Night of Tango Guest Artists

A remarkably fluid player who is equally comfortable in Tango, jazz and chamber settings, Héctor Del Curto won the 2018 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album with the Pablo Ziegler Trio, for the album Jazz Tango.Héctor’s artistic lineage can be traced to Tango master Astor Piazzolla and the Tango legend Osvaldo Pugliese.In 1999, Héctor received the Golden Note Award from the Italian-American Network in recognition of his artistic achievements. He was the music director of Forever Tango on Broadway and founded the Eternal Tango Orchestra, a 10-piece ensemble. Since its Lincoln Center début in 2003, the Eternal Tango Orchestra (now the Héctor Del Curto Tango Orchestra) returned to Lincoln Center for three more engagements and performed at other various venues.

His celebrated quintet has appeared in venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Fiesta Iberoamericano de las Artes in Puerto Rico, Festival Internacional da Safona and Copa Fest in Brazil, among many others.

A musician who is dedicated to the education, outreach and preservation of tango music, Héctor founded the Stowe Tango Music Festival, the premier tango music festivalnoted both for its unique series of performances and its high level of musical training. As the festival’s artistic director, he directs the Stowe Tango Music Festival Orchestra, a 20-plus piece Tango orchestra comprised of an extraordinary group of selected students from all over the globe and world-class artists.

Héctor has performed with such musical luminaries as jazz saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, jazz violinst Regina Carter, saxophonist Joe Lovano and violinist Cho-Liang Lin. He has appeared with prestigious orchestras such as Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mobile Symphony and Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.
He has released two recordings as a bandleader: his debut, Eternal Tango, released in 2007, and Eternal Piazzolla, released in 2013.

Gustavo is a pianist, composer, producer, educator and Latin Grammy winner. 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.

As an educator, Gustavo is a former director of the Jazz Department at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New York City. He also lectures and leads master classes at the Juilliard School and is a faculty member at the Stowe Tango Music Festival in Vermont. He also taught at New York University, Yale, the University of Florida, University of Uruguay, Waldorf Schule (Austria) and Klagenfurt Music Conservatory (Aust

In 2012, Gustavo returned to Uruguay to participate in the series The Greatest Uruguayan Musicians. The Uruguayan newspaper El País described him as: “…one
of the best pianists our country has….” Other recognition includes the Con Edison Composers Residency Award and New Music USA Grant, both in 2013. In 2007, his Tango Casenave Show was officially declared “of national and cultural interest” by the Uruguayan Government.

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.

As a composer, he has composed and arranged more than 200 works. He composed the music for the 2007 film La Cascara and he won the Belgian Artistic Promotion at the Europe Jazz Contest in 1999.

Hailed by the New York Times as an “…exuberant [and] virtuosic…” Gustavo is a Steinway & Sons Artist.

Beau Bledsoe performs and records classical music, jazz and folkloric music from around the world as he seeks to integrate different musical cultures with diverse audiences. Through his many varied projects and ensembles, Beau has toured extensively throughout Europe, Russia, South America and North America in addition to producing fifteen recordings under his recording label Tzigane. Beau is currently artistic director and founder of Ensemble Iberica which explores the music of Spain, Portugal and the colonial Americas. His Southern roots have recently led him to begin performing the Country and Western music that he grew up with in Little Rock, Arkansas. Beau is a former member of Bach Aria Soloists with whom he collaborated for nearly a decade.

Jeff Harshbarger has had quite an eclectic career. He is a prolific composer and bandleader, and has recorded and performed across the globe with such varied groups as Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Bobby Watson, Curtis Fuller, Forever Tango, Eugene Chadborne, Mitt Abel, Forever Tango and Bach Aria Soloists. He is a co-founder of Tzigane Music, an artist- run collective and record label, and is the curator of Jeff Harshbarger Presents: An Alternative Jazz Series, promoting new improvised music in Kansas City.

Jeff has received numerous grants and awards, including the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Fellowship, the Steans Institute Fellowship, the Creative Capital Foundation’s Professional Development Grant and the 2015 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award. He was recently an Artist in Residence for Escape to Create in Seaside, Florida. In 2007, he was voted Kansas City’s Best Bassist by The Pitch.

Jeff hosts Jazz in the Afternoon, 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays on 90.1 FM KKFI.

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