July 25–28, 2013
(last weekend in July)
Featured Tango Singer
Ariel Ardit, often referred to as El Cantor de Buenos Aires (The Singer of Buenos Aires), possesses one the most beautiful voices that evokes the golden age of tango.
Ardit launched his career singing with the Orquesta El Arranque, a kind of younger-generation super-group that has produced several artists now making their way, like Ardit, as soloists. Following his work with this larger ensemble, Ardit has put together a smaller group of two guitar accompanists, an instrumentation that obviously keeps him and his voice front and center. This kind of singer-plus-guitarists set up is typical of sung tango going back to Carlos Gardel (1880-1935), who sang with up to four guitarists backing him up. Comparisons between Ardit and Gardel don’t end there. Like Gardel, Ardit is incredibly charming and polished, with a infectious smile and a personality that makes him feel larger than life, his personality filling the room from wall to wall. At the end of the day, however, it is about the voice and the music, and Ardit warrants comparisons to Gardel in those departments too.
Ardit says that his singing style has been defined by his admiration of the 1940s orchestras, those orchestras that he could only come close to through the CDs and books. Infinite times, when he was listening to Troilo or Di Sarli, he was closing his eyes and imagining himself singing instead of Fiorentino or Marino, until one day he has decided to create his dream orchestra to be able to live what he had been imagining for so long.
In the end of 2012 Ariel Ardit has been awarded the Golden Condor, the highest festival prize, for his performance at the Tango Festival of Justo Darat. Ardit makes the typical tango stories of the old barrio and lost loves not only believable but really compelling. That is a talent and a sound that is truly special, and needs to be heard.
Tango Element is absolutely thrilled and honored to present the genius of Ariel Ardit’s Tango voice in the US for the first time at Tango Element Baltimore 2013!
Mariano "Chicho" FRUMBOLI & Juana SEPULVEDA
Mariano Frumboli, also known as Chicho, has undoubtedly played the main role in the creative evolution of tango in the last 10 years. He is renowned worldwide as one of the founders and initiators of Tango Nuevo. He is famous for his personality, musicality and creativity. A true representative of the "New Generation," Chicho brings all his talent and freshness to the dance. He teaches with love and talent, combined with a profound understanding of the dance. His classes are a must for those just approaching the Nuevo Tango style, as well as for experienced dancers. Chicho's work has been one of the biggest gifts that an artist could have given to any art form: the continuous questioning, the research, the quest for originality, and full-hearted creativity.
Chicho began playing drums at 14 years old, and studied theater for 8 years before discovering the tango. He has studied and worked closely with Gustavo Naviera and Fabian Salas. His dancing is characterized above all by musicality and improvisation. In a unique way, he expresses the essence of the music in his dancing. In his teaching, he emphasizes being conscious of the body's movement. Chicho's theatrical background influenced tango dance by adding aesthetics and forms never used before in tango, which at that time went directly against the established rules of social tango but that today are used among professionals and amateurs all around the world.
Juana Sepulveda, is one of the youngest-born stars in the tango sky, she spans the entire range of expression from an innovative subtlety to a stunning manifestation of power in every movement, always matched by her unswerving musicality and pure sensuality.
Roberto HERRERA& Ivana SMOLJANOVICH
Considered one the best Tango dancers of all-time, Roberto Herrera is a man of charisma, mystery, and sensuality who possesses incomparable technique. His teaching is recognized world-wide for its tradition, innovation and experimentation. During his prolific career as a teacher, choreographer, and dancer, he has taught and danced on stages around the world: Italy, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Finland, Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, Germany, Poland, the USA, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Bali, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. A remarkable achievement worth mentioning is Roberto Herrera’s work as the principal male dancer of the Gran Orquesta of Maestro Osvaldo Pugliese. Herrera carries that kind of tango tradition you won’t be able to find elsewhere.
Career highlights include founding one of the most recognized academies of Tango in Buenos Aires and Academy 2010, based in Parma, Italy. Roberto was once principal dancer of the Argentinian National Ballet directed by Santiago Ayala «El Chucaro» and Norma Viola. In 1986 he was the principal male dancer in the film «Tango Bar». He was part of the cast of «Tango Argentino» in 1992 and 2006 in Buenos Aires, and on Broadway in 2000. From 1993 to 1995 he was principal male dancer of «Tango Pasion» with the Orchestra Sexteto Mayor. In 1995 he created, directed and interpreted «Tango, Una Historia,» which he performed until 2001 in the historic tango bar «El Querandi» in Buenos Aires. During 2006 — 2007 he took part in the widely-acclaimed show «Buenos Aires Tango 3» in Paris and Brussels with the orchestras El Arranque, Vale Tango and Decarisimo. The same show was then successfully performed at the Auditorium in Rome, and then, together with Orquesta El Arranque, in Brescia and Hong Kong, where it sold out at the prestigious Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Noelia HURTADO & Carlitos ESPINOZA
Noelia and Carlos today are, perhaps, one the most famous and favorite couples among tangueros all over the world!
They have an unmistakable style that combines both the tradition of classical style tango salon, with their breathtaking beauty of close embrace! Their dynamics and musicality, the transfer of the music into the movements of the body, turn their dance into an extremely sensual experience. As experienced teachers they challenge the student's interior landscape, and the process of conceptualizing while you lead or follow.
Noelia made an intense investigation with important maestros acquiring the style and forms of tango as a popular dance, as well as the new tendencies, thus merging the traditional essence with modern tango trying to combine the attributes of traditional tango with new elements and techniques of contemporary tango. She learned not only from the best representatives of the modern history of tango, but also from the famous old milongueros.
Carlitos Espinoza has been dancing for the last eighteen years in Argentina and Chile and has instructed at over hundred festivals in Europe and South-America. His personal dance style is characterized by a rare combination of extreme dynamism, profound musicality, energy, precision, and a very grounded and elegant walk. Always a fan of the close embrace, he defines his dance as a mix between tradition and evolution, complementing today’s dynamic in tango with its roots in the traditional milonguero style.
Melina Brufman is a tango dancer, instructor and choreographer. Her professional career took her to the most famous tango shows in the world: she performed at the Schubert Theater on Broadway, Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, Jackie Gleason in Miami, Sistina in Rome, Casino de Paris, El Nacional, Maipo, and Avenida in Buenos Aires, just to mention a few.
Her roles in the great tango musicals, such as Tanguera or Forever Tango gave her the opportunity to try very distinct styles, which has greatly enriched versatility of her interpretation.
Melina has taught at multiple festivals all over the world, including Oster Tango in Basel, Berlin Tango Festival, Chicago Tango Week, SMITH Tango Festival, Nora’s Tango Week, NJ Tango Festival, CITA Cosmotango, Misterio Tango Festival, among others. She is also a jury member and an instructor at the renowned Tango Mundial Championship in Buenos Aires. As a teacher, she focuses on technique and body mechanics that open your body up for dancing. She has been praised for her famous follower’s technique programs, which she will also present in Baltimore this summer in partnership with Corina Herrera.
Corina Herrera is a well-known tango dancer and teacher who has taught and performed at festivals all over the world. She taught and performed in the most famous milongas of Buenos Aires with such top-level dancers as Horacio Godoy, Federico Naveira, Ezequiel Farfaro, Pablo Rodriguez, Octavio Fernandez, Rodrigo Palacios, and others.
In her teaching, Corina’s focuses on her students discovering the different sensations that exist in the world of tango dancing, and showing them the techniques that generate those sensations, hence, helping them to gain the freedom of choosing the way they dance and understanding the differences.
Corina began to teach at 14 assisting Julio Balmaceda and Omar Vega. Since then she worked in many schools in Buenos Aires – Tango Brujo, Argentinean Tango School, Salon Canning, La Nacional, Unitango, La Viruta, teaching group lessons and special seminars, at El Yaite, El Motivo, and traveled around her country to teach in other provinces.
Currently Corina teaches on a regular basis at La Viruta with Horacio Godoy and at the Milonga La Discepolo with Pablo Rodriguez.
Alex's clarity, humor, patience, and approachability in his classes has made him one of the most in-demand teachers in the US. He has taught, performed, DJed and played bandoneon in 12 countries and over 90 cities over the past 14 years. Alex has a degree in music and physics which gives him the ability to clearly break down ideas/movements and gives him a unique perspective into the elements of tango music. Alex currently runs the popular all-tango studio "Tango Berretin" in Portland, OR where he also directs his tango quartet.
Alex primarily teaches for the social dance floor, emphasizing the improvisatory side of the dance through strong communication between the lead and follow, and on musicality. He feels it's important to give his students the vocabulary necessary to find their own unique expression of body movement to dance the Tango.
He has partnered with exceptional follows such as Luciana Valle and Florencia Taccetti, and has performed in the tango show "Tango Nights," at the Alladin Theater, "Danza Tropical" at the Teatro Milagro, has collaborated with the Oregon Ballet Theater and wrote and directed the tango show "Tango al Tiempo" at the Miracle Theater.
The ALEX KREBS SEXTET
The Alex Krebs Sextet is devoted to composing and arranging original Argentine tangos for dancing. The group follows in the vein of the great orchestras of the Golden Age while at the same time searching for a way forward.
For this festival the group will consist of:
Alex Krebs - bandoneon
Pedro Giraudo - bass
Mauricio Najt - piano
Erin Furbee - violin
Lisbeth Dreier - violin
Moshe Shulman - bandoneon
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