Archive for October 8th, 2010

1915, October 8 – BIRTH OF ALBERTO MANCIONE

Bandeonist, Leader, Composer (Libra) – a self-taught musician, by the age of 15 he was already making the rounds of the clubs looking for gigs to play…in the day time he was a butcher’s assistant proud of his ability to carry the heavy beef carcasses on his back…at the age of 19 he had his first professional offer when he was recruited into the Jose Figeroa Trio…radio appearances followed and with recognition came the invitations to play in important orchestras

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Greatly influenced by the legendary Troilo, in 1938 he organized his first orchestra, “Tipica Armenonville”, to fullfill a contract at the classy Palermo Palace…the name of another of his orchestras “Los Dados Blancos” (the white dice) came to him when a tailor inadvertently placed the symbol of a dice on custom-made shirts he had ordered…he missed one opportunity to go to Europe and for the rest of his career he maintained a busy schedule in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay……the tango “Ventarron” became associated with his orchestra

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1955, October 7 – BIRTH OF YO YO MA

Cellist (Libra) – born in Paris to Chinese parents, his mother was a singer and his father a professor of music…the family moved to New York City when he was five years old…at the age of 4 , he began studying violin and in time a child prodigy emerged…he began performing at the age of 5 and by the age of 7 he had performed for presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy…he studied at the Julliard School of Music and the universitys of Columbia and Harvard…..

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Ma’s primary performance cello nicknamed Petunia, was built by Domenico Montagna in 1733…it was once accidentally lost in a taxicab in New York City and later, miraculously recovered undamaged…in 1977, he  married his long-time girlfriend Jill Hornor, a German language professor…in 1997 he released, to rave reviews,  “Soul of the Tango” an LP interpreting Astor Piazzolla’s music…one critic called it “the perfect combination of two eclectic geniuses”

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