Thursday 22 Mar 2018
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STS Festival
2013 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. He is also the current Australian Tango Salon Champion.

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. From his extensive collection of over 5000 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 Esquina de Tango's weekly Milonga Catedral at St John’s in Surry Hills and their Monthly Saturday Milonga La Esquina at the RSL Club in Bexley. He was an invited DJ for the Sydney Tango Salon Festival in 2010, 2011 and 2012.


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. He was an invited DJ for the Sydney Tango Salon Festival in 2010, 2011 and 2012.


Federico Mattiuzzi

Federico Mattiuzzi is a tango dancer, teacher, chorographer, stage tango performer and Dee Jay. He was born and raised in New Zealand. He was the 2007 Australian Stage Tango Champion and producer of the 2009 Australian Tango Championships.

Having spent many months living and dancing at the milongas in Buenos Aires, Federico has learnt from some of the world’s best tango DJs; seeing how they read the mood of the room and select the orchestra and the songs accordingly. Federico selects music from the Golden Age of tango music and orchestras to modulate the mood of the milonga at each given moment, to ensure a wonderful evening for the dancers.

"My preference is for the more rhythmic tangos, but in order to ensure a balanced playlist I choose some beautiful melodic tangos, always with the dancers best interests in mind. The highlight for me is at the end of the evening, when I know the dancers have enjoyed my music selection."

Federico is the Director of Dance Tango in Sydney since 2001. He is the regular DJ at Dance Tango's weekly Monday night milonga at Hotel Clarendon in Surry Hills and their monthly 4th Saturday Milonga at Club Five Dock in Five Dock. He was an invited DJ for the Sydney Tango Salon Festival in 2011 and 2012.


Anthony Miller

With a great knowledge 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.

Anthony is the regular DJ at Tango Spirit's weekly and monthly Milongas at The City Tattersalls Club in the heart of the Sydney CBD and often DJs at other Sydney and Melbourne milongas. He has been an invited DJ at the International Tango Festival in Sydney in 2008, the Australian Tango Festival in 2009, the Sydney Tango Salon Festival in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Seoul Tango Festival in Korea in 2011 and 2012, and the Sebastián Missé & Andrea Reyero Workshops in Hong Kong in 2012.


Peter Williamson

After 15 years of dancing and competing in Ballroom Dancing (inc. a NZ title in 2000) Peter discovered the addiction of "Argentine Tango" in 2000. After a couple of years learning to dance this "wonderful new dance form", he was driven to orchestrate the tango music of the night as a DJ.

As well as having great respect for the traditions and culture that are an integral part of Argentine Tango, Peter pays attention to the natural mood changes during the evening, which is vital to keeping up the energy of the Milonga.

"My main emphasis is on music that you want to dance to! As a dancer I prefer to dance as a Milongero, loving that wonderful, special, relationship you can get with the music and your partner. And I believe the quality of the sound is vitally important, for the music to have its own presence on the dance floor as the third party in the dancing relationship."

With his technical skills as an Audio Visual Technician and his great knowledge of tango music gleaned over 4 visits to Buenos Aires, he has been the main DJ over the past 9 years at the New Zealand Tango Festival in Wellington. He also DJs for some of the regular Wellington Milongas and Practicas (as well as teaching tango over the past couple of years).

"In a tango festival, my highlight is always the final night's Milonga when everyone crowds together, relaxes, and dances till they drop!"

Of course, we have asked Peter to be our honoured DJ for the Farewell Milonga at the Sydney Tango Salon Festival in 2013!!


Fuego Blanco - Tango Quartet

Fuego Blanco is a tango band from Sydney, integrated by Kate Agostino, Isabella Brown, Annie Gard and Annie Zhang, graduates from Sydney Conservatorium of Music and The University of NSW.

The group has been together for six years and began to play tango while studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School.

In 2009 they performed at the first international Tango Escuela under the direction of Ignacio Varchausky, Santiago Polimeni and Maggie Ferguson at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

In July 2010 they travelled to Buenos Aires to learn from some famous tangueros, notably, German Martinez and Ignacio Varchausky and in October they performed with Varchausky, Polimeni (on their second Australian visit) Ferguson and renowned didgerdoo player William Barton at the Resonate Festival in Canberra.

More recently they have played at the 2010 and 2011 National Folk Festivals in Canberra and are in demand at concerts and milongas for their authentic sound and fine playing, including their present engagement for Friday tango concerts at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.

Fuego Blanco will accompany Joaquin Amenabar in a live performance at the Friday Oz Milonga of the STS Festival 2013.