2018 Class Schedule

Monday 20.08.2018
9:00 – 11:00 INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUE CLASSES
Practical approach to tango devices, using hands-on materials designed specifically for each instrument.
Strings R. Gallo
Woodwinds & singers P. Fain
Bandoneon P. Jaurena
Piano A. Enríquez
Bass I. Varchausky
11:15 – 12:45 MORNING MASTERCLASSES
Specialized workshops and training classes. Musicians may choose freely among each day’s offerings.
THE FUNDAMENTALS The fundamentals: Class 1
How to write and play all types of marcatos and accents: marcato in 4, marcato in 2, pesante, inverted marcato. Short and long accents on melodies.
P. Fain + A. Enríquez
PARRILLA Fundamental tools for playing ‘a la parrilla’
Basic devices for playing ‘a la parrilla’ in all instruments using the repertoire included in our Tango ‘fake’ book. What can we play in each different moment? How do we choose whick marking model to play in real time? How can we play a given melody?
P. Jaurena + R. Gallo
14:30 – 16:30 ENSEMBLE CLASSES
Ensembles will perform new and traditional arrangements. Members of the artistic faculty will take turns to coach the different ensembles.
Orquesta típica (Typical orchestra) R. Gallo + P. Jaurena
Orquesta atípica (Atypical orchestra) P. Fain + A. Enríquez
Pre-formed ensembles Members of the artistic faculty in rotation
16:45 – 18:00 AFTERNOON MASTERCLASSES
Specialized workshops and training classes. Musicians may choose freely among each day’s offerings.
TANGO STYLES Julio De Caro’s style
The backbone of modern tango, all the musical and stylistical elements we all still use in its natural state. Fraseos, rubatos, variations and expressive solos. Come discover the “founding fathers” of tango as we know them today.
I. Varchausky
TANGO TOOLS FOR WRITING Arranging devices: general structure and melodic treatment
Taking the first important decisions. Dealing with melodic treatment as a defining element in the form of the arrangement and its consecutive orchestration.
R. Gallo
Tuesday 21.08.2018
9:00 – 11:00 INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUE CLASSES
Same as Monday.
11:15 – 12:45 MORNING MASTERCLASSES
THE FUNDAMENTALS The fundamentals: Class 2
How to write and play all types of syncopations: anticipated syncopation and ‘a tierra’ syncopation, successive syncopations. Basic phrasing, open and closed phrasing.
P. Fain + A. Enríquez
PARRILLA How to interact while playing ‘a la parrilla’
Create an accompaniment choosing between the different marking models and combining them according to the melody. Melody ornamentation.
P. Jaurena + R. Gallo
14:30 – 16:30 ENSEMBLE CLASSES
Same as Monday.
16:45 – 18:00 AFTERNOON MASTERCLASSES
TANGO STYLES Osvaldo Fresedo’s style
Some of the most elegant tango playing ever. A unique style with original textures that includes the use of drums, harp and vibraphone. Loved by tango connoisseurs of all times, Fresedo was the inspiration for many generations of tangueros. Feel the vibe.
I. Varchausky
TANGO TOOLS FOR WRITING Orchestrating marking models
Combining the different time marking models which provide the final structure to be orchestrated between the different instruments.
E. Mantega
Wednesday 22.08.2018
9:00 – 11:00 INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUE CLASSES
Same as Monday.
11:15 – 12:45 MORNING MASTERCLASSES
THE FUNDAMENTALS The fundamentals: Class 3
How to write and play other marking models: Yumba, polyrhythms, 3-3-2 and more. How to use phrasing in a solo: extended phrasing.
P. Fain + A. Enríquez + P. Jaurena
PARRILLA Re-harmonization & counterpoint melodies
Harmonic devices to re-harmonize a melody. The most common modal exchanges used during the evolution of tango. How to create counterpoint melodies and develop effective voicings for ‘Orquesta Típica’ sections and other type of ensembles.
E. Mantega
16:45 – 18:00 AFTERNOON MASTERCLASSES
TANGO STYLES Francini-Pontier’s style
Inspired, virtuoso and wild, this style is considered by many a peak of the tango orchestral sound. Two band leaders, both composers, both amazing soloists, both tango heroes. An opportunity to meet two real tango Jedi.
I. Varchausky
TANGO TOOLS FOR WRITING Motivic development
Modifying the rhythm of melodies by developing motives and making them more complex. Using this material as an inspiration to create connectors, introductions and variations for the piece.
R. Gallo
Thursday 23.08.2018
9:00 – 11:00 INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUE CLASSES
Same as Monday.
11:15 – 12:45 MORNING MASTERCLASSES
THE FUNDAMENTALS Playing tango for dancing
How to recognice and use the elements needed to make a tango danceable.
R. Gallo + P. Jaurena
PARRILLA How to build a ‘parrilla organizada’ score for singer accompaniment
How to develop a basic ‘master-ritmo’ score, including the fundamental elements for playing ‘a la parrilla’ for singers. Play with others by following a simple guide made by yourself. Learn how to modify rhythmic tango melodies.
A. Enríquez
14:30 – 16:30 ENSEMBLE CLASSES
Same as Monday.
16:45 – 18:00 AFTERNOON MASTERCLASSES
TANGO STYLES Pedro Laurenz’s style
Considered by all tango musicians as the foundation stone of modern bandoneon playing, Laurenz created an Orquesta Típica which defined the direction of tango music in the late 30s. A very driven orchestral sound full of power full of fanciful details.
I. Varchausky
TANGO TOOLS FOR WRITING Textures and orchestration
Creating and using different textures such as solos, solis and tuttis, in the typical setting of tango music. Orchestrating for ensembles such as Orquesta Típica, string quartet, woodwind quartet, ensembles with a singer and others.
E. Mantega
Friday 24.08.2018
11:15 – 12:45 MORNING MASTERCLASSES
THE FUNDAMENTALS Milonga & Vals
How to write and play the typical rhythmic patterns for milonga and vals. Ornaments and phrasing in these styles.
P. Fain + E. Mantega
PARRILLA Playing in a real time ‘parrilla’
How to play in a real ‘parrilla’ setting, appliying all the devices learned throughout the week. How to improvise introductions and how to prepare the ending of a tango arrangement.
A. Enríquez + R. Gallo
14:30 – 16:30 ENSEMBLE CLASSES
Same as Monday.
16:45 – 18:00 AFTERNOON MASTERCLASSES
TANGO STYLES Astor Piazzolla’s Orquesta Típica style
This is the orchestra that started it all, a must for any serious Piazzolla enthusiast. Fast, furious and vertiginous at times, this style brought many innovative ideas to tango in the mid 40s.
I. Varchausky
TANGO TOOLS FOR WRITING Transcriptions: techniques and resources
How to recognize and transcribe the fundamental devices used by the great masters and incorporating them into our arrangements and compositions by transcribing, as a learning process.
P. Jaurena