San Diego Tango Festival 2013 DJs

Lampis ~ Saturday Night

Lampis has been fascinated by tango and continuously tries to expand his understanding of this complex art form. He strongly believes that appropriate music is a critical factor for an emotionally fulfilling evening of dancing and he aims to achieve exactly that with his music selections. He focuses on traditional music that brings the dancers on the dance floor keeping them there until the very end of the milonga. Lampis is a sought-after DJ and has been DJing festivals and major events from coast to coast in the USA as well as all in Europe and Asia.

Lung-Kuei Lin ~ NYE PARTY!

Lung-Kuei is an integral part of the U.S. scene, attracting both envy and affection as a dancer, and running off to festivals with tremendous zeal. He’s a very sought-after leader, constantly working to make his dancing more musical, and has developed keen sensitivity toward what makes a milonga go well.
Lung-Kuei started tango in 2005. He built a solid reputation as a DJ and now spins tunes at the best milongas in town. His choices are not strange: he just plays one good song after another, placed in sequence with sensitivity.
Lung-Kuei has zero attitude, always keeps a sense of humor, and remains a serious milonguero, 100% dedicated to the craft, the life, and the music of tango.

Tine ~ Sunday All-Nighter

Tine Herreman plays devastating tangos, soaring valses and irresistible milongas. And some very groovy alternative, when the crowd is so inclined. She creates a warm and genial mood for the dancers to enjoy each other’s embrace. She has a vast collection, but every song she plays is a greatest hit. As a dancer, Tine likes to lead and follow uncomplicated tango with sophisticated musicality.
Tine deejays at big and small milongas in New York and the Northeast, and occasionally beyond. Festivals included the Portland Tango Fest, NY Tango Festival, Tango de los Muertos, the Atlanta Tango Fest, the Yale Tango Fest, and others. She has played all-night events in Montreal, San Francisco and Europe. She DJs Tango Lounge (Friday) in New York.

Tine is pronounced like “Tina”.

Vincent Wong ~ Friday Welcome

Vincent Wong is a Tango DJ in Los Angeles, California. He deejays regularly around the city include Practica-Longa Libertad, Milonga El Floridita in Hollywood, Milonga Sonata in Arcadia, Pasadena Caltech All-Night Milonga, DIVO Milonga in Santa Monica, Milonga Grand Casino Cafe in Culver City, Milonga LAX, and the 1st Los Angeles Tango Marathon “L.A.Tangothon 2012″. From collecting vintage audio for critical listening in a wide variety of music, Vincent found his passion for Tango in Los Angeles 2007. As an active Tango dancer himself, he understands the music is the single most important element of a good milonga. Every song he plays in a milonga is a greatest hit. The objective is keeping most everyone dancing or enjoy listening even when they were sitting.

Vijay ~ Friday Night Milonga

Vijay is based in San Francisco, USA. He is an excellent DJ and has worked in some of the biggest Tango festivals in the US, including the Portland and Denver Tango festivals. He has been on extended loan to Europe and we are happy to have him back for the 2013 San Diego Tango Festival!

Sabah ~ Alternative Milonga

Sabah Chammas got addicted to Tango in the late nineties. It started with dancing and now it includes being a DJ. Traveling to various festivals as well as Buenos Aires widened his horizon and expanded his knowledge of the music. As he began to DJ, he believed that there were only two kinds of music in the world, Tango and Cortinas. After a few years he added a third kind, Alternative music. He now DJs traditional as well as alternative music and is in constant search for new pieces. His love for all kinds of music shows in his cortinas which range from dreamy Cesaria to Salsa, Rock and anything else you can imagine.

He has always loved having a festival in San Diego and always worked hard to make it happy and successful as a tireless volunteer. This year he is the organizer as well and is doing his best to make this a true in Southern California event anchored in San Diego. This promises to be such a fun event with great teachers, music, venue and plenty of smiles, hugs and old fashioned SoCal hospitality.
Every San Diego Festival, he tells people “you don’t have to die to go to heaven”. (photo by: Khouloud Mouawad)

Vanja Modzelewski ~ Sunday Night Milonga

A DJ since 2008, Vanja has already DJ-ed at major festivals and milongas in the USA, Canada and Europe, and will soon add Puerto Rico to her list. She draws her inspiration from the couples on the dance floor and assembles her tandas on the fly. Vanja believes that a good DJ should play music for the dancers and not for themselves.. Vanja’s taste and knowledge of the music keeps developing constantly thanks to her regular travels to different communities inside and outside of the US. A tango dancer herself since 2000, Vanja likes the combination of lyrical and rhythmical elements in songs. As a DJ, Vanja puts together tandas that keep the dancers on the floor, even when their feet give up.

Mila Khoorsi ~ Monday Night Milonga

As a DJ, Mila strives to connect with dancers so that her selections provide them with the energy they need to keep the dance floor alive.

By exploring the subtleties of each night, she uses her experiences as a DJ and as a dancer to deepen her own understanding of the music and how it shapes the mood of the crowd. In addition to DJing various venues in San Diego and Los Angeles, she has played local milongas in New York, as well as festivals in San Diego, Fort Bragg, San Francisco, and Portland.

Tatiana Balashova ~ Thursday Welcome

Tatiana Balashova (Vancouver, Canada) is an experienced tango dancer (9+ years), who likes following, leading & swapping roles, as well as teaching tango. Both traditional tango music & non-traditional compositions are an endless inspiration to her.

Tatiana has been been DJ-ing on regular basis for about 4 years at various milongas in Vancouver, at the Montreal Tango Nuevo Festival 2011 (traditional, alternative), Vancouver Tango Marathon, Magic Tango Weekend.

With the MagicTango team she runs ZEN Milonga in Vancouver which dancers have described as “truly magic in music & atmosphere”.

Her DJ-ing style is to look for music which best fits the moment depending on dancers & ambiance. She enjoys creating a positive, romantic, relaxed & yet dynamic atmosphere so that enthusiastic dancers are inspired to keep on dancing every tanda and newcomers can’t wait to get on the dancefloor. “DJ-ing in a way is similar to editing a movie where each frame is unique and interesting and all together they can organically create an unforgettable, captivating story.”

Photo by: Mike Johnson

Felipe Martinez ~ Monday Afternoon Milonga

Felipe Martinez is a full time professional tango teacher based in San Francisco. Besides teaching and touring around, he is an accomplished DJ with years of experience working at milongas and festivals. He has DJed at most important festivals in the US like those in Portland, San Francisco, Baltimore, Denver, Washington DC, Atlanta, Houston, Fort Bragg, Austin as well as in many other communities like Providence, New York, Los Angeles. He DJs regularly in the Bay Area at The Beat (practica) and El Valenciano (traditional milonga) and has also played music in Europe (Spain, Germany) and Buenos Aires, where he was invited to play music at El Beso and Villa Malcolm Club in several occasions. He was also invited to DJ in Asia at the Seoul Tango Festival in 2012 and 2013. Felipe’s musical selection is based on the classics that ensure a great atmosphere for dancing.

Jay Abling ~ Tuesday Afternoon Milonga

A dancer/performer since the age of 10, J. Abling fell in love with Argentine tango in 2001 and immediately committed to it exclusively. Since, he has dedicated himself to continuously refining his dance as well as his teaching method, actively learning from some of the most renowned teachers in tango, including Jaimes Friedgen, Luciana Valle, Graciela Gonzales, Sebastian Arce & Mariana Montes, Carlitos Espinoza & Noelia Hurtado, Chicho Frumboli & Juana Sepulveda, and Tete Rusconi. Through these influences, he melds elements from various tango styles into a dance that is both natural and socially conscious.

J. is a nationally sought-after DJ, who is known to keep a good party going with an astute awareness of a dance floor’s changing energies and hand-picked choices of music to inspire dancers all night long. He is a regular DJ at major tango festivals and has DJed at local milongas all over the country, including Portland, Seattle, Maui, San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, Denver, Austin, Houston, Washington, DC, and New York City.”

Amy Zhou ~ Mixer Milongas

Amy understands that the music is essential for creating a connected and joyful evening of dancing. As a DJ, she strives to inspire dancers and keep them on the floor throughout the night. She has been captivated by tango music since she started learning to dance. DJing became a natural extension of her tango journey, and she continues to explore the variety and intricacies of tango music. Amy DJ’s regularly at local milongas in Los Angeles, as well as at major West coast festivals such as San Diego and Tucson.