Jonathan Yamauchi (San Francisco)
As a former classically trained flautist, a dancer of 30 years which includes over 19 years dancing tango milongueo style and having learned his tango in Buenos Aires, Jonathan is afforded an in-depth understanding of musicality and the transitional flow of energy between Argentine tango dancers.
As a full-time Argentine tango teacher, performer, milonga and encuentro organizer (with Olivia Levitt over the past 12 years), Jonathan has DJed in excess of 600 milongas at numerous venues including US based encuentros such as Encuentro San Francisco, Port Townsend Encuentro, Pioneer Encuentro, Newport News Encuentro, and Wine Country Encuentro, focusing on the best songs from the Golden Era of tango. Jonathan’s extensive DJing experience has allowed him to develop a highly attuned feel for the selection of the music, the energy of the dancers and the timing of the tandas — facilitating the silent conversation, the sustained connection and highest levels of consciousness between dancers.
Kipp Chynoweth (Albuquerque)
Kipp DJs traditional milongas and practicas regularly in New Mexico for various organizers: The Tango Club of Albuquerque and Las Puertas located in Albuquerque; she also dj’s for the long-established Milonga Leona at El Meson in Santa Fe. Kipp has had the privilege to have DJed the Albuquerque Tango Festival; Encuentro Port Townsend & Charleston and to be a guest DJ at The Beat in San Francisco. While in Europe Kipp DJed an afternoon milonga at El Corte’s Summer Daze in Nijmegen. As a DJ Kipp’s focus is on providing the best possible mix of traditional tango tunes designed to keep the dancers engaged and happy as they dance to the music that was played in Buenos Aires during the 1930s, 40’ and 50’s.
Kipp has danced tango for over 9 years and during her tango journey she discovered the joy of sharing music with the entire dance floor through DJ’ing 5 years ago. She loves finding and sharing tandas and cortinas that both surprise and delight the dancers.
Jae Grisham (Raleigh USA)
Jae is the founder of Tango Utopia in the greater Raleigh/Durham area. She is recognized as one of the premier teachers, dancers and DJ’s as well as the organizer of the monthly Milonga Utopia and the weekly practicas.
As a DJ, Jae loves the challenge of keeping dancers on the floor to the very last tanda. Her sensitivity to the energy of a milonga influences her music selection. Her music library is focused on the traditional masters and this is also reflected in her musical choices. She has been invited to DJ at festivals, milongas, marathons and encuentro milongueros in Chicago, Atlanta, Augusta, Newport News, Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston, Knoxville and Santa Fe, Ohibo Milonga in Milan, Italy, Phoenix, Asheville, Utah, Albuquerque, and DC.
Balazs Gyenis (Hungary)
Argentine tango collector, DJ, radio host, organizer, and dancer
Balazs prefers rhythmic and emotionally charged music from the Golden Age but as a DJ he plays an overall balanced repertoire with an eye on dynamic variation between tandas and consistency within them.
He has played sets in:
• 200+ milongas
• 80+ larger (marathon/encuentro/festival) events all around the world.
In addition he also the creator of, the most listened-to online tango radio, Argentine Tango Radio, the most viewed tango flash mob on Youtube, and the most downloaded internet archive tango podcast series, Danceable Tangos of the Year. It will be a pleasure to welcome him to Tenerife in January.
Jan-Henrik Schlottke (Berlin)
Jan-Henrik is from Berlin, a city where tango can be experienced to the full.
As a DJ, he plays regularly at Milongas in Berlin as well as several appearances at international Encuentro Milonguero events.
A dancer and lover of ‘close embrace’ tango, he uses as many opportunities as possible to dance throughout the world enjoying the tango.
So his choice of music exactly matches his dancing preferences: lively, joyful and strong music – but it may also contain a shot of melancholy and drama which warms the heart
– but for sure you get a selection of the finest pieces of music from the ‘Epoca de Oro’.
His goal is to see people who are smiling, having fun.
Antonio Rufo (Spain)
Antonio Rufo https://tangodjrufo.jimdo.com
Antonio lives in Seville and is a Milonguero, DJ and organizer of “La Milonga del Sábado”, since 2011. He’s also been the resident DJ of Milonga TransiTango since 2012. He’s played many sessions at Encuentros, Milongas and Festivals.
He’s been a regular DJ at numerous events in Spain and Europe including Palermo, Milan, Paris, Munich…
His music draws on a mixture of traditional orchestras with the aim of creating and maintaining a nice energy on the dance floor at all times. He’s obsessed with making sure that the atmosphere never deteriorates and that floor is always full of dancers.
He enjoys playing with the energy that comes from the track, through the dancers and tries to combine the different styles to ensure variety. He’s always searching for contrast between the styles provided by each orchestra and delivering tangos with stories and tangos with personality.
Lorenzo Bertolini (Italy)
Lorenzo Bertolini Teacher Tango Milonguero Milonga Brillante School Linz (Au) and now Tenerife; Milonga Brillante Youtube Channel, Dj keen on ’30 Tango Music.
Alan Twigg (UK)
Alan is passionate about Tango music. He started DJing 5 years ago at his own milonga in the north of Tenerife. Since then he has played at regular weekly milongas in the south of Tenerife as well as being invited to DJ at other milongas on the island.
In addition, he has played at larger events in the UK, the US and on Tenerife itself. He loves playing the beautiful rich music that tango is. It’s a genuine pleasure, not only to create tandas that move people to dance, but to choose the perfect time to play them.
He prefers to play tracks from the early 1930s through to the 50s, but the majority of the tracks played are from between 1935 and 1945.