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8:30 pm, Aug 18. Jianghu Bar, 7 Dong­mi­an­hua Hutong, Jiao­daokou Nan Da­jie, Dongcheng dis­trict, Bei­jing. 010-6401-5269. 7:30 pm, Aug 20. CD Blues, 39 Shenlu Street, op­po­site north gate of Ri­tan Park, Chaoyang dis­trict, Bei­jing. 010-8561-0560. 2:30 pm, Aug 24. The third floor of Sogo Shop­ping Cen­ter, No 8, Xuan­wu­men­waida­jie, Xuanwu dis­trict. Bei­jing.

In 2009, Liu worked as as­sis­tant to vet­eran singer-song­writer Dadawa, when she spent two years in a UN ini­tia­tive to ex­plore ways to pre­serve the cul­tural rich­ness of eth­nic groups in the midst of de­vel­op­ment. That vast ex­po­sure to Chi­nese eth­nic mu­sic in­spired Liu to ex­per­i­ment with tango.

In 2010 she found her way to Tango Chino Club, the first tango club in Bei­jing, which has given tango dance train­ing to over thou­sands of Chi­nese peo­ple since 2008.

Ma Ke, the club’s founder and di­rec­tor, was im­pressed by her tal­ent.

“She is very per­sis­tent in tango mu­sic and full of creative ideas,” says Ma, who first fell in love with Ar­gentina football team first and then was ea­ger to know more about Ar­gentina cul­ture, like mu­sic and dance.

In the tango club’s early days, only for­eign­ers liv­ing in Bei­jing joined in. But as more Chi­nese peo­ple be­came in­ter­ested in tango, his club in­cludes plenty of lo­cals.

“Mu­sic is free. It will be en­joyed by peo­ple of dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds as long as we merge it in a proper way,” he says. “I am look­ing for­ward to the tango mu­sic out of the Chi­nese mu­si­cian’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion.”

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