Producer Bios

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YAEL SZMULEWICZ

Filmmaker

Yael Szmulewicz is an audiovisual director, born in 1975 in Buenos Aires. She studied Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires, where she taught as an assistant professor from 2001 to 2010. Since 1996, she has worked extensively with a range of audiovisual projects, including documentaries, television series and feature films.

Since 2010, she has worked on many projects for the tango community, directing music videos, promotional videos for tango festivals, and concert videos of artists and orchestras such as El Arranque, Cucuza Castiello, Juan Villarreal, Patricio Crom, La Misteriosa Buenos Aires, Sexteto Fantasma, Juan Pablo Gallardo Orquesta, Juan Pablo de Lucca Quinteto, Claudia Moreno, Nidia, Noelia Moncada, Charango en trio, Amores Tangos and TanGoldberg. She has also realized video projects with well-known tango dancers in the Buenos Aires tango scene. In 2018, she released her first long documentary "AMAR AMANDO". She is currently developing two feature films.

Yael serves as film director and editor for the concert series, as well as coordinating a million logistics, and hosting everyone graciously on her own "terraza."

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JUAN VILLARREAL

Vocalist, Guitarist & Composer

Singer, guitarist and composer, Juan Villarreal was born in Puerto San Julian, Patagonia Argentina. He actively participates in different musical projects such as Orquesta El Arranque, Duo Villarreal Crom, Nidia y su Banda, El Muro Tango and Cruces del Plata.

 

He has recorded several albums and performed concerts throughout America and Europe.

 

In 2021, he will present a new album with guitarist Patricio Crom in tribute to Juan Darienzo called "D’Arienzo en guitarras".  This year, he will present the album “Camaradas” with Orquesta El Arranque and Maestro Victor Lavallén, historical bandoneonist in Osvaldo Pugliese’s orchestra.

Juan serves as sound engineer for the Tango en la Terraza concerts, and coordinates a million logistics.  He also performs in the series.

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TAN KURTTEKIN

Director of Photography

Tan is a photographer and audiovisual director.  He was educated at the Mimar Sinan Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul.  Since 2011, he has been working as a photographer, and since 2010, he has served as a documentary filmmaker and director of photography.  He has made many of his own documentaries, and been part of international production teams in Germany, Turkey, Greece and Israel.

Since 2016, he has been living in Argentina.  He works for Cine Matanza, Cinema7 and Machaco films.  Together with Yael Szmulewicz, he has worked on a number of videos for very prominent musicians.

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MEREDITH KLEIN

Dancer & Organizer

Meredith Klein has been dancing tango for 22 years, including three years spent living in Buenos Aires.  She runs the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School (PATS), Philly Tango Festival, Fishtown Salon Concert Series, and Milonga Tours (tango tours to Buenos Aires).  Over the past three years, PATS has become one of the most prolific presenters of live tango music in the United States.

Since suspending in-person activities at the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School due to Covid in March 2020, Meredith has developed an extensive virtual program, including classes, workshops, lectures, concerts, and the Virtual Tango Festival (May 2020).  The "Tango en la Terraza" series grew organically out of those efforts.

 

Meredith coordinates streaming, marketing and customer service for the series.

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