopilatorio que se publicó sólo en Europa). Y a pesar de ser el más "rockero", Dolores Solá canta el tango impecablemente.”
Blogpocket España 2007

“Y mañana cae el telón con un gran acontecimiento, el estreno nacional del nuevo disco de La Chicana, acaso la formación más insólita, transgresora y brutalmente poética que ha alumbrado últimamente el río de la Plata.” El país. España 2007

“El grupo ha logrado conquistar tanto al público tanguero como a un numeroso público joven que nunca antes se había sentido atraído por el tango, pero que se encuentra identificado con la expresividad inmediata y actual de La Chicana. En el transcurso de sus giras europeas por plazas como Berlín, Hamburgo, Munich, París, Londres, Barcelona y Madrid, y festivales como Los Veranos de la Villa, La Mar de Músicas, Pa'Vigo me voy, Trowbridge y Traumzeit, el grupo se ha revelado como uno de los principales atractivos en el circuito de las Músicas del Mundo” La verdad. España 2007

“La música de esta chicana es de actitud rockera, mucho riff, percusión, y también contrapuntos barrocos; música completa que se pierde en el tiempo. Es la guitarra plurisonora de Acho Estol la que nos transporta al ayer del mañana, es la exótica y profunda voz de Lola Solá que nos hace conocer una nueva forma de pensar el concepto tanguero, es una excelente propuesta actual sobre un género que se ha vuelto tan popular que muchas veces tiende a perder el sentido esencial de la gente común en el puerto de Buenos Aires que lo vio nacer y consolidarse.” Vanessa Alanis Fuentes. Narrativas. Mexico 2007

“Sus discos (Canción llorada, el maravilloso Tango agazapado) han asombrado en Argentina y Europa por su actualización del legado de Gardel y la profundidad burlesca, canalla, casi surrealista de unas letras, las de Acho, que ya se estudian en las escuelas de psicoanálisis del país ("Después de mear las plantas se piró por la ventana, / te dejó por otra diva tu perrito pequinés"). La pareja, además, protagoniza una preciosa película documental, Tango, un giro extraño, de Mercedes García Guevara, que se acaba de estrenar con buenas críticas en los cines porteños.”
F. Neira. España 2006

“Ingeniosos, poéticos y como siempre, dándole otra vuelta de rosca al tango o la milonga.” Gillespi Blog 2006

“La música de la chicana toca diferentes épocas pero tiene firmes raíces en el presente, su abordaje filotanguero salta sobre el oyente, dispara las emociones y a menudo sorprende con el toque imprevisible. Dolores se mueve a gusto… Su voz sabe ser burlona y seductora, frágil y potente en el reducido cosmos de tres minutos de un - International Press


“Some CDs whack you over the head and hook you in on the first listen, others take a while to wrap themselves around you. As often as not it’s the latter which cut the deepest and last the longest. That certainly seems to be the case with this fourth album by Buenos aires based six piece La Chicana, a new name to me but one I shall endeavour to find out more about… Well worth seeking out and sticking with.” - Froots magazine Jamie Renton. London 2007


“…every seat was taken. For good reason, too: while La Chicana is well known and liked in Argentina, you would probably be more likely to see them play live in London or Madrid, where they tour regularly, than you would here in Buenos Aires, where they play only a few times a year.
…they are one of the few contemporary groups to write and perform original tangos—no small feat in the highly critical and nostalgic atmosphere that surrounds the genre today—(…) their poppy mix of guitar, electric bass, violin, bandoneón, and percussion would probably go over as well if not better in international world music venues like Joe’s Pub in New York than it would in some Buenos Aires tango clubs. At the same time, they are not a world music band:, when they play tango they play tango, they just also happen to play cumbias, chacareras, fados, and Tom Waits covers. They even do a funky rendition of the first movement from J.S. Bach’s concerto for two violins, BWV 1043!
Aside from these and other instrumental acrobatics, the real star of the show was singer Dolores Solá, a woman who has more glamour in her French-manicured pinky finger than all the rest of the tango musicians in town combined.
On stage Solá comes off as larger than life, like a movie star on the screen (she in fact did appear in the recent Argentine film Ciudad en Celo (City in Heat), whose soundtrack was done by Estol). Her stage presence is backed up by her voice, which is at once powerful and delicate, both serious and playful. She brings little to none of the “grasa” tear-jerking so standard among mainstream tango singers with her to the stage, instead relying on an expressive nimbleness that can have her sounding like a seductive lover in one phrase and a scolding mother in the next, all the while keeping firmly at the helm of the party that is La Chicana’s live show.
Combined with Estol’s highly original, varied, and memorable songs, Solá and the band come across as quirky and irreverent without being ironic or distanced, rooted in the tango tradition without loosing themselves in devotion to it. It is a refreshing combination, and I am ready to wait it out for my next chance to hear them live, however long that might be.” - Tango Actual. New York. 2007


llla - Inrockuptibles. Francia 2007


“El grupo ha logrado conquistar tanto al público tanguero como a un numeroso público joven que nunca antes se había sentido atraído por el tango, pero que se encuentra identificado con la expresividad inmediata y actual de La Chicana. En el transcurso de sus giras europeas por plazas como Berlín, Hamburgo, Munich, París, Londres, Barcelona y Madrid, y festivales como Los Veranos de la Villa, La Mar de Músicas, Pa'Vigo me voy, Trowbridge y Traumzeit, el grupo se ha revelado como uno de los principales atractivos en el circuito de las Músicas del Mundo”. - La verdad. España 2007


“Y mañana cae el telón con un gran acontecimiento, el estreno nacional del nuevo disco de La Chicana, acaso la formación más insólita, transgresora y brutalmente poética que ha alumbrado últimamente el río de la Plata.” - El país. España 2007


“…el proyecto de Dolorés Solá y Acho Estol se revela a cada nuevo disco como una de las propuestas más actuales e interesantes que podemos escuchar hoy. Con Lejos, que pese a su nombre suena muy cerca del oyente, se consolidan como unos creadores únicos.”

- "El Duende" Madrid 2007


“Acho Estol’s witty lyrics won over young audiences while Dolores Solá the band’s sassy singer, was the perfect frontperson…
Sola’s voice is as smokey and nocturnal as ever… “Canción llorada” is classic Estol – emoting a lot but held back from the anodyne by a kind of hurdy gurdy of swirling sound…” - Chris Moss. Songlines magazine. London 2007


“I have been thoroughly captivated by this Argentine band that has created its own dark, expressive version of contemporary tango, with a rich European sound, traces of traditional folk from Argentina and Uruguay, a bit of flamenco, and a youthful bad attitude, and fronted by one of the great husky voices of South America, Dolores Solá” - CD Roots.


Tango Agazapado. La Chicana - Babelia. "El País" España 2011


“A revelation: with elements from “mestizo” rock, trips to the Folk music of the Pampa, chamber music strings, exotic instruments…”
Calificacion: 5 estrellas (excelente)
- Rolling Stone Alemania. Stefan Frantzen.2005


“Conviene subrayar el bendito ejemplo de La Chicana, lo mas grande que ha dado la Argentina desde Maradona” - Diario “El País”. España. 2005


“Ni Gardel ni Piazzolla, Dolores Solá contraviene la disyuntiva mas célebre de la argentinidad e inaugura una tercera vía de posibilidades fascinantes”
- “El País”. España. 2005. Fernando Neira.


Discography

Ayer, hoy era mañana,1997
Un Giro extraño, 2000
Tango Agazapado, 2003
Canción Llorada (European Edition), 2005
Lejos, 2006
Viaje Astral DVD, 2008

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Bio

La Chicana was formed in 1996 when Dolores Sola (vocal) and Acho Estol (guitar, composer, musical director) decided to plunge into tango.

Their first album “Ayer hoy era mañana” (1997) won the Unesco Tribune Award. Its successor “Un giro extraño” (2000) was voted record of the year by argentine folklore superstar Leon Gieco. While recording and playing in Buenos Aires they took their tango on tour all around the world: Madrid, San Pablo, Senegal, Brasilia, Bilbao, Pekín, Singapur, Paris, Berlin, London, Hamburgo, Munich, Barcelona, Natal, Salvador, Roma, Shanghai, and more, working in independent concerts and world music festivals (Singapore Arts Festival, Womad Caceres, Expo Zaragoza, Expo Shanghai, La mar de Músicas (Cartagena), Veranos de la Villa (Madrid), Le fils de voix (Paris), etc.).
Their next album, “Tango agazapado” (2003) won the Carlos Gardel Award in the category “Tango new forms” and was recently distinguished by Babelia, the cultural supplement of El Pais newspaper of Spain as one of the best records in the last twenty years.
In 2004 they publish their catalogue in Europe (Galileo m-c) and intensify the touring in Germany, Spain, England and Benelux.
The next cd “Lejos” (2006) was record of the year in Efeeme magazine (Spain) and it spawned a concert DVD filmed in Teatro Ateneo de Buenos Aires.
In 2006 Dolores played a tango singer in “Ciudad en celo” feature film which won the public award in the Mar del Plata Film Festival, and “Best directing debut” in the Valladolid Film Festival. Acho composed the film music which included La Chicana playing live. The Band did concerts at both Film Festivals. Acho also published two solo albums: Mi pelicula (2007 – record of the year Efeeme magazine), and “Buenosaurios” (2009), which published in Europe reached number 13 in the World Music Chart Europe, and won a Womex Award (2011). Dolores published her own “Salto mortal”
with little known repertoire from the twenties and thirties revived with modern versions and guests like Tata Cedron and Atilio Reynoso; she has played it in Argentina and Brazil. In 2011 the band stars in the documentary “Tango not dead” along with Adriana Varela, Susana Rinaldi, Horacio Salgan, Leopoldo Federico, and other tango artists.

They are in the finishing stages or their fifth studio album.

Line up - instrumentation
Dolores Solá, lead vocals
Acho Stol, Guitar, arranger, director and back vocals
Martijn van der Linden, violin
Patricio Bonfiglio, bandoneon
Federico Telechea, percusion
Manuel Onis, bass