Eugene Tango

Eugene Tango DJs

Pamela Roman

"The Music Makes the Milonga"

Pam has been having a great time playing music for milongas in Oregon for the past five years.

She credits these picky, brilliant DJs for their inspiration: Bill Alsup, Ban Boccia, Robert Hauk, Steven Payne, Caroline Peattie, Megan Pingree, Christopher Nassaloupous and Jim Thurmond.

She enjoys the challenge of putting together a great night of music for dancers of all levels, with a good ration of vals and milongas.

Kella Hanna-Wayne

After just a year of dancing, in 2011 I started DJing alternative tango and blues. Liz Corwin taught me how to DJ alternative tango, how to have impeccable song choice, how to build a tanda that evolves and has direction, how to use emotion and energy levels to move the arc of the night. I later picked up Traditional DJing from workshops given by Derrick del Pilar, conversations with Pam Roman, and lots and lots of experimenting.

In 2013, I had the transformative experience of DJing at Alt Tango Weekend, at 3:45 AM for a group of passionate and exhausted dancers and it motivated me to volunteer my time and become the primary DJ of Bailonga in Eugene. Since my start in 2011, I have DJed at Bailonga more than 100 times, regularly at CrossRoads Blues events, at Alt Tango Weekend 2013 and 2014, and a handful of special events such as Combustion Chamber Orchestra's performance at Valentango 2013 and Art & Tango 2015.

It is my philosophy that tango music exists on a spectrum. This spectrum starts with conservative traditional tango music, goes through the transition from late traditional to nuevo, and then through well-vetted alternative and spans all the way to crazy out there alternative. Any milonga chooses a starting and an ending point of this spectrum to represent in their music. My specialty is taking this spectrum and representing as many points as possible on it in any given night. I DJ with a very large variety in styles, instrumentation, movements, and time periods represented, with a strong emphasis in emotional connection to the dancers. My favorite alternative song (for now) is Nara by E.S. Posthumus and my favorite traditional song is El Entrerriano, the Baigi Instrumental of 1941.