Argentine Tango and New Chamamé 

A residential workshop with Richard Scofano and Alfredo Minetti
October 3-7, 2019 | Perugia

This workshop is designed for instrumentalists and singers interested in the ways of Argentine tango and chamamé. The music of Argentina is incredibly rich and diverse.  Composers and interpreters like Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Lalo Schifrin, Ariel Ramirez, Mercedes Sosa, and Martha Argerich, just to name a few, have been cultural ambassadors of Argentine throughout the world from the beginning of the 20th century. 

In our time together, we will explore aspects of this vast musical legacy with a strong emphasis on performance and communication. In 2009 tango was added to UNESCO’s intangible heritage list, and it looks like the same is about to happen with the chamamé. We will concentrate on stylistic and performative aspects of those two genres. 

Participants will receive a list of the repertoire (scores, lyrics, and recordings) that we will work with during the workshop. We will use this set of pieces to discuss history and tradition, and to address style, technique, interpretation, and, ultimately, performance.  Next, we will proceed to work with the repertoire. 
All participants should take the time to familiarize themselves with all the pieces selected for the workshop. 

The workshop will open with an introduction to the concept of Duende – a concept brought to Argentina by the Spanish and that is present in all its music – as a means to understand the depth and intensity necessary to perform such music.


$1100 includes all meals, lodging, and all workshop sessions.
Ground transportation to and from Perugia included.
This fee is based on double occupancy;  there is a $200 surcharge
for private rooms, available first-come first-served.

The ways of Argentine tango and chamamé

for instrumentalists and singers

An exploration
in style and performance

Schedule Overview

Oct 3 - Afternoon arrival (3 pm on) and welcome dinner
Oct 4 - six hrs of workshops; evening concert given by Duo Scofano Minetti
Oct 5 - 6 hrs of workshop sessions
Oct 6 -  6 hrs of workshop sessions; culminating concert by participants
Oct 7 - Departure after breakfast
For a detailed schedule, click here


Please complete and submit the following registration form.
We thank you for allowing us to get to know you.
Do not hesitate to contact Margie if you have any questions.


Please pay a deposit or full payment to secure your place in the workshop. Please note: because this is a workshop with internationally touring artists, there will be no refunds. If there is an emergency cancellation we will apply your payments to another workshop produced by Class Acts On Tour.

“We are facing a pure experience, a tango with open veins… since Scofano, with his bandoneón, doesn’t interpret the tango, he interprets the secret codes embedded in tango... he is unique in the world. On the other hand, Alfredo Minetti is a concert pianist who transits with incredible easiness before the complex interpretive pathways of tango.”