Juan Carlos Cáceres musician

Juan Carlos Cáceres (1936-2015) (English)

In Músicos, Noticias | Música by Tangauta

Musician, singer, songwriter, painter
(Buenos Aires, Argentina 4 SET 1936 – Périgny, Francia 5 APR 2015)
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The hurricane’s eye

Text by Sergio Makaroff

Possessed by a strong magnetic tellurism, Cáceres was always to be found within the limits of the hurricane’s eye.
He arrived in Paris –was it mere chance?– in May 1968. He was not looking for a beach under the cobblestones, but he found one. In Buenos Aires, where he was born, he had been the factotum of the existentialist scene.




Student of Fine Arts during day time, trombonist at night, agitator, a force of nature, he became the attraction of the mythic Cueva de Pasarotus, a jazz club and epicentre of revolutionary trends. There converged beatniks, upper class chicks and future Maoist guerrillas, often combined in a single individual.
Cáceres, a tsunami of magma and champagne, was the man in charge. Until one day he answered the calling. In Paris he played with the artist Marie Laforêt, founded the bands Malón and Gotán, painted, produced shows, taught History of Art and did research on the roots of the River Plate’s music. Today he still lectures on the subject, but, above all, he composes and sings, with a lion’s voice, the most relevant pieces that mark the rebirth of tango, candombe, murga and milonga. Caceres is inspired, impetuous, passionate and fiery at this. This youngster, born in the 40s, is the reference for creators in and out of Argentina and Uruguay.
The River Plate, the widest river in the world, separate these two countries, that once were one. Cáceres drinks these rhythms that Cáceres brings from the past, to move the present and point to the future.
Modernism is found in the beginnings.

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Juan Carlos Cáceres became intimately involved with the existentialist movement that thrived in the city during the years of his youth. Cáceres was an accomplished jazz trombonist by his mid-twenties, and though he studied fine arts at the university rather than music, he quickly became a fixture in the Buenos Aires jazz community. He became a mainstay at the Cueva de Pasarotus jazz club, which was not only an musical venue, but a gathering place for revolutionary and existential thinkers. In the late ’60s Caceres relocated to Paris, where he engaged in a wide variety of artistic pursuits, including painting, producing, teaching, and above all, playing.
During this period, he became interested in the music surrounding the Río de la Plata –tango, milonga, murga, and candombe. His musicianship flourished as he earned a reputation not only as a trombonist, but as a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter as well. His álbum Tocá Tangó, was influenced by his studies on the African origins of tango and its relationship with murga and candombe. It featured a non-traditional ensemble and the candombe compositions Tango Negro and Tocá Tangó.
He has also founded a more traditional tango group París Gotán Trío, along with Sedef Ercetin on cello and Sasha Rozhdestvensky on violin. He has also started a project in the increasingly popular electronic tango genre, Maquinal Tango.

Juan Carlos Caceres


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Tango Revista Magazine Nº 245

El Tangauta Revista | Magazine Nº 245 (MAY 2015)
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