Pedro Giraudo: Visionary of Bass

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Originally from Córdoba Argentina, Pedro Giraudo moved to new York City in 1996. A highly versatile and hard working bassist, he is an in-demand player performing in a wide variety of musical projects, both his own and as a member of several prominent ensembles, ranging from tango to jazz.

As a composer and arranger, Giraudo leads his 13-piece ensemble, the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, 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, and the band boasts some of new York’s finest jazz musicians. His discography includes ‘Destiny of Flowers’ (2000), ‘Mr Vivo’ (2002), ‘Desconsuelo’ (2005) – and the most recent, “El Viaje,” which was voted “2009 Latin Jazz Album Of the Year,” and “2009 Latin Jazz Large Ensemble Album Of the Year,” as well as “2009 Latin Jazz Composition” for Giraudo’s “El Bajonazo.”

John Murph of Downbeat described it as “an opulent listening experience of modern, orchestral jazz, brimming with passionate improvisations, deliberate contrapuntal melodies and plush harmonies.”

In 2008, Giraudo was awarded a composer’s commission through the Jazz Gallery in new York, for a new work for his large ensemble; the resulting suite will be the centerpiece of his next album to be released early 2011. and in 2010, he was commissioned by the JazzReach initiative to compose a new work for their big Drum/Small World main-stage program.

The band has performed regularly in the most prestigious jazz clubs in the new York City area, including the Jazz Standard, Birdland, the Jazz Gallery, Joe’s Pub, as well as abroad.

Pedro Giraudo has performed with Grammy award winner Pablo Ziegler (Astor Piazzolla), Kenny Garrett (Miles Davis), and William Cepeda (Dizzy Gillespie). he has participated in numerous 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 & 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).

He has played bass on dozens of recordings for the world’s leading labels 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.

Website: www.pedrogirado.com

Live Performances

November 17th 2010PG Sextet @ Clemente Soto Velez7:30 PM set

November 23rd 2010PG Sextet @ Zinc Bar9pm, 10:30pm & midnite

November 30th 2010PG Sextet @ Zinc Bar9pm, 10:30pm & midnite

Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra @ Macau International Music Festival

Sofia Tosello and Pedro Giraudo (duet) “Juan Panadero” by Cuchi Leguizamon

PGJO @ Macau – ‘Punto de Partida’

PGJO @ Jazz Standard – 06/04/07 – Contrapuntren

Pedro Giraudo – Ese Grito

Pedro Giraudo: Visionary of Bass


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