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Master Class by “La Juan D’arienzo”

March 2 @ 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Esquina Tango and the Center for American Music in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas present:

Master class for dancers & musicians by “La Juan D’arienzo”

~This class is open to both dancers and musicians~

This Class is now closed for registration. Aka we have a full house!! (or rather corner!!)
~Don’t forget to get tickets for Show & Milonga for later that same evening!!

About the class:
Taught by the Orchestra

The objective of the workshop is to set up a bridge between musicians and dancers from the analysis and development of some basic and determined tools about the technical work of a Typical Tango Orchestra. The purpose is to apply them to the dance and to gain a better musical appreciation and superior understanding of the style and the gender.

The workshop is oriented for musicians looking for a better understanding of Juan D’Arienzo’s style of structure and musical technique. It is also for dancers looking to enjoy and interpret the music of “El rey del Compás” and to all those who want to know with greater depth another aspect of style created by an icon of our always valid Tango: Juan D’arienzo.

Class Topics

Topic/Part 1: “Juan D’arienzo and his Typical Orchestra”

• Historical Tour about life and work of the founder of the most popular Tango Orchestra.
• Musical characteristics, Icons and musical evolution of Juan D’arienzo Orchestra through the time.
• Orchestra’s style development. Influence in Tango and society. Musical Settings.

Topic/Part 2: “The Typical Orchestra”

• Morphology and functioning of “La Juan D’arienzo” Orchestra from inside. Instruments, characteristics and roles.
• Comparative particularities of Juan D’arienzo style: “Marcato”, “The 4th string”, “Variations”, Singers”. Soloists’ role and group of instruments in the orchestra. Musical language appreciation.

Topic/Part 3: “Orchestra and Dancer Conjunction”

• Juan D’arienzo Style from feet. Interpretation tools and musical appreciation. Dialog between body and music, between couple and orchestra: a dialogue of a three.
• Applied tools of musical appreciation on the couple. Interpretation of the orchestra for a dialogue of a three.

Topic/Part 4: “Live Milonga”

• Putting the above into practice. Appreciation of what was developed in the workshop in conjunction with the music of La Juan D’arienzo

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Center for American Music at the University of Texas.


March 2
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
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Esquina Tango
209 Pedernales St
Austin, 78702 United States
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