Tango for Musicians at Reed College

Artistic Faculty 2017

Our composition faculty are two of the most prominent musicians in the new generation of Argentinian music composers. With deep knowledge of its tradition but committed to the development of a personal style and the assimilation of new techniques and aestethics, both instructors will work with the participants of Tango for Composers throughout the week on both the technical and creative aspects of writing new music.

Diego Schissi

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A pianist, composer, and arranger, Diego Schissi has developed one of the most unique compositional voices active in contemporary tango. He is the director of the Diego Schissi Quinteto, a key group in the Buenos Aires tango scene. The Quinteto has produced three critically acclaimed albums, all of which feature Schissi’s original compositions: Tren (2006), Tongos (2010, distributed in the US on Sunnyside Records) and Tipas y Tipos (2012). Tongos received special mention at the Argentine National Music Awards and Tipas y Tipos won the Premio Gardel, the Argentine equivalent of a Grammy award, in the category “Best Alternative Tango Album.” Along with work for his quintet, Schissi also writes extensively for chamber music ensembles and produces soundtracks for film, theater, and television.

Exequiel Mantega

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A prolific composer and arranger, pianist Exequiel Mantega has published more than 70 works, including an original edition of Astor Piazzolla’s six tango etudes newly arranged for two flutes (available worldwide via the French publishing house Henry Lemoine). He has contributed to more than 12 recordings, including three albums with the Duo Fain-Mantega, and participated in more than 100 concerts and seminars about tango music in Europe and the United States, where his compositions and arrangements are performed by a wide variety of ensembles. Mantega founded and has directed the Young Composers Orchestra since 2012. Emerging from a workshop he directed on tango orchestration, the ensemble exclusively performs original compositions and arrangements produced by members of the group. Alongside Paulina Fain, he is co-founder of the Buenos Aires-based nonprofit arts organization Tango Sin Fin, which promotes Argentine music and music education locally and internationally.

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