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Mr Vivo

by Pedro Giraudo

Pedro Giraudo's exciting New York City octet which showcases compositions, that combine jazz, tango, South American and Argentine folk music.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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1. Las Tres Marias
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2. Que Asi Sea
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3. La Dormilona
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4. Cachetazo
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5. Danza De La Moza Donosa
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6. Chiquero
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7. Destiny of Flowers
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8. Cordoba
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9. Ya Llega Mayo
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Originally from Córdoba Argentina, Pedro Giraudo moved to New York City in 1996. Since then he has become a highly versatile bassist, composer and arranger, performing in a wide variety of musical projects, both his own award winning Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra and as a member of several prominent ensembles, ranging from tango to jazz.

Pedro Giraudo has collaborated with Grammy award winner Pablo Ziegler, 9 time Grammy award winner Paquito D'Rivera, Latin American icon Ruben Blades, and Dizzy Gillespie's protégé William Cepeda, as well as 'Tango meets Jazz' guests: Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garret, Regina Carter, Nestor Torres, Miguel Zenon among many others. Pedro Giraudo has also been the musical director of Mariela Franganillo Company's "Tango Connection" and "Tango Recuerdo" and performed with U.S.'s most prominent tango ensembles including 'Forever Tango', Hector Del Curto's Eternal Tango, Fernando Otero's X-Tango and Daniel Binelli's 'Tango Metropolis'. He has participated in numerous jazz and music festivals throughout the North America, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, and performed in venues such as The Blue Note (Japan & USA), Birdland (Austria), London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Jazz Festival Royale in Thailand, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Iridium, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (NYC).

As a composer and arranger, Giraudo lead three ensembles (Pedro Giraudo Sextet, Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra and Pedro Giraudo Expansions Big Band), 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 jazz musicians, has performed regularly in the most prestigious jazz clubs in the New York City area, including the Jazz Standard, Birdland, The Jazz Gallery, Blue Note, Joe's Pub, as well as abroad. John Murph 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 renown WDR Big Band and Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.

His discography includes 'Córdoba' (Zoho Music 2011), 'El Viaje' (2009) , 'Desconsuelo' (2005), 'Mr Vivo' (2002) and 'Destiny of Flowers' (2000). 'Córdoba' won 2011 Latin Jazz Corner's: "Latin Jazz Large Ensemble Album Of The Year", "Latin Jazz Boundary Breaking Album Of The Year"," South American Jazz Album Of The Year", and "Latin Jazz Composition Of The Year"; while 'El Viaje' won 2010 "Best Latin Jazz Album Of The Year," and "Best Latin Jazz Large Ensemble Album Of The Year," as well as "Best Latin Jazz Composition".

In 2013 Pedro Giraudo was commissioned by Música de Cámara a piece for string orchestra which will be presented in May 2014. He recently finished pieces for members of the San Diego Symphony and for Japanese clarinetist Sawako Yoshida. In 2008, Giraudo was awarded a composer's commission through the Jazz Gallery in New York, for a new work for his large ensemble; and in 2010, he was commissioned by the JazzReach initiative to compose a new work for their Big Drum/Small World main-stage program.

He has played bass on dozens of recordings for the world's leading labels including Sony, Warner, Nonesuch, Naxos and Harmonia Mundi, as well as for independent projects, and on movies including Oliver Stone's 'Wall Street II'. He is also the principal bassist of the Hudson Symphony Orchestra and the Música de Cámara String Ensemble. Pedro Giraudo is endorsed by the gold standard in string makers, D'Addario, and the outstanding Keeley Electronics.

Mr Vivo is:
Will Vinson, alto sax
Tony Barba, tenor sax
Jonathan Powell, trumpet
Ryan Keberle, trombone
Jess Jurkovic, piano
Jeff Davis, drum set
Tony De Vivo, cajon
Pedro Giraudo, bass & composition

We are very pleased to announce that Cachetazo and Chiquero (Tracks 4 and 6) have been nominated for the Just Plain folks Awards in hte Best Jazz Instrumental song cathergory.


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Jeff Agnoli

I received your CD and was very pleased
Mr Vivo is a very wonderful CD. I enjoy it both in the office and in the car. I am looking forward for more to come. I do like the band and enjoy the songs put together.

Josh Levine

Exciting music from a brilliant composer
A unique big band that breaks boundaries while swinging and making beautiful music. Bravo!!!

Josh Levine

Exciting music from a brilliant composer
A unique big band that breaks boundaries while swinging and making beautiful music. Bravo!!!

Bryan Vargas

This is a great CD
This CD really sounds spectacular. Not only are the tunes & the band great, but the recording quality really shines. Pedro Giraudo is following in the footstpes of his compatriot Guillermo Klein, less like Gil Evans and more like a Gaucho Charles Mingus. Interesting from start to finish. Highly recommended to lovers of new jazz.

David Moorman

Mr. Vivo's self-titled CD is a monster!
In terms of quality and originality, Mr. Vivo's self-titled CD is a monster! It belongs on the short list of the very best composed jazz in which the world music idea meets the big band idea, along with albums like Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra and Chico O'Farrill's Pure Emotion. Viva, Mr. Vivo!

Scott Reeves (Professor of Music, City College of New York & Jui

a unique mix of jazz, tango and odd rhythms - masterfully played
Pedro Giraudo and Mr. Vivo have a uniquely original conception - an eclectic mix of cutting edge jazz, Argentinian tango and odd rhythmic meters. The music sounds so lyrical and is so masterfully played that
it's easy to loose sight of how difficult and innovative
it is.

Graciela Carriquí

The best new jazz band I've heard in years
Although Giraudo's music is informed by his Argentine roots, it doesn't fall under the rubric of "latin jazz" (so often more like a watered-down version of both genres, for those who don't have the stomach for either in it's pure form). Giraudo's compositions continue on in the tradition begun by the best harmonic innovators of the 50's, 60's and 70's (before free jazz's improvisational approach unraveled any recognizable structure that could be construed as composing). If Teddy Charles could swing hard, if Gary McFarland had ignored Cal Tjader, if George Russell could dance, if Charlie Mingus' thoughts were organized...if they were alive today, they'd be writing music like this. The cd does an amazing job of capturing the excitement of a live performance without the usual sacrifice of sound quality and production inherent therein. The band is so tight it's seamless. All the musicians are top drawer, but the ensemble is the star here. That said, worth singling out are the precocious Ryan Keberle on trombone and Jonathan Powell on trumpet--their older, more experienced counterparts must be quaking in their boots. And the drummer, Jeff Davis, is a force of nature! The cd manages to be intellectually engaging, emotionally stirring, and foot-stompingly swinging at the same time. I can't recommend this cd highly enough. I sent a copy to my Dad as a gift!