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MTWF23 | Saturday Gala Milonga | Music Surprise!

Updated: May 9, 2023

Tango Bardo is coming from Argentina to perform during the Moonlight Tango Winter Festival 2023. They will play their original tango music during several events between the inaugural concert at the University of Queensland on July 23rd and the end of the festival on July 30th. On Saturday 29th of July, Tango Bardo will be performing their unique music style during the Gala Milonga at Brisbane City Hall.

Tango Bardo is one of the top Tango Orquestas in the world and we believe the entire community will benefit from their influence. That is why, we have decided to ask local musicians at different levels of their tango journey to join the concert and play a few songs with Tango Bardo. Check below for a profile of each artist who will be performing together with Tango Bardo on the night of Saturday July 29th for a few expectational tango songs.

Tango Bardo

Tango Bardo is a "Cuarteto Tipico Tanguero", formed in 2013, in the style of Juan Darienzo with their debut at La Viruta in Buenos Aires. They rapidly became a sensation around the world with shows in Turkey, China, Thailand, Singapore, France, Japan, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Spain. The band is composed by: Lucas Furno {Violin} | Juan Miguens {Double bass} | Santiago Polimeni {Bandoneón} | Lorena Donvito {Piano} | Roberto Minondi {Singer}. They would say they play more connected with the "roots of tango", far from the academic vision of music. For these musicians it is paramount to create a true connection with the dancers. Dancers can experience the “mugre” and “yeites” of each instrument and the connection between them. Their repertorio can vary from tangos popular in the 20s to tango nuevos and can span from styles like Pugliese, Piazzolla, Troilo, Di Sarli o Tanturi.

On Saturday 29th, you will be able to admire an 11 piece orchestra playing tango at the Brisbane City Hall!

Stephen Cuttriss {Bandoneon}

Stephen is one of Australia’s leading exponents of the mystifying and obtuse instrument, the bandoneón. Beginning its life in 19th century Germany, the bandoneón quickly became the quintessential instrument of Argentinian tango. However, its versatility is unmatched. Stephen brings to life the many moods and voices of the bandoneón - from traditional tango to Bach and beyond. And of course, the formidable music of Ástor Piazzolla! As a soloist, Stephen has performed and recorded with some of Australia’s most sensational classical music figures including the Nexas Quartet and pianist-composer Daniel Rojas. As co-founder and director, Stephen also performers regularly throughout Australia with the Mendoza Tango Quartet and the Melbourne Tango Orchestra. He has performed at numerous festivals across the country including the Orange Chamber Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, Lorne Festival of Performing Arts, MONA FOMA, Cygnet Folk Festival, Australasian World Music Expo, Queensland Music Festival and the Brisbane Festival.

Jose Arganaras {Bandoneon}

José was born in Tucumán, Argentina, and began his journey with music at the early age of 3, playing bombo (drums) in Argentinean folklore, and playing guitar since he was 5. In 2014 he founded the Sexteto Austral, a milongero style Tango orchestra, where he conducted, wrote arrangements and played guitar. In 2016 he also joined Cuarteto Atipico El Catango playing guitarron (a baritone guitar), that offered complex arrangements of tango for listeners. He started playing bandoneon on 2017, and in 2019 he moved to Melbourne - Australia, where he joined the Melbourne Tango Orchestra and has played with them ever since.

Lachlan Morrissey {Bandoneon}

Lachlan is a bandoneon player, piano player and composer. He founded the Brisbane based tango band "La Vuelta" and has played with several local bands including "Cien o Mas" a tango quartet performing at the Jazz Club.

Liz Young {Violin}

Liz Young studied violin under the tutelage of Spiros Rantos and Patricia Pollett at the University of Queensland (2004-2007) where she won the prestigious Sleath String Performance Prize (2007). She began dancing tango in 2010 and has continued to fall more in love with both tango dance and music as the years have gone by. This has led her to further tango music study at Tango for Musicians at Reed College in Portland (OR), USA (2018) where she had lessons with Ramiro Gallo as well as lessons with Soledad Grigera from La Academia Tango Club when visiting Australia. Liz has been a member of Mendoza Tango Quartet since 2016 and more recently Diez Cuerdas and Cien O Mas. She loves playing Golden Age tango dance music and regularly plays for dancers at milongas and events around Brisbane and Australia.

Rebecca Karlen {Violin}

Rebecca Karlen graduated with a Master of Music Research from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Rebecca is an active freelance musician, working in diverse musical contexts as both a violinist and a singer. She is particularly active with her own band Estampa, touring in 2021, and releasing a second album with this band in 2021. Amongst her international experience, she has also travelled as part of a grant she won (PCCa grant) to study with violinists Pablo Agri, Leo Ferreyra and tango singer Maria Eliato in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2016.

Her wide-ranging work as a freelance musician includes working with the QLD Pops Orchestra, Topology, Kooralbyn, Mirusia, the Australian Session Orchestra, and for several different performers agencies, such as Bentley’s Agency, Angelstrings and the Queensland Performers Agency. This includes performances at QPAC, the Brisbane Jazz Festival, Woodford Festival, Le Festival, the Empire Theatre, the Brolga Theatre, Suncorp Stadium, the Tanks Art Centre and the Cairns Entertainment Centre

Eddie Gazani {Guitar}

Eddie Gazani, is a Brazilian-born composer, singer, guitarist and writer. After a long passion for tango, he has become an active cultural actor and promoter of this beautiful music style.

Bringing something new and exciting to the tradition while maintaining all the sophistication and beauty of tango.


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