Program 2018

The TFM in Europe program features a rigorous curriculum designed to maximize student learning within and across its many activities.

The curriculum includes instrumental tango technique classes, ensembles classes and specialized workshops on tango arranging, composition, styles and several concerts and open to the public activities, including tango dance clases, practicas and milongas presented in collaboration with the ¡Bailamos! organization.

Previous experience with tango is not necessary or expected, though technical proficiency on the instrument and the ability to read music are required.


Instrumental technique classes will focus on developing practical approaches to tango using hands-on materials designed specifically for their instrument.

All the pedagogical materials will be sent to registered participants in advance, providing the chance to thoroughly prepare before arriving in August (see TEACHING MATERIALS below).

Themes to be covered in instrumental technique classes and elsewhere in our program include:

    • Playing and creating rhythmic and expressive tango melodies.
    • Construction and use of different tango time marking models, including marcato in 4, marcato in 2, syncopations, yumba, and many others.
    • Typical resources for playing tango “a la parrilla” (with improvised arrangements).
    • Ornamentation.
    • Extended techniques and tango’s famous percussion effects.


Morning and afternoon masterclasses will be offered by the artistic faculty on a wide variety of topics. Students will be able to choose freely among these masterclasses on a day-to-day basis, though they are tiered toward beginning, intermediate, and advanced audiences. These masterclasses will allow students at all levels of experience to get the most out of our program. These masterclasses will feature workshops focused on:

      • Tango arrangements.
      • Tango styles.
      • Tango improvisation “a la parrilla”.
      • Transcription and analysis.
      • Tango fundamentals.
      • History of Tango.
      • And more!


Student ensembles will be organized into two large groups: ‘Orquesta Típica’ (tango big band) and ‘Orquesta Atípica’ (large mixed instrumental ensemble). Ensembles will rehearse each day with different members of our artistic faculty in rotation. This will give students in each ensemble the widest possible perspective on their repertoire and the challenges it poses for effective performance.

Both ensembles will work with pre-arranged parts, and the ‘Orquesta Atípica’ will also have the chance to develop their own arrangements in the “a la parrilla” style masterclasses.

Ensembles will be grouped by our evaluation team according to the participants’ different levels of experience and the order of registration. Changes to the ensemble assignments will be subject to the discretion of the leveling team and the artistic faculty. Piano and bass players spots are limited and will be assigned considering leveling and order of registration.

For the 2018 edition of Tango for Musicians in Europe, only pre-formed ensembles or groups which meet the following conditions will be accepted:

  • The group must have at least four (4) members.
  • All members of the group must register at least 60 days before the start of the event.
  • The ensemble must provide and send in advance its own arrangements or compositions to work on in ensemble classes.
  • If the group can’t attend with its full line-up, the group itself must arrange their repertoire so that it’s ready to work on in the class with the faculty.

Members of the group will not receive any additional discounts for being part of an ensemble. Each member should indicate the group’s name in the comments field of the registration form at the time of registration.

Private ensembles classes for groups who attend the program with their full line-up may be booked at an extra charge and are subject to faculty’s availability. These may be booked in advance by emailing

Each one day auditor pass costs € 65.- Registration will be open at from 1st February, 2018 through the end of the event or until full capacity is reached. Auditors who reserve their spot in advance will have to pay by bank transfer to Tango Sin Fin’s German bank account. Auditors who buy their pass in person for the same day during the event will be able to pay both in cash or by credit card.


TFM in Europe 2018 will also feature a selection of concert performances featuring the artistic faculty in various combinations and other tango-related public events. Participants will receive free tickets for the concerts on Friday and Saturday and discounts on the activities presented in the TANGO DANCE PROGRAM by our partner association ¡Bailamos! Dresden. Additionally, students will have the chance to share in performance what they have learned throughout the week, whether as part of public concerts or private student showcases. These will be arranged by the artistic faculty and the production team and will be subject to any change the artistic faculty may consider necessary.

The complete CONCERTS AND PUBLIC EVENTS schedule may be found here.


Participants ​will receive an email with their ensemble assignment, parts, and materials for their instrumental techniques classes no later than 9th July, 2018​. These materials will be sent as PDF files via email. Participants will be asked to arrive to the event having printed out and prepared these materials on their own so that ensembles and instrumental techniques classes can hit the ground running.

Participants who register after 9th July, 2018 will receive these materials within 10 working days after confirming their registration and submitting their payment.

All instruction and educational materials will be presented in English.