London Tango Festival – 14th-16th July 2023 – With Ariel Pirotti and Bandoneon player Damian Foretic -Workshops

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Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT) , SOAS University of London 10 Thornhaugh Street London WC1H 0XG

London Tango Music Festival, an annual celebration of Argentine Tango music and dance that showcases the rich cultural heritage and contemporary evolution of this captivating art form. This three-day event, running from July 14th to 16th, promises to be a leading tango educational and performance experience, held at the prestigious SOAS (University of London).Our esteemed faculty includes accomplished tango performers from Argentina, the UK and continental Europe and a select group from the Academy. Together they will provide engaging workshops and sessions for tango musicians and novices alike, creating a vibrant learning environment for all participants.

Day 1 “Before Piazzolla” – Experience the pre-Piazzolla era of tango at our festival’s opening day. Grammy- nominated composer Ariel Pirotti and Bandoneon player Damian Foretic will showcase diverse tango styles.Join the London Tango Orchestra for an elegant evening at Tango Amistoso! Learn to dance and immerse yourself in the enchanting tango party. Secure your tickets now for this unforgettable festival.

Day 2 “Astor Piazzolla”- Embark on a captivating journey into the intriguing story of Argentina’s rejection of Piazzolla. Discover the transformative evolution of this musical genius, his unique language, and the untold truth behind his tumultuous relationship with his homeland. Delve into the secrets of Piazzolla’s artistry and learn how modern musicians can master his style, bringing them closer to the essence of this legendary figure.

Day 3 “Post Piazzolla”- Unveiling the Future of Tango: Join us on the festival’s final day as we introduce leading contemporary tango musicians and discuss the path ahead for this cherished genre. This day also includes an opportunity for accordionists to bring their accordions along and improve the way they interpret tango in a bandoneonistic style.