Traditional Tango at its very best

Just discovered this this fabulous Youtube channel based in Buenos Aires showing tango at is best. Stylish, musical and eminently watchable ... a great way to improve the do-able!

Golden Age tango music at the Camelot Lounge

Last minute! This Sunday, January 28, Orquesta La Luna is performing at the Camelot Lounge in Marrickville.
"Five extraordinary musicians, each with their own performance careers, have committed their talents to delivering uncompromising passionate performances of some of the most loved tango dance repertoire ever conceived. Orquesta La Luna will feature the instrumental and vocal legacy of such icons as D’Arienzo, Tanturi, Pugliese, Piazzolla and Troilo. Dancers and listeners alike can expect to be swept to the Golden Era of tango in the streets of Buenos Aires where bittersweet maladies of love and life are entangled with voluptuous artistry. Tango dancers will be pleased to know that the repertoire has been curated to augment your dancing experience."
Tickets available

Miguel Calo and Alberto Podesta and a new tune to me

I just love it when I hear a new piece of tango/vals/milonga and I fall in love with it. This happened on the weekend when I heard and danced to the Australian Tango Festival Orchestra's faithful transposition of Miguel Calo's 'Suena'.
Owen Salome of Tangalo and The Australian Tango Festival Orchestra must be given the credit for this.
I have always been a Calo fan and his singers including and Raul Beron and Alberto Podesta are magic.  Alberto Podesta performed and recorded more songs with more orchestras than any other tango singer and his recordings with Calo are outstanding.
You can  read more about Calo on Keith Elshaw's website  (I think it was Keith who told me Calo's was The Greatest Orchestra) and on
Unfortunately I don't have a recording of the ATFO playing 'Suena' but I did find it on youtube.

Dance to an orchestra from Buenos Aires in Sydney

Yes you can... on Sunday night 1st October at the Marrickville Town Hall. The Australian Tango Festival Orchestra will play and if you close your eyes you will feel as though you are in one of the famous tango halls, such as Salon Canning.
The sounds of The Australian Tango Festival Orchestra are equal to none. Their arrangements based on the arrangements of the greats, D'Arienzo, Pugliese, Calo, Di Sarli.... are as authentic as you can expect to hear from a live orchestra, and their passion is equal to none.
I have just come from the concert of the orchestra held at the Mosman Art Gallery here in Sydney as part of the Australian Tango Festival and I was blown away. An increased repertoire, clever new arrangements, superb synchronicity and top musicianship make this music a one-off that you won't want to miss - and you will want to dance to! Consisting of musicians from the orchestra, Tangalo, Orquesta La Luna and Mendoza, this band has 4 bandoneons, which enables them to bri…

We've come a long way baby

In 1999 I went to Womadelaide with a friend, sat in the moonlight and listened to a tango band from Buenos Aires. I had never heard tango music like this and I was hooked!!
It led to dance classes in Sydney with one of the two teachers then in the market, the once a month a milonga and a passion for tango dancing and music that has become an integral part of my life!
Today I listened to a pod-cast of an interview and performance with the Australian Tango Festival Orchestra on Fine Music, 2MBS-FM and I was blown away. I am a huge fan of Emily-Rose Sarkova and Owen Salome young musicians who are the driving forces behind Tangalo, a Sydney tango orchestra.
Now Emily-Rose has organised this Festival with her partner Refik which will be like no other Festival we have had in Australia. We have had numerous Australian tango festivals over the years, some with tango bands, but the very special thing about this one is that the musicians are home-grown, they are world-class and the orchestra …

Australian Tango Orchestra performances not to be missed

As part of the inaugural Australian Tango Festival the Australian Tango Orchestra will form from three of the bands who play for Australian tango dancers. Tangalo, the Mendoza Quartet and Orquesta La Luna will combine to present concerts for the general public as well as performing separately and together at the milongas for the Festival.

Check out the concert details here.