About the Orchestra

Founded in 2009, DCTO has played at milongas (Argentine tango social-dance events), folk festivals, schools, the Glen Echo Ballroom, the U.S. State Department, the Warner Theater, Colvin Run Dance Hall, and other performance venues in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan area.

The predecessor to the DC Tango Orchestra began in the Fall of 2009 with a series of “Tango Jams” for amateur and professional musicians, many of them tango dancers. Led by artist-in-residence Korey Ireland, and with support from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, these informal gatherings soon became weekly rehearsals. The group learned full arrangements and played for the first time for dancers at the 2010 Fishnet Fete. Additionally, the Orchestra has also had the great fortune to feature guest bandoneonistas Emmanuel Trifilio and Ben Bogart and guest singer Julian Ingram.

We envision a national network of musicians who can mutually support their pursuit and practice of tango music in collaboration with the growing Argentine tango dance community. We would like to acknowledge Ben Bogart for pioneering the concept of the “Tango Jam,” Korey Ireland for inspiring groups of musicians around the world to play tango music for dancers, and Tova and Carlos Moreno for raising the profile of live music for dancing in the US with the “Monster Orchestra” concept at their festival Tango de los Muertos (2005-2009).