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Piano-Plus Jazz Concert to Benefit New Orleans Musicians Clinic with Fernando Otero on Piano and Nicolas Danielson on Violin at AC Pianocraft, Inc.

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner and AC Pianocraft, Inc.
Piano-Plus Jazz Series to Benefit New Orleans Musicians Clinic

Nine Concerts, Once/Month
October, 2005 through June, 2006
Monday Evenings
8:00 - 10:00 PM
$20/Ticket, At the Door, Includes 8 - 10 PM Concert, Wine, and Hors d'Oeuvres
PLUS! A Spa Raffle for a Choice Treatment at !
(Bring Business Cards)

Second Event
(See a Review of the Opening Night Event)

Fernando Otero on Piano and Nicolas Danielson on Violin
(See Fernando Otero TWINZ CD Review)
(See Fernando Otero TWINZ Event at Iridium)
Fernando Otero on an Elegant Restored Steinway Piano
Nicolas Danielson on an Elegant, Restored Violin

A. C. Pianocraft, Inc.
333 West 52nd Street
NY, NY 10019
Ask for Alex
(See a Showroom and Piano Restoration Tour
and Owner Interview at A. C. Pianocraft, Inc.

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 7, 2005


(Program Notes Courtesy of Fernando Otero). All compositions by Fernando Otero,

Except Solo Violin, La Cumparsita, by Vicente Matos Rodriguez.

El Circulo Rojo (the red circle). This piece contains a long piano improvised solo with an ostinato played with the left hand.

Aguaribay This is a slow piece with lyricism, the violin *sings *, while the
piano plays chords and arpeggios very, very softly, like water.

Sublevados Mutiny This work has a long piano introduction with rhythm, from the CD X-Tango: Plan, track number five.

Ausencias This is a slow ballad.

Manifestacion This is a jazz waltz with moments of silence and suspension.

Globalizacion This is a fast piece, a typical sample of the music of the CD, X Tango. and AC Pianocraft, Inc. are Co-Producers of a Piano-Plus Jazz Series, a series of Benefits for New Orleans Musicians Clinic (Post-Hurricane Katrina), held in the elegant showroom of AC Pianocraft, Inc., Midtown West, NYC. Owner Alex Kostakis generously provided an antique, hand-restored Steinway for Fernando Otero to play, as well as seating for the capacity crowd of 100 for this second night.

Fernando Otero and Nick Danielson (who was the Fiddler in the Broadway Show, Fiddler on the Roof, and who is Associate Concertmaster of NYC Ballet), played for over one hour tonight in an edgy, ethereal, and always engaging manner, with roots in Argentine Tango and classical genres. The duos were peppered with some dialogue by Fernando that added warmth and humor to the serious nature of these interesting and innovative compositions. Nick Danielson played one very virtuosic violin solo, the infamous La Cumparsita, which can be for Tango or for listening, and, in this case, was a classically infused and riveting interpretation. Check the various links on this page to see past reviews and photos at Tango Milongas of both Fernando and Nick. Both musicians are well known in the NY and international Argentine Tango community.

You can check for Fernandoís upcoming schedule.

The growing list of additional sponsors of this Series includes: and Robert Abrams, Webmaster of, (gift certificate raffles), a new Brazilian Spa on West 56th Street at 8th Avenue, NYC; Matles Florist (Flower Arrangements), TWINZ Records (Sound Equipment), Zuni Restaurant , 9th Avenue at 43rd Street (Buffet Platters), Amish Market , 9th Avenue at 49th Street (Buffet Platters), Amarone Restaurant at 9th Avenue at 48h Street (Buffet Platters), (Publicity), Hot House Jazz Magazine (Publicity), Argentine Consulate (Publicity).

Plus assistance from , Ray & Frank Liquor on 9th Avenue at 48th Street, Leah Cash at AC Pianocraft, Inc., Longacre Copy Center on West 56th Street, Other AC Pianocraft, Inc. Staff, and Bethany Ewald Bultman of New Orleans Musicians Clinic, NOMC Program Director

Future Piano-Plus events in this nine-event jazz series are:

December 5, 2005, Jim Ridl Jazz Piano Duo, with Diane Monroe on Violin. (See Jim Ridlís CD and Performance Reviews).

January 9, 2006, Alon Yavnai Piano Trio, Jazz with Middle-Eastern and South American Influences, with Massimo Biolcati on Bass and Take Toriyama on Drums.

February 6, 2006, Hendrik Meurkens - Helio Alves Brazilian-Jazz Piano Duo, with Hendrik Meurkens on Harmonica.

March 13, 2006, Harry Allen Saxophone with Brazilian Trio da Paz Plus, on Piano, Bass, Drums, Vocals, and More.

April 3, 2006, Daryl Sherman Piano Vocals with Loren Schoenberg on Saxophone.

May 1, 2006, Latin Jazz Surprise.

June 5, 2006, Two sets: Tango and World Fusion (Duo Pianos with Maurizio Najt and Thomas Barth), and a New Orleans Mix with Lenore Raphael Trio and Kuni Mikami Duo Piano.

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