Workshop by Maestros Emilio Solla and Pablo Aslan at SF Community Music Center

October 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
CMC Concert Hall
544 Capp St
San Francisco, CA 94110
$15/Adults; $10/Students/seniors


6:30-8pm: TANGO MUSICALITY FOR DANCERS WORKSHOP with LIVE MUSIC by Emilio Solla, piano and Pablo Aslan, bass Assisted by Tango Teacher Sonja Riket and Alex Zeyliger.

$15 general/$10 seniors/students with ID (free for students currently enrolled in CMC Argentine Tango dance class)

Cash at door or advanced tickets at Evenbrite:

Basic Tango dance experience required.

Ear training for tango dancers! This workshop guides you to the rhythmic essence of tango, so that you can step confidently, work on your longer sequences and phrases, and know when to walk and when to stay in place. We’ll explain musical structure in simple terms so that you can follow the story being told by each tango, and look at the rhythmic details that make up this unique dance music.

We’ll feel the beat in our bodies through clapping and stepping exercises, and learn to hear the common phrases in tango music. With live music!

Parking garage at 21st St & Bartlett and lot Capp St (b/w 19th& 20th). Also street parking at Folsom St., 2 blocks away

More info on the artists:


Grammy Nominated Argentina born and NY based pianist & composer Emilio Solla got his degree in Classical Piano at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires and his MA in Jazz Composition at Queens College in New York. He continued to study composition, arranging, counterpoint, improvisation and conducting in Buenos Aires, Barcelona and New York. His first band, Apertura, was praised by Astor Piazzolla himself as one of the most interesting new sounds in the Buenos Aires scene in 1986. He has composed for, arranged for and performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo O’Farrill, Edmar Castañeda, Pablo Aslan, Cristina Pato and many others. His album Second Half was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award as Best Latin Jazz Album. He continues to tour with his many projects, from duos to symphony orchestras, and is an active freelance arranger and composer in the demanding NY music scene. He is currently a Faculty Member at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and has given clinics in Jazz Composition at Emory University, Bates College, Gothenburg Music School (Sweden), Jazz & Pop Conservatory (Helsinki, Finland).



Argentine-born Pablo Aslan is in demand for his skills as a producer, bassist, and educator, and for his knowledge of traditional and contemporary tango. His most recent album as a leader is Piazzolla in Brooklyn (Soundbrush Records), a tribute to the late Nuevo Tango master. His previous CD, Tango Grill (Zoho Music), was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album and a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album. Currently he is a member of the Glass House Orchestra, a multinational ensemble that performs in Europe and North America, and the Astoria Tango Orchestra. He plays regularly with small ensembles in the New York City area, including a three year ongoing residence at Zinc Bar with Grammy nominee Emilio Solla.  Aslan has performed and recorded with Yo-Yo Ma, Shakira, Lalo Schifrin, Denyce Graves, Osvaldo Golijov, Pablo Ziegler, Frank London, the New World Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. He has produced over a dozen albums for the Soundbrush label, including the 2007 Latin Grammy Winner Te Amo Tango by Uruguayan bandoneonist Raul Jaurena. An active researcher and educator, he has produced educational programs for Lincoln Center Institute, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, and Arts Connection in NYC, and lectured and taught at several universities throughout the US, including Harvard, Yale, and UCLA. He served as the Artistic Director of the Reed Tango Music Institute in 2013-14 and is currently Featured Artist at the Indiana University Tangueros Conference.

Music Coaching’s and private lessons with the Maestros are available, as well as private dance lessons with Michael and Ana Thomas, 2017 Tango Dance Champions.


Michael and Ana Thomas, siblings and Tango dance partners, started their study of Tango at a very young age. They studied with their father Edmundo Thomas and many renowned masters of Tango who were part of the old milongueros school in Buenos Aires. Since 2006 Michael taught and performed in Buenos Aires at several well-known venues and since 2010 also in the USA.

Ana studied ballet, contemporary dance and jazz at the National Arts University and graduated from the prestigious “Contemporary Dance workshop of the San Martin Theatre” in Buenos Aires. For the last 6 years she studied Tango with many maestros.

Together Michael and Ana won the 2017 USA OFFICIAL ARGENTINE TANGO CHAMPIONSHIP, in tango salon category.

Youtubes: Victory dance video:

Performance in Las Vegas:

For info, scheduling and booking, please contact Sonja Riket at 415.661.1852 landline or