TANGO DEL CIELO

Take a journey into the world of tango like you've never done before! Imagine sultry tango and flair of flamenco, mixed with hip Latin-jazz and nostalgic swing-era melodies, add a dash of art and film on a multi-media stage, and voila – enjoy a show full of surprises called Tango Del Cielo - “Tango From Heaven”. Renowned harpist Anna Maria Mendieta reinvents the very character of Argentine Tango by joining world music with classical instruments in a dramatic presentation featuring harp, strings, percussion and exhilarating dance. Joined especially for this occasion by the world-class accordionist Jelena Milojevic and tango maestros Sandra Naccache and Jorge Lopez, TANGO DEL CIELO is truly a feast for the senses!

SANDRA NACCACHE & JORGE LOPEZ

Jorge Lopez and Sandra Naccache are two highly accomplished and experienced sought out artists. Based in Buenos Aires they began their collaboration in 2016 and now dance full time together. They have worked internationally teaching and performing Argentine Tango in Milongas, festivals, shows and exclusive top-of-the line cruise lines. Charismatic and authentic, Jorge and Sandra possess a panoply of knowledge and have developed a solid student base worldwide. Their teaching method is impeccable, structured and catered to help their students grow efficiently. Filmed in Buenos Aires, Jorge and Sandra have worked as dancers and choreographers on the famous Chinese reality series “Sisters Over Flowers” and have been invited to dance in several TV shows, musical comedies and movies.

JELENA MILOJEVIC

Jelena Milojevic is internationally recognized classical accordionist. Being a versatile musician with an extensive performing history, she has played numerous concerts in Europe, North America and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician and a soloist with various orchestras. She performed in some of the most prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Berlin Philharmonie. She is the winner of some of the most prestigious international accordion competitions, such as the CMA World Trophy 2003, International Accordion Competition in Castelfidardo, Italy, International Accordion competition in Pula, Croatia, etc. Her performances have been acclaimed as “an explosion of cosmic sensuality” and she has been praised for her “brilliant virtuosity”.

DUO PARIS MOSCOU

Duo Paris-Moscou - World's most entertaining accordion duo. For more than 20 years, Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov have been captivating audiences all over the world, with their impeccable virtuosity mixed with a witty sense of humour. Roman Jbanov and Domi Emorin, both winners of the most prestigious international accordion competitions, have created a Duo Paris-Moscou in 1998 and have since played in China, Russia, Canada, France, Denmark, Norway, England, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Italy etc. Welcome to the musical voyage between Paris and Moscow!

CARLOS & MAUREEN URREGO

Maureen and Carlos Urrego, Argentine Tango USA Champions, started dancing together in 2016. Combined they bring more than 20 years of experience in teaching, performing, choreographing and producing shows. Together they have been teaching and performing throughout the US, internationally in Colombia and Argentina sharing their love and dedication to this beautiful dance.

DANIEL LAPP & ADRIAN DOLAN

Daniel Lapp grew up in Prince George, BC in house with deep prairie roots that included his musical mother, an old-time piano player/teacher and a grandpa and 5 uncles who were all committed to the old-time dancing fiddle tradition. He has performed on a variety of instruments with many recognizable names such as Spirit of the West, Rickie Lee Jones, 54-40, Gord Downie, Barney Bentall, Jim Byrnes, Jim Cuddy, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed... He is the founder of the youth "BC Fiddle Orchestra", the Victoria Fiddle Society (2001) that holds monthly jams with up to 100 participants of all ages and abilities and Daniel Lapp's House of Music Society (2007) that enriches the community with various outreach programs. In 2010 Daniel was a featured fiddler in the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics and has recorded numerous albums of folk, jazz and electronic music as well as playing on over 100 others. In 2012 Daniel received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee "Service" Award and in 2013 was the recipient of the Canadian Folk Music Association "Innovator" Award for his contribution to Canada's fiddle culture. He is the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Grand Masters Lifetime Achievement Award.
Adrian Dolan is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based on Vancouver Island, best known for his work with the award-winning roots ensemble The Bills, and with one of Canadian best fiddlers Daniel Lapp. His skills as a violinist, accordionist and pianist have landed him on stage with some of the best in the business, along with a passion for composing, educating and leading a new generation of folk music into the 21st century.

DUO VILDA

Viivi Maria Saarenkylä (accordion) and Hildá Länsman (vocals, frame drum) have created an original blend of indigenous Sámi yoiks, grooving rhythms and improvisation - with girly charm. Inspiration has been sought from Sámi people's strong connection to nature, present-day pop as well as the Finnish folk tradition. The result is a unique dialogue that takes the listener to a fascinating journey to the Sámi land - the vast landscapes under the arctic hills and frosty winds. VILDÁs debut album Vildaluodda - Wildprint, released in April 2019 by Bafe’s Factory, has already gained great reviews all over the world.

MARIANO BARREIRO

Argentinian tango pianist Mariano Barreiro is one of the most recognized tango pianists of the new generation. Having recorded with the best tango musicians in the world such as Horacio Romo, Pablo Agri, Horacio Cabarcos, Juan Villarreal, Martin Cecconni, Santiago Cursach, Daniel Chapet and Ezequiel Donnianni among others. With his ensembles he has been invited to perform at the most prestigious tango festivals all over the USA, Europe and Argentina. Mariano studied classical music and tango at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, with the legendary Nicolás Ledesma (pianist of Leopoldo Federico) and Santiago Giaccobe (pianist of the iconic Astor Piazzolla).

CHARLES GORCZYNSKI

Bandoneonist and leader of the acclaimed Bay Area sextet Redwood Tango Ensemble, Charles Gorczynski is known as a contemporary tango composer and is recognized by his Argentine colleagues as one of the best bandoneonists in the world. His works have been premiered with Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival in Portland, and he was recently commissioned for several new tango works by Intermusic SF. Charles has toured for milongas and concerts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Rome, Pisa, and performed as bandoneonist for Alejandro Ziegler Quartet, Tango BC Trio, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and California Symphony.

BJARKE MOGENSEN

Born on the Danish Island of Bornholm, Bjarke Mogensen quickly made a name for himself as an internationally acclaimed accordion virtuoso and as a versatile musician with a keen ear for different styles. At the age of 13 he made his debut as a soloist with the Munich Symphony Orchestra in a German TV broadcast with millions of viewers. Since then an unusual curiosity and search for new sounds and expressions has taken him on musical paths where few other musicians have ventured before as a highly sought-after soloist in the classical music world. While student, Bjarke Mogensen had his solo debut-recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York and performed in European venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Barbican Hall, London. He has performed chamber music in duo with among others violinist Gidon Kremer, violist Tatjana Masurenko and cellist Andreas Brantelid. As a soloist he has worked with orchestras such as the Moscow Virtuosi, Kremerata Baltica, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tiroler Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic. Bjarke Mogensen graduated from the soloist class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he now is an associate professor of accordion and chamber music. A series of his award-winning recordings have been released by the British label Orchid Classics as well as the national Danish record label Dacapo-Records.

LOS TANGUEROS DEL OESTE

Los Tangueros del Oeste is the new project of the highly acclaimed bassist, Sascha Jacobsen. The ensemble performs classic Tangos and original music always meant for dancing, as Sascha is a Tango dancer himself. The trio also features Charles Gorczynski (bandoneon) and Joseph Christianson (violin).

BIJOUX DU BAYOU

Bijoux du Bayou (Jewels from the Bayou) are a 22 year old established band that has a mission; share the "good times/bon temps" music of Louisiana embodied in Zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans styles. The accordion is widely recognized as the lead instrument in both Zydeco and Cajun music so along with the fiddle, strong vocals and a jumping rhythm section of drums, bass and guitars, Bijoux delivers a dancing, toe tapping, hand clappin' knee slappin' time where you may forget you are in Canada and find yourself in an old time "fai do do" in the bayou parishes of Louisiana.

MARY ROSS-KLEKTAU

Mary’s Scottish Heritage contributes to her strong ties to Celtic Music. She began Highland Dancing at five and then started accordion lessons after being inspired by Scottish Accordionists. Mary’s musical career has taken her from Greenland to Texas, Scotland and various Canadian and USA destinations. Her professional focus for the last twenty years has been as a lead player for Scottish Country Dancing. In 2015, she was named the first recipient of the “Bobby Brown Memorial Scholarship.” In addition to Scottish Music, Mary completed a Music Diploma Program in 2013 with accordion as her major under at Camosun College in Victoria. The Vancouver Island Scottish Country Dance Society dancers are a lively group of over 130 dancers who love to introduce newcomers to the joys of Scottish Country Dancing. The group offers five classes a week ranging from the basic to advanced levels and holds monthly socials. It’s a great way to keep fit and to meet new people.

MOLLIE KAYE

Mollie Kaye studied puppetry and graphic arts at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been performing professionally since 1998, making all of her own puppets, props, and theatres from scratch. Her hilarious, music-laden shows are intended to delight and engage audiences of all ages. The characters and their mishaps always get kids— and adults— laughing!

BRUCE TRIGGS

For over a decade, Bruce Triggs has hosted the Accordion Noir radio program in Vancouver, BC, and was in on the ground floor at the annual Accordion Noir Festival. After meeting many fabulous accordion players, Bruce decided to write about the instrument rather than learn to play it. With an eye for colorful characters and a sharp sense of humor, he uncovered the hidden backstory of the squeezbox in everyone's closet. Accordion Revolution is about more than an instrument: it's a living. Breathing restoration of the squeezbox to it's rightful place at the roots of North America's popular music.

BUCAN BUCAN

Bucan Bucan is Victoria's favourite Folk/Roots group, a “high energy, “spontaneous”, “not to be missed” Balkan brass marching band. They are joined by the Lightning Hora and the Midnight Machine, Victoria's newest live music treasure, focused on Eastern European folk music.

VICTORIA ACCORDION ENSEMBLE

The Victoria Accordion Ensemble is a collection of players from the Victoria area. The members have a wide variety of backgrounds and musical experience and, individually or as part of a group, have performed in many different venues around Victoria and elsewhere, including internationally. Some have competed in various festivals with much success. This ensemble plays a variety of well-known contemporary songs from different genres.

ORLA SCOTT & JADE WONG

Although very young, Orla Scott and Jade Wong have already established themselves as the leaders of a new accordion generation in North America. They are prize winners at the prestigious international accordion competitions, such as Trophee Mondiale (World Trophy), Victoria International Accordion Competition and Leawenworth International Accordion Competition.