The members of the Tango for Musicians at Reed College artistic faculty rank among the world’s greatest tango players, composers, and bandleaders. They are also passionate teachers and experienced educators, dedicated to transmitting their knowledge of tango to students of any background and level of experience.
Tango for Musicians at Reed College 2018 artistic faculty
Flutist and composer Paulina Fain is one of the most prominent tango pedagogues in the world. She is the director of the “Método de Tango” series published by Ricordi House, a unique series of bilingual instrumental method books. She is the author of “The Flute in Tango” volume in that series, which presents her original method for applying tango phrasing and articulation to the flute and other wind instruments, opening new avenues for those instruments in tango. She is also the director of Tango Para Músicos, the Buenos Aires-based affiliate of Tango For Musicians. Fain has presented concerts and master classes throughout the world and directs the Buenos Aires-based nonprofit arts organization Tango Sin Fin, which promotes Argentine music and music education locally and internationally. As a performer, she has toured widely with pianist Exequiel Mantega as the Duo Fain-Mantega, a group that explores the limits of the genre and has established a new role and sound for the flute in tango.
A prolific composer and arranger, pianist Exequiel Mantega has published more than 70 works, including an original edition of Astor Piazzolla’s six tango etudes newly arranged for two flutes (available worldwide via the French publishing house Henry Lemoine). He has contributed to more than 12 recordings, including three albums with the Duo Fain-Mantega, and participated in more than 100 concerts and seminars about tango music in Europe and the United States, where his compositions and arrangements are performed by a wide variety of ensembles. Alongside Paulina Fain, he is co-founder of the Buenos Aires-based nonprofit arts organization Tango Sin Fin, which promotes Argentine music and music education locally and internationally.
Violinist Ramiro Gallo is one of today’s most prominent tango composers, bandleaders, and educators. He has played in symphonic and chamber orchestras around the world, including the Orquesta El Arranque as first violinist, arranger, and music director. In 2000, he created the Ramiro Gallo Quinteto, which has recorded five albums of original music and performed in major venues across Europe, Asia, and South America. In 2008, he founded the Orquesta Arquetípica, a large ensemble that plays his original compositions. Along with Ernesto Méndez and Andrés Pilar, Gallo has been a member of the Trío Gallo-Méndez-Pilar since 2010. A composer of chamber and symphonic works, Gallo is also a dedicated teacher of tango violin, arrangement, and composition. He is the author of The Violin in the Tango, a bilingual, instrumental method book for tango violin players in the “Método de Tango” series by Ricordi House in Germany.
Bassist Ignacio Varchausky is the author of The Bass in Tango volume of the “Método de Tango” book series. He is the creator and artistic director of the Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce, an innovative tango music education program that is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires. He is the founder of Orquesta El Arranque, one of the most prominent and successful tango ensembles of the current generation. With El Arranque, he has recorded seven critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He is the founder and artistic director of TangoVia Buenos Aires, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to tango education and preservation, including the Digital Tango Archive program. As artistic producer, Varchausky has produced over 30 albums with artists such as Leopoldo Federico, Horacio Salgán, Gustavo Beytelmann, Julio Pane, Nestor Marconi, Diego Schissi, Lidia Borda, and El Arranque. He has also served as the artistic director of numerous tango festivals around the world.
Adrián Enríquez is an experienced pianist, arranger, and teacher. He has been part of various tango ensembles since the age of 14 and has performed alongside great artists such as Sexteto Mayor, Carlos Galván, Carlos Pazo, Alberto Podestá, Oscar Ferrari, Raúl Lavié, Julio Bocca, and Otango Company, among others. He has toured throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. He currently performs with the Ramiro Gallo Quinteto, Orquesta Arquetípica, Big Band Tango directed by Fabián Bertero, Dúo Enríquez-Kvitko, Cuarteto Entre Ríos, Sexteto de Madero Tango, Orquesta Típica Libertella, and Seleccionado Federal del Tango. He teaches at the Conservatorio Superior de Música “Manuel de Falla” in Buenos Aires.
Bandoneonist, arranger, composer and director Pablo Jaurena is a professor of musical composition at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina). He is also a graduate from the Orquesta Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires, directed by Emilio Balcarce and Nestor Marconi. He has studied privately with Julio Pane, Dino Saluzzi, Federico Pereiro, Rodolfo Mederos, and Hilda Herrera. He is the first bandoneón of the Orquesta Provincial de Música Ciudadana de Córdoba and has been featured several times as a guest conductor. He’s also a member of the MJC Trio, with whom he has toured America and Europe and edited three albums, one of them featuring symphonic arrangements. He has played with artists such as Emilio Balcarce, Raúl Garello, Néstor Marconi, Atilio Stampone, Osvaldo Piro, Osvaldo Requena, Walter Ríos, Nicolás Ledesma, and César Salgán, among many others. As a bandoneonist, arranger, and director, he has recorded more than 50 albums. He has given masterclasses and conferences throughout Argentina, China, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Colombia, and Venezuela.
Morgan Luker is associate professor of music at Reed College and director of Tango for Musicians at Reed College. An ethnomusicologist, he holds a PhD from Columbia University. His research focuses on contemporary tango music in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the author of “The Tango Machine” (University of Chicago Press, 2017), which explores how contemporary tango music is used as a resource for social and economic development in Argentina, drawing upon his extensive fieldwork with tango musicians, music industry figures, and cultural policymakers in Buenos Aires. His work on these topics has appeared in numerous academic journals, as well. He has also presented his work at conferences throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe. At Reed, Morgan teaches on a wide variety of topics in world music and culture.