Plan your event night – CLoSer: To and From Buenos Aires

Posted on: February 20, 2015 in: Plan your event nightProgrammes>2016-17 Season>ÉMIGRÉ, Tango

This Wednesday, we’re delighted to be going to Village Underground, Shoreditch for a very special tango-inspired CLoSer – To and From Buenos Aires – with live dancers and a free tango taster from 6.45pm! Whether you’re joining us for this exciting event, thinking of coming (there are still a few tickets available from Spitalfields Music Box Office website or on 020 7377 1362!) or planning on watching it on live-stream, we’ve put together a few bits of information that you might need on the night.

City of London Sinfonia CLoSer concert, February 2013 (c) James Berry
City of London Sinfonia CLoSer concert, February 2013 (c) James Berry

Info on the event

Astor Piazzolla left Buenos Aires in the 1950s, taking tango music to New York, Paris and the world. Three decades earlier, Osvaldo Golijov’s family escaped anti-Semitic persecution in Romania to find a new life in Buenos Aires. Part of our ground-breaking intimate concert series CLoSer, and the first performance in our ÉMIGRÉ concert series, the concert explores these composers’ take on tango’s sultry, melancholic rhythms and dance. CLS musicians will be joined by bandoneónist Julian Rowlands who together will perform repertoire to include Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Tango del Diablo and Golijov’s Last Round.

Before the concert begins, we will be joined by dance teachers, Greg Warren-Wilson and Liz Tomlin, who will host a FREE tango taster from 6.45pm. If you don’t fancy participating, the bar will also be open from this time where you can grab a drink and watch us all attempt this elegant dance form!

After the concert, the bar remains open and our leader, Alexandra Wood, will be opening up the dance floor for a free dance to live tango music, where the audience is invited to show off their new-found tango dance moves, as learnt earlier in the evening!

Village Underground (C) James Berry

How to find the venue

The venue is less than 5 minutes walk from Shoreditch High Street Station (Overground). Alternatively, you can walk from Liverpool Street Station (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Central Lines) which only takes 15 minutes. To view a map of the area click here. There are no planned engineering works on this day so your journey by tube / train should be undisrupted.


Food and drink

If you fancy going for food or drink before or after the event, we’ve compiled a quick list of some of our favourite places in the area. We’ve also created a handy map to show you where they are located.

Pizza East

A converted warehouse space similar in vibe to Village Underground, Pizza East is popular with both resident Shoreditchians and those from further afield. The menu is inventive and original with pizzas only costing from £8-£14, whose unique topping combination are regularly rejigged.


 pizza east
Hoxton Grill

A contemporary restaurant with an open kitchen, leather sets and a lounge area, Hoxton Grill serves a range of Classic American food from steaks, tapas-inspired small plates, burgers and mac ‘n’ cheese. This trendy restaurant is part of Hoxton Hotel and also serves some very appetising cocktails, so worth visiting even if just for a drink!


 hoxton grill

Andina is as much a bar as a restaurant with a range of Peruvian-inspired ceviches, street food, cocktails and colourful smoothies. Of a very reasonable price, the food is both delicious and full of variety; enough to satisfy any craving.


Hawksmoor Spitalfields

Recommended for steaks and burgers which are cooked on a real charcoal grill, Hawksmoor Spitalfields is the place to go for the best British meat in Shoreditch. Along with food they also have a library of print cocktail books to revive some great forgotten drinks, wines from obscure small producers and big name vineyard alike, and ice-cold, locally brewed beers.





Further Reading

Clue yourself up on tango music and dance with our recently published blog posts:

How to dance the tango (in cat gifs) – Part One

How to dance the tango (in cat gifs) – Part Two

Bandoneón: The Facts

Top 10 Tangos in Film

Piazzolla: The Man and His Music – The Journey Towards Tango Nuevo

Piazzolla: The Man and His Music – An American Life

Composer Journeys – To and From Buenos Aires


Tango Playlist

Before the concert begins, why not get into the mood with our tango playlist, featuring music by Piazzolla, the Gotan Project, Sexteto Mayor and more!

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City of London Sinfonia CLoSer concert, February 2013 (C) James Berry


This concert will be live-streamed!

If you can’t make it in person, you can catch the concert on live-stream for FREE on our website and YouTube channel. Just click on any of the following links at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25 February and you will be able to watch the concert for free from the comfort of your own home!

Click here to watch the live-stream on our website

Click here to watch the live-stream via our YouTube channel 

Don’t forget to join in the conversation on Twitter @CityLdnSinfonia @SpitsMusic #CLoSer!


CLOSER: To and From Buenos Aires
Wednesday 25 February 2015, 7:30pm
FREE tango taster from 6:45pm
Village Underground, Shoreditch
Tickets £15 or £5 for students (pre-register at available from Spitalfields Music Box Office or via phone on 020 7377 1362.