Friday, September 18, 2009

Musicality Workshops for Tango Dancers 2009 by TanguerIN

with Ivo and Nadia

28 September, Monday
7.00 pm - 10.00 pm - traditional tango

30 September, Wednesday
7.00 pm - 10.00 pm - contemporary tango (nuevo and electronico)

Location: The Czech/Slovak Club, 15 Krakra St., Sofia
Price: 20 lv. per workshop
Note: Each workshop is 180 min. long with a 15 min. break in the middle

The aim of these workshops is to present the specifics of argentine tango as a musical genre, as it is played today at the milongas around the world - from the orchestras before and during the Golden Age of tango to the electronic tango which has grown in polularity during the last decade.

The workshops will be led by Ivo and Nadia, founders of TanguerIN Studio, for whom the dancing of tango is unthinkable without knowing and loving the music. Long-time tango music collector and DJ, Ivo often gives similar workshops in Bulgaria and Switzerland.

The idea behind these workshops is that in tango dancing apart from the connection within the couple there is another very important connection - between the dance movement and the music that is being played. In the context of the improvised dance, such as the authentic argentine tango, knowing the music and the interpretations of the various orchestras is of extreme importance if one is to feel the inner magic and beauty of tango and to use the body as a musical instrument with which to "play" the music.

The workshops cover the following topics:
- the characteristics of the rhythm and the melody of argentine tango and the difference between the rhythmical base and the melodic rhythm
- the role of the various instruments
- the differences in the interpretation and the arrangements of the famous orchestras
- getting to know the form and the structure of tango music and how to predict the music in the case of unknown pieces.
- applying all of the above in the dance, using various figures corresponding to specific rhythmical or melodic elements and to the style of the various orchestras; how to do this improvising while dancing to known or unknown pieces.

It is not necessary to sign-up with a partner, although it is always appreciated if you bring someone along :-). During the workshops we will work individually and in couples and we will, of course, change partners.

It is not necessary to have any theoretical musical knowledge, the workshops are for people with no musical education. However, it is necessary that you already dance tango (min. 3 months experience). In general, the more experienced dancers will profit more from the material covered, however, we recommend the workshops to everyone who loves the music of argentine tango, wants to learn more about it and to enrich their dance with new ideas and figures.

We hope to make you enjoy dancing tango!


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Legendary bandoneonist Rodolfo Mederos comes to Sofia

TanguerIN and Jazz+ present:
Legendary argentinean bandoneonist
Rodolfo Mederos
in a tango concert with
and tango dancers
Natalia Games and Gabriel Angio (Buenos Aires)
Sofia, Bulgaria Concert Hall, 17 November 2009, 7.30 pm

Bandoneonist, composer and arranger Rodolfo Mederos is a natural musician in every sense of the word. His forceful personality has produced a profound effect on tango, developing a style fraught with popular essence and emotion. In the mid-70's, after working with such giants of tango music as Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese, he has decided to look for his own style. It was through his desire to search through other rhythms that he has managed to place himself as one of the most prominent figures of today's tango music.

As a performer, Rodolfo Mederos expresses a deep-felt musicality and conquers the audience with the emotional insightfulness of his interpretations. From every single note that he strikes, he draws a myriad of deep roots and good taste, typical for the greatest of artists. He is also an acclaimed composer and arranger, covering the whole range from popular to symphonic pieces for different instrumental groups. And throughout the years he has carved out a career as teacher and writer of texts on bandoneon as well as tango composition and orchestration, contributing to the formation of many of today's bandoneonists. All this makes Rodolfo Mederos a cornerstone, a quintessential figure of current tango.

"...the bandoneon has the ability to affect human existence with melancholy. One thing is to put sorrow into words; another is to feel the sorrow", says Rodolfo Mederos. "No other instrument has ever been able to express that language, that feeling."

With his trio including Armando De La Vega (guitar) and Sergio Rivas (double bass), Rodolfo Mederos will perform his virtuosic and yet emotionally intimate interpretations of classic tango pieces.

The trio will be joined on stage by the Argentinean tango dancers Natalia Games and Gabriel Angio, renowned for the dynamism of their dance and their breathtaking elegance. Their names are well known to tango lovers in Buenos Aires and around the globe. They have danced on almost every important stage in the world as part of the legendary company TangoX2 and have been invited as maestros to the biggest tango festivals. Since 2001 they direct and tour with their own tango company, Plan B.

On 17th of November through the music of Rodolfo Mederos trio and the dance of Natalia and Gabriel the audience will feel the meaning of maestro Mederos' words: "I firmly believe that a true artistic workpiece should always touch the spirit... It should always try to move the depths of our souls, at times violently."

Tickets are sold by Ticket Plus nework ( and at the Bulgaria Concert Hall box office on 1 Aksakov St. in Sofia.

Rodolfo Mederos official site:
Natalia Games and Gabriel Angio official site: