Saturday, September 27, 2014

THE ALEJANDRO ZIEGLER TANGO QUARTET 2014 SF BAY AREA FESTIVAL!


The festival is dedicated to Antonio Robledo (1922-2014)

Please join us in 3 diverse evening events with the fabulous Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet from Buenos Aires, Argentina!
A rare treat to experience a high level of quality tango music in the Bay Area!


1)MILONGA (Tango social dance party) WITH LIVE MUSIC BY ALEJANDRO ZIEGLER TANGO QUARTET FROM BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA!

WHEN: Thursday October 9, 2014
8-11:30pm/ 12am

WHERE: McRoskey Mattress Company, 3rd floor
1687 Market Street (@ Gough Str.)
SF, CA 94103

COST: $15

PROGRAM:
8pm Milonga starts with recorded music from the Golden Era with DJ Yuling
9pm-9:45pm: 1st set of Live music for dancing with Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet
Short break with DJ Yuling
10:10-10:55pm: 2nd set of Live music for dancing with Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet
Dancing with DJ Yuling till end of Milonga.

More info: Sonja Riket
415.661.1852
www.tangorevolution.blogspot.com
www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com


2)THE ALEJANDRO ZIEGLER TANGO QUARTET FROM BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA IN A SPECIAL CONCERT AND CONVERSATION ON THE HISTORY OF ARGENTINE TANGO MUSIC!

WHEN: Friday October 10, 2014 @ 8pm

WHERE: San Francisco Community Music Center - Concert Hall
544 Capp Street (b/w 20th&21st Str.)
San Francisco, CA 94110
www.sfcmc.org
https://www.facebook.com/events/355288667966058/?context=create&source=49&sid_create=2337277505

COST: $15 Adults/$10 Students;Seniors

Do not miss this fabulous group of professional Tango musicians straight from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the birthplace of the Tango! A rare treat to experience a high level of quality tango music in the Bay Area!

The concert will focus on the different periods and styles of the Argentine Tango from its origins in Buenos Aires in 1882 to the Golden Age of Tango in the 1930-50’s and finally the revolutionary age of Tango by Astor Piazzolla in the 1960’s.
Alejandro Ziegler’s own compositions will round off the fascinating historical tour of this exciting, passionate and romantic style of music.

Every piece of music is presented and explained, so the audience can understand the social context in which Tango developed. Q&A is welcome during the concert.

Musicians:
Ariel Iud, Bandoneon
Sergio Reyes, Violin
Pablo Lanouguere, Doublebass
Alejandro Ziegler, Piano and conductor/composer

Listen to:
"Adios Nonino"
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=NKX_WXgt51M
"Danzarin"
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=MuagnfsNH-4

Hosted by SFCMC faculty member Sonja Riket.
More info: 415.661.1852 www.tangorevolution.blogspot.com - www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com - www.heartofembodiment.net


3) GRAND MILONGA WITH LIVE MUSIC BY ALEJANDRO ZIEGLER TANGO QUARTET FROM BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, DANCE PERFORMANCE BY 2014 USA TANGO SALON CHAMPIONS NICHOLAS TAPIA & STEPHANIE BERG AND DANCE LESSON BY AWARD WINNING TEACHER SONJA RIKET.

WHEN: Saturday October 11, 2014 from 8:30pm-1am

WHERE: Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Avenue (@Gilman)
Berkeley, CA 94702
www.ashkenaz.com
www.facebook.com/events/975787512438449

COST: $18 /$16 in advance at http://ashkenaz101114.eventbrite.com

PROGRAM:
8:30pm: Beginner friendly Tango dance lesson with Sonja Riket
9:30pm-10:15pm: Milonga starts with DJ Glenn Corteza.
10:15pm: 1st set of Live music for dancing with Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet
11pm: Dance performance by 2014 USA Tango Salon Champions Nicholas Tapia & Stephanie Berg
11:15pm: 2nd set of Live music for dancing with Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet
12-1am: Dancing with DJ Glenn Corteza till end of Milonga.

More info: Sonja Riket
415.661.1852
www.tangorevolution.blogspot.com
www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com

More info about the Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet:

Since 2007 the “Alejandro Ziegler Quartet" has developed its own unique style of tango music reflecting both innovation and tradition. The quartet developed its danceable style inspired by the music of the GOLDEN AGE tango orchestras (Di Sarli, De Angelis, D'Arienzo, Pugliese, Troilo, Gobbi among others). The ensemble is a new synthesis of the traditional tango orchestra and recreates the idea of the "Orquesta Tipica", with a modern sound.

Various grooves and different ornaments reveal the members’ personal playing styles and on stage the communication between the four musicians is allowing, expressive, playful and tight. They flirt with a chamber musical expression without ever leaving the unpredictable spontaneity within popular music and improvisation.

Born in Buenos Aires, Alejandro Ziegler has a degree in composition and orchestral conducting. As a pianist he joined the Buenos Aries City’s Tango Orchestra “Orquesta escuela de Tango.” There he performed for over two years under famous conductors Emilio Balcarce and Nestor Marconi. Alejandro Ziegler's own compositions come alive through surprising arrangements as well as intimate interplay.

With their unique mix of tango, improvisation and romanticism, the musicians of the Alejandro Ziegler Quartet have gained territory all over the world with their special sound. Their focused performances are complete acoustic, dynamic, and musical masterpieces one should never miss!
The quartet will soon be embarking on two extensive tours:
3rd North American tour (October-November 2014) and 6th European tour (April-May 2015)

Musicians:
Ariel Iud, Bandoneon
Sergio Reyes, Violin
Pablo Lanouguere, Doublebass
Alejandro Ziegler, Piano and conductor/composer

Listen to:
"Adios Nonino"
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=NKX_WXgt51M
"Danzarin"
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=MuagnfsNH-4

More info about Nicholas Tapia & Stephanie Berg:

Nicholas and Stephanie are madly in love; with tango and each other. They partnered in 2012 and are ecstatic to have found one another. In 2014 they won the Official USA Argentine Tango National Championship. They continuously work on their dancing as well as their teaching methodology. Together they form a harmonious dance partnership and a union of two teachers dedicated to their craft. They are currently building the foundations for their tango school and teaching the Tango classes at UC Berkeley.
www.nicoandstephie.com

Watch them dance:
El Vals Soñador by Caló con Berón at Milonga La Baldosa, Buenos Aires
http://youtu.be/H4PwW82zTIs?list=PLkJKG0PY3z7QJOcKLqnPacESUJxisYikR
Dime Mi Amor by D’Arienzo con Mauré at Milonga Fruto Dulce, Buenos Aires
http://youtu.be/cyEqq_HNk0U?list=PLkJKG0PY3z7QJOcKLqnPacESUJxisYikR

More info about Sonja Riket:

Sonja Riket, a native Belgian, is a Somatic Movement Therapist®, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Certified Teacher in Body-Mind Centering®, Aquatic Therapist, Dance Educator and Social Change Artist.

She began dancing at age 4. In her long modern dance career in Europe and NYC, she has been fortunate to collaborate with many world renown choreographers and dance companies, spanning 30 years and 3 continents.

While studying Argentine Tango as a social dance in Buenos Aires, Europe and the USA for the last 16 years, her heart has found a home in this sensual and subtle art form. She synthesized her experiences in dance and somatics to form “Intimate Embrace Tango”, which envisions tango as a medium for Relationship to ourselves, each other and our world. Sonja has inspired hundreds of novice tango dancers throughout the Bay Area to learn the subtle movements of the dance while getting in touch with their own creative expression. Since 2005, she hosts her own Milonga “Tango Revolution” and creates events for visiting Tango musicians from all over the world. www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com - www.heartofembodiment.net

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tango Revolution Telegraph Celebrates its 2nd Anniversary and participates in Berkeley World Music Festival 2014!

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 7:30-11:30pm

Come celebrate Tango Revolution Telegraph’s 2nd Anniversary, the fall solstice and Berkeley’s World Music Festival!
www.berkeleyworldmusic.org

ENJOY an evening of Argentine Tango Music and Dance at Berkeley’s birthplace of the Caffe Latte!


Caffe Mediterraneum

2475 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA 94704

Parking in neighboring streets or garage on Channing Street one block away.



PROGRAM:

7:30-8:30pm: Beginner friendly dance class with Sonja Riket FREE!

8:30pm: Live Tango Songs with Roberto Traina (tenor) & Kate Bernier (piano)

9-11:30pm Social Tango dancing to recorded music from the Golden Era


Donations for the artists encouraged and please support the café with purchase of food/drink.

More info: Sonja 415.661.1852 - www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

INTIMATE EMBRACE TANGO celebrates Bay Area National Dance Week 2014!

Dear Tango firends,

I am happy to announce this year’s Bay Area National Dance Week 2014 and my 16th consecutive year participating in this wonderful event!
Below is the Intimate Embrace Tango program with several events around the Bay Area. ALL FREE!
To register for an event you can go to the BANDW website: www.bayareandw.org or email me directly well ahead of time with your name, email and phone to sign up for your chosen event, as space is limited. Registered people will get priority when the event is full. Also if you decide to cancel, we would appreciate that you let us know ahead of time so others can take your place.
Thanks and enjoy! See hundreds of events all over the Bay Area at www.bayareandw.org

Sonja Riket
415.661.1852
www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com
P.S. Taking one of the free Pre-beginner workshops during National Dance Week will qualify as the pre-requisite for the follow up Intimate Embrace Tango Beginner class series in May 2014!

INTIMATE EMBRACE TANGO EVENTS for BAY AREA NATIONAL DANCE WEEK 2014!

1) Intimate Embrace Tango Pre-Beginner level workshop:
Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10:30am-12:30pm

LaPistaStudios
768 Brannan Street (b/w 6th &7th St)
SF, CA 94103

Finding the Joy of Connection and Powerful Healing in this compassionate dance. Using somatic exercises, we will explore our body’s ability to listen and respond to another’s presence in preparation for partner dancing. Guided by the music we will share the joy of communicating through simple Tango steps. No dance experience or partner necessary. Socks or barefoot.

Please sign up with Sonja well ahead of time with your name, email and phone at 415. 661.1852 or intimate_embrace_tango@earthlink.net


2) Intimate Embrace Tango Pre-Beginner level workshop:
Tuesday April 29, 2014 from 6pm-8pm

Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave. (@Gillman) in back studio
Berkeley, CA 94702

Finding the Joy of Connection and Powerful Healing in this compassionate dance. Using somatic exercises, we will explore our body’s ability to listen and respond to another’s presence in preparation for partner dancing. Guided by the music we will share the joy of communicating through simple Tango steps. No dance experience or partner necessary. Socks or barefoot.

Please sign up with Sonja well ahead of time with your name, email and phone at 415. 661.1852 or intimate_embrace_tango@earthlink.net


3) Intimate Embrace Tango Pre-Beginner level workshop:
Thursday May 1, 2014 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Studio Valencia
455A- Valencia Street (b/w 15th &16th St) 2nd floor;ring bell studio yoga/dance
SF, CA 94103

Finding the Joy of Connection and Powerful Healing in this compassionate dance. Using somatic exercises, we will explore our body’s ability to listen and respond to another’s presence in preparation for partner dancing. Guided by the music we will share the joy of communicating through simple Tango steps. No dance experience or partner necessary. Socks or barefoot.

Please sign up with Sonja well ahead of time with your name, email and phone at 415. 661.1852 or intimate_embrace_tango@earthlink.net


4) TANGO REVOLUTION TELEGRAPH:
an evening of neighborhood Argentine Tango class and social dance

Saturday May 3, 2014 from 7:30-11:30pm

Café Mediterraneum
2475 Telegraph Ave (b/w Dwight & Haste St)
Berkeley, CA 94704

Join us for an evening of neighborhood Argentine Tango music and social dance and sip a coffee at Berkeley’s famous Café Mediteraneum! Come watch, take a class, listen to our Tango singer or join in the dance!

7:30-8:30pm Beginners friendly Tango class
8:30-11:30pm Tango social dance with live music set.

Please sign up with Sonja well ahead of time with your name, email and phone at 415. 661.1852 or intimate_embrace_tango@earthlink.net

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tango for the Philippines 2! Fundraiser Milonga Sat. Dec 21, 2013 at Cafe Mediterraneum, Berkeley

Dear Tango friends,

We are so happy to report that our first benefit Milonga “Tango for the Philippines” last Saturday December 7 was a great success! We raised $627 and are now at 87% of our $1,000 goal. Thank you to all those who contributed to our fundraiser!

We are now doubling our efforts with a second benefit Milonga with more great performers to be able to reach our goal.

If you didn’t get a chance yet to contribute to this worthy cause, please join us for:

Tango for the Philippines 2!

A special Benefit Milonga to help the relief efforts for the survivors of Typhoon Hayian with an all level (Beginner friendly)Tango dance class by Jonas Aquino & Sonja Riket, Tango songs by Roberto Traina and a dance performance by Yumiko & Ramada (2012 USA Tango champions)!

Saturday December 21, 2013 from 7:30-11:30pm

Tax deductible Donations accepted during the event.

At Cafe Mediterraneum:

2475 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94794

Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, is the strongest storm in the world this year and quite possibly the most powerful to ever hit land. In the Philippines, 5000+ people are dead and 4 million displaced.

During the last weeks Oxfam aid teams are on the ground in the Philippines and distributing vital supplies like soap, blankets, and disinfectant for drinking water. They are reporting urgent needs for food, clean water, sanitation, and shelter. They are building emergency latrines, setting up mobile water treatment units, and installing tanks and taps to deliver clean water to hard-hit communities - while helping ensure that families have access to food and other essentials, as well.

Local fishers and farmers have lost their livelihoods, and one third of the country's rice-growing areas have been wiped out.

If new rice seeds are not planted in this month of December, new crops won’t grow and millions will go hungry in the coming months.

My co-host of the Tango Revolution Telegraph Milonga, Jonas Aquino, is from the Philippines. Somehow this strikes a more personal note. Luckily his extended family in the Philippines is safe! Looking at the pictures of the devastation, I felt moved to organize a fundraiser in collaboration with Oxfam America, a reputable charity organization.

I would be very happy if you can join me at our second international collaborative benefit Milonga “Tango for the Philippines 2!”

Organizers, Musicians, Teachers and Dancers are from the Philippines, Europe, North & South America!
Simultaneously our gathering this Saturday is an opportunity to celebrate the winter solstice and the upcoming holiday season.

More info on the evening program is below.
If you cannot be there to listen, watch or dance, but still like to contribute to the fundraiser, please go to our Oxfam page here: http://my.oxfamamerica.org/fundraise?fcid=289778

With gratitude,
Sonja Riket

Evening program:
Saturday December 21, 2013 from 7:30-11:30pm
Donation accepted during the event (or donate on our secure Oxfam page if you can't be there).

Location: Cafe Mediterraneum: 2475 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94794

Schedule:
7:30-8:30 pm: All level Tango class (beginner friendly) with Jonas Aquino & Sonja Riket
9 pm: Tango songs by Roberto Traina (with Kate Bernier on piano)
10 pm: Tango dance performance by Ramada & Yumiko (2012 Tango champions!)In between performances and till 11:30pm: Dancing to recorded Tango music from the Golden Era with DJ Jonas.

More info on the artists:
Sonja Riket: www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com – www.tangorevolution.blogspot.com 415.661.1852
Jonas Aquino: www.jtangolife.com 510.698.2640
Yumiko & Ramada: www.yumikoandramada.com


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tango for the Philippines! Fundraiser Dec 7, 2013 at Cafe Mediterraneum, Berkeley

A special Benefit Milonga with Live Tango music by Redwood Tango Trio,

All level (Beginner friendly)Tango dance class by Jonas Aquino & Sonja Riket,

Dance performance by Cristian Sierra & Fernanda Valdovinos!

Saturday December 7, 2013 from 7:30-11:30pm

Suggested Donation at the door: $15-$50

At Cafe Mediterraneum:

2475 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94794


Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, is the strongest storm in the world this year and quite possibly the most powerful to ever hit land. In the Philippines, 5000+ people are dead and 4 million displaced.

Oxfam aid teams are on the ground in the Philippines and reporting urgent needs for food, clean water, sanitation, and shelter. They are distributing vital supplies like soap, blankets, and disinfectant for drinking water. They are building emergency latrines, setting up mobile water treatment units, and installing tanks and taps to deliver clean water to hard-hit communities - while helping ensure that families have access to food and other essentials, as well.


My co-host of the Tango Revolution Telegraph Milonga, Jonas Aquino, is from the Philippines. Somehow this strikes a more personal note. Luckily his extended family in the Philippines is safe! Looking at the pictures of the devastation, I felt moved to organize a fundraiser in collaboration with Oxfam America, a reputable charity organization.


I would be very happy if you can join me at our special international collaborative benefit Milonga “Tango for the Philippines!” Organizers, Teachers, Musicians and Dancers are from the Philippines, Europe, North & South America!
All ages, dancers/non dancers welcome!
More info on the evening program is below.


If you cannot be there to listen, watch or dance, but still like to contribute to the fundraiser, please go to our Oxfam page here: http://my.oxfamamerica.org/fundraise?fcid=289778


With gratitude,
Sonja Riket


Evening program:

Saturday December 7, 2013 from 7:30-11:30pm

Suggested Donation at the door: $15-$50 (or donate on my Oxfam page if you can't be there).

Location: Cafe Mediterraneum: 2475 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94794


Schedule:

7:30-8:30pm All level Tango class (beginner friendly) with Jonas & Sonja

8:30-9pm: Dancing to recorded Tango music from the Golden Era.

9 pm: Live Tango Songs by Roberto Traina (with Kate Bernier on piano)

9:15-10pm: Live Tango music set for dancing by Redwood Tango Trio

10 pm: Tango dance performance by Cristian Sierra & Fernanda Valdovinos

10:15-10:45pm: Dancing to recorded Tango music from the Golden Era.

10:45-11:30pm: Live Tango music set for dancing by Redwood Tango Trio


More info on the artists:

Sonja Riket: www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com – www.tangorevolution.blogspot.com 415.661.1852

Jonas Aquino: www.jtangolife.com 510.698.2640

Redwood Tango Trio: www.redwoodtango.com 510.338.3950

Cristian Sierra & Fernanda Valdovinos: www.feeltango.com 510.859.4340

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet in Concert and Milonga Friday October 11, 2013 at SF Community Music Center

An Argentine Tango evening of music and dance with the ALEJANDRO ZIEGLER QUARTET
Friday October 11, 2013
from 8pm-12:30am
$15 adults/$10 seniors/students with ID

SF Community Music Center Auditorium
544 Capp Street (b/w 20th & 21st Street)
San Francisco, CA
415.647.6015 www.sfcmc.org


I am happy to present an exceptional evening of Argentine Tango music and dance with the Alejandro Ziegler Quartet from Buenos Aires, Argentina in Concert and Milonga (Tango social dance party).
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the most authentic Tango bands to play in the Bay Area.
Listen to classical Tangos by Piazzolla, Salgan, Plaza and original compositions by Alejandro Ziegler. Watch the fabulous dance couple Fernanda and Cristian from Chile perform this sensuous dance.
Dance the night away to traditional Golden Era Tangos by DJ Cristian and Live Music set by Alejandro Ziegler Quartet.

PROGRAM:
8-8:45pm: Concert by Alejandro Ziegler Quartet
9-10:15pm: Milonga starts with DJ Cristian Sierra
10:15pm: Dance performance by Fernanda Valdovinos & Cristian Sierra
10:30pm: Live music set for Tango dancing by Ziegler Quartet
11:15pm-12:30am: Milonga continues with DJ Cristian
More info: Sonja Riket www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com

About Alejandro Ziegler Quartet:
Since 2007 " Alejandro Ziegler Quartet" has developed their own unique style of tango music reflecting both innovation and tradition.The ensemble is a new synthesis of the traditional tango orchestra.They developed their style inspired in the music of Di Sarli, Pugliese, Troilo and Gobbi among others. Various grooves and different ornaments reveal the members personal playing styles and on stage the communication between the four musicians is allowing, expressive, playful and tight. They flirt with a chamber musical expression without ever leaving the unpredictable spontaneity within popular music and improvisation.
Alejandro Ziegler 's own compositions come alive through surprising arrangements as well as intimate interplay.
With their unique mix of tango, improvisation and romantique, they have gained territory all over the world with their special sound. Their focused performances are a complete acoustic, dynamic, and musically masterpiece one should never miss.
The quartet played in many important festivals around the world and embarked on 6 extensive European tours. This is their 2nd tour in North America.
Tonight’s performers are: Piano, conductor: Alejandro Ziegler; Bandoneon: Matias Rubino; Violin: Ignacio Quiroz; Doublebass: Nelson Aburto.
Listen to: "Danzarin" http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=MuagnfsNH-4
"Adios Nonino" http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=NKX_WXgt51M

About Cristian Sierra & Fernanda Valdovinos:
Christian Sierra, a native from Santiago de Chile, became one the most popular Tango DJ’s in Chile from 2003-2008. Since then he studied with many Tango dance masters and competed in championships in Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2010 he met his wife and dance partner Fernanda Valdovinos. Together, they have worked seriously in developing their own style of dancing, and their own concepts about tango. They are able to think and feel deeply about the tango culture, the emotions that emerge through the music, and the connection established by the embrace. They have performed in different cities in Chile, Argentina, Spain and France. Now they are performing and teaching classes in the Bay Area. www.feeltango.com
See them dance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7AtelUAQoY&feature=share

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tango Revolution Telegraph participates in Berkeley World Music Festival 2013!

Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 7:30-11:30pm

Come celebrate the summer solstice and ENJOY an evening of Argentine Tango at Berkeley’s birthplace of the Caffe Latte!
Caffe Mediterraneum
2475 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA 94704

Parking in neighboring streets or garage on Channing Street one block away.


PROGRAM:
7:30-8pm Live Tango Music and Song with Roberto Traina (tenor) &
Kate Bernier (piano) and Scott O’Day (guitar) & Vicky Perinyi (violin)

8-9pm Beginner Tango dance class with Sonja Riket

9-11:30pm Social Tango dancing to recorded music from the
Golden Era with guest DJ Christian Sierra.

10:15pm: Live music set by Scott O’Day (guitar) & Vicky Perinyi (violin)

Donations for the artists encouraged and please support the café with
purchase of food/drink.

More info: Sonja 415.661.1852 - www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com - www.berkeleyworldmusic.org