TangoVia Buenos Aires is a nonprofit organization that, since 2002, has brought together artists, researchers, producers and cultural institutions to contribute to the preservation, development and promotion of tango as an art form in Buenos Aires and the world.
We understand tango as a living art form which is constantly evolving.
Our principle activity is the development and implementation of educational and preservation projects linked to tango, placing special emphasis on the collection and restoration of original musical scores, recordings, films and any other type of historical patrimony related to the genre.
We also produce festivals, artistic seasons, books and educational tools, documentaries and recordings.
Since its inception, TangoVia Buenos Aires has worked with the “Emilio Balcarce” Tango Orchestra School (Orquesta Escuela), which was founded by our artistic director Ignacio Varchausky and is today directed by the prestigious maestro Néstor Marconi. In the Orquesta Escuela, young musicians learn the language and secrets of the orchestral styles of tango through oral transmission, directly from the hands of the greatest musicians of the 1940s and 1950s who remain active today. A good part of this work can be seen in the award-winning documentary “Si Sos Brujo: A Tango Story”—directed by Caroline W. Neal and co-produced by TangoVia Buenos Aires—which traces the birth and development of this pedagogical program.
A team works daily on the expansion of our programs. Since we believe that the tradition continues to be written in each and every moment, every year we produce new recordings and festivals featuring the most notable artists of contemporary tango. Since 2003 our institution has provided the artistic direction of the Buenos Aires Tango Festival in Paris in conjunction with the National Theater Palais Chaillot, as well as the Festival Montpellier Danse 03, the 2006 Buenos Aires Tango Festival in the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome and the 2005 TangoVia Buenos Aires Festival in its Genoa and Lille versions.
In the field of CD production, we launched the first two series of the TangoVia Buenos Aires collection One of them is “The Art of the Bandoneon.” The goal of this series is to create a musical memory, a unique register of the most outstanding contemporary bandoneon players, using the intimacy of solo bandoneon recordings. We launched the series with the CD “Instantaneas” by Julio Pane and continued in 2008 with the CDs “Tiempo Esperado” by Nestor Marconi, “Mi Fueye Querido” by Leopoldo Federico, and “Mi Refugio” by Walter Rios. The second series “The Art of the Tango Orchestra” began with “Amanecer Ciudadano” which presents an orchestra directed by the bandoneonist Víctor Lavallén.
TangoVia Buenos Aires is grateful for the support and assistance of numerous public and private institutions both in Argentina and abroad, including: the City Government of Buenos Aires, the Argentine Society of Authors and Composers of Music (SADAIC), the Argentine Association of Musical Interpreters (AADI), Jazz at Lincoln Center, the National University of Quilmes, the National Library of Argentina, the National Institute of Film and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA), the Buenos Aires Tango Festival, the Rotterdam Conservatory, the publishers Warner Chappel and Epsa Publishing, and the “Casa del Tango” Foundation.