An evening with the Latin-Grammy winner and tango maestro.
Grammy-Winner Composer & Pianist Fernando Otero was deep into classical piano studies in his native Buenos Aires when he began to develop a unique and provocative style he called “X Tango.” Acclaimed albums like Pagina de Buenos Aires (2007) and the Latin Grammy Award–winning Vital (2010) combined the improvisatory thrill of jazz with a contemporary classical structure in compositions that were often fast–paced and intense, full of dramatic stops and starts. Reviewing Fernando Otero’s performance at New York’s Symphony Space in February 2012, Steve Smith wrote in The New York Times: “Mr. Otero’s writing vibrantly summoned tango ancestors while also acknowledging Bartok and Prokofiev. His brilliant playing bore traces of jazz pianists like Bill Evans and Don Pullen. The resulting synthesis proposed bold new directions for a venerable tradition.”
Otero has collaborated with one-time Bill Evans sideman Eddie Gomez, flautist Dave Valentin and pianist/film composer Dave Grusin, among others. Lately, he’s been sitting in with Arturo O’Farrill’s Jazz Orchestra during their Sunday night residency at New York City’s Birdland, performing his compositions with this large jazz ensemble also at Lincoln Center and The Symphony Space. Most recently, he joined clarinetist Paquito D ’Rivera on stage and in the studio for the recording of the Grammy-Award winner CD Funk Tango.
Join Otero as he celebrates the release of his new recording Romance (Soundbrush) with a very special performance.
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