This 13-piece big band, lead by Pedro Giraudo, has captivated listeners around the world with its unique blend of South American grooves, Argentine folk songs, the passion of tango and jazz improvisation. Pedro Giraudo, in the tradition of such composers as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, highlights the unique talents of each band member, masterfully weaving together pre-composed and improvised elements.
Originally from Cordoba Argentina, Pedro Giraudo moved to New York City in 1996. Since then he has become an in-demand bass player and arranger working in a great variety of musical projects. He has performed professionally with Pablo Ziegler, Kenny Garret, Marco Granados, William Cepeda, Chris Washburn, and Eternal Tango; and recorded with Fernando Oteros X-Tango, Marta Topferova, Jose Conde, Lucia Pulido, Mo'Guajiro & Jess Jurkovic. Pedro Giraudo has participated in various Jazz and Music Festivals throughout the United States, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and Asia and performed in venues such as The Blue Note (Japan), Birdland (Vienna), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Iridium, Jazz Standard, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (NYC).
Mr Vivo Big Band is:
Will Vinson, Ramiro Flores, Luke Batson, Carl Maraghi: saxes
Jonathan Powell, Tatum Greenblatt: trumpets
Ryan Keberle, Mike Fahie: trombones
Jess Jurkovic, piano
Jeff Davis, drums
Tony De Vivo, cajón
Sofía Tosello, voice (track 7)
Pedro Giraudo, bass & composition
Produced by Pedro Giraudo & Alex Venguer
- Encore by Jeffrey Hildt
'play this remarkable new CD once—you won’t forget it. The experience is exhilarating.'
- Descarga.com by Peter Watrous Editor's Pick: Highly recommended
'This is modern jazz and Latin music at its best.'
- Jazz not Jazz:
'...this album is so inspiring and it’s hard to pick a favourite...'
- La Voz del Interior (in Spanish)
***** (Five Stars)
- Roberta on the Arts by Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
'a Big Band recording with dynamic, daring musicality...'
- Jazz Buffalo (Texas), hosted by Luis Moreno - CD of the Week! (May 1 06)
- CHOU FM 89.1 (Ottawa) - Desconsuelo ranked 1st in radio charts! (Apr 11 06)
- Vinilemania (Italy), hosted by Pietro Carbognani - CD of the Week! (Feb 17 06)