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Rodolfo Mederos to stage concert, ‘Un Bandoneon En Manila’, on July 16

Latin Grammy Award nominee and renowned Argentine bandoneonist, composer and arranger Rodolfo Mederos will stage a concert entitled “Un Bandoneon En Manila” on July 16, 8:00pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

Latin Grammy Award nominee and renowned Argentine bandoneonist, composer and arranger Rodolfo Mederos will stage a concert entitled “Un Bandoneon En Manila” on July 16, 8:00pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

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Mederos was scheduled to perform with his group at CCP last July 9, 2016 but the concert was cancelled due to inclement weather.

For the July 16th concert, Mederos will be joined by a String Quartet from the Manila Symphony Orchestra. The String Quartet is composed of Benjamin Caaway on first violin, Maria Lourdes Miguel on second violin, Lauro Valentino on viola and John Paolo Anorico on cello.

Armando dela Vega on guitar and Sergio Rivas on double-bass will no longer be part of the concert on July 16th.

Tickets for the postponed concert on July 9 will be honored.

The event is made possible by the Embassy of the Argentine Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Presidency of the Argentine Republic, in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and supported by Rustan’s, Ralph’s Wines & Spirits, Titania Wine Cellar, Werdenberg International Corporation and Art +.

In 2000, Mederos was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Tango Album for Eterno Buenos Aires (1999), which featured him performing with a quintet comprised also of pianist Hernán Posetti, violinist Damián Bolotín, guitarist Armando de la Vega, and double bassist Sergio Rivas. His successive two albums Las Veredas de Saturno (2000) won a Gardel Award in 2001 while Tangos (2000), a collaborative album with Nicolás “Colacho” Brizuela, earned a Latin Grammy Award nomination in 2001. Mederos commenced the Comunidad-Intimidad-Soledad trilogy — Comunidad (2006), Intimidad (2007), and Soledad (2007) — the first entry in which earned him a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best Tango Album in 2007.

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Aside from being a performer, Mederos is also a biologist, filmmaker, carpenter, teacher and collector. According to his official website, his forceful personality has produced a profound effect on tango, developing a style fraught with popular essence and emotion, and drawing from every single note he strikes a myriad of deep roots and good taste. He has never conceived tango to be a mere local expression, unlike other genres of folk compositions. As a composer, Rodolfo Mederos covers the gamut from popular to symphonic pieces for different instrumental groups. As a performer, he expresses deep-felt musicality. In addition, he has also carved out a career as a teacher and writer of both bandoneon-related matters as well as tango composition and orchestration. The bandoneon, which Mederos performs with, is a type of concertina (a free-reed musical instrument similar to the accordion and the harmonica) particularly popular in Argentina, Uruguay, and Lithuania.

Mederos performed as guest soloist in the last concert of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s 32nd Classics Season at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in April 2015.

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