Archive for August 19th, 2011


Composer, Leader, Pianist (Leo) – a sensitive man with a strong sense of social justice, a dedicated communist, Fulvio Salamanca was often harassed and imprisoned by different governments and banned from radio and television; a fate suffered by another great pianist Osvaldo Pugliese…his mentor Juan D’arienzo, more than once kept his orchestra waiting as he went to take Fulvio out of jail…in the eyes of some cognoscenti, Fulvio was perhaps the best tango pianist of all time…Fulvio Salamanca was born in the city of Santa Fe and from an early age he began to demonstrate a gift for music…he began to study music at the age of six and by the age of 12 he had graduated with a degree as a music teacher…at the age of 14 he formed his first orchestra “Mickey”, with the neighborhood kids which began playing in the area clubs and cafes…four years later, the already renown Juan D’arienzo Orchestra was touring in his area and some one recommended the young pianist to D’arienzo….D’areinzo summoned him for an audition and hired him immediately; it was the beginning of a collaboration that was to last 17 years


During his tenure with the orchestra he recorded 17 numbers beginning with “Entre Dos Fuegos” composed by Lopez Buchardo…in the early months of 1957 he decided to take the plunge and form his own orchestra which debuted on Radio Splendid; a testimonial to his professionalism and reputation was that he managed to convince the great violinist Elvino Vardaro to join him…his first two recordings “Chique” and “Alma In Pena” were hits and would become classics…the vocalists Luis Correa and Armando Guerrico would join him and record several hits including “Flor Del Valle” and the Pugliese classic “Recuerdo”…among his innovations were included Japanese folk songs recorded in a tango beat; this led to an invitation to tour Japan which included all the major cities and the recording of 24 tangos for the Japanese Victor label…his compositons include “Toma Estas Monedas” and his greatest hit “Sepenoporipitapa”