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TANGO MUSICALITY MASTERCLASS

An innovative exploration of tango musicality from the perspective of the world's best tango musicians, dancers and DJs

the Soul of Tango

Moonlight Tango has collaborated with friends around the world to bring the Australian tango community an innovative Masterclass on tango musicality. Through a series of workshops taking place on the last weekend of October, you will be able to learn about the structure of tango music, it's unique texture and colour; you will learn to recognise the way this multi-layered music has changed over the ages and how it is played by contemporary musicians. You will learn to see musicality from the perspective of experienced and world renown dancers, teachers, organisers, musicians and DJs... are you ready?

THE MASTERCLASS SERIES

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Prepare for a long weekend of Tango

 

LOCATIONS

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We have selected two amazing locations to give you comfort and the perfect athmosphere 

 
C'est Bon Milonga

C'est Bon

Parking Options: 

+ Street Parking

+ Princess Parking

Institute of Modern Art Brisbane

Institute of Modern Art

Parking Options: 

+ Street Parking

+ 388 BRUNSWICK STREET CAR PARK

MEET YOUR TEACHERS

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MURAT ERDEMSEL

DE MUSICA

Short Course Description

In this series of two masterclasses, Murat will focus FIRST on the main ingredients of musicality, specifically for dancing. He considers these ingredients as “the fundamentals  every dancer must know”; SECOND, he will make examples of how these elements can drastically improve your your tango dancing, if you know how to combine the ingredients correctly.

About the Teacher

Murat Erdemsel is a world renown tango dancer and teacher. He uses his extensive knowledge of the dance and multi-media to create truly unique and engaging classes. He was born in an artist family, studied fine arts including a masters degree. The Australian community already know him and love him for his style of dancing and teaching. He visited Australia in 2008 first with Michelle, then 2016, 2017 alone and 2018 with Sigrid covering most of our tango communities including Tasmania. 

MASTERCLASS 2 - Prometeus

Teacher: Murat

Date: 29/10/2021

Time: 20:00 - 22:00

Location: Institute of Modern Art

Duration: 2h

MASTERCLASS 1 - Genesis

Teacher: Murat

Date: 29/10/2021

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Location: Institute of Modern Art 

Duration: 2h

Main Topics

Murat will touch upon the Phrasing, Intonation (Staccato / Legato), Pronunciation (music as a language), Pacing (the "compas"), Syntax (the rules and structure) and Instrumentation (identify the instruments and act accordingly as a dancer). This course will offer a sound structure to understand musicality and practically apply this to your dancing. 

Delivery

Murat is well known for his ability to mix different media to explain sophisticated concepts with simplicity. The course will be delivered live via Zoom and other platforms and mixed with interactive exercises for the audience.

Who Should Take This Class?

This is a fundamental class that will help both the beginner and the seasoned dancer. The structure and clarity of Murat's masterclasses provides the necessary foundation to improve your tango and explore what you have already learnt at a higher level of mindfulness.

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GIANPIERO & LORENA

UBI MAIOR MINOR CESSAT

Short Course Description

Gianpiero & Lorena will focus on movement technique and how to skilfully time and coordinate individual and couple motion not just to keep the rhythm, but to interpret and  characterize  every song with mood, connection and individual style. Gianpiero, Lorena and Murat have prepared a special joint class to fuse the musicality concepts with all the body and couple movements necessary to fully and passionately express the music (Masterclass 4). 

About the Teacher

Gianpiero started learning tango at an early age and during his adolescence, he travelled extensively to Argentina and Europe to refine his dancing skills and learn “from every teacher we could find on our path!”. Since he made tango his career, he has been collaborating and performing with a plethora of world-renown dancers and partners, including Maria Filali with whom he travelled the world and came to Australia. His passion for tango and teaching the discipline drives him to continuously refine his skills. As he would describe it, this is a “process of continuous improvement where the student will learn from the teacher and vice-versa”. 

His biggest “pride” is the current partnership with Lorena Tarantino (started in 2018), in which he finds all the ingredients to best showcase their joint experience and passion for tango, the dance and the teaching.

MASTERCLASS 3 - Moving Music

Teacher: Gianpiero & Lorena

Date: 30/10/2021

Time: 16:00 - 18:00

Location: Institute of Modern Art

Duration: 2h

MASTERCLASS 4 - Union

Teachers: Gianpiero, Lorena & Murat

Date: 30/10/2021

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Location: Institute of Modern Art

Duration: 2h

Main Topics

Gianpiero will elaborate on step technique, posture, body coordination, with individual practice of various rhythms, melodic movements and dynamic creativity.  He will explain how an embellishment should work, both "rhythmic" and "dynamic"  and show us how to practice this.  With Lorena, he will explore interpretation of music by the couple, how to include musicality comfortably and seamlessly in the dance through rhythmic dynamics, density and connection. 

Delivery

Gianpiero and Lorena will be delivering Masterclass 3 together via Zoom and then will join Murat for a multimedia experience during Masterclass 4.

Who Should Take This Class?

These two masterclasses are a great way to put what you have learnt about musicality in practice through the experience of professional dancers such as Gianpiero, Lorena and Murat. It will also be a great excuse to reconnect with teachers we have met and love in the Australian community.

 
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ASATO-PAIS

AD ASTRA

Short Course Description

Through the history of Tango and Orquesta Tipica, the tango duo and YouTube stars Asato-Pais tell us about the origins of tango, the development of its music and style, describing different music genres while showing us key elements on the bandoneon and piano. They will also talk about the style of specific orquestas tipicas of the golden age and will bring us to the new style adopted by contemporary tango musicians.​

About the Teacher

Ayélen Pais is one of the most iconic bandoneon players in the current tango scene. She first started playing as a bandoneon in Orquesta Típica La Vidú and China Cruel, with whom she recorded her first two albums. In August 2011, she played for Academia Nacional del Tango with Aníbal Troilo's bandoneon. She has been an integral part of two of the most popular milongueras orchestras of these times, the Sans Souci and Romántica Milonguera

Cristian Asato is a renown pianist, teacher and arranger, he is the lead pianist of maestro Víctor Lavallén, directs the companies "Tango  Legends" and "Synopsis  Tango", is part of the orchestra and trio of the bandoneonist Ramiro Boero. In 2018, Ayélen and Cristian decided to transform their personal relationship into a Tango duo “Asato-Pais” and started developing the YouTube videos we all love.

MASTERCLASS 5 - The History of Music

Teacher: Ayélen Pais & Cristian Asato 

Date: 31/10/2021

Time: 11:00 - 13:00

Location: C'est Bon Restaurant

Duration: 2h

Main Topics

History of tango music through the different orquesta structures, music characteristics and cultural influences till the contemporary bands, passing through the guardia vieja, Piazzola and "Resurgimento". Asato-Pais will also touch on technical elements such as "modelos de marcacion, the texture and colour of certain songs and instruments. Finally they will cover the distinctive style and evolution of orquestas such as Troilo, and Pugliese.

Delivery

You can expect an exciting mix of informative videos, interactive exercises and performances using the bandoneon and the piano. Asato-Pais are great at mixing Zoom for direct interaction with the audience and YouTube for more detailed and complex graphics. Be prepared to refresh your Spanish as well because they will make sure to use lots of tango words.

 

Who should take this class?

You don't need to be a tango dancer to want to learn about this beautiful dance through its music from the late 1800s to contemporary bands. This course should appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about tango but also and more importantly to dancers who want to better understand the musical difference across ages and orquestas from two experienced musicians.

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RICHARD FRISART

DJ EXTRAVAGANZA

Short Course Description

In this Masterclass, under the title of “At the milonga – a tango DJ’s perspective” Richard (tango DJ and organizer) will explain the role of the DJ and the written and unwritten ‘rules’ of DJ’ing at various types of milongas. What goes on in the DJ’s head? Which musical choices are there to be made?
This will help you gain a better understanding of the music that’s being played at the milonga, and what type of music you can expect when. So, you can enjoy the music more – or even know when to look for that one partner to dance the next tanda with…

About the Teacher

Richard Frisart is a tango DJ and organizer, living in Haarlem, The Netherlands. He discovered tango in the 1980s when Astor Piazzolla gave his concerts in Holland and rose to fame. A tango dancer since 2010, he started his career as a tango DJ in 2015, at first at the local milongas in Haarlem, but soon at milongas and festivals all around The Netherlands, like the Holland Tango Festival in Rotterdam. He has also DJ’ed in Belgium, Denmark, Austria, France, and at various milongas in Buenos Aires. His style is energetic and varied, with a firm base in the golden decades. His tandas are well thought out. Consistent, but never boring. A bit edgy on purpose sometimes. His main goal as a DJ: get the dancers on the floor and make them happy. Next to DJ’ing at the milongas, Richard has a YouTube channel as well (Tango Music Tutorials), sharing his knowledge and love for tango music. 

MASTERCLASS 6 - Musica Maestro

Teacher: Richard Frisart 

Date: 31/10/2021

Time: 16:00 - 18:00

Location: C'est Bon Restaurant

Duration: 2h

Main Topics

Richard will walk us through not only what it means to create the music for a milonga but also what you should expect as a dancer from the DJ and the structure of tandas. What makes a milonga successful by creating the right athmosphere? What is the role of the DJ in contemporary milongas and what do the dancers add to the work of the DJ? How do different cultures and communities interpret the structure of a milonga? The ‘Big 4’ orchestras & why is that important?​ When can you expect the DJ to play Pugliese?

What makes a (good) tanda? This is a great opportunity to get perspective of a seasoned tango DJ and share his cultural experience from around the world.

Delivery

Richard is expert in delivering classes online and will prepare an interactive and well balanced course for an audience of dancers, tango listeners and connoisseurs and clearly tango DJs.

Who should take this class? 

Anyone interested in learning more about tango music and the way it is played in contemporary social dance events around the world. Also any dancer that wants to improve their understanding of what goes on behind the mixing console to better "plan" his/her milonga. 

OVER THE INTERNET

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We use the latest technologies to offer a full experience that trascends COVID barriers 

 

Online Masterclass

Is this an Online Course?

Not at all! The teachers will be streaming live from Europe and Argentina just for us, the audience in the beautiful School of Music auditorium (Nickson Room) at the University of Queensland and at our beloved C'est Bon. You will not be able to see any of these courses on the computer or on YouTube. These Masterclasses have been tailored for us and are part of an entire curriculum worth exploring as a whole.

How do we know it will work? 

We have chosen your teachers not only because they are great at teaching tango and musicality but also because they are experienced at delivering their classes using a range of media and technologies. 
We have also run several trials to test the delivery of the courses via Zoom and YouTube. We will be using the latest technology on both ends, with high resolution digital cameras, several microphones, large projector screens and hi-fi sound system. We will also have several back ups to ensure it all works smoothly.

Will the Audience be able to interact with the Teachers?

Absolutely! Each teacher will have slightly different approach to interacting with you, and it will also depend on the topic (certain Masterclasses are more targeted to audience interaction), but each one of them will answer your questions, ask you questions, potentially give you exercises to do during the masterclass and check that you are doing it correctly.

Will the audience be dancing?

Some of the masterclasses call for dancing exercises and the locations we have chosen both have a dancing space (wooden floors).

Do I need a partner?

There is partner work and exercises involved (especially in Masterclass 1 to 4), it will be easier if you secure a partner but it is NOT needed. Send us a message if you are looking ;-) and we will help as we can.

Where can I find some examples of what the Teachers are like? 

All over the world! If you want a sense of what they can do online check some of the videos (left). Remember the Moonlight Tango Masterclass Series has been developed as a coherent set of workshops to cover a wide but specifically tailored curriculum on Musicality from the perspective of dancers, teachers, DJ and musicians (i.e. it's not just a YouTube video). More importantly, you will be able to interact with the Teachers and carry on live exercises with their supervision. 

SUNDAY FULL DAY SCHEDULE!

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Prepare for a long weekend of Tango

 
 

MILONGA - C'EST BON

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Come practice your musicality skills at our C'est Bon Milonga on Sunday!

Ready to practice your tango and newly acquired Musicality skills on the dance floor? 

Our signature C'est Bon Milonga will be held on Sunday 31st of October. We will play a mix of tunes focusing more on famous classics and modern tango bands. Masterclasses will be held at C'est Bon Bistro through the day on Sunday and Head Chef Andy Ashby will be preparing a tango inspired menu for dinner. The Head Sommelier Charles-William Gossart will be ready with the wine degustation you so much love. Stay tuned for more details on the menu options. Tickets for the Milonga, dining and wine tasting will be sold separately from Masterclass. Remember that the venue has limited capacity and the Milonga tends to be sold out very quickly!

We will be posting more details about the music on our Blog

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Q&A Session

Have you ever dreamed about having a conversation wit your favourite international dancers and teachers? 

At the end this weekend of masterclasses we have organised a special Q&A session. During this 1.5h session, you will be able to directly ask your teachers questions about the musicality masterclasses that you have experienced. The teachers will also take this opportunity to discuss how the topics they covered are intertwined and contribute to the narrative of the curriculum. 

What are the new trends in Tango orquesta music around the world? 

Ask directly to our amigos musicos who will be joining in to give us the latest on contemporary tango and more... 

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