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ABQTango Fest 2018

ABQ Tango Fest 2018

We just returned from the first ever all live music tango festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was organized by our friends Erskine Maytorena (bandoneón) and Olga Tikhovidova (violin). They invited seven different U.S. groups to play as well as other guests from around the world to fill out a Grand Orchestra. Andrew and I were truly inspired to play and dance at the festival and look forward to next year!

Cheers to all these great musicians, including the college and high school students from Lubbock!! So great to see the next generation of tango musicians.

Festival Roster

Grand Orchestra
Bandoneónists: Alexander Zeyliger, Yukie Kawanami, Rodolfo Marcelo Zanetti Vía, Alex Roitman, Erskine Maytorena, Bob Barnes

Strings: Patricia Meyer, Kirsten Swanson, Catherine Olivier, Natalie Rosaless , Jordan Kirksey,

Cello: Jeremy Couture

Bassists: Jeremy Sment, Hannah Macgillivray

Pianists: Celeste Chiam, Angela Rutigliano and Natalia Tikhovidova

The Bands
QTango (Albuquerque, NM)
Los Angeles del Tango (Los Angeles, CA)
Cuarteto Puentes (San Francisco, CA)
Tango West (Salt Lake City, UT)
Tangonero (San Francisco, CA)
Tango Llaneros (Lubbock, TX)
Lubbock high school and college orchestra

Thanks to Simona, Svetlana and Bill for the photos.