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Roman Hernandez-Zepeda, Violin / Viola / Guitar / Arranger / Musical Director
Orchesta Libertango is fortunate to have a musician of Roman’s talent and experience. His musical career started at the age of six. Since then, he has played the guitar, violin, and viola under tutorage of such greats as Florentino Hernandez and Miguel Bernal Matus. Roman has played as principal viola player for the Mexico City Chamber Orchestra. He has also played as a soloist in Germany, Italy, Spain and France. He now plays with various Canadian organizations, such as the Calgary Civic Symphonic Orchestra. He is also an instructor and Director for the Fortissimo Conservatory of Music. Being an arranger and a musician, he has toured with well known Tango shows such as Hugo Jordan. For his musical instruction, please call (403) 252-0968 or
Darcy North, Band Leader, Bandoneon
Darcy North started playing the accordion at the age of seven. He is well established in Calgary's music community. He has been a member of several different music groups, including Take the ‘OY’ Train and Le Beau Temps. Lately, Darcy has become an important part of Calgary’s Tango scene as well. He has performed at a variety of events such as Tango Rojo and Noche de Tango. He led Libertango members for the hit show, Rhythm of Peace. Also, Darcy has begun to play the bandoneón, which produces sounds very characteristic and indispensable to Tango. The bandoneón Darcy plays was built in 1921. We are very fortunate to have Darcy in Calgary.
Emiko Okada, Piano
Emiko has always been passionate about the arts, including music. She began studying classical piano at the age of three, expanding her musical horizons ever since. When Emiko first heard Astor Piazzolla’s music, it stole her heart and introduced her to tango. She later began tango lessons with Leo and became the founding member of Libertango. She has been a driving force to the band ever since.
Mark Johnson, Contrabass
Mark Johnson started his musical career at age 5 on his mothers church pump organ. At age 18, he decisively took his career seriously and joined many different bands playing all over Canada, the Western USA and Europe. After 6 years of touring, Mark went to Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he earned his diploma in Jazz Performance. Since then he has played in different settings such as: Corporate events for the Deputy Prime Minister and other distinguished politicians; Jazz shows with Juno winning musicians Tommy Banks, PJ Perry, and Sandro Dominelli; Latin performances with Grammy winning artist Luis “Emilio” Rios, and Juno award winning artist Manuel Jara; Country/Rock and Blues bands touring Canada and finally Calgary’s Favorite swing orchestra The LivinInSwing Orchestra. Mark has also performed in Musicals such as Broadway favorite Frog and Toad, and local productions such as Murder in Mayhem. Furthermore, Mark spent two years playing on three cruise ship contracts with Holland America aboard the Zuiderdam, Volendam, and Noordam.
Karina Elman, Singer
Karina was born in Buenos Aires and grew up in a family of artists. Since she was young, she has studied singing, dancing and theatre arts. She also studied guitar with Esteban Morgado. When she was eight, she had the privilege of singing with tango legend Edmundo Rivero, one of the most memorable experiences of her tango career. She has performed in major theatres such as Teatro Colón, Teatro Gran Rex and Teatro Opera.
Monica Villasenor, Singer
Monica started singing at the age of twelve with the Youth Singers of Calgary. For thirteen years, she has sung jazz, country, opera, modern and many more types of music. Monica sung backup for Sarah Brightman when she erformed in the Saddle Dome in 2002. She is also a performing guest with the West Winds Jazz band. Being a South American, she has embraced tango with passion, coming right from her heart.
Peter Hurni, Drums
Peter Hurni is a recording artist and performer of Jazz, Fusion, Latin, and Funk Music, with thirty years experience in his artistic field. Born in Bern, Switzerland, Peter is a veteran performer throughout Europe and North America. Touring with his multi-award winning group "Birdland”, he was featured at the Jazz Festivals in Montreux, Bern, Luzern, and Zurich in Switzerland, Leverkusen in Germany, Paris in France as well as Belgrade, Zagreb, Sarajevo and Novi Sad in Yugoslavia. In North America, Peter has performed extensively, particularly in Los Angeles, Vancouver and throughout Alberta. To his credit, since 1980, Peter has recorded twelve albums. Living in Canada since 1987, Peter has been actively performing and recording in Calgary, Banff, Canmore, and throughout Alberta, both with his own musical ensembles and projects and as a freelance artist. Peter is a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators, the Calgary Musicians Association and C- Jazz. www.drumandpercussionschool.com
Dan Bartholomew, Tuba
When tango was born, poor musicians used Tuba to play tango. The winner of the Royal College of Music's James Kershaw Memorial Prize, Dan has conducted the RNCM Symphony Orchestra and New Ensemble. While in studying in Manchester, England, Dan was appointed conductor of the Warrington Youth Orchestra, and has worked with the Gorton Philharmonic, Philharmonic and all the large ensembles of the Junior RNCM.
Yoshio Asakura, Sax
Our friend, Yoshio, will be missed forever. As Maestro Roman said, he was a good musician. RIP.
March 27, Movie and Dance
May 15, Tango and Latin Gala
July 25, Fiestaval
March 28, Tango and Latin Gala
June 5, Salute Calgary Wine Festival
July 19, Fiestaval
February 3, Wedding Expo at Deerfoot Inn (trio)
February 23, Tango Gala 2008
July 19-20, Fiestaval
August 28, C-Jazz Carnivale
February 24, Tango Gala 2007
April 5, Tango night at Beat Niq Jazz Club
July 21, Kensington Sun and Salsa Festival
July 21-22, Fiestival
August 31, C-Jazz Carnivale at Olympic plaza and Quincy’s on 7th
October 4, 11, 18, 25 Carnaval Latino
December 5, Calgary Surgeon’s Associatoin dinner gala
January 28, WSG Award Presentation Gala
February 2, Art Central Grand Opening
May 6, Tango Gala 2006
June 6, Mosaic Festival
July 23, Kensington Sun and Salsa Festival
September 8-9, Tango Temptation (Theatre Show)
February, The Last Dance (film)
October 22, Tango Gala 2005
Sepeptember 11, Rhythm of peace (Theatre Show)