Live Music

Underground Tango Ensemble: Album Release Concert & Milonga Qilombo

Saturday, October 30

Please join us for a very special night of music celebrating beloved bandoneonist Raul Jaurena, who passed away in January 2021. The Underground Tango Ensemble presents their first album, a tribute to the music of Raul Jaurena, in a live concert. After the concert and a toast, we will hold Milonga Qilombo with live music.

8-9 pm: Album Release Concert
9-9:20 pm: Toast to Raul
9:30 pm-1 am: Milonga Qilombo, featuring live music by the Underground Tango Ensemble and DJ Kerry Kay

The musicians of the Underground Tango Ensemble are:
Emiliano Messiez, piano
Leandro Ragusa, bandoneon
Federico Diaz, guitar
Pablo Lanouguere, bass

Listen to a single from the album here:

Concert + Milonga + CD: $65
Concert + Milonga: $50
Concert Only: $40
Milonga Only: $30


Location: 2030 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125


  • No walk-ins allowed. Pre-registration only.
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  • Masks are recommended, but not required.
  • Please stay away from the studio if you are experiencing any symptoms that could be indicative of Covid-19. Your account will be credited for the missed activities, as long as you let us know in advance.
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Emiliano Messiez

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and based in New York City, Emiliano Messiez started to play the piano at the age of 4. He graduated from the University of National Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he ended up teaching years later. Besides Classical Music, Emiliano has also trained in and mastered Tango, Jazz, Popular Music and Latinamerican Rhythms. He has been performing a wide range of music genres in important venues and festivals all around the world, working with significant artists like Raul Jaurena, Pablo Aslan, JP Jofre, Pedro Giraudo and “Infantino Group” with whom he recorded an album that received the Unesco Prize.

Emiliano is the founder and director of the Típica Messiez, which premiered at the Philly Tango Festival last year. He is Composer and Musical Director of the upcoming musical Bordello. (Follow both of those links to listen to Emiliano’s amazing music.)


Leandro Ragusa

Leandro Ragusa studied bandoneón with the Mtros. Néstor Marconi, Carlos Lazzari and Juan Carlos Caviello and composition & arrangements with Mtros. Gabriel Senanes, Laura Baade, Manolo Juarez an Diego Taranto. Leandro was awarded a scholarship by the Konex Foundation and completed the First Higher Diploma in Tango, graduating in 2004. He teaches in Tango history at the University of Tango in Buenos Aires. He is a co-founder of Centro’feca (Forum of Argentine Cultural Studies), an NGO dedicated to the research and dissemination of Tango.

Leandro has been part of various tango orchestras: Juan D’arienzo Orchestra, Rodolfo Mederos Orquesta, Orchestra Escuela de Tango. As a soloist he participated in the Tango show of the Huis Ten Bosh Center (Nagasaki-Japan), National Radio Youth Orchestra, the Orcheste Symphonique de Longueuil (Montreal - Canada) and the Symphony Orchestra of the Municipality of San Martín (Buenos Aires). Since 2016, he has made arrangements for different ensembles in the Argentina and abroad.

He currently performs as a bandoneonist, composer and arranger of ‘Quinteto de Academia’, music for woodwinds and bandoneon, with which he has performed in New York, Boston and Montreal, as well as in Buenos Aires. In September 2019, WRTI Philadelphia filmed this beautiful concert/profile of Leandro Ragusa and Emiliano Messiez.

Federico Diaz

Born in Mendoza, Argentina, Federico Díaz is an up-and-coming versatile musician of the new generation of guitarists with a multi-faceted career as a performing artist, arranger and composer in the Classical and Argentinian music worlds. His performances have taken him to distinguished festivals and concert halls across the US, Europe and Latin America. His passion for chamber music lead him to collaborate with musicians such as Lionel Cottet, Daniel Binelli, Juan Falú, Bruno Cavallaro, Juan Pablo Navarro, among others. He has recorded for Sony Classical and Epsa Music. Federico studied at prestigious institutions such as National University of Cuyo, University Mozarteum Salzburg, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, and Manhattan School of Music. His former teachers include Eliot Fisk, Ricardo Gallén and David Starobin. Currently, he is finishing a Doctor´s Degree in Performance, at the GraduateCenter of City University of New York, under the guidance of Frederic Hand.

Pablo Lanouguere

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pablo Lanouguere is an active musician and composer based out in New York City. As a sought after musician, he regularly plays with renowned artists and bands of Tango, Jazz, Latin-Jazz, Swing, Salsa, Classical and World Music. He has played at some of the most important venues in NYC such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The National Sawdust, Zinc Bar, Bryant Park Music Festival, SOB’S, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, The Django, among others.

Over the past few years, Mr. Lanouguere has collaborated with artists such as Raul Jaurena, Fernando Otero, Daniel Binelli & Astoria Tango Orchestra, Adam Tully, Emilio Solla, Emiliano Messiez and Federico Diaz. Additionally, he has also toured around the US with several American & Argentine bands.

Since 2016 he is founding member of Abaddon, a traditional Tango Sextet based in New York City. Since 2019, he leads the “Pablo Lanouguere Quintet” group which he released his first album as a bandleader, called “Eclectico” (Piano Piano Records).

He has been also part of theater productions including Five Senses (Tango Show, 2015, Thalia Spanish Theater), Macbeth (Shakespeare Play, 2015, Fox Wolf Production), Afrotango (Musical, 2016, Thalia Spanish Theater) and Tangomenaje (Tango Show, 2017, Thalia Spanish Theater), Tango + Tango (Tango Show, 2018, Thalia Spanish Theater), Cinderella Tanguera (2019, Teatro SEA).

He has studied with Nestor Ibarra (Harmony and Composition), Mariano Otero, Gustavo Giles, Guillermo Delgado, Alejandro Herrera (Electric Bass), Daniel Falasca and Pedro Giraudo (Double Bass) In addition to it, he holds Degree in Jazz Music from the Escuela de Musica Popular de Avellaneda in Buenos Aires, Argentina.