December 21, 2014
Escalandrum: outstanding cultural personalities
They rub shoulders with such great jazz performers as Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Paquito D’Rivera and Ute Lemper, and yet, the Argentine sextet Escalandrum, headed by Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla and rightly named among the Konex Prize’s Top 100 Argentine Performers of the last decade.
Honouring their long-standing trajectory, Escalandrum and Pipi Piazzolla will today receive a plaque acknowledging their status as Outstanding Culture Personalities.
Aside from this official recognition, Escaladrum are widely known and referred to Argentina’s Internationial Jazz Ambassors. In addition, Escalandrum’s leader will be named Outstanding Cultural Personality by the City Legislature.
Escalandrum are: Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla on drums, Nicolás Guerschberg on piano, Mariano Sívori on double bass, Gustavo Musso on alto and soprano saxophone, Damián Fogiel on tenor and Martín Pantyrer on clarinet.
The event will take place at the Legislature’s premises at Perú 160 in downtown BA. The event will be followed by a brief but no less intense performance by Escalandrum, with free admission.
Celebrating Escalandrum’s 15th anniversary, the band have carried out a multiplicity of activities — such as their acclaimed participation at the Montreal Jazz Festival — and a concert with singer-actress Elena Roger. Next on their schedule is a gig at the Teatro Coliseo, and the launch of their new album Las cuatro estaciones porteñas.
In late October they will travel to Mexico for the Festival Cervantino, and will return to that country in November to perform with folk-pop singer Julieta Venegas at the Guadalajara International Book Fair.
The Escalandrum/Venegas event will be a concert “in synch with Piazzolla’s Music.” How much more Piazzollian can you get?