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Orquesta Z

Argentine Tango Orchestra, and

Founder of Empanada Milonga presenting live music and performances

Sunday Afternoon June 11, 2023  2-6 PM




Celebrating 10 Years at St. Clement's Berkeley 

Empanada Milonga @ St. Clement's Berkeley

The Sweetest milonga in the Bay Area

Empanada Milonga

Sunday, June 11, 2023, 2:00 - 6 PM

After 18 months of Covid-19 protocols we are finally open to all - no longer vaccine and mask requirements!

Come join us for our 10th year of Empanada Milonga in Berkeley featuring guest live musicians and of course the fabulous Don An, known for his DJ and curating skills at San Jose's Dance Boulevard. Don brings his exquisite knowledge and selection of recorded Argentine tango music, meticulously edited, both traditional and modern.

Last month our own Orquesta Z  introduced  Emily Bouton on violin to rousing applause, as we played a set of traditional and alternative tangos - chosen to be danceable!  This month we are doubly delighted to premiere our newest member of Orquesta Z, Elena Bouton, Emily's older sister and also a violin virtuoso.  They are guaranteed to delight you tango dancers!

As is our tradition, we include tasty refreshments, homemade empanadas, and complimentary fine Argentine wines. Come celebrate Argentine tango at the sweetest afternoon milonga in the Bay Area with some of the friendliest and best dancers!


$25  Empanada Milonga w/ DJ Don An & special performance by Orquesta Z  (2-6 PM)

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Empanada Milonga June 11, 2023 (2:00 PM - 6:00 PM)


As of our May 14, 2023 Milonga, we are no longer checking vaccinations, and masks are now optional, in alignment with the federal government, the termination of the Covid-19 emergency health regulations, and now the announcement by the World Health Organizations ending Covid restrictions.  Please join us as we celebrate the end of the pandemic!

After 18 months of Covid-19 shutdown, we are pleased to open to all our monthly milonga at the lovely St. Clement's, as we continue our 10th year of presenting  Argentine tango in Berkeley on each 2nd Sunday of the month. Thank you our tango friends and family for supporting our non-profit endeavors for so many years and supporting Argentine tango in the Bay Area!


Sun, October 9, 2022: Empanada Milonga at St. Clement's Berkeley with pre-milonga tango workshop by Diego Lanau and Alejandra Saravia

Sun, Nov 13, 2022: Empanada Milonga with pre-milonga class with the legendary Carlos Copello and music by Scott O'Day + Elyse Weakley with Vero Freidkes.

Sun. Dec 11, 2022: Empanada Milonga, 100% DJ curated tango by Don An

Sun. Jan 11. 2023: Empanada Milonga featuring Trio Poema and DJ Don An

Sun. Feb 12, 2023: Milonga with workshop and demo with Andrea Monte and Adrian Durso and live music by Scott O'Day and  Elyse Weakley.

Sun. Mar 12, 2023: Milonga with live music with Cuarteto Ramilonga and DJ Don An

Sun. April 9, 2023.  Our normal 2nd Sunday of the month was cancelled for Easter weekend to support the ATUSA Championship and Festival being held in San Jose.  (Three of our Empanada Milonga regulars won 1st and 2nd place trophies at this event in open categories! Congrats Amy, Dan, and Olina!)

Sun. May 14, 2023.  Mother's Day Empanada Milonga!!! Come join us for our festive reopening, with DJ Don An and a live music preview performance by new members of Orquesta Z, premiering new tango pieces.  Special Pre-milonga tango class with Diego and Alejandra Lanau!

Sun. Jun 11, 2023. Empanada Milonga with DJ Don An and live tango music by Orquesta Z introducing OZ's two newest members, violinists Emily Bouton and Elena Bouton!!!!

Sun. July 9, 2023. Empanada Milonga with special 1-hour workshop with our favorite teachers Jonathan and Olivia teaching their specialty close embrace (appilado), and musical guests to be announced.

Sun. Aug 13, 2023. Empanada Milonga

Sun. Sep 10, 2023. Empanada Milonga

Sun. Oct 8, 2023. Empanada Milonga with guest teachers back from Buenos Aires Jon and Judy!

Orquesta Z Quintet from 2019

                                                                                                      Orquesta Z

(photo by Frank Tapia)

Also many thanks to our local sponsors:

Mechanics Bank in Orinda, where Orquesta Z has banked its entire existence and we are in love with the staff of the Orinda branch, where they are instrumental in our survival, with sponsorship and service!!!

about Orquesta Z

Formed in 2011, Orquesta Z is composed of San Francisco Bay Area musicians with a love for Argentine tango. Our repertoire is rich with Golden Era Argentine tangos plus modern and original compositions from today and from around the world. The tangos we play are chosen to be interesting, engaging, and most importantly danceable!

Orquesta Z is a California non-profit 501(c)3 corporation formed to teach, perform, and present the dance and music of Argentine tango and the world to our multi-cultural constituency.

Orquesta Z

Bendrew Jong - Director