What is a Tango Jam?

It's a forum for the exploration of tango music that is geared towards musicians of all levels and backgrounds. The primary objective is to gain awareness and familiarity with aspects of tango music in order to play classic tango songs that dancers will enjoy dancing to. Learn how to play different rhythm patterns, how to trade off melodies, and how the instruments work together to become live tango music for dancers. We won't spend time learning how to find the notes, but we'll talk a lot about how to make your instrument sound like tango. All instruments and abilities are welcome... we just want lots of people to get excited about playing tango music for dancers.

Questions? Contact David ( david@tresner-kirsch.com )

Upcoming jams


Past jams

Milonga le Chat Rouge 2nd Anniversary
Sat, April 18th 2015

At: Milonga le Chat Rouge
SOWA Galleries, 450 Harrison Avenue (on Thayer Courtyard), South End, Boston (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Perform:
10:45 PM
Songs:
  1. shusheta
  2. corazon de oro
  3. re - fa - si
  4. el flete
  5. lagrimas y sonrisas
  6. hotel victoria
6pm jam/rehearsal, milonga starts at 9, and we'll perform around 10:45. Planning on definitely a tango tanda and a vals tanda (there will be one additional vals, Danse Macabre, that's not yet uploaded above -- email David for a lead sheet). If we make good time with the rehearsal, we'll also add in a tanda of easy-to-read milongas.

Milonga le Chat Rouge jam
Sat, September 20th 2014

At: Milonga le Chat Rouge
SOWA Galleries, 450 Harrison Avenue (on Thayer Courtyard), South End, Boston (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Perform:
11:00 PM
Songs:
  1. felicia
  2. corazon de oro
  3. palomita blanca
  4. el flete
  5. campo afuera
  6. romance de barrio
  7. lagrimas y sonrisas
  8. hotel victoria
We'll play a couple other songs, for which I'll bring sheet music: Toda Mi Vida and Milonga del 900.

March Milonga le Chat Rouge
Sat, March 15th 2014

At: Milonga le Chat Rouge
SOWA Galleries, 450 Harrison Avenue (on Thayer Courtyard), South End, Boston (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Perform:
10:00 PM
Songs:
  1. se dice de mi
  2. corazon de oro
  3. campo afuera
  4. romance de barrio
  5. lagrimas y sonrisas
  6. milonga sentimental
  7. milonga de mis amores

Dance Union jam
Wed, March 5th 2014

At: Dance Union
16 Bow St, Somerville (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Perform:
7:00 PM
Songs: TBA
No performance this time, just a fun jam in a new venue.

Valentine's Milonga le Chat Rouge
Sat, February 15th 2014

At: Milonga le Chat Rouge
SOWA Galleries, 450 Harrison Avenue (on Thayer Courtyard), South End, Boston (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Perform:
10:00 PM
Songs:
  1. se dice de mi
  2. corazon de oro
  3. campo afuera
  4. romance de barrio
  5. lagrimas y sonrisas
  6. milonga sentimental
  7. milonga de mis amores
  8. vals experimental
The milonga has been CANCELLED due to snow, so the jam is also cancelled.

December Blue Milonga
Sat, December 14th 2013

At: Extreme DanceSport
26 New St #3, Cambridge, MA 02138 (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Perform:
10:30 PM
Songs:
  1. se dice de mi
  2. corazon de oro
  3. romance de barrio
  4. lagrimas y sonrisas
  5. milonga sentimental
  6. milonga de mis amores
  7. vals experimental
------------------CANCELLED due to blizzard-------------- New venue for Boston Tango Jam! Hsueh-tze Lee has asked us to play for the December edition of the Blue Milonga. IMPORTANT NOTE: Rehearsal is in a different space from the milonga, but within walking distance. Mahmood Rezaei-Kamalabad has generously offered us space to practice in his sculpture gallery, which is at Aladdin Auto Repair, and is *behind* the movie theater at Fresh Pond Plaza ( http://goo.gl/maps/Oz4fK ). We can easily walk between there and the milonga. The milonga itself starts at 9, and Hsueh-tze has asked to have our set at 10:30, when the attendance is usually highest.

Milonga le Chat Rouge one year anniversary
Sat, November 16th 2013

At: Milonga le Chat Rouge
SOWA Galleries, 450 Harrison Avenue (on Thayer Courtyard), South End, Boston (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Perform:
10:00 PM
Songs:
  1. felicia
  2. se dice de mi
  3. campo afuera
  4. de puro guapo
  5. hotel victoria

October Jam
Tue, October 15th 2013

At: Penguin House
8 Orchard Terrace, Arlington, MA (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Perform:
10:30 PM
Songs: TBA

LilyPad jam
Tue, August 20th 2013

At: LilyPad
1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Perform:
10:30 PM
Songs:
  1. felicia
  2. campo afuera
  3. romance de barrio
  4. 9 de julio
  5. nada mas
  6. hotel victoria
We'll play a couple tango jam classics this time (9 de Julio and Romance de Barrio) as well as a couple less familiar tunes (Campo Afuera, Nada Mas). If we have a good quorum of players who were at either of the last two jams, we'll bring back Felicia and/or Hotel Victoria as well.

Milonga le Chat Rouge jam
Sat, July 20th 2013

At: Milonga le Chat Rouge
SOWA Galleries, 450 Harrison Avenue (on Thayer Courtyard), South End, Boston (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Perform:
10:30 PM
Songs:
  1. corazon de oro
  2. palomita blanca
  3. rodriguez pena
  4. hotel victoria
  5. tigre viejo
The milonga starts at 9, and there's no dance class beforehand this time. We'll rehearse 6:30-8:45 at the venue (Gallery MOVIMIENTO) and then play our short set around 10:30. By request of AnaLinda (the milonga organizer), the band is capped at 8 musicians this time.

June LilyPad Milonga
Tue, June 18th 2013

At: LilyPad
1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Perform:
10:30 PM
Songs:
  1. felicia
  2. el flete
  3. de puro guapo
  4. lagrimas y sonrisas
  5. silueta portena

Milonga le Chat Rouge
Sat, April 20th 2013

At: Milonga le Chat Rouge
SOWA Galleries, 450 Harrison Avenue (on Thayer Courtyard), South End, Boston (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
6:45 PM - 9:15 PM

Perform:
10:30 PM
Songs:
  1. malena
  2. dos palabras por favor
  3. retintin
  4. lagrimas y sonrisas

March Odd Tuesday Milonga
Tue, March 19th 2013

At: LilyPad
1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Perform:
10:30 PM
Songs:
  1. el choclo
  2. patotero sentimental
  3. pedacito de cielo
  4. 9 de julio

January LilyPad Milonga
Tue, January 15th 2013

At: LilyPad
1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA (map)
Timing:
Rehearse:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Perform:
10:30 PM
Songs:
  1. manana zarpa un barco
  2. derecho viejo
  3. campo afuera
  4. nada mas