TANGO REAL was put together in 1994 as 'Orquesta Tipica de Berlin' by the bandoneon player Paul Raackow, pianist Robert Schmidt and double-bass player Michael Benter. As one of the few real tango orchestras outside Argentina, and with it's very own style, the sextet's two bandoneons, two violins, piano and double-bass was a throw back to the orchestral tradition of the instrumental tango music from Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires. However, famed orchestras at the height of the tango heyday, such as those of Osvaldo Pugliese or Annibal Troilo, were also a source of inspiration and orientation for TANGO REAL - in the 1940s tango was primarily an urban dance music performed by the most talented of musicians. TANGO REAL's arrangements combine the essence of Tango Argentino - the pulse, the sorrow and it's emotional intensity together with the musicians' personal expressions. For Tango Real, meeting and playing together with such well-known tango musicians as Rodolfo Mederos or Nestor Marconi is just as important as the communication with the audience, whether at tango balls, concert halls or major tango festivals.