Maria Susana Azzi

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MARÍA SUSANA AZZI        CURRICULUM VITAE
                Born in Buenos Aires, 12 October 1952
                Nationalities: Argentine and Italian

UNIVERSITY DEGREES

Licenciada en Ciencias Antropológicas [Social Anthropologist], Facultad de Filosofía y
Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 1987.

Columbia University, New York, U.S.A., Department of Anthropology: Undergraduate courses,
1986.

Master Degree in Business Administration and Economy, ESEADE (Escuela Superior de Economía
y Administración de Empresas), Buenos Aires, 1983.
    Dissertation:
    1. Economy Programe: Alexis de Tocqueville in L’ Ancien Régime et la Révolution.
Supervisor: Dr Ezequiel Gallo.
    2. Business Administration Programe: Case Study of a Sugar Cane Plantation in the
province of Tucumán, Argentina, 1920-1983.
    Supervisor: Dr Gustavo Boccardi.

Legal Translator (English/Spanish)/Traductora Pública Nacional en Idioma Inglés [English
Language], Facultad de Letras, Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires, 1973.

Bachiller, Colegio Mallinckrodt, Buenos Aires, 1969.

Degree in French, Alliance Française, Literature and Civilization. Prize from the Alliance
Française, Paris, France.

Italian, Asociación Dante Alighieri, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Piano lessons with Teresa Eichelbaum (1984-92) and Vera Anosova (1992-95)



CURRENT POSITIONS

Fundación Astor Piazzolla, Board Member (1997-)

Academia Nacional del Tango, Board Member (1996-)

Liceo Superior de la Academia Nacional del Tango (1997-): Professor. Course ‘Antropología
del Tango’.



PAST POSITIONS

Banco de Olavarría, S.A., Board Member and Executive Director, (1987-1995)

Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas de Olavarría y Museo ‘Dámaso Arce’, of the
Municipalidad de Olavarría, Researcher, (1988-1995)

Museo Etnográfico de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Assistant to the Director, Dr. Alberto Rex
González. Archeological project on Condorhuasi, Alamito, La Candelaria, La Aguada and Santa
María cultures, (1986-1987)

 

LECTURES ON THE TANGO

1991 Buenos Aires, Museo Roca. Trabajo de campo, informantes y tango [Fieldwork, informants,
and the tango]; September.

1991 Buenos Aires, Librería ‘Los Creadores’. Antropología del Tango; 31 October.

1992 Palo Alto, Califonia, U.S.A., Stanford University, Dance Department. Tango, music and
dance: a history; 7 July.

1992 Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.A., Cross-Cultural Dance Resources. Seminar on The tango and
Argentina; 17 July.

1992 New Rochelle, NY, U.S.A., Thornton College. A historical perspective of the tango; 18
September.

1992 Saint Petersburg, Russia, Insitute of Material Culture. Argentine Tango; 22
September. Professional exchange organized by the Russian Academy of Sciences and Saint
Petersburg Society of Archeology: Saint Petersburg, Nizh-Novgorod and the Caucasus, Russia.

1992 Fresno, California, U.S.A, California State University, Psychology and Anthropology
Departments. Historical Profile of the Tango; 28 October.
   
1992 Fresno, California, U.S.A, California State University, Music Department.The Tango:
Music Variations through Time; 29 October.

1992 Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A, The University of Arizona, Latin American Studies and
Anthropology Departments. Argentina, inmigration and the tango: an anthropological
perspective; 30 October.

1993 College Park, Maryland, U.S.A., University of Maryland at College Park,
Ethnomusicology, Anthropology and Latin American Studies Departments. Argentine Tango; 23
February.

1993 College Park, Maryland, U.S.A., University of Maryland at College Park, Seminar at
the Ethnomusicology Department. Music and Gender: Gender Implications in the Tango; 25
February.

1993 Denton, Texas, U.S.A., University of North Texas, Musicology Department. The tango:
music and dance; 3 March.

1993 Denton, Texas, U.S.A., University of North Texas, Anthropology Department. The
Argentine Tango: An Anthropological Perspective; 2 March.

1993 Buenos Aires, Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Pensamiento Latinoamericano.
Jornadas Interdisciplinarias de reflexión: Tango Tuyo, Mío y Nuestro. La Inmigración y las
letras de Tango [Immigration and Tango Lyrics]; May.

1993 Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.A., Northern Arizona University. Participant at the
International Symposium of Music, Dance and Art. Tango Argentino; May.

1993 Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.A., Cross Cultural Dance Resources; The tango as a huge window
into the culture of Argentina; 28 May.

1993 Buenos Aires, Academia Nacional del Tango, La inmigración y las letras del tango
[Immigration and tango lyrics]; 2 August.

1993, Buenos Aires, Club Holandés, Una historia del tango - una perpectiva antropológica [A
history of the tango - an anthropological perspective]; 5 August.

1993 Buenos Aires, University Women's Club, Historia del Tango [History of the tango]; 9
November.

1993 Austin, Texas, U.S.A., University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology, Ethnomusicology
and Latin American Studies Departments. Tango Argentino; 12 November.

1994 Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A., School of American Research. Origins and history of
the tango; 23 February.

1994 Philadelfia, U.S.A., University of Pennsylvania, Annemberg School for
Communication.Argentine Tango; 2 March.

1994 Philadelfia, U.S.A., University of Pennsylvania, Latin American Studies Program. The
Tango in the Cinema; 3 March.

1994 Baltimore, U.S.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Department of Music.
Raíces Musicales del Tango [Musical Roots of the Tango]; 4 March.

1994 Buenos Aires, FADAM, Federación Argentina de Museos, El tango en imágenes [An
Iconography of the tango]; 3 October.

1994 Buenos Aires, Asociación ‘Unione e Benevolenza’, El Impacto y la influencia de la
Inmigración Italiana en el tango [The Impact and the influence of Italian immigration in the
Argentine Tango]; 11 November.

1998 Olavarría, Salón Azul, Intendencia de la Municipalidad de Olavarría, Antropología,
Tango y Piazzolla [Anthropology, Tango and Piazzolla]; 30 August.

1999 New York, USA, Barnes & Noble, Preview Discussion & Performance. Lecture on the Tango
and the Music of Astor Piazzolla by MSA. Performance by Pianist Pablo Ziegler and
Bandoneonist Héctor del Curto, March 29th.
Azzi, María Susana

1999 Washington, D.C., USA, Smithsonian Institution, The Smithsonian Associates, National
Museum of American History, Música de las Américas, Tango: A Changing Tradition, Panel
Discussion, Panelist, The Tango: Origins and Transformation, 29 May.

1999 Washington, D.C., USA, Smithsonian Institution, The Smithsonian Associates, National
Museum of Natural History, Música de las Américas, Tango: A Changing Tradition, Performance
Program, Presenter, 29 May.

1999 Philadelphia, USA, University of the Arts School of Dance and the Philadelphia Dance
Alliance, in cooperation with the World Dance Alliance Americas Center, The Status of Dance
Research in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and the Peruvian Andes, 21 June.



PUBLICATIONS ON THE TANGO

1988    Sobre Minas, Percantas, Milongueras y Flores de Fango [About Minas, Percantas,
Milongueras and Flores de Fango]. (Olavarría, Argentina: Diario El Popular, 4 January, 11
January, 18 January and 25 January, 1988).

1991    María Susana Azzi-Felipe González: El duende de tu son [The duende of your sound].
(Temas y Fotos, Buenos Aires: Editorial Pegaso, June 1991, Nº 21), 78-82.

1991    Antropología del Tango, Los Protagonistas. (Buenos Aires: Ediciones Olavarría, June
1991).    Second printing: November 1991.

1991    Análisis Antropológico del Tango(research paper). (Presented to the 47th
International Congress of Americanists, held in New Orleans, U.S.A).

1991    Into the everyday side of tango (Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires Herald, 10 August 1991).

1991    Tango as ritual (Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires Herald, 9 December 1991).

1992    The bandoneón and the Church (Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires Herald, 30 April 1992).

1992 Rumores de Milonga [Rumours of Milonga]. (Temas y Fotos, Buenos Aires: Editorial
Pegaso, March 1992, Nº 30), 78-9.

1992    Carlos Gardel's anniversary: A myth with an almost religious dimension (Buenos
Aires: Buenos Aires Herald, 24 June 1992).

1992    El charol copa la pista [The varnish goes dancing]. (Temas y Fotos, Buenos Aires:
Editorial Pegaso, July 1992, Nº 34),80-81.

1992    Tango Argentino (research paper). (Presented to the 37th annual meeting of the
Society for Ethnomusicology, held in Seattle, U.S.A.)

1992    Grafofonía [Graphophony]. (Temas y Fotos, Buenos Aires: Editorial Pegaso, November
1992, Nº 38), 60-62.

1992    Tango, a universal language (Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires Herald, 2 November 1992).

1992    Tango: How it came to be (Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires Herald, 9 November 1992).

1992    Anthropological Aspects of the tango in Argentina (research paper). (Presented to
the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, held in San Francisco,
U.S.A.)

1992    Tango & opera: What they have in common (Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires Herald, 11
December 1992).

1993    The Tango in Argentina (research paper). (Presented to the 22nd Annual Meeting of
the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, held in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.)

1993    Tango & Opera, an inextricable link (Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires Herald, 24 June
1993).

1993    Immigration and Tango in Argentina (research paper).     (Presented to the 92nd
Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, held in Washington, DC, U.S.A.)

1993    National Tango Day: Looking back ... and ahead (Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires Herald,
11 December 1993).

1993 María Nieves, Carlos Alberto Estévez ‘Petróleo’, Pedro Gaudelli, in Gabriela Hanna,
Así bailaban el TANGO, (Berlin: Metro Verlag, 1993), 57-61, 79-85.

1994    Argentine Tango as a survival tactic for immigrants (research paper). (Presented to
the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, held in Santa Fe, NM,
U.S.A.)

1994    The Tango in Argentina: Music and Dance (poster session presented at the 48th
International Congress of Americanists, held in Stockholm, Sweden).

1994    The Power of Argentine Male Gender Imagery through the Image of Carlos Gardel -
Carlos Gardel: A Cross-Cultural Life Experience (research paper). (Presented at the Music
and Gender Study Group Meeting of the International Council For Traditional Music, held in
Turku, Finland, August).

1994    Tango Lyrics and Modern Argentine Psychology (research paper). (Presented to the
39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, held in Milwaukee, U.S.A.)

1994    Tango Argentino and the Impact of Gender on Art, Creativity and Performance
(research paper). (Presented to the 93rd Annual Meeting of
the American Anthropological Association, held in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.)

1995    Tango Argentino: The musical landscape of the tango in Buenos Aires between
1903-1917 (research paper). (Presented at the ICTM 33rd World Conference, held in Canberra,
Australia).

1995 The Tango: A Historical Perspective (Presented at the World Dance Alliance, the
Americas Center Assembly, held in Mexico City, Mexico).

1995    La Inmigración y las letras de tango [Immigratin and tango lyrics] in Tango Tuyo,
Mío y Nuestro, editor: Lic. Ercilia Moreno Chá (Buenos Aires: Instituto Nacional de
Antropología y Pensamiento Latinoamericano, 1995), 81-90.

1995    with Oscar Aráiz, The Current State of Dance in Argentina (research paper).
(Presented at the WORLD DANCE ALLIANCE, First Global Summit Meeting, held in Seoul, Korea).

1995    Tango and First World War (research paper). (Presented at the Music and Gender Study
Group Meeting of the International Council for Traditional Music, held in Punat, Island of
Krk, Croatia).

1995    The Golden Age And After.1920-1970 in ¡Tango! (London and New York: Thames and
Hudson, 1995), 114-160. (German, French and Spanish editions).

1996 La Contribución de la inmigración italiana al tango en la Argentina (The
Contribution of the Italian Immigration to the Tango in Argentina) (research paper).
(Presented at the Academia Nacional del Tango, Buenos Aires, Argentina).

1996 Tango Argentino: Social Dance and Stage Tango (research paper). (Presented at the Study
Group on Ethnochoreology of the International Council for Traditional Music, held in Trest,
Czech Republic).

1996 Past, Present and Destiny of Tango: Inexorable Tango. A Focus on Gender (research
paper). (Presented at the Study Group on Music and Gender of the International Council for
Traditional Music, held at the University of Maryland, College Park).

1996 Il tango argentino in Suoni dal Mondo. 1996, a cura di Tullia Magrini, Università degli
Studi di Bologna, 1996.

1996 Carlos Gardel: Ruptura y Continuidad in TANGO Reporter, Año I, N 7, Los Angeles,
December 1996.

1997 ¡Tango! , Collier, S.; Cooper, A.; Azzi, M.S.; Martin, R. (Barcelona, Buenos Aires,
México: Paidós, 1997), Supervision of the Spanish Translation.

1997, Tango Album by Yo-Yo Ma, Sony Classical, liner notes for the package (‘With Yo-Yo Ma
in Buenos Aires’ and ‘The role of the tango in Argentine culture’). 1999 Grammy award to the
best CD in the classical-crossover category.

1997, The Tango Lesson, a film directed by Sally Potter. Consultant for the CD to be
released by Sony Classical.

1997, Sebastián Piana y la Milonga. Conversando con María Susana Azzi, en Viva el Tango, No
7, Publicación de la Academia Nacional del Tango, Noviembre 1997.

1997 ‘Italian Immigration and their impact on the Tango in Argentina’, en International
Journal of Musicology, Volume 5, 1997, Elliott Antokoletz and Michael von Albrecht,
Editores, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien: Peter Lang, 1997.

1998 ‘Tango Argentino’, in the International Encyclopedia of Dance, Editor in Chief: Selma
Jeanne Cohen, Managing Editor: Elizabeth Aldrich, published under the auspices of Dance
Perspectives Foundation by Oxford University Press. (New York: Oxford University Press,
1998).

1998 ‘Biographies of two tango couples’, in the International Encyclopedia of Dance, Editor
in Chief: Selma Jeanne Cohen, Managing Editor: Elizabeth Aldrich, published under the
auspices of Dance Perspectives Foundation by Oxford University Press. (New York: Oxford
University Press, 1998).

1998 Short Biography of María Susana Azzi, in the International Who’s Who In Music and
Musicians Directory, Volume One - Classical and Light Classical Music, Sixteenth Edition,
Cambridge, The International Biograhical Centre, 1998.

1998 Short Biography of María Susana Azzi in the International Who’s Who in Music and
Musicians’ Directory in the Classical and Light-Classical Fields - Sixteenth Edition,
(Cambridge, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, 1998).

1998 Asphalt, by Pablo Ziegler, BMG, Liner Notes for the CD

1999 Piazzolla - Tango Ballet - Gidon Kremer - Astor Quartet - Kremerata Baltica, liner
notes for the CD for Teldec Classics, International GMBH, Germany.

1999 Tango Magic, a one-hour documentary, co-author and Astor Piazzolla’s consultant.

2000 Azzi, María Susana, liner notes for the upcoming Marcelo Alvarez sings Gardel for Sony
Classical, New York.

2000 Azzi, María Susana, Tango and Its Globalization, in the ICTM Yearbook.

2000 Le Grand Tango. A Biography of Astor Piazzolla. In collaboration with Simon Collier.
With a Foreword by Yo-Yo Ma. New York, Oxford University Press, 2000.
To be presented at the Cultural Center of the Interamerican Development Bank,
Washington,D.C. (May 30th, 2000), and the Instituto Cervantes, New York, June 1st, 2000.


WORK IN PROGRESS

Azzi, María Susana, The Tango, Astor Piazzolla and Peronism: 1940s - 1955, for Garland, New
York.

Azzi, María Susana: Gabriel Clausi (composer and bandoneonist)/ Memoires

Azzi, María Susana: José Corriale (percussionist)/ Memoires

Azzi, María Susana - Plebs, Milena, Baile, Tango y Misterio



CONSULTED BY


1992 New York, U.S.A., Dance Perspectives Foundation and Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Organización de un archivo iconográfico sobre la danza.

1993 Buenos Aires, Instituto Nacional de Antropología, Preparación y organización de las
Jornadas Interdisciplinarias Tango Mío, Tuyo y Nuestro.

1993 Washington, D.C., U.S.A., Smithsonian Magazine, Anonymous reader.

1995 New York, U.S.A., Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musical Instruments Department. Dance
Index.

1995 New York, U.S.A., New York University, School of Education, Department of Music &
Performing Arts Professions. Sponsored by the Dance & Dance Education Program’s Doctoral
Students. Moderator, Prof. Patricia A. Rowe. Other respondents: Adj. Prof. Ruth K. Abrahams,
(Hist.) Lehman C., Pres. WDA, and Lic. María Susana Azzi.

1996 New York, U.S.A., Oxford University Press, Music Section, Anonymous reader.

1997 New York, U.S.A., SONY Classical, International Editorial Services. The album of the
film, The Tango Lesson, by Sally Potter.

1997 New York, U.S.A., Sony Classical

1997 Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fundación Astor Piazzolla. Semana Tributo a Astor Piazzolla [A
Tribute to Astor Piazzolla] at the Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 7-12,
1997. Organization, Coordination and Moderator of four round tables about Astor Piazzolla: María
Susana Azzi

7/X/97: The Kronos Quartet and Laura Escalada Piazzolla. Moderator: María Susana Azzi.

8/X/97: Daniel Piazzolla, Diana Piazzolla, Lic Carlos Kuri, Dr Eduardo Lagos. Moderator:
María Susana Azzi.

10/X/97: Egle Martin, Raúl Lavié, Maestro Fernando Suárez Paz. Moderator: María Susana
Azzi.

12/X/97: Amelita Baltar, Laura Escalada Piazzolla. Moderator: María Susana Azzi.

1997 Buenos Aires, Argentina, RAI Internazionale, RAI Nazionale: La contribución de los
italianos e ítalo-argentinos al tango en la Argentina [The contribution of Italians and
Italian-Argentines to the tango in Argentina]. A One hour documentary.

1998 Buenos Aires, Argentina, Volver Tango: Astor Piazzolla, a two-hour documentary.

1998 Buenos Aires, Argentina, Volver Tango: La Historia del Baile, a two-hour documentary.

1999 Buenos Aires, Argentina, Premio José Gobello - GARDEL - Lunfa y Señor, Concurso de
Afiche, Asociación Amigos de la Academia Porteña del Lunfardo, Miembro del Jurado.

1999 Buenos Aires, Argentina, Concurso Literario, Fundación Astor Piazzolla, Comité de
Selección.




A MEMBER OF:
FUNDACION ASTOR PIAZZOLLA, Board Member
ACADEMIA NACIONAL DEL TANGO, Board Member
SOCIEDAD ARGENTINA DE ANTROPOLOGIA
COLEGIO DE GRADUADOS EN ANTROPOLOGIA
ACADEMIA PORTEÑA DEL LUNFARDO              (Argentina)
SOCIETY FOR ETHNOMUSICOLOGY (Life Member)
AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
    General Anthropology Division
    Society for Latin American Anthropology
    Society for Cultural Anthropology
SOCIETY FOR CROSS-CULTURAL RESEARCH
CROSS CULTURAL DANCE RESOURCES
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TRADITIONAL MUSIC (Life Member)
    Study Group on Ethnochoreology
    Music and Gender Study Group
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF POPULAR MUSIC


MAR DEL PLATA GOLF CLUB, Captain (1998-)
Member of the Sub-Comisión de Torneos
Member of the Sub-Comisión de Cultura

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SCHOOL OF AMERICAN RESEARCH                 (U.S.A.)
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THE WORLD DANCE ALLIANCE, Executive Council Board Member, 1995-1997