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Don Ferrin

Singapore

One of Singapore’s favourite tango DJs, Don has been nicknamed DJ Don Don Don (find out why at the marathon) by local dancers. He regularly spins his tandas at Tangopura, Los Sueños, and other Singapore milongas. Festival and marathon appearances include the Salida del Sol Danang Tango Marathon, Manila Tango Festival and Championship, the Bali Tango Festival, and Kuala Lumpur Tango Festival and Marathon.

A traditional Golden Age DJ, Don focuses intense effort on tanda creation, aiming to craft a poem or story from the most beautiful and danceable songs of a given orquesta and period.

In the milonga, he loves managing the ebb and flow of energy from tanda to tanda over the course of the entire evening to keep dancers entranced in the current tanda and breathless about what comes next. Before tango, Don was a classically-trained pianist who enjoyed playing Romantic-period composers such as Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, and Scriabin, and even dabbled in progressive rock, playing keyboards in LA clubs in the 1980s with his prog rock band “Facelift.” But when he discovered tango in 2006, he was so captivated that he gave away his piano, and completely gave himself over to tango music and dance.

Don is happiest when, at the end of a milonga, tangueros and tangueras tell him that they couldn’t bear to sit out even one of the tandas.