This CD illustrates Héctor Del Curto's 25 years as a celebrated bandoneónist, featuring solo, duos, trio, quintet and his Eternal Tango Orchestra.
Highlighted by what the New York Times called his "wistful, piercing solos on the bandoneón," Héctor Del Curto offers original interpretations of both traditional and new tangos while remaining true to the intensity and passion that are characteristic of the genre.
About Hector Del Curto
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, bandoneónist Héctor Del Curto has traveled the world as soloist and chamber musician, sharing the stage with the world–renowned tango composers Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese, pianist Pablo Ziegler, clarinetist Paquito D´Rivera, ballet dancer Julio Bocca, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra and Teatro Colón Ballet among many others.
After a Carnegie Hall concert in April 1999 with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and outstanding artists such as Gary Burton, Joe Lovano, Pablo Ziegler, famous tango singers José Angel Trelles and Maria Graña, the New York Times highlighted Mr. Del Curto´s artistry, making special mention of his "wistful, piercing solos on the bandoneón."
This was no new discovery. In Argentina, Mr. Del Curto had won the title of "Best Bandoneónist under 25" when he was only 17 years of age. This award led the tango legend, Osvaldo Pugliese to invite him to play in his orchestra, which made him the youngest bandoneonist in the history of Pugliese's Orchestra.
In 1999, Héctor Del Curto received the Golden Note Award from the Italian–American Network in recognition of his artistic achievements. As conductor, he directed the spectacular show "Forever Tango" on Broadway and founded the "Eternal Tango Orchestra" a ten piece ensemble.
Since 2003, Eternal Tango Quartet and Orchestra has performed at Lincoln Center Summer Festival, Hudson River Park Trust Moon Dance Series, Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Stowe Tangofest (Vermont), Resonance–World Music Festival in Cleveland, Embajada Argentina (Washington), among other festivals and venues. The new CD, Hector Del Curto´s Eternal Tango was released on June 18, 2007.
Besides his own projects, Héctor Del Curto is an active member of Pablo Ziegler Trio and Quintet for the New Tango, Fernando Otero´s X–Tango and Paquito D´Rivera´s Panamericana Ensemble.
Héctor Del Curto´s recordings include performances with Osvaldo Pugliese and his orchestra and Astor Piazzolla and the New Tango Sextet on "Finally Together" (Lucho Records), Pablo Ziegler on the albums "Asphalt" and "Quintet for the New Tango" (BMG), "Tango Magic" (Sony Music–USA) on video and DVD, Fernando Otero X–Tango on the album "Plan" and Luis Borda Cuarteto on "Linea de Tango" (Jazz and Fusion Records). Mr. Del Curto was a guest artist in numerous recordings such as Latin music legend, Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri´s Grammy Award–winning collaboration "Masterpiece" (RMM), renowned mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves´ "The Lost Days" (BMG), Manhattan Transfer´s "Vibrate" (Telarc), Roy Nathanson´s "Fire at the Keaton´s Bar and Grill" (featuring Elvis Costello, Cyrus Chestnut and Deborah Harry, on the label Six Degrees), Ricardo Arjona´s "Santo Pecado" (Sony International), and Shakira´s "Laundry Services" (BMG).