CT Tango Ensemble

Location: Based in Cape Town



The SAMA nominated CT Tango Ensemble specializes in the Argentinean Tango, covering various styles withing this genre, ranging from the old fashioned traditional tango style from the first half of 20th century to the Tango "Nuevo"  synonymous to the famous Argentinean composer and Bandoneón virtuoso Astor Piazzolla.

Founded in 1996 as an Accordion & Piano Duo by acclaimed accordionist Stanislav Anguelov, the duo was joined in 1999 by Basil Heald on Double Bass, and a year later popular violinist Jacek Domagala also joined the ensemble to shape the perfect combination for live Tango music.  In 2004, Charles Lazar (well-known Jazz Musician in Cape Town) took over the Double Bass position. During the same year Stanislav added his first Bandoneón to hiscollection of instruments, and consequently visited Buenos Aires in 2005 to study with Bandoneón Maestros Ricardo Fiorio and Hugo Satorre.

CT Tango Ensemble's repertoire consists of original scores by Piazzolla (much of which is for quintet, which often leads to including guitar maestro James Grace in the line-up), Horacio Salgan, Angelo Burli, Julian Plaza and Roberto Pansera, as well as their own arrangements of music by Piazzolla, Gardel, Troilo, Greco, Villoldo and others.  Their repertoire also includes original compositions by Stanislav, Charles and Albert.

CT Tango Ensemble has worked with the international tango singers Adriana Edwards, Juan Simon & Gustavo Fasani, as well as Mezzo-Soprano Violina Anguelov (well-known Opera vocalist in South Africa).

The ensemble released their first CD "El Tango en Africa" (Tango in Africa) in 2003, where the group explored the fusion between African Rhythms and sounds, and the "Tango Nuevo" style. This album has been locally and internationally acclaimed and have been receiving a great deal of air time worldwide, up to today.

Noteworthy Performances

The CT Tango Ensemble concert performances include venues like:

  • Artscape Theatre
  • Baxter Theatre
  • High Street Theatre
  • DeWetshof Wine Estate, Robertson
  • Lindbergh Arts Foundation, Muizenberg
  • Worcester Music Society
  • Groot Constantia Wine Estate
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
  • Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch
  • AGFA Amphitheatre, V&A Waterfront
  • Cape Town Festival
  • KKNK
  • National Arts Festival Grahamstown

 CT Tango Ensemble has collaborated in the productions of:

  • Tango del Fuego", directed by Martinus Bassoon & Choreographed by Mark Hoeben, presented at all major festivals in South Africa
  • Tango show with Mark Hoeben & Ina Wichterich for Bank of Windhoek Arts Festival
  • "Tango Expirience" directed by Mark Hoeben for Bank of Windhoek Arts Festival 
  • Short film "The first and last loves of Leonardo Lopes" directed by Chris Rodrigues and some of the Music composed by Stanislav Anguelov 
  • "El Beso" directed by Heinrich Reisenhofer & Choreographed by Mareli Schröter – sold out run at Little Theatre – Cape Town 
  • "All about Tango" – directed and choreographed by Mark Hoeben & Ina Wichterich presented at KKNK
  • Tango item at "Fleur du Cap" Theatre Awards with Mark Hoeben & Ina Wichterich
  • provided the Music for a scene in the German film "The time of the Snake" 


 Television and Radio appearances include:

  • Interview with "DSTV"
  • E-TV’s "Back Stage" series
  • Coverage of their CD Launch by the program "Heita" on E-TV
  • Broadcast on Namibian National TV of their concert recorded live at the Bank of Windhoek Arts Festival
  • CD "El Tango en Africa" played on Buenos Aires Tango Radio Station
  • "El Tango en Africa" played on BBC Radio World Service
  • "El Tango en Africa" played on BTV and Bulgarian National Radio
  • "El Tango en Africa" used in the German film "The time of the Snake"
  • "El Tango en Africa" is often played on Fine Music Radio, Classic FM, RSG and other South African Radio-Sations
  • and many more Radio Stations around the World…

Client Feedback

Thank you very much, we had so many compliments on the excellent music!  Looking forward to dealing with you again in the future.
Yolandi Taljaard, Pro-Galv

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Budget Range for CT Tango Ensemble is

R9000 - R15000


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