Combine the fire of tango music and the mesmerizing rhythms of the “castañuelas” (aka castanets), and you’ve got a recipe for a terrific post-Valentine’s Day evening.
Dalys Torres, an extraordinarily gifted Panamanian artist, recently entertained a group of New York Immigrant AIDS Link (NYIAL) clients with a performance of her “Tango Con Castañuelas.” During the one-hour recital at AFA headquarters, Ms. Torres demonstrated how many exciting rhythms can be generated on the castañuelas, and how those rhythms can enhance the emotion and raw power of the tango.
“I’ve never heard anything like it,” noted David Mosquera, a NYIAL Outreach worker. “The sounds that came from her instrument and the way those wild rhythms meshed with the music were just amazing.”
For the clients who attended, added Mosquera, the magic and the music also provided a much-needed respite from the less-pleasant realities of living with HIV. One client told Mosquera that for the first time in quite a while, “I feel like I can disconnect from my HIV, even for a short time. It’s a great feeling.”
AID FOR AIDS wishes to thank Ms. Torres for lending us her talents and transporting us, even for an hour, to a place of fun and enchantment.