Fernando Otero: Buenos Aires 2020

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Drawing on Argentina’s rich musical history, Fernando Otero plays his own compositions alongside works by Astor Piazzolla and Ariel Ramirez. Latin Grammy-winning composer, pianist and vocalist, Otero performs with special guests including singer Ann Liebeck.

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 his 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 16 albums as a solo artist, performed worldwide and collaborated with Paquito D’Rivera, the Kronos Quartet, Quincy Jones and Eddie Gómez.

He 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

Part of La Linea - The London Latin Music Festival

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