Michael Lavocah

Michael Lavocah
photo (c) Xavier Bonète

Michael Lavocah brings tango music to life. A leading expert on the music of tango’s Golden Age, he is a natural raconteur. In his seminars he connects the dancers to the musicians who created this beautiful music by telling their stories and explaining the relationship between their lives and their music.

In 2012 he created a new genre of tango writing with his book Tango Stories: Musical Secrets, the dancer’s guide to tango music, which has been translated into six languages and published in Buenos Aires. His current project is a series of books exploring the great tango orchestras, Tango Masters.

Michael is also well-known as a DJ at festivals, marathons and encuentros; TodoTango asked him to write some articles about tango DJing.

During the pandemic, Michael and Dag Stenvoll ran a free online Zoom show called “Tango By Year”. In each show, Dag chose a year and the tracks to play, and Michael spoke about them. The twist: Michael knew only the year before the show, not the selections. Over 18 months they did 39 shows, more than 130 hours, covering 1927-1955 – the core years of tango – with a few bonus programmes. It became a meeting place for the worldwide tango community with over 100 listeners each time. You can find it all on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-342390385.

Personal website: www.tangomusicsecrets.com.