Since their 2012 debut in Buenos Aires, La Juan D’Arienzo has aimed to offer listeners and dancers the characteristic music in the style of the legendary tango orchestra leader Juan D’Arienzo, who was known as the Rey del Compás, or the King of the Rhythm. The young and talented musicians not only offer the style of one of the greatest orchestras in Argentine tango history, but they also bring a freshness that has been welcomed by audiences around the world.
The orchestra consists of 11 musicians: Pablo Valle on piano; Andres Santarciero on double bass; Juan Pablo Cravenna, Sebastian Frassón, Pablo Ginzburg, and Emilio Pagano on violins; Pablo Amado, Ricardo Badaracco, Facundo Lazzari, and Oscar Yemha on bandoneóns; and Fernando Rodas, a talented singer. The orchestra is directed by the first bandoneónist, Lazzari, whose grandfather was Carlos Lazzari, the first bandoneónist and arranger for the original Juan D’Arienzo Orchestra from 1950 until 1976, when D’Arienzo passed away, and then the leader of Los Solistas de D’Arienzo.
In a very short time, La Juan D’Arienzo seduced the Buenos Aires dance scene and performed live on television and radio shows. Since 2013, they also have toured throughout Argentina. In 2014, La Juan D’Arienzo made its first international tour of Europe, winning accolades from audiences at milongas and tango festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Hungary. The musicians extended their international touring in 2015, to Asia. In 2018 “ La Juan D’Arienzo” is getting ready for its first US tour which is going to take place February-March 2019 performing in cities throughout the United States.
Rod, is gaining rave reviews as a Djay, not only throughout the US, but also abroad. His talents include teaching and dancing which have played a strong influence in his DJing skills. He creates a playlist that causes waves of emotion and energy, keeping the dancers engaged through the night. He has djay'd most recently at the 2018 Salt Lake City, New Orleans, and Windy City Tango festivals. You can hear him monthly in Chicago at the 312 monthly milonga as well as Pizpireta milonga.
Lampis has been fascinated by tango and continuously tries to expand his understanding of this complex art form. Playing the right tanda at the right time is critical for an emotionally fulfilling evening of dancing and he aims to achieve exactly that with his music selections. Lampis focuses on traditional music that keeps the dancers on the floor until the very end of the milonga. He has been DJing for more than ten years in multiple festivals, encuentros, marathons, and major events all over the world.
Amanda has attended the past 3 editions of SCTC and is excited to be joining this year as your Sunday night DJ! As a social dancer for the past decade who also leads and travels frequently across the country and abroad, Amanda is constantly exposed to the diversity of tango which makes her DJing style unique. She works hard to find the right balance between traditional and modern sounds, constantly pushing the boundary and redefining the rules when necessary. She uses songs that range from fast, intense, and heavy to sweet, playful and nostalgic to sustain the energy throughout the night. She knows what the crowd wants and is excited to end the festival on a high note.