is a tango ensemble (violins, accordion, keyboard, guitar, bass and vocalist) exploring tango music from its roots through its golden age, its late Twentieth Century renaissance and on to the present.
Brian Salisbury: Director, violin.   Sanford Meek: guitar.   Carl Gorder: vocals.
Ian Camp: bass.   Stephen Keen: accordion.   Maximiliano Plaza: keyboard.
is tango and its associated genres, an evolution from obscure African and Mediterranean roots.  Argentine tango music is much more varied than ballroom tango music.  A large amount of tango music has been composed by a variety of different orchestras over the last century.  Not only is there a large volume of music, there is a breadth of stylistic differences among these orchestras as well, which makes it easier for Argentine tango dancers to spend the whole night dancing only Argentine tango.  The four representative schools of the Argentine tango music are the orchestras of Di Sarli, d'Arienzo, Troilo and Pugliese, all four descendent from Italian immigrant families.  They are dance orchestras.  When the spirit of the music is characterized by counterpoint marking, clarity in the articulation is needed.  It has a clear, repetitive pulse or beat, a strong tango-rhythm which is based on the 2x4, 2 strong beats on 4 (dos por cuatro).  Astor Piazzolla stretched the classical harmony and counterpoint and moved the tango from the dance floor to the concert stage.  His compositions tell us something of our contemporary life and dancing it relates much to modern dance.  While Argentine tango dancing has historically been danced to tango music, such as that produced by the great orchestra leaders, in the '90s a younger generation of tango dancers began dancing tango steps to alternatives to tango music; music from other genres like, "world music", "electro-tango", "experimental rock", "trip hop", and "blues", to name a few.  Tango nuevo dance is often associated with alternative music, but it can be danced to tango as well. Argentine tango: Wikipedia (edited)