Featured Tango Singer Ariel Ardit, often referred to as El Cantor de Buenos Aires (The Singer of Buenos Aires), possesses one the most beautiful voices that evokes the golden age of tango. Ardit launched his career singing with the Orquesta El Arranque, a kind of younger-generation super-group that has produced several artists now making their way, like Ardit, as soloists. Following his work with this larger ensemble, Ardit has put together a smaller group of two guitar accompanists, an instrumentation that obviously keeps him and his voice front and center. This kind of singer-plus-guitarists set up is typical of sung tango going back to Carlos Gardel (1880-1935), who sang with up to four guitarists backing him up. Comparisons between Ardit and Gardel don’t end there. Like Gardel, Ardit is incredibly charming and polished, with a infectious smile and a personality that makes him feel larger than life, his personality filling the room from wall to wall. At the end of the day, however, it is about the voice and the music, and Ardit warrants comparisons to Gardel in those departments too. Ardit says that his singing style has been defined by his admiration of the 1940s orchestras, those orchestras that he could only come close to through the CDs and books. Infinite times, when he was listening to Troilo or Di Sarli, he was closing his eyes and imagining himself singing instead of Fiorentino or Marino, until one day he has decided to create his dream orchestra to be able to live what he had been imagining for so long. In the end of 2012 Ariel Ardit has been awarded the Golden Condor, the highest festival prize, for his performance at the Tango Festival of Justo Darat. Ardit makes the typical tango stories of the old barrio and lost loves not only believable but really compelling. That is a talent and a sound that is truly special, and needs to be heard. Tango Element is absolutely thrilled and honored to present the genius of Ariel Ardit’s Tango voice in the US for the first time at Tango Element Baltimore 2013! Videos: