Dancer / Composer / Professor
— from Buenos Aires
Two World-Renowned Musicality
Units of Tango Rhythm"
as a Rhythmic Element in Tango"
Two 90-Minute Workshops Both with "Live"
Bandoneón + Recorded Music
... followed by Social Dancing in Ojai's
famous "Tango Incident"
Monday - July 6, 2015
7:00 - 11:00
in the Gallery in the Ojai Art Center
$25 / one Workshop $40
/ both Workshops
Workshops with Joaquín Amenábar
Widely celebrated as a "modern master of the bandoneón,"
Joaquín Amenábar is a multi-faceted and supremely
talented "Renaissance Man of Tango" performer,
orquesta leader, composer, arranger, music professor, writer,
historian, lecturer, instrument tuner + technician.
Perhaps even more significant for us is Joaquín's own
background as an active social tango dancer an interest
that has blended with his own deep knowledge of musical performance,
history and composition, leading him to investigate a number of
challenges that many of us face as tango dancers:
- If we do not have the benefit of formal music
training then ...
- How can we as tango dancers take in, process + respond to
the many layers, subtlties + nuances of tango music ...
- In ways that help us create, discover + explore our own unique
dance more effectively ...
- And then share it with each other as we improvise together
on the social dance floor ...?
The result is Joaquín's unique and highly innovative program
on Musicality for Tango Dancers ...
In development for more than ten years, Joaquín has presented
his celebrated Musicality Workshops world wide since 2009.
Earlier this year he traveled + taught in Europe for three months,
and his upcoming North American tour includes visits to Albuquerque,
Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Maui ... and Ojai.
For a preview of Joaquín playing "live,"
this link to youtube video of one of his solos
at the 2013 Sydney Tango Salon Festival in Australia.
More on Joaquín's Musicality Workshops in Ojai:
- Appropriate for All Levels of
By design, the Workshops are fully accessible to beginners
+ newcomers ... while at the same time, they are challenging
+ informative to more experienced dancers.
- Aimed at dancers.
The Workshops are not "lectures" on music theory
or history we will be on our feet and moving most
of the time.
- No partner required.
The primary emphasis will be on individual work
moving in time with particular sounds, aspects, elements,
and features of the music.
- No special training or background
in music is necessary.
The Workshops are "non-theoretical" Joaquín
uses common everyday language, clear metaphors, and unique
visual aids to enhance our investigations.
- Both "live" and recorded
In addition to narrating our guided listening + movement
to "Golden Age" classics, Joaquín will
play live on his bandoneón to help illustrate + highlight
key features of the music.
- No "steps" or patterns.
The concepts, processes + examples explored are universally
applicable in all Tango situations that we encounter as
both Leaders + Followers useful for everything from
"simple" walking + turns ... to the most intricate
+ complex combinations that we might create on the improvised
social dance floor.
In addition to music and tango, Joaquín is very fluent
in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese,
which allows him to communicate directly to dancers all over
the world in their native tongue.
Joaquín is also the author of Bailemos con la Música!,
a unique book / CD / DVD resource for dancers interested in
expanding their ear, deepening their musical understanding,
and enhancing their ability to improvise with confidence on
the social dance floor.
The English language version of this project, Let's Dance
to the Music!, will be available for purchase by dancers
during our evening with Joaquín in Ojai ...
Amenábar - Musicality Workshops
Monday July 6th, 2015
Ojai Art Center - in the Gallery - 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Essential
Units of Tango Rhythm
8:30 - 10:00 p.m. - Melody as
a Rhythmic Element
10:00 - 11:00 p.m. post-workshop social dancing ...
$25 / Dancer for One Workshop
$40 / Dancer for Both Workshops
"Tango Incident" (social dancing) free ...
Newer + More Experienced
Dancers Both Welcome
Click here for Driving Directions
- and - more about Monday Night Tango
in Ojai ...
Coming to Ojai for an overnight
...? Click here for info
on local accommodations.
More About Joaquín Amenábar
- As a musician, in the last two decades Joaquín has
played dozens of festivals and hundreds concerts interpreting
tango classics as well as baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary
and fokloric music all around the world.
- As an orquesta leader, Joaquín was the musical
director and first bandoneón of the Orquesta
Típica de la Guardia Vieja in Buenos Aires,
a 10-member ensemble that recreated the classic sound, sensibility
and arrangements of tango's "Golden Age."
- As an educator, Joaquín teaches bandoneón at
the University of Buenos Aires, the Superior Conservatory of
Music in BsAs, and the Folk Music School of Avellaneda ...
- As a tanguero, Joaquín has been improvising
on Tango's social dance floor since 1994 ...
playing "live" in a Musicality Workshop
Joaquín y su Orquesta Típica
de la Guardia Vieja
Joaquín repairing + tuning a bandoneón
in his home workshop
More Links for Joaquín Amenábar
Playing Live on the Bandoneón
Youtube video of Joaquín soloing on the bandoneón at the 2013 Syndey
Tango Salon Festival in Australia.
Website + Book on Tango Musicality
More background, bio, links, and information on "Let's
Dance To the Music!" Joaquín's book
/ CD / DVD package that outlines his unique approach to musicality
for Tango dancers an excellent way to continue studying Tango
musicality at your own pace.
Joaquín plans to bring a few copies with him + make them
available to Ojai Workshop dancers on Monday.
Musicality Workshops in Los Angeles,
July 10 - 12, 2015
Following his visit to Ojai, Joaquín will offer a series
of Musciality Workshops in Los Angeles over the weekend of July
10 - 12 ... a great opportunity to continue working with him in
Joaquín's annual visits to L.A. are hosted by Linda Valentino
of A Puro Tango.
Típica de la Guardia Vieja
The 10-member tango ensemble that Joaquín played with and
led in the early 2000's in Buenos Aires, patterned after the classic
orquestas of Tango's "Golden Age." Listen to demos
of their music here
of a Musicality Workshop with Joaquín
From a London-based tanguero who blogs under the name "Tango
commuter," this overview of a 2010 musicality workshop with
For More Background on Tango Music ...
Including history, examples + more, please see our "More
Music" page ...
+ Driving Directions
For the "Musicality" Workshops
with Joaquín Amenábar in Ojai:
to Ojai Art Center 113 South Montgomery, Ojai
from Google Maps ...
- From US 101 in Ventura, take CA 33 north toward Ojai.
- Keep going straight as CA 150 joins CA 33, then swings east to
take you into Ojai. Stay on CA 150.
- The "center of town" is the stop light at Signal Street
you'll see the Post Office on the SE corner, with its iconic
- For the Art Center: Continue east approximately 0.1
miles, past Libbey Park, and turn right/south onto South Montgomery
the Art Center is half a block down, on your right ...
- Come in the front door and follow the music we will be
in the Gallery at the end of the hall ... 1,400 square feet,
with a recently refinished maple floor from the 1930s
Exterior Ojai Art Center 113
South Montgomery, Ojai
Interior Dance Space in the Gallery
at the Ojai Art Center
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