Tangoheart was founded in 1999 by the artistic director Bertram
Levy, who has spent more than a decade collecting and transcribing
the classic orchestrations of tango.
The Tangoheart Sextet is one of two dozen tango sextets in the world and
is dedicated to performing the music of Astor Piazzolla and the classic
orchestrations of the golden age of tango.
The sexteto tipico is
the highest form of ensemble playing in tango and it also contains all
the musical elements of the great orchestras of the 1940's.
Tangoheart Sextet is one of the few sextets outside of Argentina to
contain the bandoneon, the essential instrument of the tango.
Tangoheart has been introducing the extraordinary music of the tango to
Northwest audiences for 5 years.
The sextet is composed of
Bertram Levy bandoneon,
Carr piano, and
Bertram Levy met Astor Piazzolla, author of the modern tango,
in 1989 and was so moved by Piazzolla's music that he abandoned all his
other musical endeavors to study the tango. At that time, Bertram was an
internationally recognized virtuoso folk musician, having been featured
in over a dozen albums including the Smithsonian CD compilation, "American
Folk Music", and highlighted in several national broadcasts of "The
Prairie Home Companion" show with Garrison Keillor.
In 1991 Bertram made his first trip to Buenos Aires, acquired a
bandoneon, and began his studies with Miguel Varvello.
From 1999 to 2002 he
studied bandoneon in Paris with maestro Cesar Stroscio.
He founded the Tangoheart Sextet in 1999.
Bertram has performed with the San Francisco based Latin American
Chamber Music Society and with Tango Retro.
In addition he has
conducted tango workshops in the United States and Canada, and has
toured both in Argentina and USA with the Argentine Duo Gomez-Mendez.
He is presently musical director of the show "Tangoheart" and
lives in Buenos Aires where he studies classical bandoneon at the
Conservatorio Manuel de Falla with Rodolfo Daluisio, and orchestration
with Gabriel Senanes.
(Cello) received her degree in the cello from Western Washington
University in 1993.
Since her graduation, she has worked regularly in many Northwest
classical ensembles including the orchestras of the Paramount and Fifth
She performed on the stage of Carnegie Hall in 1989 and last year for
This summer she will be a member of the faculty quintet at the Cebreros
Festival of Strings in Spain. She performs frequently with her bassist
husband in the Bottomline Duo, whose repertoire draws from classical,
jazz, and latin music.
(violin) Brings to Tangoheart a broad background in many musical
genres.Initially trained in classical technique, Claude's career has has
been a cultural journey from acid rock to British Isle dance music, from
jazz and fusion to tango.
As well as playing in Tangoheart, he is the lead violinist in the highly
successful contradance ensemble KGB and appears with the Djangomatics.
Claude has toured extensively in the United States, Europe and Japan.
He has been actively involved in tango and the music of Piazzolla since
his visit to Buenos Aires in 1991.
(violin) is both a classical violinist and Celtic fiddler.
From a family of musicians, she began her studies at the age of 8 years.
She is based in Olympia where she was a founding member of the Olympia
Chamber Orchestra and has specialized in 20th century music.
She performs regularly throughout the Northwest with Fiddlehead, an
Irish music ensemble, of which she is founder and leader.
Anthea teaches violin and has conducted summer workshop programs for
Centrum Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp.
(piano) has been a
highly sought after pianist for the Seattle jazz and swing dance scene
since 1979, as well as accompanist for many vocalists, choral groups and
He accompanied the Shoreline-based “Choir of The Sound” from 1994
His recent show credits include “West Side Story” with the Eastside
Musical Theater. Currently he is accompanist for Blue Street Voices and
leads a jazz trio accompanying singer Dianne Trani.
graduated with a degree in music from Western Washington University in
He was the principal bassist with the WWU symphony and the Whatcom
Symphony from 1991 to 1995.
His honors include first place winner in the Cays Young Artist concerto
competition in 1999, finalist in the 2000 Ladies’ Music Club of Seattle
Solo competition, and guest artist at the Fairbanks Music Festival in
He received a full scholarship to the Port Townsend Jazz Festival in
1993 and 1994. He has performed with the Bolshoi Ballet, Broadway at the
Paramount, and the LA Philharmonic Quintet.
Spencer is a popular bassist with many Seattle groups, such as Jazzbow,
Swingcats, Shawn’s Kugel, and Guaneri Underground.
He performs regularly with his cellist wife in the Bottomline Duo, whose
repertoire draws from classical, jazz and latin music.
dancer, started dancing at the age of 7 and she completed her studies in
the Colon theater in Buenos Aires.
She also studied modern dance in the chool of the San Martin theater.
Her most important teachers were Atilio Sanchez, Alejandro Toto, Liliana
Belfiore and Aichi Akamine.
She learned tango dancing with the most famous milongueros of Buenos
Aires in the milongas
dancer,studied tango for 15 years with the best tango masters,
especially with Juan Carlos Copes and Maria Nieves, Pepito Avellaneda,
Mingo Pugliese and Gustavo Naviera. He also studied argentinian
folkloric dances for 7 years, ballet and modern jazz with Margarita
Since they came to the USA in July 2002, they have performed in Swango
with the Helen Hayes theatre company in New York, Michelle Badion’s
Tango cabaret in Seattle WA., Romulo Larrea’s Tangos..... For la Milonga
at the Meany Hall in Seattle WA and at the Orange County Performing Arts
Center in Costa Mesa, CA.