Orchestras and DJs

We welcome some of the top tango ensembles of Australia to the stage including Mendoza Tango Quartet, Orquesta La Luna, Tángalo & for the first time: The Australian Tango Festival Orchestra with full 4 piece Bandoneón section!

The Australian Tango Festival Orchestra – led by Tángalo

The Australian Tango Festival Orchestra – led by Tángalo

Where to see them: Saturday 2pm Mosman Art Gallery Concert, Sunday 1pm Avoca Beach Picture Theatre Concert, Sunday night ‘Rainbow’ Milonga at Marrickville Town Hall.

Ten of Australia’s top tango musicians come together to create an Australian first! Four bandoneons, four strings, double bass, piano and vocals will grace the stage at the festival to create the formidable sound of a full ‘Orquesta típica’. This will be an experience not to be missed. The orchestra will be led by master arranger Owen Salomé, along with director Emily-Rose Sarkova of Sydney based ensemble ‘Tángalo’. Tángalo is the first Australian ensemble to tour and study in Buenos Aires as part of the ‘JUMP’ grant in 2014. They have subsequently toured Australia with Latin Grammy nominated ‘Duo Ramirez Satorre’, as well as collaborating with international musicians Fabian Rodriguez and Nestor Vaz. They have also played to huge crowds across the nation in the Adelaide Festival, National Folk Festival, Made in Argentina Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival, Tango in the Spring and Buenos Aires in the Southern Highlands. Members from Tángalo will be joined by Mendoza Tango Quartet and Orquesta la Luna.

  • Bandoneons: Stephen Cuttriss, Emily-Rose Sarkova (+ vocals), Owen Salomé, Daniel Wallace-Crabbe
  • Violins: Liz Young, Susie Bishop (+ vocals), Naomi Jones
  • Viola: Carl St Jacques
  • Piano: Daniel Rojas-Gonzales
  • Double Bass: Chloe Ann-Williamson
Orquesta La Luna

Orquesta La Luna

Where to see them: Friday night ‘Black and White’ Milonga. Plus see their two members Daniel and Daniel as the Oblivion Duo at Tuesday night festival wind-down at the Camelot Lounge, Marrickville.

Orquesta La Luna is Sydney’s newest tango arrival. Five extraordinary musicians, each with their own performance careers, have committed their talents to delivering uncompromising passionate performances of some of the most loved tango dance repertoire ever conceived. Orquesta La Luna will feature the instrumental and vocal legacy of such icons as D’Arienzo, Tanturi, Pugliese and Troilo. Dancers and listeners alike can expect to be swept to the Golden Era of tango in the streets of Buenos Aires where bittersweet maladies of love and life are entangled with voluptuous artistry. Tango dancers will be pleased to know that the repertoire has been curated to augment your dancing experience.

  • Bandoneón: Daniel Wallace-Crabbe
  • Violin: Maria Lindsay
  • Violin ll: Cleo Ha
  • Piano: Daniel Rojas-Gonzales
  • Double Bass: Annabel Cameron
The Mendoza Tango Quartet

The Mendoza Tango Quartet

Where to see them: Saturday night ‘All that Glitters’ Milonga.

The Mendoza Quartet is fast becoming one of Australia’s favourite tango ensembles. Made up of a fiery group of professional Australian-based musicians passionate about sharing their love of tango music, the Mendoza Tango Quartet seeks to infuse their performances with a spicy, passionate flavour. Mutual lovers of Argentinian music, dance and wine their name, Mendoza, is inspired by the largest wine-producing region in Latin America. Equally at home performing concerts of nuevo tango music as they are playing golden age tango classics for milongueros to dance to, their members are some of the most knowledgeable, virtuosic and exciting tango musicians of Australia.

  • Bandoneón: Stephen Cuttriss
  • Violin: Liz Young
  • Piano: Daniel Rojas-Gonzales
  • Double Bass: Chloe Ann Williamson
  • Voice: Solange Lipcin

Festival DJs

Festival DJs

Sonny Ho – Australia

We open the festival Friday with DJ Sonny at the helm - one of Sydney’s most respected long time social dancers and DJs. A true connoisseur of all the traditions of Tango, and with more than 10 years experience in dancing, listening and researching Tango, DJ Sonny knows what excites and brings the best out of dancers. With emphasis on Golden age music, Sonny’s motto is to keep calm, stay connected and play only good music, creating a strong floor rhythm that effortlessly and harmoniously sweeps dancers along until the end. There will be no rest for the wicked! If not deejaying, what would he like to dance to? Energising D’Arienzo, intense Pugliese and multilayer Troilo.

Utku Küley – Turkey

Apart from Utku’s amazing skills as a maestro dancer at the festival, we are able to enjoy his wonderful DJ talents as well! Utku Küley has been a tango DJ since 2008 and was the first Turkish DJ in Buenos Aires Milongas. He has developed his style with the inspirations of Marcelo Rojas, Mario Orlando, Horacio Godoy and Aydoğan Arkış. He enjoys creating tandas of Juan D’Arienzo, Ricardo Tanturi, Osvaldo Pugliese and Carlos Di Sarli orchestras and his favourite singers are Alberto Podestá, Jorge Maciel, Enrique Campos and Roberto Rufino. Since 2009, he has performed as a dancer at Buenos Aires milongas: Salon Canning, La Viruta, Practica X and Villa Malcolm. In Europe, he has been invited to many prestigious tango events also as a DJ: İstanbul Tango Festival, Tango Magia, Ankara Tango Festival, White Nights Tango Festival, El Tangon Antalya, Verona Tango Festival, Thessaloniki Tango Marathon, Wuppertal Tango Festival, Sabor del Tango and Practica X İstanbul are just a few. Get ready to shine on Saturday night!

Stephan Resch – New Zealand/Germany

Originally from Germany, now based in Auckland, New Zealand, Stephan has been a Tango DJ since 2008. He draws his musical inspiration from several visits to Buenos Aires and regular trips to Europe, where he visits festivals, marathons and milongas. He has DJed at festivals in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Russia. His music choice is rooted in a deep appreciation of Golden Age Tango music as an endless source of inspiration for dancing. As a DJ, he enjoys creating a range of different moods throughout the evening and keeping dancers energised with just the right mix of familiarity and novelty. Many of our Australian tango lovers will remember Stephan’s brilliant DJing and workshops at the Port Macquarie Tango Festivals. Sunday night is going to rock!

Leonel Colque – Australia/Argentina

Leonel is an Argentinean born Tango artist. His passion for tango is remarkable in his teaching, dancing and djing. His first dj performance in Australia was in 2011 at the international tango festival of Sydney. Wellknown in Sydney and Melbourne as a dj, he connects with his audience and makes the dance floor flow beautifully, tanda by tanda. From the more rhythmical tangos, to the sweetness melodic tangos, the quality of each tanda will keep on bringing you to the dance floor. Leonel will bring us into the early hours of the morning at our Sunday night afterparty!