We are so excited to introduce two dynamic, young musicians to the Philadelphia tango community over the July 24-25 weekend:
Heyni Solera, bandoneonist
Teagan Faran, violinist
Saturday, July 24
8-9 pm: Concert (seated) by Heyni Solera & Teagan Faran, featuring works by Ramiro Gallo, Ramiro Boero, and Astor Piazzolla, as well as compositions/arrangements by Heyni & Teagan
9 pm-1 am or later: Milonga Qilombo with LIVE MUSIC by Heyni Solera & Teagan Faran, joined by pianist Emiliano Messiez
Concert + Milonga: $25
Concert + Milonga + Donation: $40
Sunday, July 25
5-6:30 pm: Lecture by Heyni Solera: “Today’s Women in Tango: Carving Out Spaces” (Available in-studio and by streaming)
For the past six years, Argentina has seen the feminist movement increase in drive and power. In 2015, the movement “Ni Una Menos” mobilized women to form collectives and to fight for their rights. Several important pieces of legislation have passed as a result of this movement, such as the “Ley De Ocupo” and the legalization of abortion. Tango music has also been influenced by this movement as more female tango musicians begin to form all-women ensembles, take on positions of leadership, engage with the social change through protest and academic research, etc. Using an ethnomusicological approach, this lecture focuses on 14 different female, tango musicians to shed some insight on how today’s women in tango position themselves during this time period, and how they are carving out for themselves a space in a historically male-dominated genre.
6:30-8 pm: Mandatory visit to the beer garden. Haha, just kidding! But we’ll be hanging out, if you’d like to join us!
In-Studio Lecture: $20
In-Studio Lecture + Donation: $30
Watch Online: $15
Location: Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, 2030 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Praised for her “soulful bandoneon” (Washington Classical Review), Heyni Solera is a sought after bandoneonist in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In 2019, Solera has launched her career on the international stage with her orchestra and chamber music performances in Argentina and Australia, and continues to collaborate with prominent musicians in the tango music scene.
Heyni currently actively performs in the Washington, D.C. area with the Da Capo Tango Orchestra, and her cello and bandoneon duo, Arco & Aire. Also a music scholar, she holds a Master of Music in Ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland. Her research explored the role of gesture theory in explaining how tango and bandoneon can be taught via tango festivals.
Heyni began her bandoneon studies in 2015 with Santiago Segret. In 2019, she was able to fully immerse herself in tango and bandoneon during her time in Buenos Aires, where she continued her bandoneon studies with Segret and renowned bandoneonist Ramiro Boero. During this time, she also had the privilege of performing with several of Argentina’s most prominent educational tango orchestras, such as the Orquesta de Tango de la UNA, Orquesta Escuela Orlando Goñi, Orquesta de Tango del Conservatorio Superior de Musica Manuel de Falla, and Ensemble de Tango de la UNSAM under the direction of Ariel Pirotti, Julian Peralta, Adrian Enriquez, and Ramiro Gallo, respectively.
Past projects include playing in the orchestra of the highly praised IN Series production of Le Cabaret de Carmen at Source Theatre in Washington, D.C. and at Baltimore Theatre Project in Baltimore, Maryland. During the pandemic, Heyni has produced two mini-series, Today’s Tango with Heyni and Discovering Troilo, performed in many virtual concerts, and recorded an EP with Arco & Aire, which is to be released 2021.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Teagan Faran is a multidisciplinary musician focused on enacting social change through the arts. She has recorded with the Buffalo Tango Orkestra, La Martino Orquesta Típica, and had compositions featured at the NYSSMA Conference and the Persis Vehar Competition for Excellence. Faran has recently served as concertmaster of the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Camerata and was a member of the Orquesta Escuela de Emilio Balcarce.
As a soloist, Faran has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra (including a performance in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy), the Ann Arbor Camerata, the Williamsville East Symphonic Orchestra, and the University of Vermont Symphony. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Faran moved to Buenos Aires on a Fulbright grant. Faran was also a Turn The Spotlight Fellow, receiving their inaugural Hedwig Holbrook Prize. An avid educator, Faran has worked with the University Musical Society, the Kennedy Center, and the Sa’Oaxaca Music Festival to increase music accessibility. She is currently attending the Manhattan School of Music, pursuing a Masters in Contemporary Performance.
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.)