Meet the Staff

Emiliano Messiez, Pianist

Emiliano Messiez is a pianist/composer from Argentina, who has been based in New York City for the past four years. He has performed worldwide at notable venues like Lincoln Center, and with some of the world’s greatest musicians, such as Paquito de Rivera, Dino Saluzzi, Concha Buika and Diego El Cigala. He is the pianist for “Forever Tango,” a show that has been seen by over eight million people worldwide, and the founder and director of Típica Messiez, a 10 piece Tango orchestra. He is the composer for the upcoming musical, Bordello, written by Barbara Bellman.

Bailando Piazzolla

Wednesday, March 17

This is the third in a series of five events, celebrating the Centennial of Astor Piazzolla.

7:30 pm-9:00 pm New York Time

Presented by Emiliano Messiez

In this lecture, we will analyze compositions by Astor Piazzolla in a very approachable way. We’ll try to understand why the music of one of the most important tango composers is not often danced. Through videos, recordings, sheet music and live examples, we’ll discuss his use of compositional tools, instrumentation, structure, types of accompaniment and more. We’ll look at all of these aspects comparing his ‘New Tango’ with tango from the Golden Age, in which Piazzolla also played an important role.

Why is Piazzolla’s music not played very much in milongas? Can we bring Piazzolla to the dance floor? We’ll discuss, analyze and investigate together. No musical or dance knowledge is needed for this lecture.

WRTI 90.1 FM Performance & Interview

On September 30, 2019, WRTI 90.1 FM Philadelphia aired a beautiful show on Argentine tango, featuring performances and interviews by pianist Emiliano Messiez, bandoneonist Leandro Ragusa, and dancers Gustavo Rember and Meredith Klein. The show offers an up-to-the-minute view of the state of tango music today, and the ways that tango dance and tango music are influencing each other.

Please take a few moments to watch and listen!

Un Tango Para Philly

Emiliano Messiez and Leandro Ragusa composed this tango as a gift for the Philadelphia tango community, while all of us, dancers and musicians alike, are going through a hard time. It has two names PTS (Philadelphia Tango School) and Un Tango Para Philly.

The recording was made in Buenos Aires and New York in July 2020 by
Leandro Ragusa, bandoneon
Emiliano Messiez, piano
Pablo Lanouguere, bass

They promise to come play it in our studio as soon as it is safe to do so.

Episode 1: Interview with Pianist Emiliano Messiez (aired 7/4/18)