5 AMAZING DJs & LIVE MUSIC
Friday Evening Milonga with LOS PEORES del TANGO, a fantastic Quartet from NYC
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Saturday Night night is TÍPICA MESSIEZ, an amazing Orquesta Tipica of 8-10 musicians
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This is an amazing group of DJs with extensive experience and knowledge and FUN attitude to top it off.
Here we list them below in order of appearance on the schedule.
Amanda DiGarli, Robin Thomas, Adam Hoopengardner, Ilene Marder and Steven Thull
As a social dancer for the past decade who follows, leads, and travels frequently across the country and abroad, Amanda is constantly exposed to the diversity of tango which makes her DJing style unique. She prepares by thinking about who is attending and what moods have already been created throughout to tailor her musical selections for that specific crowd at that specific time. She is incredibly selective in choosing alternative songs that have sufficient richness with multiple layers to keep dancers engaged. As for night milongas, which brings a different set of challenges than a day milonga, Amanda‘s main goal is to promote a friendly, relaxed setting with lots of great hits and cortinas. She uses songs that range from fast, intense, and heavy to sweet, playful, and nostalgic to sustain the energy throughout the night. Her number one rule for djing: don’t play music people want to hear, play music they have no choice but to get up and dance to!
When Robin came back from his first trip to Buenos Aires 22 years ago, he realized that if he wanted to continue to dance tango every night, he would have to find a way to attend milongas for free. At the time, the concept of a tango DJ didn’t exist. Organizer’s would put on a CD, and often it would repeat to span the length of the milonga. Robin wanted to play music as he had heard it in Buenos Aires: in tandas of tango, vals, and milonga with cortinas in between. He began to DJ doing exactly that, despite being told not to play cortinas as people would dance to them. Initially some people did dance to the cortinas, but Robin persisted until this format became the standard. Over the next 10 years, he was invited to DJ in D.C., L.A., Denver, Portland, Miami, and some of the biggest festivals in North America, as well as, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Berlin, Seoul, Shanghai and Buenos Aires. Currently Robin co organizes Gallo Ciego and a Tuesday practica in NYC.
Adam has been playing tango music professionally for 17 years.
He is based in New York City where he runs a weekly and monthly event that he frequently DJ's. He also DJ’s in the local milonga’s in New York City.
He has DJ'd at some of the biggest events in the United States including The Cleveland Tango Marathon, Philadelphia Tango Festival, Ann Arbor Fire and Ice, Denver Memorial Day Weekend Festival, Puerto Rico Tango Marathon, Valentango, NYC East Coast Marathon, Providence New Years, Montreal Neo Festival, and many more.
Adam believes the DJ provides the personality of the evening and that it is the DJ's job to inspire the people to dance as well as feel relaxed and comfortable with their peers throughout the evening.
He is known for creating a party atmosphere with his dynamic choice of tandas and cortinas.
Adam believes a DJ should be noticed but not the star of the event.
"La Rubia Del Norte'', one of New York City's most popular Argentine Tango DJs, has been DJing for 17 years, known for her beautiful tandas and ability to read and energize a crowd, keeping floors packed with satisfied dancers.
She has been guest DJ several times in the iconic tango salons of Buenos Aires, including Salon Canning, Porteño y Bailarin, and Festival Estilo Parque Patricios. She regularly plays NYC's top milongas - La Nacional, Astoria Tango Club, Milonga Rosa, The Tango Factory, All Night Milonga, and multiple NYC Tango Championships/Festivals, with outings to Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Tampa, Sarasota, a.o.
She began DJing after she founded Woodstock Tango, which for 14 years offered classes, milongas, concerts, and special events with top notch visiting artists.
She also presents Meet the Music sessions to better acquaint dancers with the key orchestras of Tango.
Steven Thull is a tango dancer, DJ, and photographer. He lives in Rochester, NY, where he has been organizing milongas and teaching classes since 2017. As a tango photographer, he is known for capturing the special moments that happen on the dancefloor. As a DJ, his focus is to provide the right music to create those moments. Steven approaches every milonga with an attentive eye on the ronda, a keen ear for the music, a large collection of quality recordings, and a passion to put it all together for the dancers.