NEW YORK CITY
Robin Thomas is one of the most sought after Tango DJs in North America. He has been invited to every major tango festival and tango community in the United States. He is respected by traditionalists and innovators alike. Originally from Belfast, Ireland, he is now based in New York City but travels relentlessly throughout North America teaching tango and playing music for dancers.
After dancing tango for several years, DJing became a natural extension of Amy’s tango journey. She considers herself a student of tango music and enjoys studying its variety and complexity. Amy understands that good music is essential for a memorable evening of dancing. She plays tandas that respond to the energy of the milonga and inspire dancers to connect with one another. Amy DJs regularly in her hometown of Los Angeles, California, as well as at events across the United States.
DERRICK DEL PILAR
When he is at the DJ station, Derrick selects the best traditional tangos, valses, and milongas with rhythm, romance, energy, playfulness, drama...whatever the dancers seem to be craving at the moment. Besides being a dancer and DJ, Derrick is an avid student of tango culture. He holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley, and he has translated books on tango by Lidia Ferrari and Gustavo Benzecry Sabá. He regularly updates his website, www.poesiadegotan.com, with his own English translations of classic tango lyrics. He has DJed at festivals, marathons, and local events in cities throughout the Southwest and all along the West Coast, including Albuquerque, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, L.A., San Francisco, Ashland, Eugene, Portland, and Seattle, as well as in his native Chicago.
Alex has been dancing Argentine Tango since 1997 and teaching worldwide since 1998, including performances in Buenos Aires. He has run his all-Argentine tango studio, Tango Berretin, in Portland, Oregon since 2001 and has also studied the bandoneon since 2001 currently directing his sextet. He has DJ'ed milongas in Portland, Anchorage, Dallas, Ann Arbor, Augsburg (Germany), Cambridge (UK), Seattle, Victoria (B.C.), Salt Lake City, Boulder, Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and the all-night milongas in San Francisco, Washington DC and New York City.
Robert Hauk is a Portland treasure. He was one of the first to play tandas in the states. For years he was known around town and around the country for his collections of CDs and a portable double deck because of the superior sound quality to MP3’s. His immense knowledge of Argentine Tango makes him ideal for the new and old challenges of DJing vinyl.
Georges Naasan started dancing in Beirut Lebanon, where he is originally from, at a time where there was no tango community or milongas to attend. Along with a few friends, he founded the first milonga in Beirut and ran it for few years before he moved to the United States in 2007. ONce in the US he continued to develop his tango skills with various teachers that traveled to Cleveland and later to the Bay Area.
In the summer of 2014, he was the recipient of the gold medal in Argentine Tango at the Gay Games. He started DJing in 2015, and quickly became one of the bay area’s prominent local DJs. He has travelled for DJing in various US cities including San Diego, LA, and New York.
Steven’s Argentine Tango roots stretch back to Salt Lake City, Utah where he began his Tango career in 1997, helping build a small community based on stellar music and solid dance instruction. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 2002 and has danced, taught and DJed there ever since.
Having participated in every aspect of Tango community building, Steven is convinced that traditional Argentine Tango music is the core, the life blood of vibrant communities and successful events. Great music urges us to stand up, connect with our partner, and join the living flow of movement on the dance floor. He’s looking forward to playing music that he loves and that has inspired him to move and connect for 20 years.
He regularly DJs at Las Naifas Matinee Milonga every fourth Friday of the month in Portland.
Liz Hutchinson began her tango DJing journey in 2012, quickly becoming obsessed with the music and her collection. She has since traveled the world, DJing in milongas across the USA, Europe, and Argentina. She strives to give the dancers a balance of rhythm and melody, creating a dramatic range of emotions to swim through.
Emily Pierce first discovered Argentine tango in Eugene at the University of Oregon and then went on to DJ and organize tango events in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. Most recently, she has relocated to Portland, Oregon. She has been DJing alternative and traditional tango events for the past twelve years and was a longtime DJ at Project Tango’s Cellspace alternative milonga in San Francisco. She is now a regular DJ at Portland’s Wednesday Tango alternative milonga. Her alternative DJing philosophy is to play newer, danceable music to appeal to a wide audience of dancers. Her past dance influences include Lindy Hop, blues, African, ballet, and ballroom. She has helped to organize and promote many past tango events including the SF Tango Shenanigans, Portland’s Tango in the Park, and Director Park Tango.
After finding tango in Eugene, Jazmine traveled to Argentina, then to Portland to be part of the thriving tango community here. She has loved tango music since her first listen and is constantly surprised by its intricacies. Being a DJ has proven to be an opportunity to go further down the tango rabbit hole. She's thrilled to share some sweet tunes at the Friday práctica at this festival!