THE BEST LIVE MUSIC IN THE HAMPTONS IS AT YOUR HOUSE!

Posted on July 6, 2017

People who give the best, most memorable parties understand the special vibe of having live music.  For summer, nothing creates ambiance like the sounds of live music around the pool, on the terrace, for dinner or for dancing.

The 4th of July weekend is over and summer is off to a hot start.  Who will have the most memorable party in Hamptons this summer?

Cantaloupe Music Productions has a roster of top musicians.  By far the most popular is Brazilian music, and that’s our specialty.  We offer the best in Brazilian music of all types (bossa nova, samba, or heated up to carnival style), with ensembles small or large, and vocalists singing your favorite Brazilian classics.

We also offer top jazz ensembles, and can suggest other styles (have you ever listened to tango as just beautiful music. . . not just for dancing?  What about a vibes player—those cool sounds are wonderful on a hot summer evening?)  We have many suggestions for music that helps make beautiful, memorable parties.

We invite you to look and listen to some of the artists on our website (they are only a small sampling, but you will get a good idea of the range and the quality); check out some of our past clients and their kudos.  We’ve provided live music in the Hamptons for years.

Who will have the most memorable party in Hamptons this summer?  Call me personally  if you’d like to talk:

Ellen Azorin, President
212-724-2400.

 

 

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TWO-GROOM WEDDINGS

Posted on April 13, 2017

Cantaloupe Music Productions is proud to have provided music for several recent two-groom weddings, and we are impressed by how beautifully these weddings have been handled.  What a great breakthrough in the old  barriers to same-sex marriage!  How terrific that these couples can now enjoy the celebration of their commitment to one another.

If you’re out there and planning such a wedding, we invite you to contact us about music to help make your event as joyful and memorable as you dream of.  Brazilian music seems to be the most popular category, and we offer all styles at the highest level: from cool bossa nova to hot samba, with or without vocals.  We also offer small and larger jazz ensembles, and sometimes classical for the ceremony.  Talk to us—we’ll brainstorm with you!

As for two-bride weddings, we’re eager to provide music for them as well!

 

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SAMBA FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Posted on November 17, 2016

There’s nothing as uplifting and festive for a holiday party than Brazilian samba.  Anyone familiar with this music knows how its joyful rhythms are captivating, energizing, and unforgettable.

Cantaloupe Music Productions offers every variety of authentic Brazilian samba — from high-intensity carnaval shows, to the more sophisticated bossa nova so popular at parties.  Our roster includes ensembles that perform hot samba, smooth samba, vocalists, carnaval shows (with dancers and instruction if desired).  We are known as the “go-to” people for the highest level of authentic Brazilian performers available.  And we work with you to identify the music and the performers that are best suited for your event.

For more information and to discuss your event, call or email:
Ellen Azorin, President
Cantaloupe, Inc.
ellenazorin@gmail.com
212-724-2400

 

 

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TANGO IS NOT JUST FOR DANCING!

Posted on September 26, 2016

The word “tango” conjures up images of beautiful women and handsome men, long female legs in mile-high heels kicking out in improbable patterns and curling around their partners’ legs, intense expressions on faces. To learn to dance tango is a commitment and a passion. But don’t be fooled by the dance. You needn’t take a step onto the dance floor to appreciate the beauty of tango music—this is some of the most beautiful music ever written. From the old tango masters to the innovators like Piazzolla, the melodies and instrumentation are haunting. Here in the New York area, we are fortunate to be home to some of the finest tango musicians outside of Argentina.

When Cantaloupe Music Productions was founded 15 years ago, it was to provide an incomparable depth of resources in — not tango — Brazilian music. That is still our principal priority. But about 8 years ago, we were seduced. By tango! Today we work with the best of the best of the tango musicians, and the virtuosity of their playing is astounding.

Please visit some of the tango musicians we represent. They are the best of the best to be found living anywhere outside of their native Argentina.  Then invite tango into your life or event, as we have into ours:

Pedro Giraudo tango ensembles (trio, quartet, and full tango orchestra)

Urban Tango Trio

Los Chantas

Daniel Binelli and Polly Ferman

Soloists and special formations (upon request)

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It’s summer, it’s the Olympics, it’s BRAZIL!

Posted on May 25, 2016

JOIN THE EXCITEMENT: HAVE AN OLYMPICS PARTY WITH BRAZILIAN MUSIC!

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Cantaloupe Music can make your party an event to remember, with any and every kind of Brazilian music, from cool bossa nova to hottest samba, from small ensembles to full bands, from smooth vocals to irresistible percussion that will have guests up and dancing. Sample just a few of the bands on our roster — and we have lots more!

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ARGENTINE TANGO COMES TO BRYANT PARK IN NYC THIS WEDNESDAY MAY 18, 2016

Posted on May 13, 2016

Tango comes to Bryant Park!

Learn the steps and then dance to music from the Pedro Giraudo Quartet.

6-7pm: Dance Instruction
with instructors Mariana Parma and Mario De Camillis

7-8:30pm: Live Music and Dancing
with Pedro Giraudo Quartet

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Dale Fitzgerald, Jazz Gallery Founder, 1942-2015

Posted on March 31, 2015

Jazz Gallery Founder Dale Kelley Fitzgerald leaves behind a massive legacy that lives on in music, life and through the love of others

DaleFitzgeraldDale Kelley Fitzgerald, who co-founded New York’s prestigious Jazz Gallery in 1995 and was its Executive Director until 2009, died on March 20 after a long struggle with cancer. He was 72.

His life and legacy will be celebrated in the coming months at The Jazz Gallery —more details to be announced.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts in the wake of his passing, his family is asking that donations be made to his son Gabriel’s education fund, HERE.

*photo courtesy of Ingrid Hertfelder

 

 

 

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Los Chantas, the great tango quartet, now on our roster

Posted on September 15, 2014

Los Chantas are a New York-based tango ensemble, whose repertoire draws from the great Argentine tango traditions — from the guardia vieja to the present. The group, consisting of some of the finest interpreters of tango in the area, has been playing in milongas, clubs, theaters, and other venues in and around New York since its inception in 2002. With their virtuoso arrangements of songs by tango masters like Gardel, Troilo, Plaza, Salgán, Piazzolla, and others, Los Chantas brings the passion and beauty of tango music to life at the highest level.
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EMILIO TEUBAL, piano
DAVID HODGES, bandoneón
SERGIO REYES, violin
PEDRO GIRAUDO , double bass

Available for milongas, concerts, festivals, or a special treat at a cocktail reception. YOu don’t have to dance tango to appreciate this gorgeous music!

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A sad farewell to the great Octavio Brunetti

Posted on August 29, 2014

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Our dear friend and great talent, Argentine pianist Octavio Brunetti died peacefully at 12:25am today, August 29th. His friends and family, colleagues, and anyone who met him were constantly touched by his tremendous humanity, and that makes the loss even greater.

It was our privilege to hear him perform many times during the eight years since he came to New York from Rosario, Argentina. He leaves behind a legacy of great music and much love.

Gracias, maestro, we will remember you always.

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Pedro Giraudo jazz events in Spring 2014

Posted on March 15, 2014

Acclaimed composer and bandleader, Argentine-born Pedro Giraudo has captivated audiences everywhere with his music. Full of passion and energy, upbeat rhythms and beautiful harmonies, the music grooves with Argentine underpinnings, masterfully weaving together pre-composed and improvised elements — and performed by some of the top instrumentalists on the jazz scene today. His two most recent CDs won top honors, two years in succession, in Latin Jazz Corner’s “Best Of” awards, and the latest, “Córdoba,” was the winner, best jazz album, Independent Music Awards Pop poll 2013.

The Pedro Giraudo “Expansions” Big Band will be at the Jazz Standard on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM.

They’ll also perform in Sextet formation at the Kitano Hotel jazz room on Thursday, March 20, 2014, sets at 8:00 and 10:00 PM.

And on June 20, the Pedro Giraudo “Expansions” Big Band will be at ZincBar with an early set at 7:00 and a second set at 8:30 PM.

 

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