Friday, October 28, 2011

Tango Revolution Orchestra celebrates its 6th Anniversary


Special guest performers Ville Hiltula (bandoneon) and Maho Nabeshima (piano) join Tango Revolution musicians in a CONCERT of Piazzolla (Nuevo Tango), traditional Argentine Tango and Argentine folk music and as “Orquesta Tipica” in the MILONGA(Tango Dance Party)!

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2011 from 7pm -12am
SF Community Music Center
544 Capp Street (b/w 20th & 21st Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Hosted by Sonja Riket - More info: 415.661.1852 -

Come celebrate Tango Revolution’s 6 years of service to the community with free Tango classes, Milongas and opportunities for young musicians to learn about and perform the Argentine Tango style!

We feel extremely honored that Argentine Tango professionals of such caliber as Ville Hiltula and Maho Nabeshima will join us in this celebration!
With high level artistry and exceptional teaching ability, they have coached the Tango Revolution musicians in an intensive master class leading up to tonight’s collaborative performance in Concert and as “Orquesta Tipica” during the Milonga (Tango Dance Party).

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.

7-7:50pm: Concert of Piazzolla (Nuevo Tango), traditional Argentine Tango and Argentine folk music by Tango Revolution musicians with guest performers Ville Hiltula (bandoneon) and Maho Nabeshima (piano)
8-8:45pm: Introductory Dance Lesson by award winning teacher Sonja Riket (no dance experience or partner required)
9pm: Milonga starts
10pm: Live music set for dancing with Tango Revolution “Orquesta Tipica” and guests Ville Hiltula (bandoneon) and Maho Nabeshima (piano)
Milonga continues till 12 am.

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

Ville Hiltula (Finland) and Maho Nabeshima (Japan) are an international tango duo from the San Francisco Bay Area: two extremely talented musicians who put their mark on the tango tradition.
Coming from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds these two musicians unite their collective experience and talents to provide tango music with a contemporary personal vision without forgetting the traditions of this wonderful music.
Their repertoire covers a wide range of different tango styles. Having an extensive collection of old traditional danceable tango and tango nuevo in their repertoire, they also like to push the borders of traditional tango music by playing contemporary newly written music.

VILLE HILTULA: was born and raised in Finland where he started his musical career with accordion at the age of 9. He studied at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki and later performed as an accordion soloist and chamber musician in different countries in Europe. From 2002 to 2006, Ville studied bandoneon and Argentine Tango at The Rotterdam Conservatory`s tango department in the Netherlands, the best Tango school outside Buenos Aires, Argentina.

As a bandoneon player and tango musician Ville has been working actively ever since and collaborated with many world renowned tango artists such as Carel Kraayenhof y su Sexteto Canyengue, Gustavo Beytelmann, Victor Hugo Villena, Orquesta Tipica OTRA, Roberto Alvarez y su Color Tango, Alfredo Marcucci, Sonia Possetti, Alejandro Schwarz, Leonardo Sanchez, Pablo Agri, and also played together with pop groups Blof and Nuspirit Helsinki.
He participated as a soloist in Astor Piazzolla`s tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires, which performed all over Belgium in 2005-2006 together with Musiques Nouvelles ensemble. Ville also worked together with Aurelia Saxophone Quartet and the Argentinean pianist Juan Pablo Dobal in the project called Nuevo Encuentro.

Ville has performed in Buenos Aires, Argentina (VIII Festival de Tango Buenos Aires, Teatro Alvear, Teatro San Martin, Casa del Tango, Congreso National de Buenos Aires, Teatro de la Ribera, Carapachay, Confiteria Ideal, La Viruta), most European countries as well as in Japan and the USA. His music appears on 4 CD’s.

Maho received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and an Artist Diploma from Carnegie Mellon University.

She served on the faculty of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Mellon University’s preparatory school, the Colburn School of Performing Arts and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music preparatory division.

Maho has given solo and chamber music recitals in Japan, Germany and the United States, with the Essex Symphony Orchestra in Andover, Massachusetts and most recently in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She was a featured pianist on the Steinway Society Concert Series in Pittsburgh, PA, the Walden School Concert Series in Dublin, New Hampshire, as well as on the Liszt Gala Concert hosted by the American Liszt Society in San Francisco, CA. She recorded 2 CD’s.

Tango Revolution is a weekly 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 an accessible café on a Sunday afternoon 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.

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. They receive coaching sessions by professional Tango musicians from Argentina, Europe and the USA, collaborate with guest faculty and professional musicians and perform regularly as a music ensemble at SF’s Community Music Center, Caffe Trieste Downtown and other special events in the Bay Area.

The Tango Revolution project began in 2005 at Café Revolution in SF’s Mission District. Its success has inspired other musical groups such as Classical Revolution to adopt the idea, the name and the practice of making music in accessible places.
Many dancers honed their skills with us and many musicians were introduced to the tango music, since there is no official Tango music school in the Bay Area. Some went on to form their own groups such as the tango quartet Tangonero, which has its origin in the Tango Revolution project.

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? –