Marcelo Cardozo

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Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, his first teachers were Quique Sinesi and Lito Epumer. Later he attended the "Seminario de Iniciación en Jazz" given by Ricardo Pellican at the Conservatorio Municipal Manuel de Falla.

Then he got a degree at the Escuela de Música Popular de Avellaneda (EMPA), where he pursued a Major in Jazz Performance and Musicianship. The four years curriculum included Tango and Argentine Folklorical Music studies, Harmony, Orchestration, Composition and Music Arrangements. At the EMPA Armando Alonso was his guitar teacher. There he became the guitarist of the Orquesta de Jazz de la Escuela de Música Popular, conducted by Dante D'Iorio.

In 1988 he won a full scholarship for the "Seminario de Jazz del Valle de Las Leñas" in Mendoza, given by Peter Sprague from San Diego, California. Besides all the mentioned he also attended to workshops that such artists as Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, Scott Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson and Herbie Hancock gave on their visits to Buenos Aires.

(image) Early in his career he joined a number of bands besides working steadily with his band that included guitarist Gustavo Sadofschi, bassist Guillermo Vadalá and drummer Alejandro Barrera

Later he started a musical collaboration with the singer Guadalupe Raventos. After performing as a duet for a couple of years they set up a quartet by adding the bassist Paco Weht and the drummer Aníbal Barbieri, with which he performed for about 10 years under the stagename of Lullabop. The quartet performed in all the club circuit of Buenos Aires, international Jazz festivals and spaces dedicated to this style: Jazzología, Ciclo de Conciertos en Patio Bullrich, Festival Internacional MardelJazz, etc., cultural events and TV shows.

Their first recording was as a guest in an anthology CD dedicated to the great pianist and composer Cole Porter. This CD, "Tribute to Porter" produced and released by Melopea Discos, features two songs performed by the quartet.

In May 1995 he recorded "At Last", Lullabop's debut album, also produced and distributed by the label Melopea Discos. In this CD the pianists Horacio Larumbe and Alberto Favero, the sax player Bernardo Baraj and composer Litto Nebbia were featured as guest musicians. The record won them a nomination for the A.C.E.'s (Asociación Cronistas del Espectáculo) Music Awards in the "Revelation" category.

Later that year his duet with G. Raventos merged with the singer Graciela Cosceri and the pianist Juan José Hermida's duet. Both duets performed together in several shows at El Club del Vino and Oliverio Jazz & Blues.

(image) Some other musicians who performed as part of Lullabop were the bassists Oscar Giunta and Alan Ballan, the drummers Oscar Giunta Jr., Daniel Piazzolla, Marcos Baggiani and Sebastián Peyceré, the pianist Diego Schissi and the saxofonist Rodrigo Domínguez. Besides his work with Lullabop he was hired by other groups to play concerts and recording sessions. In 1997 he led a house band quintet, hosting the "100 % Blues" jam-session at the Centro Cultural Imagema every Friday night.

In October 1998, the quartet was invited to play at a Jazz Festival in New York. The rhythm section got completed by the local musicians Mike Benjamin on bass and Ron Brown on drums.

Back in Buenos Aires he was engaged as a member of the Ruben Ferrero Ensamble performing at the "Jorge Luis Borges Auditorium" in the National Library. One of the shows, "Sudamérica, El Rito Viviente", was a tribute to the poet Armando Tejada Gómez author of many Argentine folklorical lyrics and showcased songs from each South American country. Contemporaneously, he was featured as a guest guitarist in some Ferrero's albums.

During those years in Buenos Aires he kept giving private guitar lessons. He also was part of the teachers staff at the Taller Escuela de Música y Artes (T.E.M.A.), the Escuela de Música Ruben Ferrero and the Centro Cultural Imagema.


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