Routinely drawing comparisons with such legendary exponents of his instrument as Andrés Segovia, Pablo Sáinz Villegas has already appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious stages as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and most recently at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Known for a sound so rich and full that it does not need amplification, his concerto performances regularly inspire new invitations and immediate reengagements as a featured soloist with orchestras in more than 30 countries, including Pittsburgh, Bergen and Israel Philharmonic, as well as Cincinnati, Spanish National and Denmark Symphonies. He made a series of important debuts under the baton of Frühbeck de Burgos, and has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with conductors including Juanjo Mena, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Carlos Kalmar, Michael Francis, Gustavo Gimeno and Cristian Macelaru.
Sáinz Villegas wrapped up a thriving 2015-16 season, performing on a floating stage on the Amazon River with Plácido Domingo, which was live streamed worldwide to millions. Additionally, he gave the world premiere of Rounds, the first composition for guitar by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams, and accomplished a summer tour through Japan with the National Orchestra of Spain. The 17-18 season will see Sáinz Villegas debuting at Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra at the Millennium Park in Chicago, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo and Orquesta de Minería in Mexico City, to name a few. Sáinz Villegas will also be playing concerts throughout the United States with several performances worldwide, including New York’s 92nd Street Y, Urbana’s Krannert Center, Napa Valley’s Lincoln Theater and at South Miami-Dade Cultural Center.
Sáinz Villegas continuously searches for ways to communicate with young audiences and to inspire them with music. A born communicator, the guitarist explains: “Music is among things we cannot touch and that is what makes it most powerful”. Over the last decade, he has created projects that bring music beyond the performance halls, reaching more than 15,000 children and youth through volunteering his time, establishing music programs, visiting schools and creating unique community activities around the globe. His efforts have granted him invitations to play for both the Dalai Lama and the Spanish Royal Family.
Pablo will be accompanied by bassist Pedro Giraudo and percussionist Nacho Arimany.
Originally from Córdoba Argentina, Pedro Giraudo is a highly versatile bassist, composer, conductor and arranger. He performs in a wide variety of musical projects, both with his own award-winning ensembles and as a member of several prominent ensembles in genres ranging from tango to jazz. Pedro Giraudo has collaborated with Pablo Ziegler, Paquito D'Rivera, jazz living legends Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garret, violin virtuoso Philippe Quint and Latin American icon Ruben Blades, with whom he won two GRAMMYS.
He has participated in numerous jazz and music festivals throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and performed in venues such as The Blue Note (Japan & USA), Birdland (Austria & USA), London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Jazz Festival Royale in Thailand, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Jazz Standard, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (NYC). Pedro Giraudo has also conducted the world-renowned WDR Big Band and Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.
Giraudo has played bass on dozens of recordings for the world's leading labels including Sony, Warner, Nonesuch, Naxos and Harmonia Mundi, and on movies including Oliver Stone's 'Wall Street II'. He is also the principal bassist of the Música de Cámara String Orchestra. Pedro Giraudo is endorsed by the gold standard in string makers: D'Addario and the outstanding Keeley Electronics. His award winning discography includes 'Cuentos' (Zoho 2014), 'Córdoba' (Zoho Music 2011), 'El Viaje' (2009), 'Desconsuelo' (2005), 'Mr Vivo' (2002) and 'Destiny of Flowers' (2000).
Nacho Arimany is a master ethnic percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. His music career began at age six as a classical piano student and singer with the Spanish National Choir and Orchestra, and he now works as a producer, performer, musician, educator and musician for the brain.
Arimany's critically-acclaimed first album with the Nacho Arimany World-Flamenco Sextet, Silence-Light (2007, Fresh Sound Records), was considered one of the 10 top Jazz Albums of the Year by All About Jazz. Arimany has performed and recorded with Lionel Loueke, Lizz Wright, Angelique Kidjo, Farah Siraj, among others. In 2014 Arimany debuted "inTime", a 9-CD rhythm-based, therapeutic music-listening method designed to improve brain function, at Rockefeller University. It was composed, performed and produced by Arimany, in collaboration with Sheila Allen and Advanced Brain Technologies.
His has garnered acclaim around the world as a flamenco percussionist and innovator, and has performed with legends like Joaquin Cortés , Rocío Molina, Rafaela Carrasco, Manuel Liñan.