Within the framework of the Argentine Week at IIWM.


It is about taming the traditional elements of double bass practice in Tango, to understand how to operate or how to conduct the rhythm of a Tango ensemble.


Wednesday March 8, 2023:

  • 2 – 5 PM: Master-class dedicated to the double bass
  • 18h-20h: Conference “The Fundamental Styles of Tango 1 “The Style of Anibal Troilo” open to general public, included in the price of the master-class for student musicians. The price for the “general public” is 15€

Thursday 9 March 2023:

  • 2 – 5 PM: Ensemble practice with the participation of the students of Diego Trosman (Tango Guitar) and Victor Hugo Villena (Bandoneon).
  • 6 – 8 PM: Conference dedicated to “Fundamental Styles of Tango 2″ The Style of Osvaldo Pusgliese


  • The Marcatto: articulation and variants “a la corda and “above”
  • Yumba: Pugliese style and Sexteto Tango style.
  • Sincopes : “anticipated”, “ashore”, “successors” “in pizicatto.
  • Traditional effects of Percussion with the double bass.


All levels are accepted



Musician, producer, educator

Double bassist Ignacio Varchausky is the founder of Orquesta El Arranque, a group with whom he has recorded 10 albums and toured 300 cities in the USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has performed at Lincoln Center in New York along with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, at the Royal Carré Theatre in Amsterdam, the Chaillot National Theatre in Paris, the Orchard Hall in Tokyo, Grieg Hall in Norway, the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels and the Kennedy Center in Washington. Leading tango figures, like Leopoldo Federico, Nelly Omar, Gustavo Beytelmann, Julio Pane, Néstor Marconi and Víctor Lavallén, among others, have played with El Arranque.

He is the creator and arts director of educational program “Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce” (Emilio Balcarce Tango School Orchestra). This organization, created in 2000, is funded by the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires and is currently run by bandoneonist Víctor Lavallén. The history of this orchestra was portrayed in the documentary “Si sos brujo: una historia de tango”, directed by Caroline W. Neal.

Within and outside of this program, Varchausky has been teaching for over 20 years. His pedagogical work spreading tango’s musical language and its history is oriented both toward musicians and the general public. He has given classes and conferences all around the world, including the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, the Edgar Varese Conservatoire in Gennevilliers, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the CODARTS University of the Arts in Rotterdam, the University of London, Americas Society in New York, Ibero-American Institute in Berlin and Reed College in Portland, among other institutions of great prestige.

His seminar “Los estilos fundamentales del tango” (Tango’s essentials styles) is followed on social media with great enthusiasm by tens of thousands of tango musicians, dancers and aficionados from all over the world. Varchausky is the author of The Bass in Tango volume of the Método de Tango book series and is currently working on his new book about tango styles.

As a producer he has worked on more than 50 records along with artists such as Leopoldo Federico, Horacio Salgán, Gustavo Beytelmann, Julio Pane, Néstor Marconi, Bibi Ferreira, Walter Ríos, Kevin Johansen, Diego Schissi, Lidia Borda and El Arranque, among others. He has also participated in the artistic direction of many tango festivals throughout the world, including shows at the Hong Kong Cultural Center, the Teatro Mayor in Bogotá and the Parco della Musica in Rome among many others.

During the last 10 years, Varchausky hosted the radio show “Ayer hoy era mañana”, dedicated to raise awareness about tango’s current scene and its history on “La 2×4”, the official tango radio station of Buenos Aires.


The Double Bass in the TANGO

The Double Bass in the TANGO