Archive for August 28th, 2010

1899, August 28 -birth of PEDRO MAFFIA

Composer, Leader, Bandoneonist (Virgo) – he grew up in a destitute family with a brutal father who would beat him and force him to beg for money…he ran away to the house of the legendary “Negra Maria” likely brothel owner and mother of several musicians by different fathers and … his marginal living came from playing in cheap bars in the outskirts of town…one day while playing in the village of Punta Arena he was discovered by Carlos Gardel and Jose Razzano…Roberto Firpo, later asked him to join his orchestra…like Juan Maglio “Pacho”, he was one of the first to play the bandoneon “a capella”…he formed his first orchestra in 1926.

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As a bandoneon player he was different from the others; like Juan Maglio “Pacho”, he was one of the first to play bandoneon “a capella”…his was a gentle, nuanced, unhurried style all the while  playing in an unright  posture. Several of his compositions like  “Amurado” (1927) for example, continue being highly popular with dancers and performers…Anibal Troilo would write a tango in his honor, “A Pedro Maffia…he starred in the mythical film “Tango” directed by Luis Moglia Barth and released in 1933

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