— Taken from hrpac.org —
TANGO ON THE HUDSON
Friday, September 20th, 7PM
Pedro Giraudo won the 2018 Latin Grammy for his
most recent recording, Vigor Tanguero.
This honor was long in the making as he has spent over two decades performing with the most important interpreters of Tango. Pedro debuted his own Tango Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing in July 2015 and since then has become an active cultural ambassador of this beautiful and passionate music of his native Argentina.
As a composer and arranger, he leads his own jazz
and tango ensembles and has been hailed by critics as one of the most creative and daring bandleaders on the scene today. His compositions combine his
love of classical forms, Argentine tango, and folk music, and the spontaneity of jazz improvisation.
The band, which boasts some of New York’s finest
musicians, has also performed regularly in the most
prestigious jazz clubs in the New York City area,
including the Jazz Standard, Blrdland, The Jazz
Gallery, Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, as well as abroad.
John Murphy of Downbeat described Giraudo’s
music as “an opulent listening experience of
modern orchestral jazz, brimming with passionate
improvisations, deliberate contrapuntal melodies
and plush harmonies.”
Pedro Giraudo has also conducted the world-renowned WDR Big Band and the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.
Carolina Jaurena has been teaching and
performing for over 15 years. She has been featured
in many shows worldwide including “Eternal Tango”
with bandoneon master, Hector del Curto, ”Tango!
Soul and Heart” with the Choral Arts Society of
Washington at the Kennedy Center. and the
Off-Broadway show “Tango House.” In addition, she has
performed several seasons at the Thalia Spanish
Theater in New York. Carolina has taught and
performed at many Tango festivals including Tango
Norte Festival in Sweden, Yale Tango Fest, Tango
Fest Houston, and the New Orleans Tango Festival.
Juan Alessandrini was introduced to tango at the
age of 10. At a young age, he was named Best
Tango Performer in one of the most prestigious
folklore festivals in Argentina “La noche mas larga”.
Being part of this festival inspired him to continue his
tango training in Buenos Aires. After a few years, he
was invited to teach in the United States at the
tango school under the direction of tango masters
Carolina Zokalski and Diego Di Falco who starred
on Broadway in Forever Tango. For the last three
years Juan has been actively teaching and
performing at milongas and galas in the tri-state
area. Most recently he toured the USA performing
with the trio featuring Latin Grammy-winner Raul
Jaurena. He also performed in Leonardo Suarez
Paz’s ‘Cuartetango” show at the Argentine
Consulate in New York City.
Adriana Salgado and Orlando Reyes have been
professional dancers and teachers of Argentine
Tango for over twenty years. With a background in
classical ballet, they went to Buenos Aires to study
Tango with renowned tango masters. They have
performed internationally in many countries around
the world, including the United Arab Emirates,
Egypt, Aruba. Argentina, Canada, Indonesia and
their native Colombia. Since 2007 they have lived in
New York where they have taught and performed.
From 2016—2019, they have collaborated with the
Pan American Symphony Orchestra in Washington
DC and placed second in the “Pelando Variacion“
Vocalist Sofia Tosello sang her first professional concert at the age of 8 in her hometown of Córdoba,
in the heart of Argentina. Tango, the best-known
music of her homeland, has always been a big part
of her life. Her musical horizons inevitably expanded
when she moved to New York two decades ago as
she embraced jazz and world music. But the allure
and attraction of Tango music has always remained
with her. Sofia has performed in tango shows and
concerts around the world, singing in Recuerdo
Tango and Tango Connections: A Love Story by
Mariela Franganillo and touring internationally with
Polly Ferman’s Glamour Tango. Sofia has sung on
several CD’s including her most recent release.