Tag Archives: Argentina

Artist Profiles: Che Apalache

Che Apalache

Che Apalache is the demonstration of a powerful cultural and musical exchange. Formed in the urban neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, the string band ensemble draws intensely from the musical traditions of the Southern United States and Latin America.

The group’s founder, Joe Troop (fiddle) is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and moved to Argentina in 2010. While he gradually carved out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living.

Joe met Mexican artist Pau Barjau (banjo), and Argentine musicians Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin). What started as a group created between an instructor and his students progressed into a rich musical collaboration that brought together bluegrass and South American music.

The band’s debut album Latingrass, came out in 2017.

Che Apalache – Latingrass

American banjo player banjo player Béla Fleck produced their next album in Nashville, scheduled for release in the summer of 2019 on Free Dirt Records.


Latingrass (2017)


Artist Profiles: Mar del Plata Tango Orchestra

Mar Del Plata Tango Orchestra was created in 1997 by the Mar del Plata city council. Its first official performance held at Colón Theater on July 8th, 1997. From then on its activity has been sustained through periodic concerts hold in the city, in different cities of the Province of Buenos Aires and foreign countries.

Its  repertory is ample and traditional. Maestro Julio Davila is the conductor of the orchestra.

Mar Del Plata Orchestra’s members:

Julio Davila – piano, conductor, director

Ernesto Scorziello – bandoneon soloist

Carlos Baez – bandoneon

Daniel Sergio – cello soloist

Carlos Ramos – singer

Dancing Couples:

Emmanuel and Fernanda

Nicolás and Anastasia


Artist profiles: Julio Davila

Maestro Julio Davila was born in 1943 Buenos Aires. At the age of six he began his piano studies Santa Cecilia´s Conservatory. continued with professor Pedro Sebastian Caballero, who belongs to Argentine National Music And then studied under guidance of Orestes Cufaro whom completed musical formation realizing harmony studies.

In 1957 he formed his first orchestra “Los Jovenes del Tango” with the sponsorship of Mr. Francisco Ducan. Davila’s debut was at the “Radio del Pueblo” and his orchestra also performed at clubs. Two years later, he became a professional musician when he was called by Argentino Ledesma to work as pianist. After that, he was called by many well known artists such as Floreal Ruiz, Alberto Marino, Roberto Rufino, Jorge Duran, Roberto Florio, Alberto Moran, Nestor Fabian, Hugo Marcel, Maria Graña and Nelly Vazquez, among others.

In 1960 Davila created the Mar del Plata orchestra. In 1965 he received an offer to form and conduct a stable orchestra for the Kimberley Club of Mar del Plata and for five years he appeared on TV Channel 8 in a popular show called “Saturday´s of Sea and Mountains”. During that period, he accompanied renowned national singers in various tango shows, accompanying Roberto Goyeneche for a season. From then on, and for twenty-six years Davila accompanied Goyeneche throughout the world.

In 1992 he became director of the musical revue at the Monumental II Theater of Buenos Aires. The following year he was named director of a musical cycle at the Monumental Theater of Buenos Aires denominated “Buenos Aires in time of Tango” with Guillermo Galve and Adriana Varela. In 1994 he became the director of the show “Why do I sing so” at in the National Cervantes Theater. The same year he worked as musical director for the singer Ricardo “Chiqui”. Organized by Luis Aguilé, Maestro Davila shared the spotlight of the “Argentine Week” at the Puerta de Hierro Theater in Madrid, Spain, with Beba Bidart, Mabel Manzoti, Barry Finn, and Oscar Pano.

Since 1997, he is the director of Mar del Plata Tango Orchestra.


Artist Profiles: Hora Cero

Taking the name from one of Astor Piazzolla’s finest recordings, Hora Cero was a group of talented Argentine musicians who performed Astor Piazzolla’s new tango compositions. The repertory covers all of his different musical periods.


Darío Polonara: bandoneon

Damián Balarino: piano and keyboards

Diego Sandullo: guitar

Ezequiel Dutil: electric and acoustic bass

Lisandro Basla: drums and percussion

Pablo Santillán: vocals


Artist Profiles: Didi Gutman

Argentine composer Didi Gutman performed as a musician with artists such as Roy Ayers, Luis Alberto Spinetta, David Lebon, and produced the albums for Azul Violeta, Poncho Kingz and El General.

In his hometown of Buenos Aires, Didi Gutman Repetto was involved in bringing back the traditional voice of the tango. His voice could easily be confused with the great voices of tango’s past. He is part of the new generation of artists breathing new life into this genre.

Gutman the musical director for some of Bebel Gilberto’s tours. He also had a  group Me And The Other Guy.

Gutman was a member of the Bajofondo Tango Club.


Artist Profiles: Mariel Martínez

Mariel Martínez


Tango vocalist Maria Elena Martínez, better known as Mariel Martínez, was born March 28, 1980 in Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

As a teenager, Mariel studied music and singing at the Escuela Popular de Avellaneda guided by Chocho Ruiz and Aníbal Arias.

She was become one of the leading performers of classic Argentine tango. Mariel moved to Madrid in 2002 and has toured many European countries since then.

In 2005, Martiel formed a duo with electric guitarist Alejandro Picciano. They experimented with jazz-infused tango. Famed Argentine musician and producer Litto Nebbia offered to record an album for his Melopea label in Buenos Aires. De mi barrio, was released in 2008 in Spain by Factoría Autor. The recording featured Carlos Quilici on bandoneon and Tancredo on violin.

In 2010, Mariel traveled back to Argentina for a tour. She recorded an album at Litto Nebbia studios in Villa Urquiza titled Perfume de tango. The lineup included Alejandro Picciano, Litto Nebbia, Carlos Buono, Pablo Agri, Federico Boaglio and Carlos Quilici.

Back in Madrid, Alejandro Picciano put together an ensemble called La Porteña Tango Trío along with Federico Peuvrel on piano and Fernando Giardini on bandoneon. The trio became Mariel’s regular band.

While on tour in Buenos Aires, Mariel recorded an intimate album of old tangos titled “Esos otros Tangos” (“Those other Tangos”) in 2012, accompanied by Alejandro Picciano on guitar. “Esos otros Tangos” was nominated to Best Album by a Female Tango Artist at the Premios Gardel 2014.


Mariel Martínez with Fabián Carbone Sexteto


In 2017, Mariel released “Templanza” accompanied by the Fabián Carbone Sextet. Bandoneon maestro Fabian Carbone recovered and used the original handwritten arrangements of the legendary Anibal Troilo orchestra.


De mi Barrio (Factoría Autor/Discos Melopea, 2008)
Perfume de Tango (Discos Melopea, 2010)
Un Placer (Discos Melopea, 2012)
Esos otros Tangos (Discos Melopea, 2014)
Buenos Aires…Cuando lejos me vi (Discos Melopea, 2015)
Templanza (Mapa Records/ Discos Melopea, 2017)


Flamenco Vocalist Argentina Dazzles Madrid Audience

Argentina at Suma Flamenca 2017 – Photo by David Mudarra


Rising flamenco star Argentina presented her new album La Vida del Artista (The Life of the Artist) last night at Suma Flamenca festival in Madrid to an enthusiastic audience.

Suma Flamenca is one of the leading flamenco festivals in the international scene.


Argentina at Suma Flamenca 2017 – Photo by David Mudarra


Artist Profiles: Rodolfo Mederos

Rodolfo Mederos

Argentine bandoneon player, composer and arranger Rodolfo Mederos was born March 25, 1940 in Río de la Plata.

As a composer, Rodolfo Mederos covers a wide spectrum, from traditional tango to symphonic pieces for different instrumental groups. As a performer, he expresses deep-felt musicality. In the 1970s Mederos was one of the few tango musicians who collaborated with progressive rock musicians. Todo Hoy is an example of this kind of work.

Mederos is also a teacher and writer of both bandoneon-related matters as well as tango composition and orchestration.

He lived in Cuba and France and then returned to Argentina, where he founded the influential Generación Cero.

Rodolfo Mederos has collaborated with numerous Argentine artists as well as flamenco vocalists Miguel Poveda and Enrique Morente.


Buenos Aires…al Rojo! (Producciones Matus, 1966)

Fuera de Broma (Trova Discos, 1976)

De todas Maneras (Trova Discos, 1977)

Todo Hoy (Auris, 1978)

Buenas Noches Paula (Sony Music, 1983)

Verdades y Mentiras (Sony Music, 1984)

Reencuentros (Pentagrama, 1989)

Carlos Gardel por Rodolfo Mederos (Mexico: Pentagrama, 1992. Argentina: M&M, 1994)

Tanguazo (Pentagrama, 1993)

Mi Buenos aires Querido, with Daniel Barnboim (Teldec, 1995)

El dia que Maradona Conoció a Gardel (BMG, 1996)

El Tanguero (Teldec, 1998)

Eterno buenos Aires (Warner Music, 1999)

Las Veredas de Saturno (Acqua, 2000)

Tangos, con Nicolás “Colacho” Brizuela (Warner Music, 2000)

Piazzolla, with Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Oviedo (Nuba Records, 2002)

Comunidad, part of Trilogía Comunidad-Intimidad-Soledad (DBN 51886, 2007)

Intimidad, part of Trilogía Comunidad-Intimidad-Soledad (DBN 51896, 2007)

Soledad, part of Trilogía Comunidad-Intimidad-Soledad (DBN 51916, 2008)

Del Amor, with Juan Gelman (DBN CD 52175, 2011)

Diálogos: De Buenos Aires a Granada, live album with Miguel Poveda (Universal Music Spain, 2013)