Tango DJ

Peter DJs at events and often during the evening after visiting as guest teachers

D7C_0393Peter has been a Tango DJ for over 15 years.  For two years he was the resident DJ at the Eton Milongas, followed by seven years at Tango South where we ran our own monthly Milongas, Práctilongas and Prácticas, as well as special evenings with live music.

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Live Music

Having live music at an event takes a different level of skill from the DJ.

At our Summer Balls we had guest appearances from Tango Siempre and twice with Los Mareados, with whom Peter was invited to play. 

Peter regularly played solo classical guitar and on occasions had an accompanying singer.

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Music at Events

Peter has several thousand specially re-mastered tango tracks.  The audible hiss and crackles often associated with old music has been removed and now represent the orchestras as they would have been heard when playing live.  This is enhanced by a carefully chosen PA system – more on this below.
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Golden Age Orchestras

Often this music can sound very thin because of the way it was originally recorded, and later reproduced and modified through the vinyl years, then on to CD.  The resulting narrow frequency range can be very wearing on the ear after an hour or so.

Many people believe this sound to be “authentic”  because that’s the only way most of us have ever heard this music.  However, these orchestras would not have sounded thin and scratchy when they were originally danced to – live! 

Peter specialised in offering this gorgeous music in a way that reproduces the original live sound as closely as possible.  After all, this is what it was meant to sound like for dancing to!

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Creating the Sound

To achieve this requires the best available source material, good quality gear that is adequate for the venue, intelligent setting up, plus a good ear and careful management throughout the event.

Peter has a total of over 8,000 tango track in his library, some are rare and virtually unobtainable.

Of these he has the use of  2,000 tracks which have been re-mastered to give some of the the highest quality sound, not typically heard at Milongas.

The music source is one side of the equation.  It must be complemented with carefully selected professional sound equipment, adapted and tuned to the acoustics of the venue, as well as flexibility to adapt to the ever changing dynamic and energy throughout the evening.

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Music Backround

Peter has been closely involved with music all his life.  His father was a semi-professional dance band musician and his mother was a singer and a keen ballroom dancer.  As a boy he sang in the choir at Holy Trinity Church, Paddington.  He was the boy soloist for the Christmas concert at Brent (then Wembley) Town Hall, and has sung at the Royal Festival Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and Guildford Cathedral.  He continued singing as a choir member and soloist in and around London for many years, until Tango took over his life.

Peter studied classical guitar at the Royal Academy of Music in London and worked as a full time professional guitarist for a number of years.  He was a founder member of the Omega Players and the Omega Guitar Quartet under the directorship of Gilbert Biberian.  They performed in the UK and Europe and at several leading London venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall.  More recently he played live music on many occasions at Milongas.

As a professional coach and facilitor to high performance teams, Peter has used drumming extensively as a team building, coaching and development activity. 

Over the years Peter has designed and run a variety of Musical Workshops to help dancers understand tango music in greater detail, which helps improve their overal enjoyment of the dance.

We have also used drumming on Tango Music Workshops with great success.  There is more about  Peter here.

Just two of the ways Peter can inform dancers of the music and tandas throughout the evening

Projector & Screen on a Stage

TV Monitor & Stand on the floor

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