NTW17 DJ Lineup
Emilio was born in Argentina and was hooked on Tango when he was 7 years old while listening to a neighbor practice the bandoneon every day; especiallythe Tango "Recuerdos". He started dancing tango at 17 by lying at the door of the Milongas that he was 18 so he could get in. He came to USA in 1976 and moved to Los Angeles in 1978, and then to the Bay area in 1989, where he started embracing Tango with real passion. At that moment he found a small group of dedicated people working hard to develop the tango and expanding the work that Jorge and Rosita Ledesma started in San Francisco in 1973, by organizing Milongas, teaching and performing, many times without any rewards, or by loosing money, creating this Tango community that now is one of the most successful in America. He joined Nora's group dancing and performing which opened new markets for Tango. He also was doing DJ work for Nora and later when The Danceasy started, then the Verdi Club, and for several other Milongas in the Bay Area. He was also invited to DJ in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, Washington, Sacramento, New Orleans, and Fort Bragg. Later he was the official DJ for Tango at Sea sailing on several cruises. In the year 2000, the Argentinian Consulate together with Monica and Jorge Visconti, organized a Tango contest between San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The prize was 2 round tickets to Argentina. Emilio and Adriana Diaz won the first prize.
Emilio still DJs for many Milongas always trying to bring happiness and joy to the Tango dancers.
This is Rene' second 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.
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.
Shortly after starting tango, Kenny found himself not only consumed with the dance, but he had also fallen into a deep obsession with the music. Since then, he has spent countless hours not only listening to these golden age classics, but studying them. He focuses not only on orchestra leaders, but also on singers and time periods, listening to the subtle differences of eras, styles, and instrumentals, finding out what makes each orchestra unique and what unifies them, as well as what makes a good dance song and what doesn’t. He uses a very systematic structure and method of organizing his music to ensure a harmonious relationship between songs and tandas through the night, and evenly distributing energy for gentle and thoughtful transitions between tandas.
Through the years Kenny has DJ'd in festivals and venues throughout the US and Mexico, including major festivals in Portland, Tuscon, and St. Louis, various festivals in California, and festivals San Miguel de Allende, La Paz, and Todos Santos, Mexico. He is both thrilled and honored to be DJ'ing for his second time at Nora's Tango Week.
Yuling fell in love with Argentine Tango in 2006. Her love for the dance and the music has taken her travelling around the world. She plays the right tandas and cortinas at the right moment to keep the energy high and dancers inspired all night long, to create a special atmosphere comprised of all the layers of emotions that tango can evoke – energizing the floor with the power, playfulness, passion, romance, and deep melancholy that exists in the music.
She regularly DJs in the SF Bay Area, and guest DJing in various cities and countries in America, Europe and Asia. Festivals and Marathons she's DJing are: Nora’s Tango Week, New Orleans Tango Festival, Istanbul Tango Ritual Festival, Lisbon Tango Festival, Winter Tango Feat Napoli, Taiwan Tango Marathon, and SF Bay Area Tango Festival.
Seth Asarnow y su Sexteto Tipico
Seth Asarnow learned his first tango (A media luz) at age four. Soon after that time, he began piano lessons and established a firm musical foundation. He went on to teach himself other instruments as well, becoming a multi-instrumentalist of the highest caliber. Seth has performed as acoustic bassist behind such well-known jazz artists as pianist Dick Hindman and alto saxophonist Richie Cole. He has toured Japan with his own piano trio and recently co-composed and performed the film score for the movie “Bartleby” (©2002 Outrider Pictures) which features him playing the theremin.
It was in 1987 after seeing the show “Tango Argentino” that he fell in love with the bandoneon. He was determined to find one and learn a few tangos on it. During the last few years he has steeped himself in the tango tradition by extensive listening, study and practice. His repertoire now consists of hundreds of tangos. His influences include Troilo, Federico and of course, Piazzolla, whom he met in 1989. He is entirely self-taught on bandoneon.
A music critic from a Spanish newspaper wrote an article calling him “Pianista Notable” after hearing him play the piano in a tango club. Since that time he has been affectionately called by his friends and admirers.
While pursuing his duo with various Bay Area guitarists, Seth also varies the instrumentation of his group NotableTango to include piano, bass, and violin, as well as working with dancers. He also continues to be a regular featured musician at the annual Nora’s Tango Week, as well as a Bay Area bandoneon teacher and pianist.