Argentine Talents: Walter Malosetti

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Walter Malosetti was one of the greatest jazz composers and guitarists of the country. The musician, who recently passed away, was born in Córdoba in the thirties and was a big influence on the Argentine jazz scene. During the fifties he played with some of the most significant local orchestras including Guardia Vieja Jazz Band, California Ramblers and The Georgians Jazz Band. In the sixties, he founded a jazz and guitar institute where many of the locally renowned names, such as Armando Alonso, Francisco Rivero and Botafogo, went to study. Throughout the following decades, he continued to teach and to play and record music, both locally and abroad. His style was highly influenced by swing music and he often cited Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt as his greatest influences.

Argentine Talents: Eduardo Falú

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Eduardo Falú was one of the most important folklore artists of the country. The guitarist, composer and singer, was known for his warm voice and for combining the traditional sounds of the northwestern region of the country, which is where he was from, and classical aspects of music, which he dedicated his life to studying.

 In the sixties and seventies he became one of the voices of the “nueva canción” in which folkloric elements combined with social protest, although he was less political than other renowned voices of this movement. He also composed music for words by the likes of Borges and Sábato.

Born in Salta, the influence of the region’s indigenous music marked him and he began to learn guitar on his own, at a local barbershop (it is rumored). The renowned artist passed away this past 9th of August at the age of ninety and the traditional sounds of his home and his soulful talent are ever present in his music, a rich addition to Argentine culture.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Don´t miss the exhibits of Argentine art at the MALBA featuring Matias Duville’s celebrated contemporary art, and a retrospective of Victor Grippo’s best work. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado where a tango peña will be held at 8.30pm. This Palermo-centered peña serves traditional food and stages live shows as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

Tuesday

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Rain is forecasted for Tuesday so it is a great chance to get to know some of the city’s indoor landmarks. Find some great rainy day suggestions in Buenos Aires here.

In the evening don´t miss the opening of the international guitar festival that will take place from the 2nd to the 14th of October.  The opening show will feature typical music from Argentina and Peru and begins at 8pm at Avenida Independencia 2880, San Telmo.

Wednesday

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October is a great month to visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) due to their recent remodeling and temporary showcase of an El Greco painting. Avda. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

The Colón Theatre is one of the most internationally renowned opera houses and during October it will be staging La Cenerentola (Cinderella) –Two act opera. 1817. Music by Gioachino Rossini and libretto by Giacopo Ferretti. Musical direction- Reinaldo Censabella. Mise en Scene- Sergio Renán. 3rd, 5th, and 7th of October. Tickets here.

Thursday

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The Buenos Aires Contemporary Dance Festival kicks off and brings renowned international and local acts to the city scene until the 8th!

Book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 35 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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The Buenos Aires Culinary Week kicks off with many discounts and special events. From 4pm-6pm there will be an outdoor cooking class at the Barrancas de Belgrano parks.

In the evening Linkin Park will be playing at GEBA. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

 

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

The International Buenos Aires Marathon will take place early on Saturday morning starting at 7.30pm from Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Monroe in Belgrano. More information here.

On Saturday evening Snow Patrol will stage a live show at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

On Sunday head to the Feria de Mataderos to experience gaucho traditions, folklore music and typical foods. (Take a cab to avoid getting lost as it is on the outskirts of the city).

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.