San Francisco Live Arts presents Tango No. 9… We’re back!

San Francisco’s premier chamber ensemble devoted to all facets of tango music returns to the concert stage:

Sat., April 27, 2013 – 8:00 pm

St. Cyprian’s Church in SF



After a year of bar-hopping, San Francisco Live Arts presents…Tango No. 9, San Francisco’s premier chamber ensemble devoted to all facets of tango music, returns to the concert stage at St. Cyprian’s Church on Lone Mountain in SF, current home of San Francisco Live Arts
(a/k/a the Noe Valley Music Series in exile, while Noe Valley Ministry undergoes restoration).


This concert premieres new additions to Tango No. 9′s repertoire – a trademark mix of traditional dance music, the tango nuevo of Astor Piazzolla, and more recent compositions that extend tango conventions into the 21st century. The group will also lean heavily on material it is preparing for its 5th recording, whose working title is The Vocal Album. Tango No. 9 is: Catharine Clune – violin, Greg Stephens – trombone, Joshua Raoul Brody – piano, Zoltan diBartolo – vocals.

Also appearing on the bill will be renowned American fado singer Amanda Vieira and ensemble.


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What:         Tango No. 9

                        San Francisco’s Premier Chamber Ensemble Devoted to All Facets of Tango Music

Also appearing on the bill will be renowned American fado singer Amanda Vieira.

Date:                           Sat., April 27, 2013


Time:                  8:00 pm


Where:                  St. Cyprian’s Church

                           2097 Turk St. (at Lyon) in SF 94115


Ticket prices.          Gen Admission: $15 Advance /$18 at the door


Phone #:                  415- 454- 5238




Artist Website:


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San Francisco Live Arts presents…Tango No. 9 - performing for One-Night Only,
Sat., April 27, 2013 – 8:00 pm at St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk St. (at Lyon) in SF 94115. $15 Adv/$18 at the door Gen. Admission

For info call 415- 454- 5238 For more information, visit website:


Tango No. 9 explores tango music in all its myriad manifestations — traditional dance music, vocal ballads, tango nuevo, and more recent compositions – bringing an idiosyncratic twist to each. The trio of instruments – violin, piano, and trombone – may seem a far cry from the more traditional orquesta tipica, but the group’s ingenious arrangements capture a much larger sound, while the unorthodox brass instrument adds a new dimension to the mix. The group rebuilds old warhorses like “La Cumparsita” and “El Choclo”, and digs deep into the more obscure nooks and crannies of the tango repertoire to unearth rare gems. Tenor Zoltan DiBartolo mixes operatic training with a natural theatricality and a pop sensibility honed in the trenches of late-night warehouse parties and applies it to the most romantic and heart-breaking songs the world has ever known.


Astor Piazzolla, the group’s first love, is single-handedly responsible for wrenching the tango out of the moribund 40s and 50s and plunging it kicking and screaming — and alive! —into the tumultuous 60s and 70s. To the traditional habañera rhythms he added classical composition techniques he had studied with legendary Parisian coach Nadia Boulanger, the jazz rhythms and improvisations he grew up with in NYC, and incongruous elements like odd meters and atonality to forge a synthesis that was a true innovation: tango nuevo. Tango No. 9 pays tribute to this master with both respectful recreations and original interpretations of pieces from the entire range of his career, from his most well-known “Adios, Nonino,” “Libertango,” and “Oblivion” to the rarely performed “Coral” and “Revolucionario”.


The group also offers tangos of more recent vintage, with band members Greg Stephens and Joshua Raoul Brody contributing original compositions. And almost from their inception they cultivated a prolific relationship with Argentine composer Alejandro Oyuela, whose “Radio Valencia” is the title track of their second CD. Most recently Oyuela set three poems by Allen Ginsberg for the current line-up of the group, featuring DiBartolo.


Band Bios:


Catharine Clune, violinist and music director, woke from a dream in early 1998 knowing she wanted to start a tango group, and founded Tango No. 9. A ten-year veteran of Club Foot Orchestra, she now is one of the leaders of its off-shoot, the Nino Rota cover band Orchestra Nostalgico. She wrote and arranged a portion of the music recorded and performed by Club Foot for the 90′s remake of CBS Saturday cartoon Felix The Cat. Her soundtrack for the short film A Rat Fairy Tale won an award at the Short Attention Span Film Festival. In addition to performing and composing, she has recorded with free improv groups such as the Molecules, Speed the Parting Guest, Crawling with Tarts, and rock groups Steve Kirk Pop and Zircus.


Greg Stephens, trombonist and composer, has spent the last several years performing and recording with Tango No. 9, Ad Hoc Brass Band, Circus Bella All-Stars, Big Lou’s Dance Party (formerly Polka Casserole), and Lord Loves A Working Man, and has written or arranged for most of them. He is occasionally seen with The Green Street Mortuary Band, and has also played with Extra Action Marching Band, The Klezmatics, Golem, Frank London, Kugelplex, Eric McFadden, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. In his spare time he is the musical director for the spring musicals at Archbishop Riordan High School in SF. Greg attended CSU Northridge, where he studied trombone with Bill Booth. He received his BA from UCSB, where he studied composition with Stephen Hartke. He founded 20th Century FORUM, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Bay Area composers /new music performers. Past performance credits: Berkeley Opera, Berkeley Contemporary Opera, City Summer Opera, and Bella Musica.


Joshua Raoul Brody, pianist, spends most of his time accompanying improv groups (True Fiction Magazine, Bay Area Theatersports), actors (Josh Kornbluth, Merle Kessler), and musicians (Mr. Lucky, Orchestra Nostalgico). He is a sought after composer for film (the independent feature Suckerfish), video (MTV’s Winter Steele), and multimedia (Sony’s Tiny Tank). As an accompanist, Joshua has worked with comedians Lily Tomlin and Robin Williams, film legends from Philip Kaufman to Felix the Cat, singers Tom Waits, Sir Bob Geldof and Florence Henderson, rock stars Joe Satriani and Nina Hagen, and unlumpable phenomena like The Residents, the Ethel Merman Memorial Choir, and Those Darn Accordions!. Mr. Brody won a Bay Area Critics’ Circle award for best score, (Rick & Ruby Show) several Cabaret Gold Awards, and in 1991 was awarded the Bay Guardian’s first GOLDIE award. His many other accomplishments and name-drops are chronicled at

Zoltan DiBartolo comes from a diverse vocal background that spans 25 years and includes classical, jazz, tango, salsa, cabaret, and vaudeville. DiBartolo is concurrently pursuing a career as an opera tenor; recent roles include Gastone in La Traviata  (Virago Theater Co.) and Enrico Caruso in The Last Night of The Barbary Coast (Idora Park Theater Co.).  He is actively involved in San Francisco’s new Kurt Weill Project (, and has also performed with Tin Hat Trio, Freddi Price, Allison Lovejoy, Rebecca Mauleon, The SF Choral Society, UC Berkeley Chorus, UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, Solano Chamber Society, UC Berkeley Summer Symphony, and Berkeley Opera.