Olga Agapova (Russia)
Olga Agapova has been playing music in Saint Petersburg since 2008 on regular milongas, festivals and events: Argentinean Holidays, White Nights Tango, Tango Grand Weekend, Days of Tango, Saint Petersburg Tango Marathon. She has also been invited to play music on the milongas and events in other cities and countries: Tango Remolino in Lviv, and Tango D’Amore in Odessa, Ukraine; Midsummer Tango in Vilnius, Izmir Tango Marathon in Turkey; Tango Viejo Tallinn in Estonia, El Huracán Tango Marathon in Moscow, Summer Tango Camp and Tampere Tango Festival in Finland, Tango Congress in Moscow, La Vida del Tango and Winter Tango Ball in Chelyabinsk, Adentro Festival of Folklore and Tango. She is passionate about Argentina and milongas of Buenos Aires. She prefers traditional tango music which inspires people to dance.
A bailar! Pugliese no murió!
Kasia Gabryluk (Poland)
Everything that I play during a milonga has already been discovered, played, recorded and danced. Having an original musical repertoire does not a DJ make, to my mind. However, tango provides such a wide array of emotions, that it allows us to create thousands of musical tapestries. I had the honour and pleasure to play at various events in Wroc³aw, Bielsko-Bia³a, £ód¼, Cracow, Szczecin, Warsaw. The place where my tango was born and where I play regularly is Warsaw.
Naoko Koike (Japan)
For the second time in £ód¼ - DJ Naoko!
Naoko comes from Japan, but started DJ-ing in Argentina - at the Tangocool practica (in Club Villa Malcolm). She lived in Buenos Aires for 7 years and has recently moved to Europe.
Naoko's music selection is known as '100% Bailable!' as it's so irresistible that you can't sit it out. She is an expert of creating the right ambient for the moment and her hospitality spirit makes sure the experience is pleasurable. She connects and communicates with dancers through her music. She loves seeing happy faces on the floor and considers DJ as her dream job.
Alexandra Kotelnitskaya (Ukraine)
"I don't believe it's possible not to play at least one Di Sarli in 4 hours. I love to watch people dancing to my favorite music and saying 'thank you for the music' with eye-contact afterwards, and I suffer from the usual Tango-DJ mental disorder of separating non-tango music into just two categories: suitable for cortinas, and everything else ;)
I enjoy being a tango DJ so much that I started to organize a special festival where DJs are the main and only stars, Tango Remolino."
Sasha has been a great help to us for many years. On top of her DJ-ing responsibilities, together with her husband Gleb, she always conducts very popular navigation classes - and this year she will also acquaint us with Argentinian folklore music and play at one of the peñas.
Konrad Kryñski (Poland, Hungary)
Konrad Krynski has become a passionate tango dancer in 2008. Shortly after, he became a DJ. Since then he has spent a lot of time listening and doing tango music research. Since 2010 Konrad has been organizing a popular Thursday milonga in Budapest. He has played at many tango events in several countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine).
When he is a DJ, you will hear a wide representation of famous, classical tango orquestas ranging from mid-20's till late 50's. All that spiced up with some rare yet exciting and danceable pieces. His main goal is to keep the dancers on the floor by giving right level of energy through his tandas. To learn more about him, but also about tango music, please check his blog Tango Music For All.
Olga Makhno (Russia, Lithuania)
I started DJ-ing in 2009 in Russia, but I’ve been collecting tango music from 2007 and I still continue to do so. To better understand what kind of music is needed for dancers I even learned to dance as a leader. At a milonga, I prefer traditional music, with tandas and cortinas. While DJ-ing, I follow one simple rule - music must keep dancers on the dance floor. I try to create a happy, friendly, light atmosphere. Good mood of the dancers is for me the best prize and a signal that everything is going according to plan. I have DJ-ed at festivals, marathons and milongas in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Latvia, Italy and Lithuania. Now I live in Vilnius and here I’m a regular DJ.
Jasmin Muranovic (Croatia, Austria)
During my Dj set the most important for me is to trust my feelings while choosing every tanda and cortina. My task is to create the best danceable mood and use the energy of the dance floor to get more and more inspiration. I’m in love with tango music and there is lots of passion for what I’m doing. I live in Vienna and have enjoyed invitations to play music in Austria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Monte Negro, Bulgaria, Estonia, Ukraine, Russia and Finland.
Ralph Nasi (Turkey)
Turkish by birth, Argentinian at heart, Australian by the looks - what a combination!
The legendary Horacio Julián Prestamo writes about his music at Salon Canning, "He was a blast! He did not let us sit down! If I did not dance all the time, it was simply because I was not in my best shape, not because I did not like it. Pure tango, milonga and waltz, perfect for a milonga! Music of orchestras that made the milongas of Buenos Aires great. Keep up the good work, Ralph Nasi. Way to go! Thanks for being my friend."
Chiche Núñez (Argentina/Germany)
Chiche Núñez is a dancer, choreographer and teacher of tango; student of the renowned dancer and representative of the Villa Urquiza style, José Brahemcha, called "El Turco José." 19 years ago he moved from Buenos Aires to Berlin, where he established the “Urquiza” tango centre.
He has been part of the £ód¼ Tango Salon Festival since its very beginning – in 2011 performing at the Philharmonic and teaching, and throughout the rest of the years providing us with help, advice and support, for example in 2014 dancing at the opening concert. This year he will play for us at one of the Tango Breakfasts.
Gabriele Sabato (Italy)
Where I come from: I started dancing tango in Rome in 2008. Before dancing my major passion was singing, which I did for several years. Love for music and tango led to my debut as a tango-dj in 2013. Since then I played in several local milongas in Europe as well as festivals and marathons. What I do believe in as a dj: Milonga is a party and I am a party dj! What I try to achieve each time I play is to let the dancers enjoy, have fun and go home with a smile on their face. I play for the dancers and the main goal for me is to let people dance every tanda! Receiving a smile while people are dancing, or a hug after a tanda they enjoyed is the greatest gift I can have when I play. If you come to my set you can expect to have a night full of energetic and romantic tandas! Let’s get the party started!
Antti Suniala (Finland)
For the second time in £ód¼, the legendary one-man-band: an award winning fire circus artist and choreographer, DJ and dancer, as well as organizer of cultural events, an ambassador DJ for the TangoVia Buenos Aires organization and the TangoTunes digital tango store.
He’s a regular highlight of milongas and festivals around the world and has played in places like Buenos Aires, Moscow, Berlin, Rome, Kiev, Odessa, Vienna, Singapore and Tokyo. He began DJing as early as in 1995 - with hip hop, soul and funk.
His selection of music celebrates the virtuoso orchestras, the greatest singers and the true passion of tango, encouraging dancers to express their emotions and musicality through the dance. You can expect to hear some of most danceable traditional tango music from the late 1930’s to the late 1950’s and especially Troilo, Di Sarli, D’Arienzo, Calo, Laurenz, Tanturi, Biagi and Pugliese.
Inês Tabajara (Portugal)
"Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."
Inês has been with tango since 2000 teaching, organizing and, above all, learning. She loves to travel and to share her music selection with tango aficionados from all around the world, Inês believes every milonga has its own special character, so she combines her knowledge, intuition and experience to lead dancers to unforgettable experiences.
Inês is one of the organizers of Atlântico (Porto – Portugal)
Karolina Tkaczuk (Poland)
Karolina has fallen in love first with tango as a dance, shortly after that the curiosity and the passion for the music surfaced.
Initial explorations of tango music led her to the fascination with traditional music, especially from the 30s and 40s. She believes that the task of a DJ is to create a unique mood and comfort for the dancers over and over again with each tanda throughout the night. Each dance should be a new journey for the dancers, “el viaje que dura sólo tres minutos” (a trip that lasts only three minutes). Before she plays a tanda she always asks herself, “Would I really want to dance it now, myself?”
For the last couple of years Karolina was a resident DJ for the Charlottesville tango scene (USA), which was her tango home, where she wanted to introduce the spirit of “Porteño y Bailarín” and/or “Salón Canning”, and where she managed to attract even the most traditional and picky tangueros from the area.
Currently Karolina lives in Lodz and DJs mostly at European and Asian events (both festivals and marathons), i.e. Lodz Tango Salon Festival, Sultans of Istanbul – Harem edition, St. Petersburg Tango Marathon or Shanghai Tango Festival in China. In 2016 Karolina played in Argentina at Amor Tango Festival, she was also invited to DJ in Belarus and Switzerland.
Jenni Valli (Finland)
Jenni represents the one-person tango community of her hometown Huittinen in southern Finland. Since starting with tango around 10 years ago she's been an active member around in the Finnish tango scene as an organizer of milongas and many events. Dj'ing started very innocently parallel to establishing a new milonga but it soon grew into a more serious activity and a great source of joy along the dancing itself. As a dj she's traditional, giving special attention to the most central Golden Age orchestras and lively cortinas. She's a frequent dj in milongas and festivals around Finland and has also enjoyed invitations to Germany, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Ukraine, Italy, Spain and Belgium.
Jan Wo¼niak (Poland)
Jan is a musician, dancer and teacher. He has been dancing tango since the year 2000, which makes him one of the most experienced tango teachers in Poland. As a DJ, he is often invited to international milongas and events. In his dancing and teaching, he puts a lot of stress on musicality and interpretation. He also gives seminars on the history of tango and is the creator of the Furor de Tango band, which plays specifically for dancers.
Ewa Zbrzeska (Poland, UK)
London based, originally from Poland, Ewa has been regularly DJing at various London venues (Corrientes, Pavadita, the Crypt, the Dome, Carablanca, Negracha & The Light). She has been invited to play at events such as London Rivertango Festival & Spitalfileds tango, as well as European events, including Paris, Oslo, Warsaw, £ód¼, Angoulême, Palermo, Geneva, Moscow, Yalta, Edinburgh, Amersfoort, Barcelona & Sitges. She plays traditional tango, with emphasis on creating different moods and musical textures to offer a variety of emotions to the dancers.