Redwood Tango Ensemble is a contemporary tango sextet from Oakland, California. Led by composer and bandoneonist Charles Gorczynski, the ensemble has developed a signature style and sound within the world of tango composition, writing honest and imaginative music that bends conventional notions of genre and musical identity. RTE is a tango group in its lifeblood, and its sound and sensibility also reach into new music, chamber music, and modern jazz.

“Bandoneonist and composer Charles Gorczynski, along with Redwood Tango Ensemble, are forging a distinctly new idiom of American tango music.”
       - Morgan Luker, program director, Tango For Musicians, author, “The Tango Machine”

Redwood Tango Ensemble was the featured orchestra for Chicago Tango Week 2013 and 2015, and has performed for milongas in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Montreal, NYC, and dozens of cities in between. The group is an institution in the Bay Area tango scene with over 100 performances each year, and tours the US and Canada annually. RTE’s debut album of original compositions Unison (Euclid Music) was released in 2015, and the band is currently preparing for the release of their new adventurous album Prizefighter (June 2018).


Charles Gorczynski  Bandoneon
Elyse Weakley  Piano
Anton Estaniel  Cello
Ishtar Hernandez  Violin
Mia Bella D'Augelli  Violin
Daniel Fabricant  Double Bass


"The Redwood Tango Orchestra is what every tango organizer dreams of:  a completely danceable orchestra, with a huge repertory, great energy, and super intuition for what keeps the milonga going.  These guys bring a care, attention to detail, and passion for the music that is inspiring to dance to — or more simply said— I couldn’t sit down!" - Korey Ireland, Ko-Arts 2015
"Passionate and talented musicians..." - San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Truly one of the most exciting tango ensembles active in the US today." - Morgan Luker
"There's a new tango in town." - Daville Patch