Tango for Musicians at Reed College

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Tango for Musicians at Reed College

Providing the tools needed to play, arrange, compose, and teach tango music. 

Portland, Ore (January 25, 2018)—Now in its sixth year, Tango for Musicians at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, has become North America’s leading tango workshop for musicians. In partnership with Argentina’s Tango Sin Fin, Tango for Musicians At Reed College provides the tools needed to play, arrange, compose, improvise, and teach this rich and diverse musical form. Emphasizing technique and creativity, history and contemporaneous trends, Tango for Musicians at Reed College is dedicated to opening the mysteries of tango music for players of any instrument in a warm, supportive, and professional environment.

The workshop takes place June 17–24, 2018 on Reed College’s lush urban campus in the heart of Portland, Oregon. The registration deadline is June 1, with early registration discounts ending April 30. The financial-aid deadline is February 15.

Tango for Musicians at Reed College is open to all musicians who are interested in playing, arranging, composing, and teaching tango music. Previous experience with tango is not necessary. Enrollment is limited to 100 participants, and places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

“Introducing students to or helping them deepen their knowledge of this art form is such a rewarding experience for the artistic faculty,” says founding director and Reed College Professor of Music Morgan Luker. “Whether students are new to the genre or have been playing for years, our amazing faculty will help them learn, explore, and experiment with tango in deep and meaningful ways.”

The members of this artistic music faculty, many of whom hail from Buenos Aires, rank among the world’s greatest tango players, composers, and bandleaders. They are also passionate teachers and experienced educators, dedicated to transmitting their knowledge of tango to students of any background and level of experience.

Last year’s participants traveled from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Austria, Australia, Italy, and throughout the United States. It is a truly an international gathering, in one of the most popular North American cities.

All students will have the opportunity to share what they have learned in performance, whether as part of public concerts or private student showcases. In addition, the faculty will present a mini-festival of concert performances. Taken together, these concerts will introduce students and the larger public to some of the richness and diversity of tango music in the 21st century.

All instruction and educational materials will be presented in English. 


Tango for Musicians at Reed College Concert & Event Series

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, June 21
Tango Dance Class
7:30 p.m., Student Union
Dance workshop led by Alex Krebs ($15 at the door)

Thursday, June 21
Milonga and Open Mic
9:00 p.m., Student Union
Featuring live music by student ensembles

Friday, June 22
Tango World Premieres & Tango of Today
7:00 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel
Concert featuring work by composition and arrangement students

Saturday, June 23
Portrait of New Argentine Music
7:30 p.m., Kaul Auditorium
Concert featuring original tango compositions and other new Argentine genres
Ticket information will be available on www.reed.edu/tango  by March 1.  

Saturday, June 23
Milonga with Live Music
9:30 p.m., Student Union
Featuring live tango music for dancing            


Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of liberal arts and sciences. Considered one of the most intellectual colleges in the country since its launch in 1911, Reed is dedicated to the intrinsic value of learning and governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity. Reed enrolls nearly 1,400 diverse students from all over the world and has a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Reed ranks fourth in the undergraduate origins of PhDs in the United States and is proud to be featured in “Colleges That Change Lives.” For more information, visit www.reed.edu.

Tango Sin Fin is a nonprofit organization based in Buenos Aires with the aim of promoting the different expressions of Argentine popular music nationwide and around the world. Since its foundation in 2012 its members actively carry out the management, production and promotion of high impact artistic and educational activities, fostering in particular the progress of tango music for generations to come.

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Kevin Myers
Director of Strategic Communications

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