Tango with Cally

TWC Welcomes Paola Borden

Cally talks with USA Tango Championship silver medalist Paola Bordon about her early training in Buenos Aires, her professional competitive career in the United States, and the connections between Argentine folkloric dance and Tango. Rarely heard Pugliese and Di Sarli selections from Paola’s library are featured.

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Recent Episodes

Yo-Yo Ma’s Soul of the Tango – This week Cally features Yo-Yo Ma, internationally renowned cellist and one of the greatest classical recording artists of all time. An enthusiastic crossover musician, Yo-Yo Ma championed the tango in his 1999 Grammy Award-winning album “The Soul of the Tango”.

Cally’s Top 15 (rebroadcast) – Host Cally Banham shares 15 of her favorite tangos in a countdown! Tango composers sometimes borrowed from the greats. Cally plays a couple of tangos that are based on the melodies of Johannes Brahms and Frederick Chopin. Plus, tango/jazz fusion musician Pablo Aslan is featured in an extended riff on Aníbal Troilo’s “La trampera”.

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About Cally Banham

Cally Banham has been a proud member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra since 2006, when she was appointed to the Solo English horn position by then-Music Director David Robertson. Previously she was Solo English horn with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, and Principal Oboe with the Memphis Symphony. Cally has performed as a guest in the principal English horn chairs of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra.

In 2013, Cally transformed her hobby of dancing Argentine Tango into a musical pursuit. She founded Cortango, a tango/classical/jazz six-piece fusion ensemble. Cortango released its debut album, Tandas, in 2015. In 2018, Cally co- produced her own solo Christmas album, Cor Christmas, which received extensive radio play on classical stations in the US and Canada.