San Francisco not only has great dancers but also many great musicians. Its such a treat to have these live Tango orchestras to grace dancers with their music. Please check TangoMango or their websites to see where they will be playing next.
Trio Garufa is considered one of the most versatile contemporary interpreters of Argentine Tango, mixing a deep respect for tango’s Golden Era with the innovation of the modern Nuevo Tango movement. Their music is powerful, passionate and always danceable. Trio Garufa has performed across Argentina, Canada and the US. The ensemble performs Classic Argentine Tangos from the golden era (30’s- 50’s) as well as Argentine Folkloric Music (Chacarera, Zamba, Guarania, Gato, Chamamé) and modern Tangos from Piazzolla as well as Electro-Tango and their original compositions. Trio Garufa consists of three very talented musicians, Guillermo Garcia on guitar, Adrian Jost on Accordion/Bandoneon, and Sascha Jacobsen on Bass. They will be releasing their third album at the end of April 2012. Visit website
Seth Asarnow Y Su Sexteto Tipico
One of the most popular orchestra’s in San Francisco, this sextet’s style of playing ranges from the tango orchestras of the 40’s to the more contemporary arrangements of well-known tango pieces. They have been lauded for their superb renditions of tangos authentic enough to make dancers forget they are dancing to live music and not the original recording from the 40’s. Members include: Seth Asarnow, Julian Ramil, Cynthia Mei, Michael Thomas, Dan Highman, Christopher Johnson. They play regularly at various location around San Francisco. Visit website
With members from Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States, Tangonero is a San Francisco based ensemble dedicated to preserving the tradition of Argentine Tango. Tangonero was awarded the CMC Shenson Award for their original stage production Malena, in collaboration with Argentine vocalist Claudio Ortega and dancers Count Glover and Chelsea Eng. They have performed at numerous festivals including Portland ValenTango, San Francisco Tango Xchange, Boston Tango Festival and Cotati Accordion Festival. They continue to perform throughout the United States in both dance and concert halls. Members are Violinist Michèle Walther, Pianist I-Yun Chung, Alex Roitman on Bandoneon and bassist Richard Duke.
Tango No. 9 explores tango music in all its myriad manifestations — traditional dance music, vocal ballads, tango nuevo, and more recent compositions — bringing an idiosyncratic twist to each. The trio of instruments — violin, piano, and trombone — may seem a far cry from the more traditional orquesta tipica, but the group’s ingenious arrangements capture a much larger sound, while the unorthodox brass instrument adds a new dimension to the mix. Tango No. 9 performs at milongas, festivals, concert halls, and clubs in the Bay Area as well as across the Western U.S. Visit website
Redwood Tango Ensemble is a sextet from Oakland California, dedicated to both traditional Argentine tango music and original tango composition. The ensemble’s arrangements are inspired by the styles of Anibal Troilo, Juan D’Arienzo, Carlos DiSarli, Osvaldo Pugliese and other master orchestras in tango, which has made Redwood Tango popular among the dance communities in the bay area and on tour. Their signature is a growing repertoire of original compositions by bandoneonist Charles Gorczynski, centered around the creative and wide-reaching modern tango composers in Argentina and around the world. Orchestra members are: Charles Gorczynski Bandoneón, Alexander Lazarev Piano, Scott O’Day Guitar, Kendra Vernon Violin, Celia Harris Violin, Daniel Fabricant Double Bass. Visit website
Formed in 2011, Orquesta Z is composed of San Francisco Bay Area musicians with a love for Argentine tango. Their repertoire is rich with Golden Era Argentine tangos from the 30’s thru 50’s, plus modern and original compositions from the 60’s thru today from around the world. They play tangos that are interesting, engaging, and most importantly danceable!
Who the heck is Orquesta Z? (left to right)
violin: Jim Shallenberger (Kronos Quartet, SF Symphony, Forever Tango)
double bass: Sandy Schniewind (Prometheus Symphony)
violin: Carol Braves (Holy Names Symphony)
piano/’ukelele(!): Barbie Wong (Oakland Public Conservatory)
director/vocals/guitar/bandoneon: Bendrew Jong Visit website.