Max Stasi [Italy] is a much sought after international Dj who is coming to our Tango festival from Milan. Max regularly DJ's in festivals and milongas around the world including Berlin NouTango, Hamburg 'TangoJam', Mattstedt Tango Marathon, Mannheim 'Maratango', San Francisco 'El Abrazo', New York 'TangoCafe' and Switzerland 'Amitango'. The backbone of his work is the music of the Golden age, with frequent detours towards the orchestras of the Guardia Vieja and of the 1950s.
Alberto Ramos is one of the founders of the Cleveland Tango School. Based out of New York and the Caribbean before moving to Cleveland, Alberto has taught at the Hunter College Tango Club, Oberlin University, New Yorks You Should Be Dancing studios and the Piel Canela Dance Company. He DJs frequently throughout the USA and Canada. Focusing primarily on tango's Golden Age, Alberto creates a warm energetic environment while keeping a watchful eye on the dancers and the room.
Manuel Soto (Montreal), co-founder of Las Piernas Tango School in Montreal, has a long love story with tango. He discovered tango music in 1978 from his main source of inspiration: his tanguero grandfather Angel. Manuel started to DJ in 2006, when he understood that the connection that is so magical between two people on the dance floor can be as inspiring and powerful between a DJ and the dancers. Since then, this peruvian tango lover has played his inspired music in countless milongas, marathons and festivals around North America, but no matter where or what type of event, Manuel always brings his own personal touch and burning passion for tango to his DJing. In addition to DJing tradional tango music at TTX, Manual will be the DJ for the downstairs alternative music room on Saturday.
Kimberly Scola (USA) came into the tango world as a salsa dancer and quickly fell in love with tango. Very soon after that, she began to be interested in the music itself and she soon started working as an active tango DJ. When an suprise invitation to DJ an alternative milonga came to her she began working on building a successful library of Nuevo and Alternative music. Kim's style is mainly about creating a positive environment that builds and sustains the energy on the dance floor. She likes to express her own personality with her very carefully chosen tandas, and she loves connecting with other dancers through her music. We are lucky to have her as the DJ for the downstairs alternative music room on Friday and as the traditional tango DJ at the Sunday afternoon practica.
Berenice has been inspiring dancers at milongas in Toronto and beyond for many years, with many loyal fans who love her music. A long-time student of tango music, her vast knowledge, intuitive approach and careful selections were combined to create unforgettable tandas that kept her in high demand in many international Tango Festivals .
'DJ Bere' has officially retired, but she has agreed to come out of retirement for the Toronto Tango Experience. So if you have missed Berenice's wonderful music this may be your only chance to listen (and dance) to her music one more time.
Mario will be the DJ on Sunday for the alternative tango room downstairs. Mario was first exposed to the danced tango world in 2006 when he attended his first milonga. He immediately felt in love with the dance. He also soon discovered neotango and electronic tango -including a bunch of new dancing possibilities related to this genre. Since then, he became a passionate of exploring danceable alternative tango and has been constructing a library of electronic and other non-traditional tangos that he enjoys playing for the dancers at some alternative-milongas and other tango events. He likes to create danceable tandas with songs sharing common musicality, rhythm or other theme, sometimes with a little touch of fun, to connect with and steer the dancefloor ambiance. Come enjoy Mario's tandas in the downstairs alternative music room on Sunday.
During his tango travels Andy has DJed at many milongas and festivals in Europe, Turkey and China, most recently in Germany and Poland. He is also the house DJ at the biggest milonga in Toronto. He has a flexible style, but as a rule plays mostly solid traditional golden age tango music, however he does sometimes add a Guarda Guardia Vieja tanda or possibly an occasional venture into the 1950s or 60s. Andy will be DJing at the free milonga on Wednesday.