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Washington Gularte

When tango is your home.


“Tango is an inclusive art form that transcends frontiers, builds strong bonds and elevates the spirit”

Walking along tango, through a melancholic and vibrant valley,is where we come across hundreds of stories. The vast majority of them have a common denominator: a passionate leading male, risky, courageous and so in love with this art form, that he is capable of leaving everything behind for it. 

Washington Gularte is good example of this: a man that was born in a tango cradle: Uruguay, more precisely in the city of Salto. When he was just 4 years old, the pathway begun to unfold. He moved to Montevideo where he would enrich his cultural knowledge, his intellect and his art.

At age 21 he begun a trip that is still going on, 40 years later. Washington left Uruguay heading to Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he became a prophet away from his original land. His voice, its color, his talent and experience made him shine in tango-thirsty scenarios.

He started out as a musician, composing and interpreting classic songs from the past. He used to perform different genres, but in the 90’s he finally married tango. By the year 2002 he received the “Bandoneón” trophy in Porto Alegre and on top of it, one year later he was awarded the Carlos Gardel trophy, in that same city.

His romance with tango took him through different edges: singing, instruments and later, dance. During the beginning of the XXI century, he begun stage tango dance lessons and later he would receive other awards for his dancing performances as well.

But Washington had so much love left for tango, and he found a place to guard it in writing. Gularte did not get enough of milonga and so he felt the sentimental obligation to express it, teach it and materializing it. By the year 2015 he released his first book “El Tango en Porto Alegre (1914-2014)”, that reviews over 100 years of tango history in the Brazilian city. It was a success that received accolades from editorials and different tango organizations worldwide.

He has also composes the lyrics and music of numerous tangos such as: “Cortes y quebradas del amor”, “Bohemia, pido clemencia”, “Que venga la noche” (flamenco fusion) and “Porto Alegre es la capital” (considered locally as the “Himno tanguero de Porto Alegre”) and several musical poems poemas: “Telurismo rioplatense” and “Alas de tango”.

Finally, one of his last love spoil for tango was celebrated on November 10, 2017, when he created the First Edition of International Tango Day in Porto Alegre.

In Washington Gularte´s heart, tango is a poetic musical drama interpreted by its musicians, by its singers, sensually charged by dancers, where the audience is its accomplice feeling its pain, evoking passions and living tango´s magic. This artist creates a cultural symbiosis where frontiers are vanished to reach new horizons in a brotherhood of the 2×4 rhythm. We invite you to delight yourselves:



3 Comments

  • Washington Gularte

    El artículo realizado por Tango Fashion News, es conmovente porque denota seriedad, investigación fiel de datos, con una narrativa fluida y contundente, con olor de quién vive, conoce y siente el tango con profundidad.
    Un trabajo sumamente necesario que tiene todo nuestro reconocimiento.
    Nos sentimos sumamente felices porque escogieron el video del tema “Porto Alegre é a Capital”, como ilustración de un tango original en portugués, realizado en “Las Semanas Internacionales de Porto Alegre” y que ya es considerado por muchos, más allá de las fronteras, como ” El himno tanguero de Porto Alegre”, que también ha sido magistralmente interpretado por la cantante argentina Cristina Conde, entre otros.
    Desde Brasil, un cálido abrazo tanguero hermanando patrias con el 2×4 y nuestra gratitud, por la sensibilidad e importante difusión que nos brinda Tango Fashion News. Washington Gularte.

  • Landro Oviedo

    Washington Gularte transformou-se num expoente da interação cultural do Rio Grande do Sul (Brasil) com os países da Região do Prata. Além do tango, trouxe também para os brasileiros os informes do candombe e do flamenco, fazendo pulsar antigas artérias culturais e avoengas por este pago sulino e intercambiando emoções entre os gaúchos das três pátrias. Seu trabalho hoje é reconhecido como um aporte necessário para preencher uma lacuna sobre a importância do tango para os brasileiros. Oxalá possa ele continuar com seu trabalho incansável e imprescindível de menestrel do tango por estes meridianos lusos, tão carentes de uma verdadeira integração latino-americana. Fico grato por receber este artigo de um portal tão prestigioso e prestigiado quanto o Tango Fashion News.

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