TIEMPO DE TANGO QUARTET

TIEMPO DE TANGO QUARTET

Tiempo de Tango is the only authentic tango quartet in Australia consisting of the best bandoneon player, violinist, double bassist and pianist.

Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Tiempo de Tango strips away the layers of time to recapture the original drama and danger of tango. Consisting of the classic tango quartet combination, highly-acclaimed musicians Maggie Ferguson (violin), Martijn van Eijkelenborg (bandoneón), Mardi Chillingworth (double bass) and Van-Anh Nguyen (piano) bring to Australia the musical form that began in bordellos and bars outside of Buenos Aires. Being one of its kind in Australia, Tiempo de Tango are unique in that the musicians train with tango specialists in Buenos Aires and study authentic tango performance technique. They . Being one of its kind in Australia, Tiempo de Tango are unique in that the musicians train with tango specialists in Buenos Aires and study authentic tango performance technique. They specialise not only in the tangos of the golden period of 1940 to 1955 but in interpreting the works of later composers such as Astor Piazzolla, Pugliese and Carlos Di Sarli whose professional careers began in the orchestras of that era.
Tiempo de Tango Musicians
 
Maggie Ferguson (director/violin) is the founder of Tiempo de Tango. In 2003 she studied the orchestral tangos c.a. 1939-1955 at the Escuela de Tango in Buenos Aires. She returned to Argentina in September 2004, 2005 (with a grant from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust) and 2006 to perform with the Orquesta Escuela de Tango under the direction of Maestro Emilio Balcarce, Carlos Pazo and Jose Libertella.. She also performed with the Orquesta de la Academia Nacional del Tango (dir. Julián Hasse) and in tango clubs Clasico y Moderna, El Balcon and El Virulete. Maggiehas a Graduate Diploma of Music performance from Sydney Conservatorium of Music. For the past 5 years she has taught tango music to student ensembles at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy and at the Conservatorium High School.
She returned to Buenos Aires in April and May 2007 at the invitation of Orquesta Escuela de Tango to perform under the direction of Nestor Marconi.  While there she began studies on bandoneón with Julian Hassewhich she will continue with Ramiro Boero in September 2008.
 
Martijn van Eijkelenborg (bandoneón) studied at the Rotterdam Conservatorium of Music in 2007 with teachers Victor Hugo Villena (Gotan Project and Quinteto El Después) and Leo Vervelde (co-founder and director of the World Music Department of the Rotterdam Conservatorium). During this time, Martijn performed with Grán Orquesta Típica OTRA led by Leo Vervelde at tango festivals in both The Netherlands and Germany.
Martijn first travelled to Buenos Aires in 2003 where he met street musician Ruben Serra who introduced him to the world of the bandoneón. He subsequently returned to Buenos Aires the following three years (once with funding from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust) to continue his studies with Ramiro Boero (orquesta El Arranque) and to perform at tango clubs El Balcon and El Virulete. Since 2005 he has played with the tango music student ensembles at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy and at the Conservatorium High School. In 2007, in addition to performing with orquesta típica OTRA, he arranged and performed tango duos in Slovakia and Portugal with cellist Anita Gluyas, as well as playing drums at various performances of punk rock band Hand Bites Dog in Amsterdam. In Jan 2008 he returned to Australia and played with student orchestras at the Riverina Summer School for Strings at the Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.
 
Mardi Chillingworth (double bass) has recently returned from a period in Buenos Aires studying tango bass techniques with Ignacio Varchausky. She is a freelance player with leading Australian Orchestras such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has played for many recordings, b


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