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Tango Ensemble _ Course _ MuziekPublique academy

The tango course aims to understand and to browse through this musical genre in all its forms: traditional, contemporary, modern, and fusion. As well as working on its different rhythms: tango, waltz, milonga. We will work on an adapted repertoire specifically arranged for the instruments of the ensemble. In the repertoire, we will find music from renowned composers such as Astor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Pugliese, Horacio Salgan, Anibal Troilo, as well as composers and bands of today.

The main idea of the course is to create a dynamic and fun musical ensemble, with a variety of instrument and a musical complexity adapted to the musicians.

The course is aimed at all musicians (intermediate or advanced) or amateurs of this music.


String instruments (violin, viola, cello, contrabass)

Guitar (classic or electric)

Electric bass

Percussions (drums, cajon, other)

Accordion and bandoneon




Wind instruments (please contact me beforehand)

This course will tackle the fundamental notions of tango music: melody, rhythm, counterpoint, typical orchestral styles, contemporary and modern tango ensembles. The analysis will focus directly on developing musicality and music interpretation.

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Musicality Workshop

Musicality workshop

The secret to discover

In principle, musicality is considered an innate virtue of the artist. But in reality, musicality can be acquired through understanding and work.

There are different ways of being musical. Rhythm seems to be the most obvious connection to music. We can also follow the melody, counterpoint, or an instrument, and now change our reference while listening.

The more we understand certain aspects of the music, the more tools we have to generate a more elaborate interpretation. 

As an introduction, I invite you to read the article: What is musicality. ( FR / ESP only, read more)

What is the subject of the course?

In this seminar, the fundamental concepts of tango music will be analysed: melody, rhythm, counterpoint, typical orchestra styles, etc.

The course is aimed at any tango dancer or tango lover.

In addition to Camilo Cordoba‘s musical analysis, the practical classes will benefit from the contribution of guest dance maestros with whom we will work specifically on the subjects seen during the classes. 

The Edge of Tango

Astor Piazzolla and Eduardo Rovira are commonly portrayed as the two pioneering pioneers of “tango nuevo” and it is often debated who was the first to modernize tango. The first important impetus to the development of modern tango was made by Piazzolla in 1955 with the Octeto Buenos Aires. The following year, Rovira joined the Octeto La Plata.

While nothing definitive has emerged from that debate, the unanswered question was the perfect starting point
for “The Edge of Tango”.

This recording is based on the recovery of Octeto Buenos Aires scores, which were burned by Piazzolla himself, as well as the scores of the Octeto La Plata, which were partially lost during a flood.

Here, the music of both octets has been placed next to one
another for the first time.

With these ensembles, the two protagonists explored the boundaries (“the edge”) of  tango for the first time. 

Read more about Octeto Buenos Aires (musical analysis)

You can also watch the live concert of “The Edge of Tango performing Octeto Buenos Aires

Sonico – Octet

SONICO (Belgium) presents their third studio album, “Piazzolla – Rovira: The Edge of Tango”, as an octet on 17th September 2021. This album includes, for the first time together, the music of the Octeto Buenos Aires (Piazzolla) and the Octeto La Plata (Rovira), key groups at the forefront of modern tango. The repertoire of this double album is made up of 16 works that not only recovers previously recorded but lost, material but also includes four previously unreleased pieces.

SONICO, created in Brussels in 2015, has dedicated itself to recovering the music of Eduardo Rovira, often mistakenly considered to be “the other Piazzolla”. In August 2018, SONICO presented their first album, “Eduardo Rovira: La Otra Vanguardia”, at the Buenos Aires Tango Festival.  
In March 2021, SONICO celebrated the 100th anniversary of Astor Piazzolla’s birth at the Klara festival / BOZAR (BE). This concert, broadcasted on Belgian public TV, was hailed as the most-watched of the entire festival. In September 2022, SONICO will be part of A BIGGER THING, the creation of choreographer Lisi Estarás that will open the 22/23 season of the Vlaamse Opera (Ghent, Belgium). 

The members of SONICO are:
Lysandre Donoso (FR/CL) bandoneón; Carmela Delgado (FR/SP) bandoneón; Stephen Meyer (USA/BE) violin; Daniel Hurtado Jimenéz (SP) violin; Oscar Quiñonez (MX) viola; Guillaume Lagravière (FR) cello; Camilo Cordoba (AR/IT) electric guitar; Ariel Eberstein (AR/BE) double bass; Ivo De Greef (BE) piano.

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