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2015 Tango & Latin Festival


October 1 - 4, 2015

Ben Thomas

Ben Thomas Quartet

Though he is a high profile Seattle vibraphone player, Ben has become infatuated with the bandoneon. In 2007, he went to the Academia Nacional del Tango in Buenos Aires and studied with several tango greats, including the master bandoneonist, Osvaldo Montes.

“Ben is a great composer, and an energetic performer who knows how deep music can go. It's always fun to play with him.” Jovino Santos Neto

Stay tuned for program info on: concerts  music and dance workshop, milongas and special events at the festival. Dr Thomas will be holding a tango music workshop October 3rd  and will make follow up visits to Victoria in the winter and spring for further training for established and emerging local tango and Latin music groups.

Dr. Thomas has performed at the Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Ballard Jazz Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, Detroit-Montreaux Jazz Festival, Issaquah Jazz Festival, Anacortes Arts Festival, Ellensburg Jazz in the Valley Festival, Tacoma Maritime Festival, Bellingham Art of Jazz Series, and the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival.

As a composer, Thomas has written for chamber groups, big bands, jazz combos, dance and theater. Thomas currently teaches music theory and history at Highline Community College. Working as a clinician/educator, Thomas has taught clinics and masterclasses at colleges across the country.

2014 Tango & Latin Festival


Thanks to all who attended the 2014 festival and for the
congratulations on a successful weekend of excellent performances.

Alix Goolden Hall

Trio Garfua Photo

Trio Garfua

This popular Tango Trio working out of San Francisco performs tango, Nuevo and folk music of Argentina. They are; Adrian Josh (bandoneon) Switzerland, Guillermo Garcia (guitar) Argentina, and Sascha Jacobson (bass) USA and have toured in South America, Asia and the US. Works for tango trio with string section will be performed with the Emily Carr String Quartet of Victoria.  Joe Powers will be guest musician with Trio Garufa pre intermission.


Emily Carr String Quartet Photo


Emily Carr String Quartet

Formed in 2006 by members of the Victoria Symphony, the Emily Carr String Quartet has performed in the US, Europe and Asia. The ECSQ has been featured on CBC radio's "North by Northwest" and their CD "Hidden Treasure" was nominated for the 2012 classical recording of the year at the Western Canadian music awards. They perform arrangements with Trio Garufa.  They perform 4 arrangements for Trio Garufa with Strings after the intermission.


Gabriel & Melanie Photo


Gabriel Gaumond

From Montreal Gabriel has performed at Tango Festivals in Eastern Canada and the USA. Performing with Trio Garufa in his first visit to Western Canada, Gabriel is joined by Montreal Nuevo tango and modern dance/choreographer Hinda Es-Sadiqi. Nuevo tango is influenced by modern dance; Gabriel and Hinda smoothly balance traditional tango with Nuevo dance form. They make a great fit with Trio Garufa’s broad tango repertoire.

Saturday August 2nd, 8:00 PM ~ Alix Goolden Hall, 900 Johnson
Door: $28 Advance; $25 Student; $15 (door only, requires ID)

Hermann's Jazz Club

Hermann’s concerts sell out, we recommend purchasing advance tickets

Joe Powers Photo

Joe Powers with Kelby McNyar and Eric Verlinde

World champion harmonica player, premiere tango musician and jazz/fusion man Joe pioneered Tango Jazz at Tango Fest in 2010. Extremely adept on the harmonica he gains a big following wherever he plays. On stage he has been featured with groups as varied as Pink Martini, British pop icon Jamie Cullum, French Blues legend J.J. Milteau, and Canadian Boogie Woogie pianist Michael Kaeshammer. He has recorded with Jazz pioneer Tom Grant, Sony Jazz guitarist Yosuke Onuma, and pianist/producer Michael Allen Harrison. Also performing, percussionist and Victoria jazz jem, Kelby McNayr and Seattle pianist Eric Verlinde.

Hermann’s Jazz Club 753 View St ~ Friday August 1st, 8:00 PM
Door;$20 Advance; $18 Student: $12 (door only, requires ID)



Gabriel Palatchi Photo

Gabriel Palachi Band

With deep roots in Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz, Argentinian pianist/composer/arranger Grabriel Palatchi has an original sound and style of music that includes tango, klezmer, salsa, funk and electronic. He is joined by a group of internationally talented musicians. Back by popular demand.

Hermann’s Jazz Club 753 View St ~ Saturday August 2nd, 8:00 PM
Door;$20 Advance; $18 Student: $12 (door only, requires ID)


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Trio Garufa
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