Sunday, July 15, 2012


SUNDAY JULY 15, 2012 from 6pm -10pm SF SHAMBALA CENTER 1231 STEVENSON STREET, SF, CA 94103 (the little street behind Caffe Trieste Downtown) FREE ENTRANCE. ATTENTION: WEAR ONLY socks or soft-soled shoes (suede or leather bottom), no rubber soled sneakers. Bring food/drink to add to the celebration! Hosted by Sonja Riket - More info: 415.661.1852 - EVENT SCHEDULE: 6-7pm: All levels Tango dance lesson with Sonja Riket ($5 Donation, which will be offered to the Center) 7:00-10pm Milonga with 2 Live music sets by special guest performer Joe Powers (Tango Harmonica) Come celebrate with us! We are very grateful to SF Shambala Center for opening their doors to Tango Revolution and hosting our special celebration! Please visit to learn more about their programs or join their community. We are honored that our friend and Tango Harmonica master Joe Powers will perform 2 Live music sets during the Milonga! Read more about him below. Since her first contact with Argentine Tango 14 years ago Sonja recognized the meditative qualities this dance can offer. Her 30-year professional dance career combined with decades of meditative practices inform her unique approach to teaching Argentine Tango. In October 2011 she taught a daylong workshop on “Tango as Contemplative Practice” in SF’s Zen Center. The theme of tonight’s class is: "Moving together as one, listening and responding to another’s presence, allows us to find stillness within. With this awareness we learn the Argentine tango way of walking together in an embrace." Come watch, listen or join in the dance. Bring friends and family for an authentic Argentine Tango experience! All levels and ages are welcome. About Joe Powers: Joe Powers is taking his instrument to new heights with his engaging and energetic performances that cover a full spectrum of musical genres from Jazz, Blues, and Pop-Rock, to Classical, New Age, Argentine Tango, traditional Japanese music, and other world traditions. The only tango harmonica phenomenon in the USA, Joe honed his tango skills while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he recorded his 2007 debut solo album, “Amor de Tango”. He has shared the stage with top Tango artists: NarcoTango, ColorTango, and "Gotan Project" singer, Veronika Silva, and performed with groups as diverse as Pink Martini, British Pop Icon Jamie Cullum, and Smooth Jazz Pioneer Tom Grant. Last December he was guest soloist with the Ichikawa Symphony for that Japanese orchestra’s 60th anniversary concert, and this summer is busy touring from the Oregon Bach Festival to Ashkenaz, and on to European events. Don’t miss Joe’s performance at the fundraiser for Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center on Saturday July 21, 2012! About Tango Revolution: 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 accessible places such as cafés and community centers 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. The Tango Revolution project began in 2005 at Café Revolution in SF’s Mission District and found a home at Caffe Trieste Downtown from 2007-2012. Part of the project is 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. We are currently looking for another permanent location. 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? –