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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 t 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

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 orches

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 .

Fiesta! A night of music, dance, food and wine in Mosman

TangoAustralia has joined forces with Mosman Cruise Centre, which specialises in travel to South America... to bring tango to their local community.  A night of South American dance, music, food and wine will introduce many to the haunting music of the bandoneons with Duo Bandoneons, Emily-Rose Sarkova and Owen Salome and the superb dancing of Belen Silva  and Mauricio Hernandez . You can watch Emily-Rose and Owen performing as part of Tangalo at the Camelot Lounge here There will also be performances by the Te Amo dancers and Duo Jiminez who will perform the dance and music of the Andean region of Peru. A buffet of Argentinian and Peruvian foods including empanadas and alfajores, wines and a Pisco cocktail are all included! Guests will discover where and when to visit this amazing part of the world - and there is a travel voucher with every ticket.* A Night to Remember at the Mosman Art Gallery - only $55, $40 under 18s! On Thursday 31 August 2017 at 7:30pm Mosman Ar

Piazzolla to warm your Friday night

Maggie Ferguson's new tango ensemble, Maggie Ferguson Tango and Friends is performing on the Central Coast north of Sydney on Friday June 2.... Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ meets Astor Piazzolla’s ‘The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ in a stunning juxtaposition of musical styles, exemplifying the insistent rhythms and languid gestures of the Baroque and the sensual, abrupt mood changes of Latin American Tango. Piazzolla’s distinctive music combines jazz and the Argentinian tango of his native land with classical forms and 20th Century harmonic ideas. In 'The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires' , he takes a tango-inspired work and combines it with elements easily recognizable from Vivaldi, also presenting a solo violin featured within an orchestral texture in virtuosic style".
  The concert will be in the intimate, iconic Avoca Picture theatre. 69 Avoca Beach Drive, Avoca Beach. Entry $40, Concession $35, Student $15. Details and bookings http://avocabeachpicturethe

A very special tango performance

Janna Lopez, an Argentinian born in Sydney developed her love of tango with Sydney tango school, Tango Entre Amigos. After taking her studies to Argentina she has returned to Sydney for the summer and wowed us with her dancing - together with her partner Claudio Peralta. If you missed their performance at Marrickville in February you still have a chance to see them dance in March. The Tango Spirit Milonga, March 11, at City Tattersalls club will feature a performance by this dynamic and talented couple. For more details email Tango Spirit