“If you’re looking for an authentic tango music experience right here in DC, you just found it—QuinTango’s your ticket.” --Ken Avis, DC producer, bandleader.
QuinTango, a quintet of strings, bandoneon, and piano, has received standing ovations at the White House, Kennedy Center, jazz clubs in Costa Rica and Buenos Aires and concert venues across three continents. Their concerts feature distinctive arrangements of Astor Piazzolla, Julian Plaza, and Leonard Cohen and original music by the band’s Grammy-nominated composer Emmanuel Trifilio and Austin-based singer/songwriter Ali Cook.
Maestro Trifilio, QuinTango’s Argentine bandoneon player, propels the rhythm section with bassist Ali Cook and pianist Julie Huang Tucker. Cook and Tucker also provide the close vocal harmonies punctuating QuinTango’s newest repertoire. The violin section is anchored by Regino Madrid, whose day job is the National Symphony Orchestra, and rounded out by founder/violinist Joan Singer, the resident storyteller and MC. Together these five musicians conjure a spellbinding emotional energy.
Winner of 5 WAMMIEs including the 2023 award for Best Latin Artist/Group, QuinTango has self-produced seven CDs, undertaken 11 international tours, and performed for hundreds of audiences across 29 states. In addition to their mainstage and jazz club performances, QuinTango is committed to community building through the arts; they work with schools, community centers, half-way houses, hospitals, senior centers, the U.S. State Department, and local cultural offices throughout the world. Powered by the desire to make a difference with their tangos, QuinTango is an experience that lasts much longer than the performance itself.