Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Australian Tango Scene October 2016

Usually I post this newsletter on a separate page, but I am posting it here because I hope more people will read it. There is so much happening!!

Music and musicians, dancers and teachers - October Tango Australia news
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Dear Angelina
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The lead up to Christmas in Australia is an exciting one for tango dancers - and lovers of tango music.
Tàngalo, Sydney's tango quintet and sometime orquesta tipica, has an exciting and inviting program of performances with visiting bandoneonista Nestor Vaz (pictured), this October.
As well Sydney's latest tango band, Orquesta La Luna which has been wowing dancers and audiences since their first performance at the SydneyTango milonga at Bexley RSL in July will be at Sydney milongas in the coming months. Their faithful interpretations of the music beloved by dancers, together with their passionate, professional performances have already given them a strong following.  An interview with Daniel Rojas-Gonzales on SydneyTango website will tell you more about this talented musician and his passion for tango.
There is much to enjoy coming your way - concerts, milongas, special events with some of the world's leading tango dancers, including the inimitable Javier Rodriguez, and festivals big and small.
We'll be back with more news in November.

Nestor Vaz: bandoneonista

Throughout October, Nestor Vaz will perform with local band Tàngalo at milongas and concerts and with Tàngalo’s artistic director, Emily-Rose Ŝarkova as a bandoneon duo.
Señor Vaz has a towering reputation as a bandoneonista and has played with such ensembles as Quinteto Imperial, Tango por Dos and Tango 4 as well as the Montevideo Municipal Symphonic and the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestras.

Melbourne Tango Quintet

Nov 5, Melbourne
Established in 2012, this Quintet led by bassist Leanda Smith and pianist Monique de Mattina are back with new band members Paloma Bica on Violin and Rose Gonzalez on guitar, plus bandoneonista Leo Intellangelo, will perform a night of Piazzolla.
6pm, Tickets from $35
Paris Cat Jazz Club,
6 Goldie Place,
Book here

Mendoza Quartet

26 Nov - BASH - Bundanoon
With Stephen Cuttriss on bandoneon, Rebecca Karlen on violin, John Reeves, piano and Chloe Ann Williamson, double bass, this quartet from Brisbane is inspired by one of the most famous wine regions in South America. All professionally trained musicians with a love of tango their repertoire includes the golden age classics together with some of the popular later nuevo style.
BASH, Buenos Aires in the South Highlands, is a weekend of tango organised by the Sydney and Canberra tango groups, and this year Mendoza Quartet will feature at their Saturdaynight milonga.
Find out more about BASH 
Visiting Teachers
Check out who's coming your way
Hosanna Heinrich and Anibal Montenegro, Sept 28 to Oct 10
Sydney performer and teacher Hosanna Heinrich will join with Anibal Montenegro to present workshops in Sydney. To find out about workshops visitFacebook.

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Javier Rodriguez withMoira CastellanoNovember 4 to 7 Sydney
Javier Rodriguez is considered to be the world's top male dancer of tango salon. He has been dancing for over 20 years and has performed at major tango festivals worldwide. He has visited Australia a number of times, dancing with different partners since the amazing partnership with the late Andrea Misse.
The workshops hosted byTango Spirit are keenly awaited and there are only a few spots left. Don’t miss them.

Cecilia Gonzalez 
withAlbano Goldenberg, 

Cecilia has been a regular visitor to Australia for over a decade. She has taught at many Festivals and partnered many famous tangueros including Fabian Salas and Osvaldo Zotto.
Canberra 28-30 OctTengo Tango
Darwin 3-7 Nov Northern Tango
Melbourne 11-15 NovTango Bajo
Sydney Nov 18 to 22Pablito's

Lorena Goldestein and Cristian Gallardo,
January 18 to 20, 2017
Patio de Tango hosted Lorena and Cristian (left) in 2014 and they are again hosting this superb tango couple who will run workshops in Sydney only.

Dante Sanchez and Victoria Rossetti,January 21 to February 2
Patio de Tango will also host this couple. This will be a first visit to Australia for them.

Murat Erdemsel,February 16 to 21 
Returning to Sydney to be hosted by Sydney Tango House, Murat Erdemsel brings his unique style of tango teaching to Australian students.  Hosted by Sydney Tango House 
Travelling to South America

Looking for a great fare to South America; want to maximise your tango trip and visit Machu Picchu, Iguassu Falls, the Amazon, explore the Pampas or visit the Salt Flats  - there is so much to do on this amazing continent...
Contact Martin at Travel Choice, the South American specialists, and plan your trip with the experts. 

Orquesta La Luna

Orquesta La Luna is Sydney’s latest tango band, created by the hugely talented Daniel Rojas-Gonzales. The five talented and experienced members of this band perform music for dancers with faithful and inspiring renditions of D’Arienzo, Troilo and Pugliese in a repertoire that will have tango dancers on the floor.

30th Oct Camelot Lounge, Marrickville
Orquesta La Luna withAlturas 
These two orchestras bring a diverse interpretation of tango music to the quirky Camelot lounge.
Alturas is a very different band. Also talented professional musicians, this group’s background is jazz and their interpretation of tango is not traditional. It is their own unique interpretation of the genre which inspires their music - and their listeners.
19 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville.
6.30pm for 7.30pmperformances
Click here for more info and to book.

18th Nov. Newcastle
Ruedisima Latin Dance will present Orquesta La Luna at their milonga in Newcastle.
150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton (a suburb of Newcastle).
Beginner dance lesson plus Orquesta La Luna and show $40 : 7:30pm
Orquesta La Luna and show $30 : 8:30pm
contact Mauricio 0407701328 or email 

19th Nov. Marrickville
Tango Entre Amigos will celebrate their 15th Year Anniversary with a milonga featuring Orquesta La Luna.
One of Sydney’s oldest and most traditional milongas, run by Fabian and Karina Conca from Tango Conca and Jacqueline Simpson from Tango Spirit, together forming Tango Entre Amigos, this milonga is on one of the best dance floors in town.
Time: 8pm
Tickets $30
Bookings and inquiries on 0414 431 722 - 0415 614 825
Hard Court Tennis Club, 35 Centennial St, Marrickville.

New Year’s Eve, Sydney
Sydney Tango will present Orquesta La Luna at the newly opened La Boca Bar and Grill in Mascot. More details as they come to hand, but this should be an amazing night of fabulous music, great food and plenty of tango!
Festivals big and small - plan your weekends now!
21-23 Oct: Tango Encuentro, Hobart
Three days of social dancing, workshops and exhibitions featuring guest teachers and DJs.
Guest teachers, Fabian and Karina Conca, from Tango Conca in Sydney and Andrew and Adrienne Gill from Southern Cross tango in Adelaide will conduct workshops and perform at the milongas on the weekends.
DJ Sonny Ho from Sydney will provide the vibe at Saturdaynight’s milonga and Fabian and Andrew and Adrienne will DJ at the Friday and Sundaymilongas.
A great opportunity to get together and tango in one of the most beautiful towns in Australia. Organised by Jenny and Vince Merlo from Tango Milonguero.
More Information

28-29 Oct: A Victorian Country Tango Excursion,  Creswick Victoria.
Sidewalk Tango is heading for the bush, taking the Martini Tango Cabaret Show to the pretty Victorian town of Creswick and the home of artist Norman Lindsay. There’s a show on Friday October 28 and another on Saturday October 29, both starting at 8pm, at the Creswick Theatre in Raglan Street. And then on Sunday October 30, 1.00 – 4.00pm there’s the Scrub Hill Milonga, at the historic Scrub Hill Church (circa 1869) on the Daylesford- Ballarat Road, Newlyn.
Tickets for the show are only $18 and for the milonga, $15.
Enquiries and

25-27 November
BASH: Buenos Aires in the Southern Highlands, NSW 

BASH is held in the Bundanoon Soldiers Memorial Hall in Bundanoon from 7pm Friday 25 November to 3pm Sunday 27 November.  "Unlike Buenos Aires, it is accessible by car or train from Sydney or Canberra!" says Synergy president Karan Rowe. "This year the focus is on plenty of dance time.  You choose when you dance and when you rest."
BASH is a joint initiative of Sydney's Tango Synergy and the Tango Social Club of Canberra. Tango Synergy is managing the event this year.
Check out the website for more information
Illustration by Iris Toren.

Essence & Evolution 2-10 December 2016
This Festival reappears for the second time in 2016. Find out more on the website which is now live with all the details of Julio Balmaceda & Virginia Vasconi workshops.
The welcome milonga is onFriday 2nd December.
Workshops from the 3rd to the 10th December.
More information

Port Macquarie Tango Festival
24-26 February 2017
Registrations for this popular beachside festival opened on October 1. Organised by Wendy and Rob Hirst, passionate dancers from Port Macquarie, this weekend provides a mix of formal dancing and dancing with the sand between your toes.
Find out more

Pablito's Festival, SydneyApril 12 to 18
Presenting Lorena Ermocida and Pancho Martinez Pey with Ricardo Barrios and Laura Melo, two couples who already have a strong following in Australia, this festival will give Sydney the tango buzz over Easter 2017. Lorena and Pancho last visited for the Sydney Tango Festival in 2012 and Ricardo and Laura (pictured)  were guests of the Made in Argentina Festival in 2013.
More details to come in later newsletters.


Oct 2, Canberra
DUO PROJECT with Nestor Vaz & Emily-Rose Ŝarkova, Tàngalo Artistic Director at the Tango in the Spring Festival
Great Hall, University House, ANU 2pm

Oct 6, Sydney 
DUO PROJECT with Nestor & Emily-Rose.
Camelot Lounge
19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
7pm doors, 8pm show. Tickets $22.90 Book 

Oct 7, Newcastle
Concert at The Unorthodox Church of Groove.
3 Tudor Street, Newcastle
Tickets $30 / $25
Doors open 7pm Show 8pm.
Tickets may be purchased at the door subject to availability. Book here 

Oct 8, Hinchinbrook, western Sydney
La Cumparsita Celebration Milonga
The club established by the Uruguayan community on the outskirts of Sydney many years ago frequently hosts tango events. Nestor Vaz will perform with Tàngalo. A traditional asado available and the club is licensed.
DJ Nestor Medina.
Entry $25
Enrique 0404 890 966
Uruguayan Club,
56-62 Whitford Road, Hinchinbook

Oct 22, Hinchinbook, western Sydney
A Concert of the music of Astor Piazzolla with Bandoneonista Nestor Vaz will be followed by a Milonga.
DJ Nestor Medina.
Entry $25
Enrique 0404 890966
Uruguayan Club,
56-62 Whitford Road, Hinchinbook

Oct 23, Avoca Beach, Central Coast, NSW
DUO PROJECT with Nestor Vaz and Emily-Rose Ŝarkova
Avoca Picture Theatre
69 Avoca Drive.
Entry $19.50
Box office 4382 1777

Oct 28, Ultimo
Tàngalo orquesta tipica will perform with Nestor Vaz at one of Sydney’s favourite jazz venues right in the heart of town.
Foundry 616
616 Harris Street,
Ultimo   Book here

Oct 29: Petersham, Sydney
La Milonga de la Gente organised by Sydney Tango, the organisation behind the Sydneytango calendar of events and the community club Tango Synergy.
This is a night of dancing on a wonderful sprung dance floor, one of the few left in Sydney.
Tángalo will be joined by Sydney youth orchestra, Tango Oz and bandoneonista Maggie Ferguson together with Nestor Vaz.
DJ: Frida Kotlyar
Entry $35 pre-booked, $40 at door if available
Bookings:  SydneyTango;
Petersham Town Hall
107 Crystal Street.
International DJs
Festivals where Australian DJs are playing
Sydney DJ Anthony El Mafioso
 4-9 Oct. Singapore International Tango Festival
17-21 Nov Shanghai Tango Marathon
4-27 Nov Bali Tango in Paradise 

DJ Frida -
10-13 Nov. TangoXposed, Manila, Philippines 
Listening to Tango
Where to find tango on the airwaves, online and the internet
Tango Capital 
This program broadcasts Sundays from 7:00pm AEST/AEDT
on 2XXfm 98.3 in Canberra streaming live to the internet
Tango Capital brings news, views, reviews, and interviews on tango in Australasia, with occasional forays elsewhere, together with the best in traditional and modern tango music. The primary channel is a one-hour weekly radio program supported by internet presence.
You can support the program by subscribing to the podcast
And you can join in with comments, views and suggestions…
at the blog site in thecomments stream and on theFacebook page

Argentine Tango Radio
There were around 40,000 recordings made during the Golden Age, how many do you listen to? Argentine Tango Radio plays Golden Age tango music and more non-stop… check it out here.
Also on Facebook

Friday, September 2, 2016

Winners Salon Tango at the Buenos Aires Mundial de Tango 2016

Cristian Paloma and Melisa Sacchi, who last year reached the finals of the Stage Section. All those who think they are dancing Salon Tango and kick their heels above their knee please take note!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Carlos Gavito homage at Milongueando in BA

A homage to Carlos Gavito will be the focus of the Encuentro Milonguero, Milongueando in Buenos Aires in 2016. Gavito was born in 1942 and by the time of his death in 2005 had become a tango legend. He worked with Juan Carlos Copes, but it was his role in the travelling show 'Forever Tango' that brought him to the world's attention. In this video he dances with Maria Plazaola who is one of the organisers and teachers at Milongueando.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Spring into Australian Tango Festivals in 2016

Three tango festivals and a tango encuentro will give Australian tango dancers plenty of choice as we move into the southern hemisphere's Spring.

Byron Bay Tango Festival 2nd-4th September 

Beginning in early September the Byron Bay Tango Festival will return after 6 years with 
with Nick Jones and Diana Cruz from Natural Tango in Denver, Colorado. 
 All events take place at the Community Centre, right in the heart of beautiful Byron Bay, known for its alternative and beach lifestyle.
The core of the festival will be the “immersion”class, guided by the master teachers 

Melbourne Festival Argentino 22-25 September

World Tango Champions Daniel Nacucchio and Cristina Sosa will return to Australia this year for a new Melbourne Festival. Together with tango legends Fabian Solas and Lola Diaz they will spearhead a weekend of celebration of the Argentine culture. Melbourne teacher and former Australian stage tango champion Fabio Robles will produce a new tango show “One Night in Buenos Aires” which will include the visiting maestros together with leading Melbourne dancers and a quartet of Melbourne musicians with Leo Intilangelo on bandoneon.
Melbourne is a city that has preserved many of her historic buildings some of which have dance floors that were the scene of many of the great balls and social occasions of 19th and 20th century. Four of these beautiful buildings will provide the backdrop for the festival: Parliament House, The Collingwood Town Hall, The Fitzroy Town Hall and The State Library.
21 workshops with the visiting maestros, 2 milongas, the Tango Show “One Night in Buenos Aires” and an Argentinian day with music, dance, food and exhibitions make up the Festival.
To find out more and book your ticket visit the website.

Tango in the Spring 2016, Canberra 30 September-3 October

Organised by the Tango Social Club of Canberra this is a bi-annual event held to coincide with Canberra's Floriade (a festival of spring with magnificent floral displays) and the long weekend. 
Four days of dancing to music by DJs from around the country and social events, this is an encuentro - a chance to meet and dance with tangueras and tangueros from around the country. 

Essence & Evolution, Sydney 2-10 December

This Sydney Festival returns once again with Julio Balmaceda and Virginia Vasconi as the maestros. A week of workshops and milongas around the city of Sydney.  Julio Balmaceda and Virginia Vasconi formed their dance partnership in 2015 and present their own dynamic interpretation of tango.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tango Fire returns

The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires will tour Australia this winter. Led by German Cornejo and his partner Gisela Galeassi (who has visited Australia 3 times in the past with her former partner) the cast includes four world class couples and the band Quarteto Feugo with vocals by Jesus Hidalgo. You can read more about the company and where to book for your city here. 

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WA: Regal Theatre 28-31 July

NSW: Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay 3-7 August
Vic: Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne 10-14 August
SA: Her Majesty's Theatre 16 to 18 August
ACT: Canberra Theatre 21 August
Qld: Lyric Theatre, QPAC 23-24 August

Thursday, May 5, 2016

May Tango...

Check out the May newsletter for news on local and international tango events... and some great gigs coming up. Not to be missed the performance this Sunday at Camelot Lounge in Marrickville with Orquesta Tipica Tangalo! This is a fabulous group of young people with a passion for playing tango music with all the nuances of the great tango orchestras of Argentina and Uruguay. Their music is for dancing as well as listening. If you haven't heard them before, you are in Sydney and you can tear yourself away from your Mother's Day lunch, this is a special treat.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Confiteria Ideal closes down

We have heard that Confiteria Ideal, the famous milonga and tango venue in the heart of Buenos will close at the beginning of April 2016. A place steeped in history and tango it is visited by tango lovers and tourists, but not in the numbers it once was. While it is to be hope that it is renovated and re-opened we can only wait and see. This video made over 10 years ago includes interviews with famous milongueros: Gerardo Portalea, Javier Rodriguez & Geraldine Rojas, Mariano Chicho Frumboli and Puppy Castello. Produced by BBC Four, aired on Friday 8 April 2005 11.05pm-12.20am; Tuesday 12 April 11pm-12.10am Interviews with famous milongueros: Gerardo Portalea, Javier Rodriguez & Geraldine Rojas, Mariano Chicho Frumboli and Puppy Castello. Produced by BBC Four, aired on Friday 8 April 2005 11.05pm-12.20am; Tuesday 12 April 11pm-12.10am

Monday, February 29, 2016

Juan Carlos Copes and Maria Nieves Rego - their tango story

'Our Last Tango' is about to be released nationally, but Sydneysiders can get in early at the Casula Powerhouse Film Festival. On Friday March 4 they will show the documentary about two tango dancers who have had a huge impact on the dance and it's international standing.
The film's promotion reads: "María Nieves Rego (80) and Juan Carlos Copes (83) met as teenagers, and danced together for nearly fifty years. Now, Juan and María are willing to open up about their love, their hatred, and their passion. Our Last Tango bridges the gap between generations, as Juan and Maria tell their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, who transform the most beautiful, moving and dramatic moments of Juan and Maria’s lives into incredible tango-choreographies."
Find out about the screening at the Casula Powerhouse here
National screenings:
Cinema Nova 
Palace Chauvel 
New Farm Cinemas 
Palace Nova Eastend 
Luna Cinemas Leederville 
State Cinema Hobart