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Journal Archives for Fernando Otero

  • Fernando Otero: Latin Grammys 2010

    Fernando Otero Wins Latin Grammy Award

    Congratulations to Fernando Otero, winner of the 2010 Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. Otero picked up the Grammy at the 11th annual Latin Grammy Award ceremonies in Las Vegas for his latest album, Vital (World Village), the follow-up to his 2008 Nonesuch release, Pagina de Buenos Aires. He and his band perform in New York this week, at the Nublu Jazz Festival and at Zinc Bar for the New Dimensions in Latin Jazz series.

  • Fernando Otero: Pagina de Buenos Aires [cover]

    Fernando Otero to Perform on WNYC's "Soundcheck" Today

    Fernando Otero will perform songs from his 2008 Nonesuch release, Pagina de Buenos Aires, live on Soundcheck, a program of WNYC, New York Public Radio, 93.9 FM, today at 2 PM ET. He'll talk with the show's host, John Schaefer, and will perform at the piano along with Nick Danielson on violin and Hector del Curto on bandoneon, both of whom performed on the album.

  • 2008 Nonesuch "Best of" Covers, Part 2

    Nonesuch Artists Continue to Draw Year-End Accolades

    Since the last Nonesuch Journal entry of 2008, which laid out scores of year-end best-of lists featuring Nonesuch albums and artists, still more critical praise has come in placing this music among the year's best.

  • Sérgio and Odair Assad "Jardim Abandonado" [cover]

    Sérgio Assad Wins Latin Grammy for "Jardim Abandonado" Composition

    Nonesuch Records congratulates Sérgio Assad, winner of the 2008 Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for "Tahhiyya Li Ossoulina," off Sérgio and Odair Assad's latest Nonesuch album, Jardim Abandonado. The ninth annual Latin Grammy awards were handed out last night in a celebration at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, broadcast live on Univision, that included a live performance by label mate Fernando Otero.

  • Orchestra Baobab, Fernando Otero to Play Chicago's Millennium Park This Summer

    Chicago's Millennium Park has announced this summer's season of its free outdoor world-music series, Music Without Borders. Performing this summer at the Park's Jay Pritzker Pavillion are Orchestra Baobab, who will play on June 28 at 8:30 PM, and Fernando Otero, who will open for the Bajofondo Tango Club, led by composer Gustavo Santaolalla, on August 27, at 6:30 PM. You can read more about the series in today's Chicago Tribune or by visiting

  • Fernando Otero: Pagina de Buenos Aires [cover]

    NY Times: Otero Turns Up Heat Live and on New Record

    Argentine-born composer-pianist Fernando Otero performed at Joe's Pub in New York City last Wednesday, celebrating the recent release of his Nonesuch debut, Página de Buenos Aires, which the New York Times says "could be described as a heroically ambitious tango record, with a scope that reaches beyond the usual connotations of the style."

  • Chicago Tribune: Toumani Diabate Proves to Be a "Foremost Musical Ambassador"

    Toumani Diabate performed a special solo set last night for a packed crowd at Manhattan's Other Music record store, and he's set to play New York's Bowery Ballroom tonight joined by his full Symmetric Orchestra, with Argentine-born pianist/composer Fernando Otero opening the show. It's sure to be a stellar set, judging by the band's Tuesday night show in Chicago, which the Chicago Tribune says provided some welcome heat to a frigid winter's night.

  • Guardian: Fernando Otero's Nonesuch Debut Leaves Listener Swept Away

    The Guardian (UK) gives four stars to Fernando Otero's Nonesuch Records debut, Pagina de Buenos Aires. The Argentinean-born and New York-based pianist-composer cites a number of eclectic sources as influences, from improvisational jazz to early 20th-century classical, but, says the Guardian's John L. Waters, Otero "can't help infusing his music with the complex soul of Argentina's most famous musical export," the tango. Writes Waters:

  • Kronos Quartet to Premiere New Fernando Otero Piece at Carnegie Hall

    When Kronos Quartet returns to Carnegie Hall next month, the group will give the world premiere performance of label mate Fernando Otero's El Cerezo (The Cherry Tree), which the Argentinean-born composer wrote for Kronos.