Artist Spotlight: Gustavo Casenave

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The Grammy-nominated musician is active as a pianist, composer, producer and educator.

Night of Tango
7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21
The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64105
Tickets $20-$60 • Purchase tickets online or call the Folly Box Office at 816-474-4444

Gustavo Casenave is a pianist, composer, producer, educator and four-time Latin Grammy nominee. He is an active performer in the jazz and contemporary classical worlds, is active in the Tango world as a composer, pianist and educator, and has toured throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Central America and United States.

A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, he received the prestigious Organization of American States scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, he received the Professional Music Achievement award. In 1996, his composition Fragiltimer for the Past Future was named one of Berklee’s 10 best original compositions in last 30 years.

Gustavo was Bette Midler’s musical director for two years, as well as her accompanist and private teacher. He has performed and collaborated with such diverse artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Duvall, Mark Egan, Jane Ira Bloom, Neil Sedaka, Manolo Badrena, John Benitez, Federico Britos, Miguel Zenon, Avishai Cohen, Charlie Persip, Pedro Giraudo, Nestor Torres, Ray Vega and Héctor del Curto.

His discography includes 11 albums as a bandleader. His most recent recordings are Conversations with Vladimir Stowe and Dual (2017) and Mi Familia and Global (2016). He has recorded with numerous artists on such labels as Baltic Records, Zoho Records, Fula Records, Kamikatze Records, Watchcraft Music and Green Parrot Records.

MacKenzie ReedArtist Spotlight: Gustavo Casenave