London based tango orchestra “Orquesta Tangazo” is Tango Siempre’s latest musical project, a septet featuring the musicians of Tango Siempre and the Sigamos String Quartet. The ensemble recreates the lush, romantic sound of the great Argentinian orchestras of tango’s golden age in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, bringing together some of the UK’s leading exponents of tango, contemporary and world music to perform traditional, nuevo and contemporary tango music with energy and passion.
The septet has appeared at many UK venues including Snape Maltings Concert Hall, York Early Music Centre, Oxford Playhouse and the St James Theatre, and has appeared at the Tango Movement Winter for a number of years.
The Sigamos String Quartet, led by Ros Stephen of Tango Siempre, specializes in collaborations with jazz and world music artists. The quartet has recorded three critically acclaimed albums (including “For The Ghosts Within” with Robert Wyatt) and has toured throughout the UK and Europe. Their recordings have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 including Late Junction, Front Row and Jazz on 3.
Orquesta Tangazo is available for concert performances, milongas, and theatre shows with world class Argentinian tango dancers.
Please see below for audio and video clips of the ensemble, and biogs of the musicians.
“Their playing has the verve and gut-wrenching rhythmic drive associated with the greatest Argentinian bands… here is the tango, raw, intoxicating, speaking with its true voice.” – Financial Times on Tango Siempre.
“…the well-tempered, note-perfect string quartet shifted through romance, irony and despair on the point of a pin… they impressively integrated classical textures with jazz delivery.” (*****) Mike Hobart, Financial Times on the Sigamos String Quartet.
“This is the most exquisite album I have heard this year.” – Keith Bruce, Scotland Herald, on the Sigamos String Quartet’s 2010 album with Robert Wyatt.
Audio and Video
Tango Siempre and the Sigamos String Quartet perform “Oblivion” by Astor Piazzolla:
Tango Siempre and the Sigamos String Quartet perform Quejas de Bandoneon:
Julian Rowlands (bandoneon) is a member of Tango Siempre and regularly performs with them at major arts venues and theatres in the UK and Europe. Julian created the score for the Olivier nominated Midnight Tango, starring Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace from BBC Strictly, together with Ros Stephen and Jonathan Taylor, and appeared in the show’s three national tours and two West End runs. Other appearances have included BBC Radio 3′s “In Tune” with bass-baritone Erwin Schrott at the Royal Opera House, BBC “Strictly”, “The One Show” and “Zingzillas”, ITV’s “Surprise Surprise”, Piazzolla’s ‘Five Tango Sensations’ with the soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Wigmore Hall, and Weill’s “Mahagonny” at the Royal Opera House. He has also appeared with the City of London Sinfonia, the London Tango Quintet and
Ros Stephen (violin) is a violinist, arranger and composer based in London. She has performed on BBC television and radio, in West End Theatre and at leading concert venues and theatres in the UK and Europe. Ros co-founded Tango Siempre in 1998 and has since toured extensively and recorded five albums with the ensemble. She co-created the musical score for the hit West End show “Midnight Tango” and performed as solo violinist in the show for three years, including three UK tours and two West End runs. Ros also leads the Sigamos String Quartet, which specializes in collaborations with jazz and world music artists. The quartet has recorded three critically acclaimed albums (including “For The Ghosts Within” with Robert Wyatt) and has toured throughout the UK and Europe. Their recordings have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 including Late Junction, Front Row and Jazz on 3. Ros is also the author of numerous music publications including the “Globetrotters” series for Oxford University Press and several books for the Schott “World Music Series”. Several of her pieces have been included in the ABRSM syllabus and her first book in the Globetrotters series, “Violin Globetrotters” received the award for Best Education Publication at the 2011 Music Industries Association Awards. For further information please visit www.ros-stephen.com.
Jonathan Taylor (Piano) has been a pianist, composer and educator for twenty years, primarily in the fields of jazz and tango music. He has worked with legendary funk musicians Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley and with many great jazz musicians including Iain Ballamy, Eddie Parker, Andy Sheppard, Gilad Atzmon, Time Whitehead and Steve Arguelles. He studied composition at Middlesex University and has written music for large and small ensembles, contemporary dance and music education projects. He is a founder member of Tango Siempre. He also teaches jazz at the Guildhall School in London and is a music examiner for ABRSM.
Marianne Haynes (violin) studied at Chethams School of Music before gaining a full scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music. She studied with Lydia Mordkovitch, Mateja Marinkovich and Howard Davis.
Marianne enjoys a varied career and particularly enjoys playing different styles of music. She enjoys working in Theatre and with Dance companies, most recently leading Top Hat in the West End and UK tour, workshopping and recording Stephen Ward, and workshopping and performing with the Drew McConie Dance company. Marianne also enjoys performing with artists within the pop world, most recently performing live with Robbie Williams, Michael Buble and writing string charts and performing with Chase and Status, Labrinth and Clean Bandit.
Marianne has led/co-led the Heritage Orchestra for 7 years. This has led to working with artists as varied as Massive Attack, Beardyman, Stan Sulzman, Django Bates, Jamie Cullum, Dizzee Rascal and Goldie amongst others. Marianne also enjoys freelancing with the London Concert Orchestra, RPCO, Glenn Miller Orchestra and London Contemporary Orchestra amongst others.
Felix Tanner (viola) studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded the Sir Arthur Bliss Prize, the Marjorie Bunty Lempfert Award, the Sir John Barbirolli Award, the John Ireland Chamber Music Award and the Theodore Holland Viola Prize. He is a member of the prize-winning Brodowsky String Quartet, with whom he has performed at leading concert venues including the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Hall, Purcell Room, the Edinburgh Festival and the Brighton Festival.
Laura Anstee (cello) studied at the Royal Academy of Music where she was awarded a Dip.RAM for one of the highest performance achievements in 2002, the Herbert Walenn prize for cello, the Douglas Cameron prize for cello and piano, the McEwen quartet prize and the Gwyneth George prize from the Beethoven piano society of Europe. She has performed as a soloist on BBC Radio 3, has collaborated with contemporary composers including György Kurtág, Arvo Pärt and Judith Weir and has performed with the Goldberg Ensemble, the Bournemouth Symphony’s Kokoro ensemble and with the English National Opera’s choral group Knack.
Rory Dempsey (double bass) studied at the Royal College of Music. As a classical player he has worked with the Philharmonic and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and as a jazz and rhythm section bassist he has played with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Len Phillips Big Band and Stephen Triffit’s Sinatra Live at the Sands band. He works regularly with the Heritage Orchestra, has worked on numerous West End productions and appeared on BBC Strictly Come Dancing with Tango Siempre. He is currently working in the West End show “Top Hat”.