From Buenos Aires, Argentina, violinist Ramiro Gallo is one of today’s most prominent tango composers, bandleaders, and educators. He has played in symphonic and chamber orchestras around the world, including the Orquesta El Arranque as first violinist, arranger, and music director.
In 2000, he created the Ramiro Gallo Quinteto, which has recorded five albums of original music and performed in major venues across Europe, Asia, and South America. In 2008, he founded Ramiro Gallo Y La Orquesta Arquetípica, a large ensemble that plays his original compositions. The orchestra made its debut at the 10th Buenos Aires Tango Festival and released its first album, Arte Popular, in 2009. Along with Ernesto Méndez and Andrés Pilar, Gallo has been a member of the Trío Gallo-Méndez-Pilar since 2010.
A composer of chamber and symphonic works, Gallo is also a dedicated teacher of tango violin, arrangement, and composition. He is the author of The Violin in the Tango, a bilingual instrumental method book for tango violin players in the Método de Tango series by Ricordi House in Germany.
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Argentine-born Pablo Aslan is in demand for his skills as a producer, bassist, and educator, and for his knowledge of traditional and contemporary tango. His most recent album is Piazzolla in Brooklyn (Soundbrush Records 2011), a tribute to the late Nuevo Tango master. Tango Grill (Zoho Music 2010) was nominated for a 2010 Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album and a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Aslan recorded Tango Jazz: Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center (Paquito Records 2010) with Cuban maestro Paquito D'Rivera and toured Europe the following year. He was music director of D'Rivera's Tango Jazz Septet.
Aslan has performed and recorded with Yo-Yo Ma, Shakira, Lalo Schifrin, Joe Lovano, Gary Burton, Denyce Graves, Osvaldo Golijov, Pablo Ziegler, the New World Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness among many others. He has produced over a dozen albums for the Soundbrush label, including the 2007 Latin Grammy Winner Te Amo Tango by Uruguayan bandoneonist Raul Jaurena.
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Octavio Brunetti, one of the most sought after tango pianists of our time, studied classical piano in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina. His work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including two first prizes in the New York International Tango Competition for Best Solo Pianist and Best Duo (with saxophone player Bernardo Monk). His recordings include “Soledad” by Astor Piazzolla, with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma (appearing on the album Appassionato on Sony BMG-Classical), and the Grammy Award–winning album Te amo Tango with Raul Jaurena. Brunetti participated in the recording of the original soundtrack music for Francis Ford Coppola’s film Tetro (Deutsche Grammophon), with a score composed by Osvaldo Golijov.
From Buenos Aires, Argentina, flutist and composer Paulina Fain is one of the most prominent tango pedagogues in the world. She is the director of the Método de Tango series published by Ricordi House, a unique series of bilingual instrumental method books. She is the author of The Flute in Tango volume in that series, which presents her unique method for applying tango phrasing and articulation to the flute and other wind instruments, opening new avenues for those instruments in tango. Fain has presented concerts and master classes throughout the world, and directs the Buenos Aires-based nonprofit arts organization Tango Sin Fin, which promotes Argentine music and music education locally and internationally. As a performer, she has toured widely with pianist Exequiel Mantega as the Fain-Mantega Duo, a group that explores the limits of the genre and has established a new role and sound for the flute in tango.
Bandoneonist Julian Hasse was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1967. After attending Musicians Institute of Technology in Los Angeles and Berklee Summer School, he developed a career as a bandoneón and guitar player, arranger, and orchestra conductor in Argentina. Since 1996 he has published several bandoneón and tango arranging methods. He was the founder and director of Orquesta de la Academia Nacional del Tango and has taught bandoneón for more than 12 years. An author and arranger, he is also director of Tangoscores.com, the largest online store for tango musicians. He is currently living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Morgan Luker is an assistant professor of music at Reed College and director of the Reed Tango Music Institute. An ethnomusicologist, he holds a PhD from Columbia University. His research focuses on contemporary tango music in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is currently finishing a book manuscript on how contemporary tango music is used as a resource for social and economic development in Argentina, drawing upon his extensive fieldwork with tango musicians, music industry figures, and cultural policymakers in Buenos Aires. His work on these topics has appeared in numerous academic journals. He has also presented his work at conferences throughout the US, Latin America, and Europe. At Reed, Morgan teaches on a wide variety of topics in world music and culture. An accomplished saxophonist, Morgan's initial interest in tango was sparked by playing the music of Astor Piazzolla with the ensemble LibreTango while attending the School of Music and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Adam Tully’s skills as a guitarist, arranger, and composer are equaled by his experience and credentials in the world of Latin American music. After studying in Buenos Aires with the great tango guitarist Anibal Arias, Tully took an active role in tango, playing in New York with Octavio Brunetti, Daniel Binelli, Raul Jaurena, Tito Castro, and Pablo Pereyra. His trio, Importango, has hosted a weekly event, "Tango Thursdays," in Brooklyn since 2009. Their debut album will be released in 2014. Tully has performed at Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Kaufman Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Centro Cultural San Martín (Buenos Aires) and has appeared on many recordings, jingles, and film scores. He holds a master of music degree from Mannes College The New School for Music, an Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase, and a bachelor of arts degree from New York University.