Sunday 18 Mar 2018
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STS Festival
2010 DJs
"Tango can be danced in a thousand different ways, but . . . Without the music there is no dance, no tango, no teacher, no student. A true teacher can only transmit the teaching the music has left him."
"Tete" Pedro Rusconi

Pedro Alvarez

Pedro is a highly experienced and popular Tango DJ based in Sydney with a great knowledge and passion for Tango music - particularly that of the Golden Era. Since 2001 he has DJ'd hundreds of Milongas in Sydney and across Australia and New Zealand.

Dance and Tango music have always been an integral part of Pedro's life since his childhood growing up in the city of Buenos Aires, where his earliest memories are of being lulled to sleep with Tango songs.

From his extensive collection of over 4000 Tango songs, Pedro selects only the most danceable tracks. These are arranged in 'tandas' - sets of the same genre, style and orchestra, with 'cortina' breaks, as it is done in Buenos Aires. He is focused on arranging and positioning tandas to deepen a dancer's appreciation of each orquesta. Pedro's style is to let the playlist evolve organically so that it becomes a dialogue with the dancers. He tailors his arrangements to the mood and energy of the dancers, to complement and spike the energy curve of the night, and to make dancing irresistible!

Pedro is the regular DJ at Patio de Tango's "St Johns Milonga" in Darlinghurst and Monthly Saturday Milonga at Bexley


Leonel (Hung-Yut) Chen

Leonel grew up in Hong Kong but spent most of his adult life in the United States. In 2002, he won first prize at the USA Tango Contest in Los Angeles. Leonel is also a well known DJ, and has been invited to DJ at various Tango festivals and events. Together with his partner Florencia (Hwayi) he is very active in promoting Argentine Tango culture in Korea. Besides organizing the annual Seoul Tango Festival and other workshops for visiting Argentinian teachers, they also teach, perform, and regularly DJ in Seoul and other cities.


Fabian Conca

Fabian was born and raised in Buenos Aires Argentina, amidst a strong family tradition of the true spirit of tango . . a silent dialogue of music and romance. He has DJed many milongas across Australia and New Zealand and been a DJ for tango festivals in Sydney.

Fabian plays mostly orchestras from the Golden Age (1920s to 1950s) and seeks to display all orchestras of the period. He says a DJ must keep in mind that the music he plays must always be for the dancers, music to keep them on the dance floor.

Fabian is the regular DJ at Tango Entre Amigos milongas at Marrickville District Hardcourt Tennis Club, 3rd Saturday and 1st Sunday of every month


Lisa de Lazzari

With over 11 years of Tango DJ-ing, Lisa is one of the most respected and experienced DJ's in Australia. Drawing on her many years of treading the floors of the Buenos Aires milongas, and immense love of tango music, she ensures that the music is always the most dancable and enjoyable golden age music arranged in tandas. Lisa aims to make sure that the dance floor is always full of dancers, and keeps the energy flowing throughout the night.

Lisa is resident DJ at Club De Tango every Friday night at the Glebe Town Hall, and has been guest DJ at festivals in Sydney and interstate.


Anthony Miller

With a great knowledge of and passion for tango, and collection of over 7000 tracks, with many rare and unavailable tracks, Anthony offers an unforgettable evening for those who really appreciate tango. "...I am a Tango Music enthusiast which is a never-ending mission: constantly on the lookout (listen-out) for new music..."

He plays music in 'tandas' of the same style and orchestra to deepen into the mood of each orchestra and is constantly in a dialogue with the energy of the floor, the dancers, and the night.

He is the regular DJ at The City Tattersalls Club “Celebrity Tango” Milonga, and "Tango Spirit" Milonga in the heart of the Sydney CBD. In 2008 he played the “Welcome Milonga” at International Tango Festival in Sydney, and the Australian Tango Festival 2009 – Grand Milonga. Also, he played his tandas in Melbourne.


Nadim Sawaya

Nadim first experienced tango music listening as a child to his father’s tango vinyls, which he now still asks to borrow!

His favourite tangos feature a lot of strings with contrasting passages of rhythm coming from the bandoneons, double bass and piano. This enables dancers to alternate between dancing to the melody and the rhythm. When putting together tandas, he likes to incorporate a familiar favourite along with some less known pieces.

As a DJ, while being constantly attuned to reading the floor, he keeps a clear vision of what he wants to achieve in terms of the energy within a tanda and also of the milonga as a whole. Nadim is a regular DJ for the Czech House Milongas of Melbourne Tango.



Andres Laza Moreno & Isabel Acuna

showAndres & Isabel are sought after Buenos Aires tango teachers known for their elegant and subtly powerful portrayal of Argentine Tango in the Villa Urquiza style. We welcome their first time in Australia.

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Javier Rodriguez & Andrea Misse

showLauded in Buenos Aires and around the world, Javier and Andrea are celebrated exponents of the traditional form of Argentine Tango Salon in the Villa Urquiza style. We welcome them on their first visit to Australia.

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Gabriel Misse & Natalia Hills

showPerformers from an early age, Gabriel Misse and Natalia Hills are renowned Tango Salon exponents of stage and film, with a glorious intimacy in their dancing. We welcome their first visit to Australia.

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