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Latin Grammy-winning composer, pianist and vocalist Fernando Otero makes a rare London appearance in a programme inspired by his home city of Buenos Aires. Featuring guest soprano Ann Liebeck and Caroline Pearsall (violin), Lysandre Donoso (bandoneon) and Tom Mason (bass).
Drawing on Argentina’s rich musical history, Otero performs his own compositions alongside works by Piazzolla and Ariel Ramirez, whose collections of folksongs and his Missa Criolla are world-renowned. Otero also reveals his connections with opera, and the inspiration of his mother, international opera singer and actress, Elsa Marval.
Otero’s work displays song-like melodicism, expressiveness and a wide palette of colours, blending elements of classical contemporary music and improvisation while acknowledging tango as a starting point.
The evening takes in Otero’s 2017 album Solo Buenos Aires, a collection of songs written during the early 20th century, and Buenos Aires Now, featuring his own compositions for bandoneon and piano.
A classically-trained virtuoso pianist and composer, Otero has recorded sixteen albums as a solo artist, including the breakout release Pagina de Buenos Aires for Nonesuch Records, performed worldwide and collaborated with Paquito D’Rivera, the Kronos Quartet, Quincy Jones and Eddie Gómez.
Otero won a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Album for Vital and received two Latin Grammy nominations for his album Ritual, as Best Classical Album and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
‘Otero creates a distinctive and unusual sound that’s close to classical music (Bartók, Crumb, Adams), yet with the vigour and improvised spirit you associate with jazz and world music.’ The Guardian
‘Urbane and exotic, surreal and streetwise, and alive with invention and emotion.’ BBC Music