At the vanguard of a Renaissance in Tango is Rascasuelos, led by maestro Composer, Musical Director and Bandoneonista Patricio ‘Tripa’ Bonfiglio. A founding member the two most influential groups to have emerged from deep within the current new wave of Tango, Fernández Fierro and Astillero, Tripa’s list of musical credentials read a mile long, transcending musical genres with every turn. He has performed with Argentinian rock icons, Bersuit Vergarabat, Alejandro Balbis, and Ariel Prat, among numerous others, is also the Muscial Director of Rascasuleos’ alter ego Rascacielos, and is the current bandoneonista with ‘Arrabal’, by multi-award winners Gustavo Santaolalla (Academy Award, Best Original Score, 2005 & 2006) and Sergio Trujillo (Tony Award, Best Choreography, 2016). Más grande de Piazzolla, Tripa has altogether reimagined the bandoneon.
A child prodigy, García was unearthed by two of tangos greatest historical figures, Ben Molar and Mercedes Sosa. Yet the sun had risen upon the 1970s, just as the very first seeds for a cultural revolution were planted. Argentina had fallen victim to an oppressive and brutal military dictatorship (1974-1983) when García found himself swept-up by volcanic ‘rock’. A founding member of Via Varela, he was invited to join Argentinian rock icons Bersuit Vergarat at the height of their powers back in 1996. After leaving the group in 1999, he continued to perform on various studio albums recorded by the band throughout the following years, before becoming inspired by the fast-emerging new wave in tango. García returned to the genre on the album ‘Mar Azul’ by the internationally renowned Bajofondo, which included a co-composition with Juan Subirá and Gustavo Santaolalla. Summoned by Tripa to become the vocalist of Rascasuelos and co-composer, together they recorded the debut self-titled studio album and second release ‘Tangos Vivos’ in 2013. Earlier this year he was chosen to perform an exclusive tango show for The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, with whom concepts on rock and tango were exchanged. Today, an altogether new history beckons.
A revered member of tango’s new generation of multi-instrumentalists, Fulvio has performed professionally throughout Argentina and upon the international stage for more than twenty years. Academically trained in piano and chamber music, Fulvio commenced his career in tango with Arturo Penon, and for a time was the bandoneonista with the famous orchestra of Osvaldo Pugliese. His musical credits include Sexteto Sur, El Desquite, and presently Sexteto Mayor. He has also provided the musical accompaniment for singers Ruben Juarez, Amelita Baltar, and Maria Gaña among many other famous, household names. The Monk is a freak!
A former member of the Quasimoda Trio and La Chicana, Cristian has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America with various tango companies by Mora Godoy and Miquel Ángel Zotto, and collaborated with Pablo Mainetti, Diego Schissi and Nicolás Guershberg. Reflecting his tremendous versatility, Cristian has also performed with Argentine rock music legends Luis Alberto Spinetta, Dancing Mood and Fabulosos Cadillacs, while also a member of the Orquesta Académica de Teatro Colón (Colón Theatre Academic Orchestra, Buenos Aires), Orquesta de la Cámara del Congress de la Nación (Orchestra of the National Congress, Argentina), Orquesta Simfonica de Neuquen (The Symphonic Orchestra of Neuquen), and the baroque musical ensembles, La Cetra, Ad Libitum, and Compania de los Luces.
An extremely versatile musician, Mauro began studying cello out of a profound conviction for the instrument at age thirteen, with Maestro Andre Mouroux at the Conservatory J.J. Castro. Funded by the Carolina Foundation in Madrid, he moved to Europe to study under the tutelage of Maestro Pieter Thiemann at the Conservatory del Liceu in Barcelona, before undetaking his Masters at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels under the supervision of Vivane Spanoghe. Curious and restless to explore and extend the possibilities of his preferred instrument, the cello, Mauro pursued divergent styles, forms of improvisation, and electric incarnations also. He returned to Buenos Aires in 2014, where he rebooted his career with various projects; as the principal cellist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Rio Black, cellist with Rascasuelos, and permanent member the eclectic, experimental project ‘La Grande’.
Nicolás began his studies with the maestro Bernardo Prusak, before seeking the tutelage of Miguel Ángel Bertero and Szymsia Bajour. He first became a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de radio Nacional, before joining the Orquest de Cámara Crescendo and Orquesta de Cámara del Congreso de la Nación (Argentina). Nicolás first toured Japan with maestro tanguero Mauricio Marcelli, before joining la Orquesta Estable del Taetro Argentino de La Plata, then ‘Rodolfo Mederos Orquesta Típica’, with whom he made several international tours, to China, Chile, The Canary Islands, Norway, Costa Rica, Spain, and Colombia, among others. He is one of the five founding members of Rascasuelos, the orchestra that has taken him to all the major cities throughout Holland, Belgium, France, and Wales, and to the International Festival of Tango, Lisbon, in both 2012 and 2013. Nicolás is also presently a full member of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires.
Gabriel was born in Germany into a family of Jewish musicians and theatre actors. Growing up with Klezmer and classical music, he started his training as a violinist at the age of 8. When his family immigrated to Israel, he went on to study classical music at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance under the supervision of David Chen, and Arabic music under the supervision of Taisír Elias. During his academic career, he kept playing Klezmer and Balkan Music on stage. At the age of 16 he listened by chance to a recording of Recuerdo by Pugliese. He felt compelled to become a Tango musician, studying Tango viola and arrangement in Rotterdam under of the tutelage of Gustavo Beytelman and Victor Villena, before relocating to the home of Tango itself, Buenos Aires. In 2012 he received the highest possible scholarship award for composition from the Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdam, in order to compose in Buenos Aires, where he has lived ever since. During his career, Gabriel has shared the stage with a diversity of musicians from numerous musical traditions, including Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Avishai Cohen, Daniel Zamir, Jose Colangelo, Victor Lavallén, and many others. Throughout the years 2006 to 2008 he taught improvisation alongside Maxim Vengerov in his school for the highly talented in Migdal, Israel. Gabriel is a regular guest on stages throughout the world, including at the Festival de Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires and Berlin, Jerusalem, Rotterdam, and New York.
Mica graduated from el Teatro Colon ISA, Buenos Aires, in classical dance and ballet.
Between the years 2005 and 2009 she was the Principal Ballet Dancer with the Mercosur Maximiliano Guerra dance troupe, and in 2008 through 2013 Mica performed with the Mora Godoy Tango Company, touring China, Kazhajistan, Spain, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, Russia and Eastern Europe. In 2011 she starred in the premiere of the musical ‘Chantecler Tango’, which opened at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, followed by two seasons at the Presidente Alvear Theatre in the city of Buenos Aires. From 2012 to date, Mica has performed with the Dance Company of Ignacio Gonzalez Cano Tempotango, which included three seasons in Buenos Aires with ‘Tacoteco’. In 2013 she worked alongside Boulevard Tango Dancer, Cecilia Figaredo, and between the years 2013 and 2016 has been the Principal Protagonist and Ballerina with the musical ‘Arrabal’ by multi-award winners Gustavo Santaolalla and Sergio Trujillo. Most recently Mica starred in the National Tour of ‘Let it Be’ by Hernan Piquín, and has now returned to her role as a choreographer and Principal Dancer with Rascasuelos. On Wednesday the 2nd of November Micaela Spina will make her premiere performance at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.
Born in the province of Buenos Aires, as a child Manuco first undertook dance classes in the genres of folk and tango. In 2005 he entered el Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte, Argentina, graduating in Choreographic Composition with a Major in Dance Theatre. Simultaneously he commenced work with various tango companies, including Mora Godoy, where he developed as a dancer and choreographer over several years, embarking upon various international tours, and theatre seasons throughout Argentina. He made his debut in Paris with ‘Chantecler Tango’, before returning to Buenos Aires to perform with Madero Tango and Taconeando. He was an integral member of the choreographic team for the Iñaki Ballet in Urlezaga, which featured at the Shanghai Expo, and in 2014 joined Gustavo Santaolalla’s ‘Arrabal’, performing a three-month season in Toronto, and at the XV Iberoamerican Theatre Festival in Bogotá. Manuco has since interpreted the work of Veronica Litvak, and undertaken three seasons with Tacoteco. He is currently performing in, having choreographed, the second season of ‘Cuatro Noches’, directed by Ignacio Gonzalez Cano. In 2015, he was the choreographer of the hit children’s show, ‘El Tango es Puro Cuento’, for which he received the Hugo award for best choreography child and adolescent, and is currently making the third season at the Centro Cultural Borges. Manuco also worked as an assistant choreographer to Gerardo Litvak in ‘Dance Night’, which was presented at the Bicentennial house in December 2015, and in the sold out show of ‘Perfume’, interpreting choreographies by Oscar Araiz. Since 2011, he has taught tango to patients with Parkinsons at the Ramos Mejia Hospital, which is an interdisciplinary dance group run by a team of doctors, psychologists and volunteers, and presently Manuco is a choreographer and Principal Dancer with Rascasuelos.
Audiovisual Producer and Multi-instrumentalist, Marcelo Lupis has made soundtracks for dance, theatre, cinema and TV, in the U.S., Argentina, and Brazil. Musical Director and performance credits include the Mercedes Sosa Tribute Concert, Lincoln Centre (2010), Joan Baez, Leon Gieco, Gustavo Santaolalla, Walter Malossetti, Eva Ayllon and Florence Ruiz, Japan Tour 2014 (Violin and AV Director). In film, he Produced “Strange Things Happened” by Director Martin Toro, which was nominated for Cine Gear Expo (2011), L.A. Brooklyn Film Festival (2011), and received first prize at FeSanCor, Chile (2011). His debut musical for film, “Fede Arroyo 80s Superstar”, premiered at Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA) Gaumont Cinema, Buenos Aires (2015). In 2017 he will release the debut studio album with his new band, Popelka. Director credits for music video include Florencia Ruiz, Brian Questa, Pablo Grinjot, Love Songs for Robots, Fede Arroyo, Popelka, Monica Posse, Lupis, and Rascasuelos (Japan, Egypt, Canada, USA, Brazil, and the UK).