Born in Buenos Aires in 1972, Fernando Ortero was raised by his mother, classical singer Elsa Marval, following the death of his father. Playing piano and singing from childhood, he quickly expanded his skills by taking up guitar, accordion, melodica, and percussion. Soon, he established himself as a pianist and composer. Playing an intriguing and attractive form of music mainly of his own composition, Otero draws on the musical tradition of his Argentina homeland, blending it with classical and jazz forms to create a vibrant and original sound, which he describes as X Tango. Performing in Mexico and the United States, he gained an admiring audience, along the way performing with Paquito D'Rivera, Eddie Gomez, Dave Grusin, Chico O'Farrill, and Dave Valentin. His compositions have also been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet. Otero sometimes plays solo, works with his own trio and quintet, and also often plays in duo with violinist Nick Danielson. Otero lived briefly in Madrid and London before settling in New York City. ~ TiVo Staff
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World - Released January 14, 2008 | Nonesuch
On his 2008 Nonesuch Records debut, Argentine pianist/composer Fernando Otero deftly blends elements of jazz and classical music into a foundation of tango, making for a highly inventive and engaging sound. Many of Otero's pieces feature emotive violin and cello lines, bringing to mind the Kronos Quartet (see the tense "De Ahora En Mas"), yet his subtle piano work and the frequent presence of the bandoneon, a Latin instrument somewhat similar to the accordion, give the tracks a more peaceful and playful feel (the swaying "Musica De Circo"). By carefully balancing the avant-garde and the accessible, Otero has positioned himself as an artist to watch.
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