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Location: Outside on the Plaza Stage
Join us on the Plaza for a romantic evening of Argentine Tango featuring live music with Maestros Raul Jaurena on bandoneon, Sergio Reyes on violin and Guillermo Vaisman on piano. Argentine Tango is a gorgeous style of dancing born in the slums of Buenos Aires that has evolved into a sophisticated and passionate art form. Arrive early, at 6PM, for a free beginner Tango lesson with friendly, experienced instructors. (No partner or dance experience necessary!) Enjoy a dance show featuring Jose Delgadillo and Helen Wang and listen to DJ Richard Ariza during the live music breaks. Whether you choose to dance or just listen and watch, there’s plenty of space for everyone on Waterside’s huge open air Plaza, with seating and a cash bar (for those 21+).
About the Musicians:
Raúl Jaurena, master of the Tango, is among today’s most prominent bandoneon players. His music plays a very personal tribute to the influences of his native South America and his adopted hometown of New York. It combines the traditional roots of the Tango and the style of the “Tango Nuevo” influenced by Astor Piazzolla.
The bandoneon has influenced Jaurena’s life right from the cradle. He was raised in Uruguay and his father taught him how to play the bandoneon. At the age of eight he was performing in a tango orchestra. A performance with Astor Piazzolla at the Montreal Jazz Festival influences his musical development and the conservation of the musical spirit of Astor Piazzolla becomes his personal vocation: Jaurena’s tango interpretations which are enriched by influences of jazz, his own arrangements and spontaneous improvisations that fascinate a new generation of listeners and dancers.
Jaurena’s accomplishments are many-faceted. His skills as both a composer and a solo artist make him popular both in the USA and in Europe. The ballet suite he composed in 1995 for the Irene Hultman Dance Company was awarded the “Bessie.” During the same year he was invited to the White House and received a Grammy nomination for his CD Tango Bar. In 2007 he won a LATIN GRAMMY for best Tango Album “Te amo Tango.” Jaurena’s music is truly unique. It reflects the influences of different cultures as well as one hundred years of tango history with all its contradicting emotions. Raul Jaurena – the man that Astor Piazolla once called one of the greatest bandoneon players ever – has established a unique connection to his instrument: genuine, open, touching, with stunning technical brilliance his play has enriched and added an important facet to modern tango interpretation.
Sergio Reyes, is one of New York City’s most sought-after Tango violinists. A native of Guatemala City, he studied violin and music composition at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, at the Manhattan School of Music, and at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.
He has been part of Forever Tango, on Broadway, and has played at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and other cultural landmarks with New York’s most prominent Argentine and Uruguayan musicians, such as bandoneonists Héctor Del Curto, Daniel Binelli, Tito Castro, and Raúl Jaurena; pianists Octavio Brunetti, Pablo Ziegler, Gustavo Casenave, Fernando Otero, and Emilio Teubal; bass players Pedro Giraudo and Pablo Aslán. Reyes has been featured in productions at Pregones Theater, Thalia Spanish Theater, and Tango House. He worked for many years as a performer and consultant for Horizon Concerts, a non-profit organization directed by renowned pianists Clive Lythgoe and David Rosenmeyer, which sponsored free classical music concerts for schools, hospitals, and shelters for the homeless.
As a music composer,Reyes has written original music for La Mamma Theater’s production of ‘Luz’, a play by acclaimed playwright Catherine Filloux. He has also collaborated with dancer/choreographer Javier Dzul, of Dzuldance.
Reyes is also a dedicated photographer, who enjoys photo documenting –amongst many aspects of New York City’s rich cultural life– outdoor and indoor Tango venues throughout the city.
Guillermo Vaisman, Choral conductor, accordionist, pianist.
Born in the Argentinian province of Entre Rios, Vaisman studied the accordion from an early age. He pursued his musical education as an instrumentalist (accordion, guitar and piano) in Buenos Aires, at the “Julián Aguirre” Conservatory of Music and the “Juan José Castro” Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, and continued his studies at the School of Arts and Musical Sciences at the Universidad Católica Argentina. He specialized in the folk music of Argentina and tango. Vaisman has accompanied various singers in Buenos Aires (e.g. Luis Cardei, Jorge Dobalo). In New York, where he lives, he plays tangos throughout the New York area, and is a regular guest at the Summer Tango Festival in Central Park in New York City. His repertoire specializes in tangos from the 30s and 40s, but also features milongas and ‘valsecitos criollos’.
Playing different musical instruments or conducting choirs, Maestro Vaisman has performed on stages in Argentina, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, the United States and Uruguay, over the past 30 years.
At present, he is Director of Music at Sion Lutheran Church in Manhattan and, and Musical Counselor of the Asociación Cappella Buenos Ayres (Argentina). Since 2004, he has been the Music Director of the United Nations Singers.
About the Dancers:
José Delgadillo, was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina where he started dancing Tango in 1994. He has performed in numerous famous shows such as “Rhythm and Passion,” Dancing with the Stars, and Dance Fever, among others.
Helen Wang, was born in China and grew up with training in dancing and performing on the stage.
Jose and Helen met in New York City and have dedicated themselves with passion and intensity to Argentine Tango. In 2013, they were the winner of USA Tango Championship NYC “Stage” Tango. They have trained independently and together with world tango maestros such as Roberto Herrera, Pablo Pugliese, Julio Balmaceda, Corina de la Rosa, Pancho Martinez and Lorena Ermocida, Alejandra Gutty, Guillermina Quiroga. Together, they brought their skills and background in Ballet, Jazz, Salsa, Flamenco, and Folklore into the soulful Argentine Tango.
About the DJ:
Richard Ariza, is host and DJ at Triangulo’s Afternoon Milonga. Richard mixes classic Argentine Tangos with the best of the contemporary orchestras to create a mood that is both modern and traditional.