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DJ:s of the new year milongas

Let's meet the lovely people offering the music in our event!

Tämä sivu on saatavilla vain englanniksi!

  • Fri 29.12.    18:00 – 02:00    Double role milonga

    • DJ Ulla Kastrup & DJ Philemon Hermans​

  • Sat 30.12.    18:00 – 02:00    Double role milonga 

    •  DJ Geneviève Andræssen (50/50 alt/trad) & DJ Malin Backström​

  • Sun 31.12.    18:00 – 02:00    New Year's Eve potluck milonga

    • DJ Meeri Friman & DJ Daniel Valenzuela 

  • Mon 1.1.    12:00 – 18:00    Double role milonga

    • DJ Jaana Hänninen​

Ulla Kastrup from Stockholm, Sweden

"I love music that inspires dancing. Music with energy that evokes emotion. Constantly in search of new discoveries in the world of tango music that fits the mood of the pista. Focus is in the 40s, but happy with the excesses of recent decades. I have been playing for various organizers since 2014."

Philemon Hermans from Paris, France

"Hi everyone! I've been dancing tango since 2010 and DJ'ing at queer milongas, marathons and festivals in Europe since 2018.
I enjoy playing traditional tandas from Tipica Victor to contemporary ensembles, with two main goals. First, I do my best to get the dancers to the floor and enjoy the tandas, of course ; I also care that the ones who sit on their chair relaxing and watching the others dance also enjoy the music. 🙂 Second, I focus on playing recordings of female singers who i believe are too rarely played."

Geneviève Andræssen from Helsinki, Finland

"In 2012, wanting to try some partner dances, I went to my first alternative milonga and overnight I fell obsessively, madly in love with Argentine Tango. By the end of my first month of classes, I was studying privately with Alex Krebs in Portland, Oregon. A year later, having relocated to San Francisco, I DJ’d my first 50/50 milonga at Cellspace. From there, I began to DJ alternative and 50/50 milongas in festivals, marathons, and local events up & down the West Coast for several years.

While I deeply enjoy all styles of music and tango, my favorite milonga to DJ has always been 50/50, as I find beauty in balancing the traditional element of golden age music (to my mind, the beating heart of tango), and the pleasureful, explorative freedom to be found in alternative music (which first brought me into tango). To me, the ideal milonga is one where passionate music, whether alternative or traditional, encourages every style of tango dancer to be drawn to the floor and discover a common language. My alternative tandas are filled with a vast array of music from all over the world, and across many genres—but always passionate, and always danceable.""

Malin Backström from Stockholm, Sweden

"I usually play classical tango tandas from different periods, with a focus on danceability, variation and keeping up the energy. I also like to add some modern and maybe even alternative music, especially as waltz and milonga tandas. My cortinas are often flavoured with jazz, blues or latin, and I use them to create energy or help with the transition between tandas. I like to have a lot of contact with the dancers on the floor when I DJ – and it's very hard for me to sit still...


Some thoughts about my musical path: I didn’t like the classical tango music when I started dancing tango around 2008. I thought it sounded old and boring… Not at all like the music of Astor Piazzolla, that I had recently discovered and fallen passionately in love with. Luckily, at that time, tango nuevo and electro-tango was popular. That definitely helped me entering into this new (and old!) world. And when I first heard and danced to PUGLIESE – well, then my heart was hooked and I left the worlds of swing and latin dances behind for ever.


I have walked a lot of steps on a lot of pistas since then. And listened to a lot of tango music. My musical taste (and knowledge, and understanding) has broadened. I still love Piazzolla and Pugliese. But now I also love CANARO, and FIRPO! – I love the old guard music from around 1930, that I once found so boring! Of course I love DI SARLI (the easiest one to love), D’ARIENZO, D’AGOSTINO, DE MARE, CALÓ, TANTURI, RODRIGUEZ, BIAGI… and finally also TROILO (the hardest one to love?). In fact, everytime I'm preparing for another dj set, I fall in love with someone new (or old). The latest one is LAURENZ – but who knows who it'll be on December 30th? "

Meeri Friman from Tampere, Finland

"I first started to DJ in 2009 to help organise the first weekly milonga in my hometown. I had been dancing for three years and already trying both roles.

I loved traditional tango music from the start, and I still play music mostly from the golden age. But taste is definitely something that keeps changing and evolving, in my case the direction has been from beautiful and melodic tangos to more rythmical and powerful. The goal is of course to create an energetically dynamic and balanced milonga. Let's have a party!"

Daniel Valenzuela from Helsinki, Finland

"I started dancing in Chile in 2009 and moved to Finland in 2013, where I started as a local dj in 2015. I have played mostly in Finland, but occassionally in neighbouring countries as well.

As a dancer, I enjoy when the dj plays for the audience. As a dj that's exactly my goal: I seek for balance within the rich diversity of golden age orchestras, aiming to create a dynamic evening where everyone enjoys. Cortinas are also fundamental in my view, be it to create a relax and soothing atmosphere, or to go into a more party-like mood."

Jaana Hänninen from Kuopio, Finland

"Playing music in milongas started when establishing my local tango community 2005. I mainly dj in milongas around Finland, but also internationally. I play traditional music from late 20-ies to mid 50-ies and I play in classical tandas with cortinas, trying also to give special attention to the cortinas.

I see the milonga as an event where people come together to dance, but also to socialize. I try to build my set to be rewarding for the dancers and to grow more intensive towards the end of the milonga. I think that the dj is there for the dancers, and I enjoy dj’ing most when I feel that the communication with the dancers works and the atmosphere is good."

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