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2 x Tango Events in Ventura:  June 2015

 
 

Tango Musicians, Dancers & Composers

Carmen Maret + Andrew Bergeron

"Folias Tango"

from Grand Rapids, Michigan—


"Mapping the Tango"

— Phrase Structure + Form —

A Pre-Milonga Musicality Workshop

with Live + Recorded Tango Music



After the workshop, please stay on for:

   Tuesday Night Tango featuring "Live Sets" for Social Dancers

— by Folias Tango with Carmen (flute) + Andrew (guitar) —


Tuesday - June 9, 2015 — 6:00 - 9:30 pm

Peirano's Restaurant in Ventura


$20 / Dancer Suggested Donation for the Evening

— Pre-Milonga Musicality Workshop + Dancing with"Live Music" afterwards ...







Pre-Milonga Musicality Workshop

In their pre-milonga workshop, "Mapping the Tango" — Phrase Structure + Form, Carmen and Andrew of Folias Tango will guide us into a deeper understanding of classic "Golden Age" songs, music and arrangements.

Illustrating their investigations with "live music" and selected recordings, Carmen and Andrew will share tools to develop our "dancer's ear," and show how we can bridge the gap between the sounds of yesteryear and those of today — embracing both with ever greater facility and confidence through an increased awareness and appreciation of traditional approaches.

More sensivitivty and insight into musical structure and composition can also begin to amplify, integrate with and inform a whole range of movements we make as dancers — helping enrich the nuance, subtlety, power, grace and creativity of what we discover and explore together on the social dance floor.

In addition to being professional musicians, Carmen and Andrew are also gifted composers, practicing teachers, and active tango dancers — a combination that helps lend a special depth and resonance to all their work ... on the band stand, in the classroom and on the social dance floor.

Dancing with "Live Music"

After the workshop, please stay on for Tuesday Night Tango and dancing with "live music."

Folias plays hand-crafted "Golden Age" arrangements by flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron, along with new original tango, vals, and milonga music co-composed by the duo specifically for social dancing.




Carmen and Andrew last visited our area in August 2010.

At that time, along with two fellow musicians, guitarists Luke Galas and Dave Martin, they offered another pre-milonga workshop, Tango Music:  Its Secrets Revealed.

Some fifty dancers joined us that night to enjoy Folias' perspectives + insights into tango music, and then stay on for the rare pleasure of dancing as they played for us "live."

Be sure to join us this time at Peirano's on Tuesday, June 9th, for another memorable evening with Folias Tango ...

Folias presenting a pre-milonga musicality workshop
at Tuesday Night Tango in August 2010



For more about Carmen, Andrew and "Mapping the Tango," please scroll down ...





"Mapping the Tango" Musicality Workshop in Ventura with Andrew + Carmen (Folias Tango), June 2015
     
 
Dancing with "Live Music" by Folias Tango - Carmen Maret (flute) + Andrew Bergeron (guitar) — June 2015
 
   



Overview:  Musicality Workshop + Milonga with Live Music

When: 

 

Tuesday — June 9th, 2015

Where: 

 

Peirano's "Red Room" - 204 East Main, Ventura

Musicality Workshop:

 

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - a 60-minute workshop with "live music"

Tuesday Night Tango: 

 

7:00 - 9:30 p.m. — social dancing ...

 

 

     — featuring live sets by Carmen + Andrew

Cost:

 

$20 / Dancer - suggested donation for the evening

   

        (= $10 / workshop + $10 / dancing with "live music")


All Levels Workshop

— Newer + More Experienced Dancers Both Welcome —


Click here for Driving Directions - and - more about Tuesday Night Tango in Ventura ...



More About Carmen + Andrew of "Folias Tango"

Carmen Maret + Andrew Bergeron
"Folias Tango"

Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron of the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo met at Michigan State University in 2002 while studying for their combined Master’s Degrees in music composition, performance, and ethnomusicology. Their collaborations were initially based upon playing Andrew’s original music and Carmen’s tango arrangements but they soon blended these elements together to create their first concept album Waterway which drew inspiration from an Artist Residency at Isle Royale National Park.

Taking inspiration from Piazzolla, Maret and Bergeron’s original compositions are rooted in both the rigors of classical music and in the freedom of improvisational music. About Folias’ album Marufo Vega Fanfare magazine said, “Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron are facile players…They draw on tango rhythms and melodies sometimes; at other times they write with a scenic sensitivity… mysterious… charming… evocative.”

This nomadic duo has played on stages around the globe including in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, and Guinee, West Africa. Carmen and Andrew have self-booked and promoted tours extensively throughout North America, including festivals in Alaska and Canada and milongas in over 25 tango communities throughout the United States.

Carmen and Andrew are also co-founders of the Grand Rapids Tango Community in Western Michigan, where they dance and teach. And they curate foliasmusic.com where they publish and sell their own sheet music and CDs, host a podcast and blog. On their website you will also discover their not so secret identities as foodies and nature lovers.




Links to Folias Tango + their Music ...

Folias Music Website

    — background, bio, links, video ...

Carmen + Andrew's 2015 Tour

    — on the road from May to July in
         states throughout West

Tango Blog

    — Folias' tango activities since 2009

Discography

    — Folias CDs on allmusic.com

Carmen + Andrew playing tango music together
along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania ...

Selected Video of "Live Music" from Folias Tango:

For more on Tango Music ...

Including background, history, examples + more, please see our "More Music" page ...




Space + Restaurant

Peirano's Restaurant is the location + venue both for Tuesday Night Tango in Ventura and tonight's visit with Carmen and Andrew of Folias Tango.

Under the banner of "one world, many flavors," Peirano's offers a range of dining options — from appetizers & bites to salads to full dinners. Voted the spot for the "Best Tapas in Ventura," Peirano's also has a well-stocked bar, ample free parking, a kitchen that stays open until 9:00 pm, and long list of glowing reviews for its elegant food, graceful ambiance and classy vibe.

In addition to Tuesday Night Tango, owner Sanaa and her staff host live music on other nights of the week, along with banquets, special events, and regular gourmet themed tastings of fine food and drink.

Located on Main in downtown Ventura just across the Mission, the restaurant is an easy 30-minute drive from Santa Barbara, Ojai and Thousand Oaks, an hour or so from many parts of the Valley and Los Angeles, and just minutes away from all locations in nearby Oxnard and Ventura.

 
Peirano's Restaurant - exterior
 
View of the Dance Space (with tables)



Map + Driving Directions

 

Map to Peirano's — 204 East Main Street (across from the Mission) — Ventura, CA  93001

 

Driving from Los Angeles + points south:

  • Take the 101 Freeway (northbound) to to California Street, Exit 70A.
  • At the end of the ramp, turn right/north onto South California Street ....
  • For free public parking: Two blocks north of the freeway, turn left/west onto Santa Clara ... then go two more blocks past Palm Street ... and turn right into the free public parking next to "The Tavern" (old Candlelight) ...
  • Go a few steps north/up Palm or the Figueroa Street Mall (both of which are adjacent to the parking area) to Main Street, and look for Peirano's on the south side of the street, just across from the Mission, right next to the fountain.
  • The restaurant's entrance will take you into their main bar + dining area — go toward the back and look for Tuesday Night Tango in the large private dining area to your left ... or just follow the music.


Driving from Santa Barbara + points north:

  • Take the 101 Freeway (southbound) to Ventura Ave, Exit 70A.
  • The off ramp will curve left/north onto South Ventura Avenue ...
  • For free public parking: Two blocks north of the freeway, turn right/east onto Santa Clara ... then go two more blocks past Figueroa Street ... and turn left into the free public parking next to "The Tavern" (old Candlelight) ...
  • Go a few steps north/up Palm or the Figueroa Street Mall (both of which are adjacent to the parking area) to Main Street, and look for Peirano's on the south side of the street, just across from the Mission, right next to the fountain.
  • The restaurant's entrance will take you into their main bar + dining area — go toward the back and look for Tuesday Night Tango in the large private dining area to your left ... or just follow the music.


Past Quantum Tango Workshops & Events with Visiting Dancers


•    Brigitta Winkler — "Flirty Vals" — March 2015

•    Momo Smitt — "Clean, Clear, Crisp, Rhythmic" + "Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go" — May 2014

•    Daniel Trenner — Tango Lab:  "Principles of Letting + Flowing" — March 2014

•    Brigitta Winkler — "INTER:  Act / Sect / Weave / Relate" — February 2014

•    Leonel Chen + Florencia Han — "Milonga:  Fast + Small" — November 2013

•    Daniel Trenner — Tango Lab: "Iconic Roles - Tango's Lead & Follow Dynamic" — March 2013

•    Felipe Martinez — "Cross-System Gems" — September 2012

•    Sharna Fabiano — "Close Embrace of the Third Kind" — September 2011

•    Folias Tango Quartet & Avik Basu — "Tango Music:  Its Secrets Revealed" — August 2010

•    Daniel Trenner — "Milonga:  Traditional Perspectives & Tráspie" — May 2009

•    Sabine Zubarik — "Milonga for Beginners" — April 2009

•    Andrés Amarilla + Meredith Klein — Mulitple Workshops — October 2007   (pdf)

•    Andrés Amarilla : Extended Residency — January / February / March 2007   (pdf)

•    Andrés Amarilla + Meredith Klein — Tango Lab: "Alternative Embrace" — May 2006

•    Andrés Amarilla + Meredith Klein — Multiple Workshops — May / June 2006   (pdf)

•    Andrés Amarilla + Meredith Klein — Tango Lab Intensive: "Nuevo" — February 2006


 
 

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