NTW 2018 DJs
DJ RENE QUEBEC
(Welcome Milonga 6/29)
This is Rene's third year DJing at NTW. He has been a dancer of Tango for 11 years, and has been actively DJing since 2012. Rene has DJed at various venues in the Bay Area, as well as Sacramento and Chico.
Sabah got addicted to Tango in the late nineties. It started with dancing and now it includes being a DJ. Tango music occupies his thoughts and energizes his spirit and he is in constant search for good music. Although he tries to vary the music he plays, He is heavily influenced by the style of dance in Buenos Aires as well as the music played at the milongas there so feel free to call him old fashioned he said. He lives for Golden age music. The emotional impact of the music is what he looks for in addition to the musicality.
As an avid dancer himself, Varo has a deep appreciation for tango music as a crucial part of the overall milonga experience for each dancer.
As a DJ, Varo strives to create a musical atmosphere that inspires dancers and connects with them on the emotional level. While DJ-ing, he is always connected to the dancers-either by observing the energy and the interactions of the dancefloor, or dancing in the middle of it.
In addition to selecting good tango songs, Varo pays detailed attention to the structure of the playlist. He comprises the tandas and the relationship of tandas to each other in a way to establish a harmonious flow of the energy, and to develop emotional-energetic contrasts with a tasteful climax and rise that resonate within each dancer.
Varo regularly DJ’s at milongas in Los Angeles and Southern Calfornia. He has DJ’d along with Otros Aires and Narcotango.
He is also invited to DJ tango at festivals all over the US.
DJ GEORGES NAASAN
Georges Naasan has been dancing tango since 2002. His journey debuted in Lebanon, at a time where there was no tango community or milongas to attend. He took classes with traveling teachers and taught what he learned at the American University of Beirut. Along with a few friends, he founded the first milonga in Beirut and ran it for a few years before he moved to the United States in 2007. He continued to develop his tango skills with various teachers that travelled to Cleveland and later to the Bay Area. In the summer of 2014, he was the recipient of the gold medal in Argentine Tango at the Gay Games. He started DJing in 2015, and quickly became one of the bay area’s prominent local DJs. He has travelled for DJing in various US cities including San Diego, LA, and New York. In 2016, he was invited to DJ at the Beirut Tango Marathon. In 2017, he DJed at the Portland Tango festival and in 2018 at the Tucson Tango Festival. Georges has learned much of his tango dancing and DJing skills from various mentors that he met along his journey and to whom he is ever grateful.
DJ FELIPE MARTINEZ
Felipe Martinez is a full time professional tango teacher based in San Francisco. Besides teaching and touring around, he is an accomplished DJ with years of experience working at milongas and festivals.
He has played music at most important festivals in the US like Portland, San Francisco, Baltimore, Denver, Washington DC, Atlanta, Houston, Fort Bragg, Austin, Houston as well as in many other communities like Providence, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal. He DJs regularly in the Bay Area at The Beat (practica) and El Valenciano (traditional milonga) and has also played music in Europe (Spain, Germany, Istanbul) and Buenos Aires, where he was invited to play music at El Beso and Villa Malcolm Club in several occasions. He was also invited to DJ in Asia at the Seoul Tango Festival (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), the Bali Tango Festival and the Taipei Tango Festival, as well as in Tainan, Taichung and Tokyo. Felipe's musical selection is based on the classics that ensure a great atmosphere for dancing.
DJ VINCENT WONG
From collecting vintage audio for critical listening in a wide variety of music, Vincent found his passion for Tango in Los Angeles 2007. As an active Tango dancer himself, he used music to paint a picture in every milonga he DJed. Vincent DJs tango festivals since 2012 from coast to coast in the USA included Los Angeles, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, Tucson AZ, Portland, Ashland OR, Albuquerque NM, Seattle WA, Denver CO, Chicago IL, Providence RI, Tampa FL, Las Vegas, NV, and more coming.....