Tanguero (Tango) Summer Workshop

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Tanguero Summer Workshop and Academy
July 18-23, 2015

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The Tanguero Workshop and Academy brings together students and Argentine Tango professionals from around the world for an immersive educational experience within one of the world's top music schools.

For both Adult and Youth (ages 12 and up) Bandoneonistas, Violinists, Violists, Cellists, Bassist*, and Pianists*.

* new in 2015

Featured Guest Artist

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For the first time lecturing in the United States, Julian Peralta will be joining us from ARGENTINA this year!

One of the most prominent tango artists in Argentina today, Julian is a sought after musician and lecturer on Argentine Tango in Argentina and Europe.

Peralta formed and directed several tango orchestras including Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro and his current projects Astillero and Orquesta Típica Julián Peralta. He collaborated with artists such as Kenneth Branagh in the production Romeo and Juliet (original music and musical direction) and wrote “the book” on Tango, La Orquesta Típica. Mecánica y aplicación de los fundamentos técnicos del Tango.

Ensemble Placement

On the registration form you will asked to identify your ensemble preferences.  Bandoneon players will be placed in ensembles and sent music ahead of time.  All others will be placed on the first day of the workshop taking into account your preferences.  There is no audition required and the program is open to all levels.

Features of the Program

Elements of Argentine Tango Performance: A participatory group class on specific performance practice elements of of various Tango orchestras.

Tango Arranging (elective): A hands on tango arranging course with opportunities to have your arrangements played by faculty and students.

Introduction to Tango dance for musicians (elective): Introduction to tango dance for musicians is a program designed to get you started in the basics of Argentine Tango dance. It will also give you insight into what to expect in a Milonga (the social dance event) either in Argentina or the US, and you might catch Ben dancing!

Bandoneón Practice Techniques: This class will contain specific techniques to get more out of every practice session.

Practical Amplification Tips for Tango Musicians: A class on general stage mic’ing techniques for acoustic instruments, including a discussion of common challenges specific to Tango ensembles.

Tango Orchestra:  Everyone will play in an Orquesta Típica (Traditional Tango Orchestra).  Styles and levels will vary by ensemble.

Chamber Music Ensembles (optional): Groups will be arranged according to individual playing level; every effort is made to arrange compatible groups.  Performed ensembles may participate.  Ensembles will receive daily coaching from faculty.

Tango Jam Session: An opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in an informal setting.  We will “Jam” together on lead sheets of popular tango music until we get tired.

Faculty Recital: A concert performance of the Workshop faculty.

Movie Night: Part of learning the musical language is understanding the culture! We will have a movie night featuring an Argentine movie that relates to tango.


“La Cumparsita” performed by workshop participants in 2014