Payadora Tango Ensemble

Founded in 2013, Payadora has quickly become one of Toronto’s most vibrant and sought-after acts. Payadora performs an expansive repertoire of original compositions and their own arrangements of Argentinean Folk Music and Tango. Their broad scope in tango draws from the height of Buenos Aires’ Tango tradition, including compositions by De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, and Salgan, to the masterful, contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond. Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora’s performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality. Their recordings are played regularly on Jazz FM’s Cafe Latino and Classical 96.3. In addition, Payadora is the featured ensemble in the 2019 documentary “The Sounds of Canada: Argentina.”

Drew Jurecka, bandoneon, violin, mandolin;
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin, vocals;
Joe Phillips, bass;
Robert Horvath, piano;
Elbio Fernandez, vocals;
Fabian Belmonte, dance;
Roxana Belmonte, dance

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