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Seeing Jazz with George Wein: The Pedro Giraudo Septet performs the music of Darcy James Argue
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 10/19/2012 at Symphony Space.

Known for leading The Secret Society, the idiosyncratic steam-punker Darcy James Argue engages in dialogue with jazz impresario George Wein, while The Pedro Giraudo Septet offers a performance of Argue's music on a smaller scale in the intimate Thalia setting.


"A wickedly intelligent dispatch from the fading border between orchestral jazz and post-rock and classical minimalism... radiates self-assurance, and an almost chilling steadiness of conviction." -The New York Times

+ About the Artists

Originally from Córdoba Argentina, Pedro Giraudo moved to New York City in 1996. Since then he has become a highly versatile bassist, composer and arranger, performing in a wide variety of musical projects, both his own award winning Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra 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. The band, whichboasts some of New York's finest jazz musicians, has performed regularly in the most prestigious jazz clubs in the New York City area, including the Jazz Standard, Birdland, The Jazz Gallery, Blue Note, Joe's Pub, as well as abroad. John Murph of Downbeat described Giraudo's music as "an opulent listening experience of modern, orchestral jazz, brimming with passionate improvisations, deliberate contrapuntal melodies and plush harmonies. Pedro Giraudo has also conducted the world renown WDR Big Band and Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.


Jazz Impresario George Wein is renowned for his work in organizing and booking music festivals, and in particular for creating the Newport Jazz Festival, an event that in the words of the late jazz critic Leonard Feather started the "festival era."


The Pedro Giraudo Septet

Todd Bashore, reeds

Tatum Greenblatt, trumpet & flugelhorn

Ryan Keberle, trombone

Jess Jurkovic, piano

Pedro Giraudo, bass & arrangements

Eric Doob, drums

Paulo Stagnaro, percussion

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