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Praised as “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” Pablo Sáinz Villegas has become a worldwide sensation known as this generation’s great guitarist. With his “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance” as described by The New York Times. He is known for his passionate, emotive and open-hearted playing, whether he is performing at intimate recital halls, or playing with beloved tenor, Plácido Domingo, to an audience of over 85,000 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid. With the prestigio us tenor, he recently recorded his new duo album that will be released on Fall 2018 under Sony Classical label. The list of some of the world’s most prestigious stages that he has performed includes Carnegie Hall in New York City, Philharmonie in Berlín and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Regularly he inspires new invitations and re-engagement to perform in different festivals and with different symphonic and philharmonic orchestras, including Orquesta Nacional de España and the Philharmonics of Israel, Bergen and Denmark. In the American continent, he has performed amongst others with Symphonic Orchestras of New York,Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Perú, Colombia y Panamá. Sáinz Villegas thrives over a continuous search of innovative ways to inspire diverse communities of society since he considers that “music is the best language for communication because it is something intangible and ethereal”. In the last decade, he has been able to reach, through his social project, more than 32.000 children and youth audiences in different regions of Spain, México and United States.
Born in Spain, the country in which is musical instrument has deep roots. During his career, he has achieved more than 30 international awards. Sáinz Villegas currently lives in New York and it is the official Tourism Ambassador of La Rioja, his homeland. For more information on this artist visit: www.pablosainzvillegas.com
This evenings program to include (subject to change): Prelude n1 and n3 H. Villa-Lobos / Passeio no Rio -samba- L. Bonfá / Sueño en la Floresta A. Barrios / Granada A. Lara / Alma Llanera – joropo- P. Elías Gutiérrez / Tango en Skaï R. Dyens / Choclo -tango- A. Villoldo / Alfonsina y el mar A. Ramírez / Bluegrass Selection Traditional / Dear Old Dixie / Kansas City Kitty / Big Eared Mule / Seis por derecho – joropo- A. Lauro / The Girl from Ipanema Antonio Carlos Jobim / Tico Tico Zequinha de Abreu
Playing in the Trio with Villegas:
Nacho Arimany, Percussion: Before moving to New York in 2009, Nacho Arimany was chiefly known as one of Spain’s most sought after Flamenco percussionists. He entered the world of Flamenco through the Spanish Dance and Flamenco Choreography Contest of Madrid, winning a prize for “Pa’dentro,” a martinet composed for Triazion danza. When asked to form a percussion group, he introduced to Flemenco the use of a gourd from Mali as a percussion instrument. Academies, tablaos and baile were his school for eight years and he collaborated with Joaquin Coretes, Gerardo Nunez and Rocio Molina, along with many of Spain’s hottest Flamenco dancers and artists. As a child, age 6, had been classically trained as a pianist, and later on her performed as vocal soloist with soprano diva Montserat Caballe and the Spanish National Orchestra at the opening act of the Spain National Auditorium with the World Premiere of “La Atlantida” by Manuel de Falla. He turned to percussion in his teens and Flamenco was a break with the formalism of his early training.
Pedro Giraudo, Bassist: Originally from Córdoba Argentina, Pedro Giraudo moved to New York City in 1996. A highly versatile bassist, composer, conductor and arranger, he has become an in-demand artist performing in a wide variety of musical projects, both with his own award winning ensembles and as a member of several prominent ensembles ranging from tango to jazz. Pedro Giraudo has collaborated with Pablo Ziegler, Paquito D’Rivera, and Latin American icon Ruben Blades with whom he won 2 GRAMMYS, as well as jazz living legends Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garret, and violin virtuoso Philippe Quint among many others. He has participated in numerous jazz and music festivals throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and performed in venues such as The Blue Note (Japan & USA), Birdland (Austria & USA), London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Jazz Festival Royale in Thailand, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Jazz Standard, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (NYC). Pedro Giraudo has also conducted the world renowned WDR Big Band and Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. He has played bass on dozens of recordings for the world’s leading labels including Sony, Warner, Nonesuch, Naxos and Harmonia Mundi, and on movies including Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street II’. He is also the principal bassist of the Música de Cámara String Orchestra. Pedro Giraudo is endorsed by the gold standard in string makers: D’Addario and the outstanding Keeley Electronics. His award winning discography includes ‘Cuentos’ (Zoho 2014), ‘Córdoba’ (Zoho Music 2011), ‘El Viaje’ (2009) , ‘Desconsuelo’ (2005), ‘Mr Vivo’ (2002) and ‘Destiny of Flowers’ (2000).