The Brisbane Tango Orchestra, which was founded in 2021 by Chloe Ann Williamson, is embarking on a project with Owen Salomé, which promises to be awesome.
Owen was one of the founding members of Sydney tango ensemble, Tángalo, which schmoozed Australian tango dancers from 2013 to 2018 when the members set off on their own endeavours. During this time it was fascinating to watch and listen to Owen’s love of tango develop. His first instrument was the flute and he also played the guitar, but when he discovered the bandonéon things really took off.
Owen received two grants for artistic development in 2018 and moved to Argentina where has been studying bandonéon. He is now one of the bandonéonists in the 16th iteration of the Orquesta Escuela Emilio Balcarce, the first Australian to hold such a position.
(There is a recent concert by the Orquesta on Youtube – well worth listening to).
He will return in 2022 for two months to write a completely new repertoire for the Brisbane Tango Orchestra and to perform with them in February! The first two concerts have been announced – Maleny on 10th February and Brisbane on 12th February. For more information check out the BTO on Instagram or the BTO website.son