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The Octavio Brunetti Quintet Showcases Its "Tango Nuevo" at the Second Annual "The Americas-In Concert" on Saturday November 21, 2009

Concert is Free and Open to the Public  

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 26, 2009) Amongst the most sought after tango pianists of our times, Octavio Brunetti, along with his Quintet, will present his trademark avant-garde 21st Century Tango at the second annual “The Americas—In Concert” on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh. Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies, sponsor the annual event each year as a way of uniting the Americas. The concert is free and open to the public.

“We are proud to continue to contribute to Pittsburgh’s cultural development with this international music event that continues to build bridges across the Americas through music and entertainment,” says Dr. Oliver W. Caminos, Medical Director of Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute. This year’s event will feature a range of performances and choreographies by professional Tango dancers, spanning the periods and styles of tango music and dance.

Created in 2004 by Tango pianist and arranger Octavio Brunetti, The Octavio Brunetti Quintet combines the traditional roots of Argentine Tango in its purest form with the style of the “Tango Nuevo”. A passionate and fascinating music, combined with the new, electrifying Tango representative of the 21st Century. The Octavio Brunetti Quintet show transmits the mystery and magic of the Argentine Tango and the avant-garde music that today plays in the heart of Buenos Aires. A few months after its creation, the group was performing in Argentina’s most important venues, including the famous Teatro Colón, Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires, and Teatro San Martin in Córdoba.

From early childhood, Brunetti was trained in classical piano, and before he even finished his studies at the National School of Music he was already playing in concerts discovering his passion for the tango music from his country. In no time, he played with many important musicians such as famous tango singers Alberto Castillo, Eladia Blázquez, Ruben Juarez, Domingo Federico, Rodolfo Mederos and Osvaldo Piro, and he has shared the stage with Horacio Salgan-De Lio and Atilio Stampone. In 2002, he was named conductor at the Provincial Orchestra of Popular Music in Córdoba. In 2004, Brunetti moved to New York City. His talent has since earned him many awards. After an extensive European Tour he visited the US, and in his first participation of the International Tango Competition in New York he took first price in both categories: Best Solo Pianist and Best Duo. Brunetti’s recordings as a guest artist include “Soledad” with world famous cellist, Yo-Yo Ma (CD “APPASSIONATO” Sony Classical BMG) and “Te amo Tango” with the 2007 Grammy Award recipient and prominent bandoneón player, Raul Jaurena.

This is the second year that Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute and Med Health Services are sponsoring “The Americas—In Concert” event, which they hope to make a long-lasting Pittsburgh tradition. The event will also feature an array of Pittsburgh’s own. Including, sought after bandoneón master and tenor, Ernesto Contenti, and vocals from last year’s “The Americas—In Concert” performer, Brazilian Soprano, Lilly Abrieu. It is the second in a series of annual concerts designed to promote the development of local and national professional musicians, while exposing Pittsburgh’s general public to the music works of all of the America’s, from North to South.




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