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

Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Weekend at Tango Revolution Telegraph with special guest Gabriela Condrea

ENJOY an evening of Argentine Tango at Berkeley’s birthplace of the Caffe Latte!
Every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month
Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7-11:30pm
at Caffe Mediterraneum
2475 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley
Parking in neighboring streets or garage on Channing one block away


7-8pm All levels Tango class w/Jonas-Beginners welcome! $5 Donation
8-9pm Special interactive book presentation and dance performance by Gabriela Condrea, dancer/teacher/author of When 1+1 =1: that “Impossible Connection-life and human relationships through the prism of Tango”. www.gabrielacondrea.com
9-11:30pm Tango dancing to recorded music from the Golden Era: DJ Jonas.
9:30pm: Tango songs by Roberto Traina w/Kate Bernier on piano.

DANCE FREE with purchase of food/drink at cafe.
More info: Sonja 415.661.1852 - Jonas 510.698.2640
www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com – www.tangorevolution.blogspot.com

More about Gabriela Condrea:
Gabriela Condrea, a Tango dancer/teacher and author of the book: When 1+1=1: That Impossible Connection- life and human relationships through the prism of Tango”. After learning, dancing and writing about Tango in Buenos Aires, she embarked on a 2012 US/Canada Book &Tango Tour.
Here is a video about her tango teaching, her book and how she combines the two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=u-D-9VwCxDg
Read about her workshops www.gabrielacondrea.com/tango/classes/connection.html and her website www.gabrielacondrea.com

I am happy to meet a fellow dancer/teacher on the road I have been traveling for the last 14 years: approaching Tango from the inside out! Please join me in welcoming her to our Milonga!
Sonja Riket
415.661.1852 www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com

Sunday, November 25, 2012

TANGO REVOLUTION CELEBRATES 7TH ANNIVERSARY (2005-2012) with Redwood Tango Trio!

SATURDAY DECEMBER 1, 2012
from 7pm -11:30pm
CAFFE MEDITERRANEUM
2475 TELEGRAPH AVENUE (b/w DWIGHT & HASTE)
BERKELEY, CA 94704
PARKING GARAGE ONE BLOCK AWAY AT CHANNING STREET
OR IN THE NEIGHBOURING STREETS.

MILONGA IS FREE with purchase of food/drink at the caffe.
Donations for the artists are encouraged!
Hosted by Sonja Riket: 415.661.1852 and Jonas Aquino: 510.698.2640
www.IntimateEmbraceTango.com - www.tangorevolution.blogspot.com

Come celebrate with us our 7 year milestone! Bring friends and family (all ages welcome) to enjoy an authentic Argentine Tango music and dance experience at this historic caffe: Berkeley’s birthplace of the caffe latte since 1957!


EVENT SCHEDULE:
7-8pm: Beginner Tango dance lesson with Sonja Riket $5 Donation (no dance experience or partner necessary)
8-11:30pm: Milonga (Tango Dance Party)
Between 9-11pm: Redwood Tango Trio will play 2 sets of Live Tango music (bandoneon, piano, violin) www.redwoodtango.com
Roberto Traina will sing his favortie Tangos accompanied by Kate Bernier on piano.

About Tango Revolution:
Tango Revolution is a neighborhood project to offer anyone the opportunity to learn and experience the social aspect of Argentine Tango: a dance and music of immigrants which continues to cross the boundaries of race, culture, language and social status. By regularly holding the event free of charge in accessible places such as cafés and community centers we encourage the spontaneous inclusion of music and dance in our everyday life as a communal experience. Where both beginning and accomplished dancers and musicians can share the floor without obvious hierarchy.

The Tango Revolution project began in late November 2005 at Café Revolution in SF’s Mission District and after using several venues, found a home at Caffe Trieste Downtown from 2007-2012. Since September 2012 we are proud to have started Tango Revolution Telegraph at the historic Café Mediterraneum in Berkeley.
Part of the project includes giving young musicians from high schools, community music schools, conservatories and universities the opportunity to learn and perform traditional Argentine Tango music as well as Piazzolla’s Nuevo Tango. Professional Tango musicians are also eager to perform at our Milonga.
We are currently looking for another permanent location in SF.

Tango Revolution is a program of Intimate Embrace Tango, which envisions Argentine Tango as a relational matrix of connection to ourselves, each other and the world. We offer the beautiful connection between human beings in the Tango Embrace as a common ground and antidote against the isolation, separation and fearful existence we are led to believe is necessary. What better way to come home to ourselves and connect with each other across our differences than the non-verbal power of a musical and dance embrace, listening and moving together as one?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Alejandro Ziegler Quartet in Tango Concert and Milonga at SF Community Center



FRIDAY OCTOBER 12, 2012 from 8pm -12:30am
SF Community Music Center
544 Capp Street (b/w 20th & 21st Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110


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


We feel very honored and excited that Argentine Tango professionals of such caliber as the Alejandro Ziegler Quartet from Buenos Aires, Argentina are coming to visit us here in SF!

They will play a Tango concert with pieces by Astor Piazzolla, Horacio Salgan, Julian Plaza and Alejandro Ziegler’s original compositions.

Then they return during the Milonga (Tango social dance party) for a special Live Music set intent to reproduce the sound of the original Tango Orchestra’s of the Golden Age of Tango.


Take an introductory Tango dance lesson with award-winning teacher Sonja Riket (no dance experience or partner necessary), then dance the night away in the intimate atmosphere of the concert hall with balcony, splendid hardwood floors and a beautiful open air patio to catch your breath!


What a treat!!! Don’t miss this very special and participatory event!
Come watch, listen or join in the dance! All levels and ages are welcome.



EVENT SCHEDULE:
8-8:45pm: Concert of Nuevo Tango, traditional Argentine Tango and original compositions by Alejandro Ziegler.

9-9:45pm: Introductory Dance Lesson by award winning teacher Sonja Riket (no dance experience or partner required)

9:45pm: Milonga starts with DJ Zeycan

10:15pm: Championship Dance performance by Leo Landa and Yumiko Krupenina

10:30-11:15pm: Live music set for dancing with Alejandro Ziegler Quartet

Milonga continues till 12:30 am.

Entrance fee: $15/$10 seniors & students, children under 11 free


About Alejandro Ziegler Quartet:

Alejandro Ziegler, Pianist and Composer from Buenos Aires, Argentina with a degree in orchestral music and music composition, performed for 2 years with the famed Buenos Aires City orchestra ”Orquesta Escuela de Tango” under Emilio Balcarce and Nestor Marconi. Tonight’s concert will showcase some of his own compositions which come alive through surprising arrangements and intimate interplay. Alejandro taught workshops on tango musicality and history in many universities around the world.


Since 2007 the Alejandro Ziegler Quartet has developed its own unique style of Tango music reflecting both innovation and tradition. Their repertoire of classical Tangos performed in the style of the most famous orchestra’s such as Troilo, Pugliese, Di Sarli, Piazzolla was recorded on their first CD in 2008 and on another in 2011.

The musicians are: Alejandro Ziegler, piano, conductor, composer; Javier Stromann, bandoneon; Ignacio Quiroz, violin and Ariel Obregon, doublebass. The ensemble is a new synthesis of the traditional tango orchestra. On stage the communication between the 4 musicians is expressive, playful, focused. They flirt with a chamber musical expression without ever leaving the unpredictable spontaneity and improvisation within popular music.

The Alejandro Ziegler Quartet is gaining acclaim worldwide, having completed 4 European tours and performed in many important festivals. This is their first USA tour and we are very excited and honored to welcome them to San Francisco! www.alejandroziegler.com