Orquesta Z - Argentine Tango Orchestra
About Orquesta Z
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Sandy Schneiwind, double-bassist
Sandy Schneiwind, double-bassist
Concert double-bassist with the Prometheus Symphony and a professional music therapist in the Bay Area, Sandy brings experience, joy, and solid bass work to OZ.
Barbie Wong, piano & 'ukulele
Barbie Wong, piano & 'ukulele
After studying and teaching music at Stanford and Smith College. Her music career led her to Paris, India and Tibet, (where she received an audience with the Dalai Lama), then to Hawai'i where she hosted a music radio show, and now back to the Bay Area where she is a master piano and 'ukulele teacher.
Wakeford Gong
Wakeford Gong
A UC Berkeley music graduate, violin teacher, and concert violinist for Bay Area musical theater as well as a founding member of the Awesöme Orchestra Collective, and currently teaches in the Bay Area. Wakeford adds a delightful and experienced violin voice.
Victoria Perenyi
Victoria Perenyi
Studying on her own in Buenos Aires under Osvaldo Pugliese's original violinist Marcelo Prieto, then a lead violinist for Daniel Vac's Blistervás Tango ensemble in Buenos Aires, Viki is a highly regarded violin teacher in San Francisco and Orquesta Z's newest member.
Bendrew Jong, director
Bendrew Jong, director
Original founder and director of Orquesta Z since 2011, a life-long Berkeley resident and architect, studied opera and music at UC Berkeley, and composing and singing since writing his high-school musical. A long-time tango dancer who brings his musical knowledge and gifts to all the OZ arrangements, plus vocals, bandoneon, and guitar.
Didem Kurt, kanun
Didem Kurt, kanun
Didem is a master of the middle eastern harp from Istanbul, called a Kanun. Born in Turkey where she studied music and music production, she adds a unique sound to Orquesta Z with a 72 string lap harp.

















PAST PERFORMANCES
10/29/11  Preview Concert of Mini-Z at the Firehouse, Sacramento, CA
3/25/12    Benefit Concert for Latin-American students, Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, CA
6/17/12    Belrose Milonga, San Rafael, CA
6/24/12    Opening of new premiere milonga at the Claremont Resort, Berkeley
7/29/12    Empanada Milonga #1 at the Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley
9/16/12    Empanada Milonga #2 at the Garden Gate, Berkeley
10/7/12    Concert for Garden Gate:  Opening Weekend Benefit,  Berkeley
10/21/12  Empanada Milonga #3 at the Garden Gate, Berkeley       
10/25/12  Concert for Operation Access, Berkeley, CA
11/18/12  Empanada Milonga #4 at the Garden Gate, Berkeley
12/16/12  Empanada Milonga #5 at the Garden Gate, Berkeley
1/20/13    Empanada Milonga #6 at the Garden Gate, Berkeley
2/17/13    Empanada Milonga #7 at the Garden Gate, Berkeley
3/23/13    Pensalo Bien Milonga at the Garden Gate,  Berkeley
3/24/13    Empanada Milonga #8 at the Garden Gate, Berkeley
4/28/13    Empanada Milonga #9 at the Garden Gate, Berkeley
5/26/13    Empanada Milonga #10 at the Garden Gate, Berkeley
6/28/13    International Dance Association Milonga, San Jose
6//30/13   Empanada Milonga #11 at the Garden Gate, Berkeley
7/7/13      Blackhawk Milonga in Danville
8/13/13    Empanada Milonga #12 Benefit for Garden Gate, Berkeley
10/27/13  Belrose Milonga, San Rafael, CA
11/3/13    Empanada Milonga #13 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
11/21/13  Tango Ashkenaz at Ashkenaz Community Center, Berkeley
12/8/13    Empanada Milonga #14 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
1/12/14    Empanada Milonga #15 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
2/6/14      Tango Ashkenaz at Ashkenaz Community Center, Berkeley
2/9/14      Empanada Milonga #16 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
3/6/14      Tango Ashkenaz at Ashkenaz Community Center, Berkeley
3/7/14      Tango Atipico 1 year anniv. at St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco, CA
3/9/14      Empanada Milonga #17 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
4/13/14    Empanada Milonga #18 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
5/11/14    Empanada Milonga #19 at St. Clement's (featuring Arya Turgut), Berkeley
6/8/14      Empanada Milonga #20 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
6/29/14    Burning Tango at McCloud, CA
7/13/14    Empanada Milonga #21 featuring Quinta at St. Clement's
8/10/14    Empanada Milonga #22 at  St. Clement's, Berkeley
9/7/14      Tango in the Square, Union Square, San Francisco 
9/14/14    Empanada Milonga #23 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
10/12/14  Empanada Milonga #24 at St. Clement's, Berkeley 
11/9/14    Empanada Milonga #25 at St. Clement's, Berkeley 
12/14/14  Empanada Milonga #26 featuring QUINTA at St. Clement's, Berkeley 
1/18/15    Empanada Milonga $27 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
2/8/15      Empanada Milonga #28 at St. Clement's, Berkeley 
3/8/15      Empanada Milonga #29 at St. Clement's, Berkeley 
4/12/15    Empanada Milonga #30 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
5/10/15    Empanada Milonga #31 at St. Clement's, Berkeley 
6/14/15    Empanada Milonga #32 at St. Clement's, Berkeley 
7/12/15    Empanada Milonga #33 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
8/9/15      Empanada Milonga #34 at St. Clement's, Berkeley 
9/6/15      Tango in the Square, Union Square, San Francisco 
9/13/15    Empanada Milonga #35 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
11/8/15    Empanada Milonga #36 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
12/13/15  Empanada Milonga #37 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
2/7/16      Empanada Milonga #38 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
3/13/16    Empanada Milonga #39 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
3/18/16    El Beso Mionga, Allegro Grand Ballroom, Emeryville
4/10/16   Empanada Milonga #40 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
5/8/16     Empanada Milonga #41 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
6/5/16     Empanada Milonga #42 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
7/10/16   Empanada Milonga #43 at St. Clement's, Berkeley 
8/14/16   Empanada Milonga #44 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
9/4/16     Tango in the Square, Union Square, San Francisco
9/11/16   Empanada Milonga #45 at St. Clement's, Berkeley
In addition to all being life-long musicians, we are tango lovers and dancers who wish to share the passion, the joy, the sadness, and the intimacy that is unique to Argentine tango.

We feel there is room to not only enjoy the richness of the past, but to bring the present into our music, including nuevo tango and our own compositions...but being led by a director who himself is an avid dancer, we know that the key to all of our music is that dancers have to share our passion and joy we have for the tango.

This will be our 5th year of bringing live Argentine tango to the San Francisco Bay Area.  As of 9/23/13 Orquesta Z is a registered California 501(c)3  non-profit.

ORQUESTA Z: CURRENT
Bendrew Jong, bandoneon/vocal
Wakford Gong, violin
Victoria Perenyi, violin
Sandy Schniewind, double bass
Barbie Wong, piano
Didem Kurt, kanun


ORQUESTA Z: ALUMNI
Gail Machlis, violin
Jim Shallenberger, violin
Joy Graham, violin
Ingrid Burger, violin
Carol Braves, violin
Catherine Jolly,  cello
Rebecca Trujillo, piano
Colleen Henry, piano
James Shearer, double bass
Resh Michael Ortego, bando/vocal

Mailing Address:
Orquesta Z
Bendrew Jong, Director
2907 Claremont Avenue, Suite 110
Berkeley, CA 94705
(925) 818-0800

www.OrquestaZ.com