Bridging Cultural Gaps Through the Power of Music

Dueling Tango Duos is a bilingual, bicultural concert that explores the mystery and passion of tango music with non-Spanish speaking audiences through the interpretation of songs, dance, and a bit of playful humor. It began as a project to understand the lyricism of tango and its rich cultural obsession, but it has opened people’s hearts to so much more. By translating this beautiful genre of music into English and sharing it with diverse audiences, we help illustrate that, regardless of our cultural and linguistic differences, we are all still worried about the same themes and singing about love in the same way. This kind of cross-cultural understanding brings us together as people and gives us compassion for those who are different from ourselves.

Standing Ovations

“I believe deeply in the power of art and music to bring people together across cultural divides. Your show demonstrated that last night. It wasn’t just a fun and sometimes breathtakingly brilliant performance. The audience opened its collective heart to your Argentinian colleagues and I’m sure they could feel it. That’s the kind of peacemaking, cultural crossing, community building no amount of political negotiation can accomplish.”

-Carlotta Collette, Oregon Metro Regional Government Councilor

The Dueling Tango Duos Show

Dueling Tango Duos features traditional Argentine tangos translated, arranged, and performed in both English and Spanish in a playful exchange or “duel” of lyricism and harmony. The audience is given a bilingual program with lyrics so they can follow along as we guide them through each song. Along with history, humor, and a professional dance piece, this show promises a well-rounded theatrical performance in which spectators experience a wide array of emotions from joy to nostalgia, tenderness to intensity, and — ideally — the desire to learn Spanish or to dance the tango.

Our Duos

About Duo Fuertes – Varnerin

With a sound reminiscent of icons Carlos Gardel and Jose Razzano and a modern playfulness that is uniquely their own, Duo Fuertes – Varnerin elevate tango to a new level of relatability and charm that has been missing since the days of old. Agustin Fuertes (vocals & guitarron) and Ariel Varnerin (vocals & guitar) will draw you in with their infectious harmonies, danceable rhythms, and old world style. They have been performing at milongas and festivals in Buenos Aires since 2003 and have toured the European tango circuit for the past five years. August 2016 marked their debut in the U.S. with a west coast tour. For more information on Duo Fuertes – Varnerin please visit their website.

About Duo Kitty – Raphael

Pepe Raphael has been performing in Portland since 1986 with groups such as the Oregon Symphony, Pink Martini, Pepe & the Bottle Blondes, The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet, as well as musical and theatrical organizations. Megan Yvonne (Kitty) has been performing with The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet since 2012 and currently leads her own quintet, Perola, which focuses on Bossa Nova and Latin jazz. Together, Duo Kitty – ­Raphael is a newly formed bilingual vocal duo that performs a classical repertoire of tangos, boleros, rumbas, milongas, waltzes, and various latin rhythms. For more information on Duo Kitty – Raphael visit their Facebook page.

Dueling Tango Duos in Action

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Dueling Tangos Duo
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Dueling Tangos Duo
Dueling Tangos Duo