An Argentinian in New York
On November 29, 2016, the WDR Big Band performed a program of six of my compositions to a packed house at the WDR Funkhaus in Köln. Here I was, an Argentinean who had come to New York 20 years prior, conducting one of the great big bands in the world – in Germany!
After releasing five remarkable albums performed by various formats of jazz ensembles, his gaze was captured by the glint of tango. Giraudo hails from the birthplace of tango, Argentina, and so this album is a homecoming of sorts. A man revisiting the music of his country and culture, contributing not something homespun but tantalizing and suggestive.
Cuentos, showcases the talents of many of New York’s most in-demand instrumentalists and allows the leader’s composing and arranging prowess to take center stage. The results are as uniformly innovative as they are commanding. (2015)
A stunning new big band release from New York-based bassist-composer Pedro Giraudo features eight originals, all powerful musical memories of his Argentinean home province, Córdoba. (2011)
Desconsuelo is a special piece of work. It’s broad, dramatic and majestic. Giraudo’s arrangements draw from early Ellington, and Gil Evans, and modern big band orchestration and work over traditional rhythms from Argentina. This is modern jazz and Latin music at its best. (2006)
Pedro Giraudo’s exciting New York City octet which showcases compositions, that combine jazz, tango, South American and Argentine folk music. (2003)
Destiny of Flowers
My very first CD as a band leader. A live recording at my graduation recital at Manhattan School of Music. Unfortunately this is CD is out of print. (2000)
Urban Tango Trio
Formed in 2008 in New York City. Three awesomely talented virtuoso musicians capture the passion and excitement of Argentine tango in a repertoire ranging from traditional favorites, to contemporary interpretations.
Blue and Violet
Both Jess Jurkovic and Pedro Giraudo have an extraordinary musical rapport, and create a special kind of magic — a perfect balance of harmony and rhythm.