There's a translation of the first part of Alberto's life story on Irene and Man Yung's blog: they knew him well. The rest of it was on his website, which unfortunately is no longer available.
Tangoandchaos picks up the story, telling
Alberto and his childhood
El Chino came under the influence of Luis
the patron of tango in the Villa Urquiza barrio.
an interesting page. & it's
how tango drew in kids from poorer
social skills, how it gave them a milieu, friends, partners, mentors.
of the most extraordinary quality and feeling, the
in their everyday music.
watch Alberto's videos and see the elegant precision of his walk, and
can't help thinking how it looks as if he was drilled in it,
disciplined, from an early age, made to practice until it was just
so. He doesn't give the impression that he just picked up tango by
watching and practicing; as if there's a voice in the past saying
'No! Do it again! Again! Otra vez!'
it is a style, but he made it his own. Many people learn a similar
style: stage dancers tend to learn 'style', many of them learn the
same style and end up looking alike. It's easy to learn to look
stylish, 'all style and no substance', but that's not the same as
dancing well in a milonga. Too often style looks like a mannerism,
something second-hand, copied. Alberto's dance has energy, it's his
own way of moving.
another thing: from start to finish his dance looks full of courtesy
to his partner. It's also very dynamic; slow, then suddenly fast,
compiling a dance with the music, but all the time the walk takes the
feet into exactly the right place, at any moment, whoever is his
partner. I don't think you can be that precise without also being
incredibly aware of your partner. He had an elegant precision which
isn't really like anyone else from his generation that I've watched (but
I've not visited milongas outside the 'centro' much).
came across this recently: it's very clear. There's not a moment in
the dance that isn't precise and clear, yet everything is fluent and
unhurried, the energy is exactly controlled. It's beautiful to
easy enough to dance fast, and difficult to dance slow. In a crowded
milonga like El Beso, Alberto appeared to dance slowly, almost
cautiously, but it always looked extra intense.
you miss someone, you think of all the questions you'll never be able
to ask. Please teach me to walk, just like you learned to walk! 'No!
Not like that! Again!'
time I saw him I asked him to teach me to dance the pauses. Sure! he
said, laughing. Next time you're here...
the tango respecting the music, dance the tango respecting the people
in the milongas, dance the tango with feeling' (Alberto, interview with Monica Paz.)