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Summer Tour 2016

Here we go! Off for another summer tour. We’ll be out west in June for some milongas, concert series, museum, and library shows. Then in July we’ll be back in the beautiful upper midwest for some of our favorite stops in the great lakes. Full venue and time information here: Summer Tour 2016 Schedule 6/1|Tango Night…

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Folias for Fontana

Folias at Fontana Chamber Arts

This winter we had the pleasure of playing for a Fontana Chamber Arts “Crybaby” concert. Fontana is a series that both Andrew and I not only attend regularly but also respect and admire for its adventurous programming and super high quality performers. The Saturday morning that we played was a typical blistery Michigan day in January. We…

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Dance Under the Red Moon

Guitar Orchestra

Every spring there is a great gathering of guitar ensembles called the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival. This year it was in our home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The festival always features a mass guitar ensemble to play a premier composition written for that year’s festival. This year I was asked to write the composition!  The piece…

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Bialys in Ojai

Here is another recipe from the Viewpoints tour. We had the pleasure of eating homemade bialys made by our tango dancer friend, teacher and host Stephen Bauer in Ojai, CA last summer. Stephen is also known for his “Tango Chef” workshops which teach people about how to make “kinetic concoctions for tastier tango.” His is a…

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Piazzolla’s Angel Suite

In January we had the privilege to be featured on the Chamber Music at the Scarab Club concert series with the premier of our arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s Angel Suite for flute, guitar and string quartet. It was a great opportunity for us to work on our arranging skills and to play with great string players from…

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Folias at Wayne State University

Last month we had the privilege to give a concert and a lecture on how we have made successful careers as DIY musicians at the Wayne State University Music Department. Over the years we have done many things as a duo, from playing tango music for milongas, to playing concerts. Also making CD’s, and booking international and national tours.…

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North Cascades Return

Practicing in Stehekin

During the Viewpoints tour we went to the North Cascades National Park for a nice one week break from the road. We left the car behind on the shores of Lake Chelan and got on a boat named The Lady of the Lake. It was a 55 mile ride to the town of Stehekin — population 80. After…

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Planet Tango Portland

We had a great time playing a Planet Tango Portland event during a milonga at Alex Kreb’s studio Tango Berretín. It was part of  a 24 hour  broadcast of live tango in cities around the world: Melbourne, Tokyo, Taipei, Moscow, Istanbul, Prague, Montevideo, Minneapolis, and Buffalo. Alex wasn’t there, but we did get to dance in Portland to his…

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Gigs in California

We just spent a lovely 11 days playing gigs in California: San Diego, San Pedro, Ventura, Altadena, Sonoma, and Oakland. We played for milongas hosted by local organizers who had us also give musicality workshops for dancers. Along the way we also played some concerts where we featured our original music from Viewpoints. We would like…

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New Mexico Tango 2015

For the first full week of the Viewpoints Tour – West we spent five nights in New Mexico playing four gigs. We had the opportunity to play for milongas in Las Cruces, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. The New Mexico tango community was supportive of live tango music all around. It was so great to play…

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Southwest Recipes Viewpoints Tour

We cooked and ate some amazing food during the first 11 days in the southwest on the Viewpoints Tour. Prepared in homes or in state parks and national forests in Texas, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada these southwest recipes were made mostly with local ingredients and with some substantial equipment limitations. We’ve included some of…

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Folias with Marissa Peak, bassoon

https://youtu.be/Sw_t71JZswc https://youtu.be/AMF1S5H45_o We have started a new collaboration for Folias with bassoon. Marissa Peak formed a trio with us which performed four concerts together in Michigan. Andrew arranged his Folias flute and guitar pieces “Border Trilogy” and “Cabrales” for flute, bassoon, and guitar. It was really great to add such a rich low timbre to…

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Ramp Risotto

   It was a beautiful afternoon in west Michigan to hunt for some ramps out in the woods, so Andrew and I went out to gather this wild forest delight that has a delicate flavor somewhere between  a green onion and a leek. Here is the nice little recipe that we came up with for…

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