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Lorena Guillén

Greensboro, NC      

Lorena Guillen, vocalist and artistic director, has become a figure of the Tango scene in US by presenting with her Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble imaginative programs that center on, but also expand, the notions of traditional tango standards and “new” tango. 

Lorena brings her long musical experience, on diverse stages at the national and international level, as a classically trained singer, popular song interpreter and music director, traveling as far as Kathmandu (Nepal) and now taking her own Durham-Chapel Hill choir in tour to Argentina (August 2015). She has presented concerts at such venues as: Kleinhans Buffalo Symphony Circle (NY), Fricks Museum-Summer Concert Series (Pittsburgh, PN), Chautauqua Institution (NY), “New Music New Haven” of Yale University (CT), Music Gallery at Toronto (Canada), Shakespeare Theater (Wash. DC), Music-at-the-ForeFront (OH), Stockhausen Music Festival (Germany), MusicBox Concert Series (Saint Lucia, W.I) and Puerto Rico University. 

As a “tango” scholar, Guillén is the author of the articles on “Tango” and “Astor Piazzolla” published in the Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd ed.) and is currently working on a chapter on Argentine female tango singers of the 1920s and 1930s.  She regularly presents lecture-recitals on “tango” related topics in conferences and university venues. 

Guillén has recorded for Innova Records, University of Arizona Recordings, and Kindermusik, including a tango CD, Never Too Tango, featuring the participation of several guest artists, such as double-bass player Pablo Aslan, bandoneon player David Alsina and the Amherst Saxophone Quartet. 

Guillen has been faculty at State University of New York-Buffalo, Hartwick College (NY), Artist in Residence at the Saint Lucia School of Music in the Saint Lucia island (West Indies), and is currently teaching at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the musical director of the Triangle Jewish Choral since 2011, a community regional choir of more than 50 members. 

For more information: www.lorenaguillen.com /or/ “Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble” on Facebook.