Tango Band

Emiliano Messiez
(Piano & Music Direction)
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Emiliano Messiez is an Argentinean pianist and composer based in New York City. With a very versatile and personal sound, he is the pianist of the show Forever Tango and he directs his own orchestra Típica Messiez. He is educated in Classical music, Jazz, Tango, Rock, Latin-American rhythms and he has performed all around the world in venues such as Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of New York, Houston Opera Theater and Merkin Hall, among others, and with some of the world’s top musicians such as Paquito de Rivera, Diego El Cigala, Dino

Saluzzi, Concha Buika and Raul Jaurena. As a composer he is the composer of The Guava Tree and Casa Alfonsa, two musicals commissioned by Creede Repertory Theater and Bordello, a musical awarded by the National Alliance of Musical Theater as well as many other projects

Todd Isler


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Drummer, percussionist, author, Todd Isler has toured and studied around the globe, soaking up the flavors of Africa, India, Brazil, Japan, and many European countries.


Currently, Todd co leads International Orange and The Aeolian Trio, showcasing his ability on drum set as well as hand drums. He was a winner of the Jazziz Percussion on Fire Award, and the Disc Makers Unsigned Band contest.


Todd has released 5 albums as a leader, two solo albums and three with International Orange. His playing and recording experience stretches across genres with musicians including Joe Lovano, Ivan Neville, Mike Gordon, Sizao Machado, Betty Buckley, Al Kooper, Melvin Sparks, Francis Mbappe, Bakithi Kumalo, Dave Liebman, Steve Turre, Jack McDuff, David Krakauer, and many others. He’s also the author of the critically acclaimed book, “You Can Ta Ka Di Mi This”, which incorporates the South Indian rhythm system to ground and expand one’s beat, now in its second printing. He has utilized these concepts for master classes at The Collective in NYC, NYU, San Francisco St., and in Rio de Janeiro, and Brasilia, Brazil.

Pablo Lanouguere


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Born in Buenos Aires, Pablo Lanouguere is an active musician and composer based in New York City. As a sought-after musician, he regularly plays with renowned artists and bands of Tango, Jazz, Latin-Jazz, Swing, Salsa, Classical and World Music. He has played at some of the most important venues in NYC such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The National Sawdust, Zinc Bar, Puffin Cultural Forum, DROM, ShapeShifter Lab, The Falcon, among others. Over the past few years, Mr. Lanouguere has collaborated with artists such as Raul Jaurena, Fernando Otero, Daniel Binelli & Astoria Tango Orchestra, Adam Tully, Emiliano Messiez, Emilio Teubal and Federico Diaz. Additionally, he has also toured around the US with several American & Argentinean bands. He is a founding member of Abaddon, a traditional Tango Sextet established in 2016 in New York City. In 2019 he released his first album as a bandleader “Eclectico”, (Piano Piano Records) and since then he has been playing with the “Pablo Lanouguere Quintet” around the Tri-state area. In 2021 he was awarded a grant by “Café Royal Cultural Foundation” to produce his second album “Altar” which will be released Spring 2022

Leandro Ragusa


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Leandro Ragusa is an Argentinian bandoneonist, composer, arranger, and educator. He has performed at various festivals and musical events around the world in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Canada, the USA, and Mexico. With a scholarship from the Konex Foundation, he received the Diploma in Advanced Studies of Tango in 2004. He is the co-founder of the Quinteto de Academia (a woodwind quintet with bandoneon - Buenos Aires) as well as Les Néons Quartet (Montreal), Colectivo Tangente, and Underground Tango Ensemble (New York). Together with the latter ensemble, he has presented the album El Charrúa at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York and Philadelphia. In 2019 and 2021 he obtained a grant for musical composition from the National Fund for the Arts of Argentina. The results of these grants are the albums El Aleph (2021) and (upcoming) Eolia (2022).

Ignacio Rivas

Bixio (Drums)

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Ignacio Rivas Bixio is a drummer, composer and bandleader of the New York based band “Plasticity”. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he started his career as a session drummer. In 2006 Ignacio embarked on a three-year journey playing drums on Cruise Ships around the world and in 2009 he decided to move to Boston to study music at Berklee College of Music. Shortly after, Ignacio graduated with honors and moved to NYC where he currently resides. Since 2012 Ignacio has been actively touring the USA, Europe, and Asia with countless projects including the band House of Waters, and signed to the label Ground Up Music. Other artists Ignacio has performed with are: Ivan Lins, Computer Magic, Alex Skolnick, Guillermo Klein, Maz Maher, Mike Stern, Isamu McGregor, Chichi Peralta, Jonathan Hoard.

Sergio Reyes


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Classically trained, Sergio R. Reyes M. is a versatile performer who values musical traditions of the American continent, considering them a key factor for the building of culture, education, and identity of the new generations. He began studying music at the National Conservatory in Guatemala City and at Guatemala’s Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 1991 he was awarded a scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan, and continued violin, piano, and composition studies at Manhattan School of Music and Brooklyn College. In Europe, he attended music courses offered by the Mozart European Academy (Poland) and the Ecole d’Arts Américaine (Fontainebleau, France). As a composer he has been commissioned to write music for Dzuldance Company (NY), Catherine Filloux (playwright), Multi-Cultural Music Group, Spectrum Symphony, and the Association of Dominican Classical Artists, amongst others. As a violinist, Mr. Reyes has performed in New York’s most important halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Blue Note. He has shared the stage with acclaimed artists such as soprano Frederica Von Stade, vocalist Lucía Pulido, singer-activist Danny Rivera, and musicians who worked with composer Astor Piazzolla, such as Pablo Ziegler, Héctor Del Curto, Daniel Binelli and Raúl Jaurena.


Along with Emilio Teubal, Argentine pianist-composer who specializes in jazz, tango, and Latin American music, Mr. Reyes has co-founded several ensembles and didactic projects, such as Los Chantas Tango Quartet and Romancero Latinoamericano duo.


In 1998 he was awarded the first prize in the Certamen Centroamericano 15 de Septiembre with his composition La Chamusca. In 2018 he won the same competition with his piece for brass quintet A las poetas de este tiempo, which was premiered at the award ceremony. Also, in 2018, he received the Guatemalan Artist of the Year Award in music performance and composition on its XXXVIII edition. Recently his pieces 4 poemas de Humberto Ak’abal, for mixed choir and piano, and Miradas azules, for marimba and woodwind quintet were also awarded in Guatemala.

Duo Cantabile




The voice and guitar ensemble Duo Cantabile has been charming audiences since its inception in 2002. They have received great accolades for their spirited and heart-felt performances. Lauri and Mariano Aguirre perform a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Renaissance to folk. Their repertoire includes original works for voice and guitar commissioned by the ensemble as well as numerous arrangements that they are constantly realizing. They have performed in the United States and Mexico in such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Templo del Carmen, St. John the Divine, St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea, America’s Society and the New York Guitar Seminar.

In addition to forming this artistic venture, both musicians have active solo careers both here and abroad. Lauri has performed in opera, oratorio and musical theater venues ranging from the Finnish National Opera Company in Helsinki to the Village Light Opera Group in New York City. She has been a frequent oratorio soloist having performed such works as Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Schubert's Mass in G and Mozart's Regina Coeli and Requiem. Her operatic performances have included Le Nozze di Figaro, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoore, Don Carlo, and Falstaff, and most recently, leading roles in Riders to the Sea (Vaughan Williams), The Impressario (Mozart) and Dr. Heidegger’s Fountain of Youth (Beeson) at the Kaye Playhouse. Currently, Lauri can be heard on Sundays singing in the soprano section in the choir at The Oratory of St. Boniface Catholic Church.

Mariano has performed recitals in the United States and Mexico and has appeared at many festivals, including the Young Artist Series at the Aspen Music Festival, the Warwick Music Festival, and Mexico’s National University and Centro Nacional de las Artes. His awards include the Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance given by The New School University and the Artists International Competition. Mariano has recorded on the Vienna Modern Masters label. Aside from his performing endeavors, Mariano has a busy private music studio and is on the faculty at Mannes College of Music, Hunter College CUNY and the Brooklyn Music School. He is the festival director of the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes and a sought after workshop leader and master class teacher. His students have won top prize at several international competitions.

Lauri and Mariano are graduates of the Mannes College of Music in New York City and hold bachelor and master degrees with honors from this institution. Lauri also holds a Master of Arts degree from Hunter College. Beyond their music making, the artists have also found joy as married partners and parents to their daughter Sofia.


"Duo Cantabile shines as a picture perfect example of emotional power in performance" - Classical Guitar Magazine