Not Your Average Folk Contest 1st Place - Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble - North Carolina Folk Festival
The Not Your Average Folk Contest Grand Prize Winner, The Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble.
Greensboro, NC

Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble

With its mesmerizing style and sound, the Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble has captivated audiences with soulful arrangements of Argentine tango standards and original compositions that create a dynamic tango and pan-Latin fusion, heard on their debut album The Other Side of My Heart (2018). Their contemporary tango-fusion has become a staple for the North Carolinian tango community, collaborating with NC “milongas” and catering music to its followers (Durham-Tango, Alma-Tango). The LGTE has advocated for overlooked communities in the history of tango, making this music relevant to new communities today: “The Other Side of My Heart,” oral-history musical piece based on interviews with Latina immigrants; “In The Embrace of Tango”, explores Argentine tango and its crossed-path with the Jewish diaspora. The ensemble has performed nationally and abroad in places like Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham, Charlotte, Blowing-Rock, Buffalo-NY, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Saint Lucia (West Indies), and featured live at WUNC’s “The State of Things”, KUNM’s “Corazón Tanguero” (NM), and WFDD’s “Triad Arts”. “World-Music” category winners NC Museum of Art 2021 contest, this summer, the LGTE is recording their second album Tango-Diaspora (with `ArtsGreensboro and UNCG grants) and performing for Sundays at the Park Summer Concerts (White Oak Amphitheater-Greensboro Coliseum, 8/15/2021)