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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Need a jingle in Brazilian Portuguese to run during World Cup?

Posted on January 16, 2014

Millions of eyes and ears will be tuning in during the World Cup in Brazil.  What’s the best way to record authentic Brazilian Portuguese for your jingle, so it can be seen and heard?  Our roster of Brazilian female and male vocalists can translate and record for you — either in New York or in Brazil.  More information, email Cantaloupe Music Productions president, <> or call us at 212-724-2400.

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World Cup Brazil! Have live Brazilian music at your NY event!

Posted on January 15, 2014

In June 2014, the World Cup returns to Brazil for the first time since 1950, and the media are full of everything Brazilian: not just the “futebol,” but all the excitement of Brazilian music and the exuberant spirit of Brazilian people.

Cantaloupe Music Productions, based in New York, is a music-booking agency that specializes in the best Brazilian music being performed by Brazilian artists in the Greater New York area. Whether hot samba, cool bossa nova, high energy carnaval, great percussion groups, forró, axé, choro. . . whether for large events, weddings, cocktail receptions, special celebrations, or small parties, Cantaloupe can bring the spirit of Brazil to any event. And we’ve never met anyone who didn’t love Brazilian music!

Not sure what kind of music is right for your event? For ideas, recommendations, specific bands or custom formations, call or email directly to founder and president, Ellen Azorin: 212-724-2400, <>.


(Here’s just one of the many great Brazilian bands on our roster! Check out the many styles of Brazilian music we offer!BelezaBrazil2006

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A month of “Music from the World of Orchids” at the NY Botanical Gardens Annual Orchid Show

Posted on February 25, 2013

The beauty of orchids is enhanced by the beauty of music from countries all over the word where orchids grow, at the NY Botanical Garden, starting March 2, 2013, Saturdays & Sundays, performances at 1 & 3 p.m. in Ross Hall.

Among the performers are:

March 9 & 10
Be transported to the historic cobblestoned streets of Lisbon and beyond by Nathalie and her ensemble, known as “Manhattan Camerata,” performing the melodic and soulful “national music” of Portugal, called fado. In her sweet, crystal clear voice packed with emotion, she sings this melodic, soulful, hauntingly beautiful music accompanied by virtuoso guitars.
And did you know. . .?  Portugal is home to the man orchid (Orchis anthropophora). The flowers on these orchids have a striking resemblance to little men.

March 16 & 17
Listen in on the musical traditions of Africa, performed by vocalist Kaïssa with poise and precision. Her vocal timbre invokes aural images of her native Cameroon and her music paints a lush, vivid picture of the ever-changing world around her. Her beautiful, powerful, yet silky voice sings out exuberant messages of joy, love, hope, and celebration.
And did you know. . .?  The 91 species of Satyrium occur mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. The genus was given its name because the two spurs on the lip of the orchid reminded botanists of Satyr—the woodland demigod that was half man and half goat.

March 30, 31, & April 1
Enjoy some authentic Cuban Son music performed by a quartet from the ensemble Nu D’Lux, consisting of vocals, Conga, Cuban Tres guitar, bass, flute, and percussion. Their energy is irresistible and their sound incorporates Afro- Cuban and Afro-Puerto Rican vocal stylings, and they can groove from the sweetest Son to funky modern Cuban, Rumba, and Danzón.
And did you know. . .?  Tolumnia sylvestre is a dainty epiphytic orchid that grows on the branches of shrubs in Cuba. It was once thought to be a terrestrial orchid since it is often found growing in pine needle litter but it was discovered that the roots of the orchid did not penetrate the ground—it wraps its tiny roots around pine needles and sits above ground.

Celebrate the joyful spirit of Brazil, with its irresistible rhythms ranging from samba to choro to bossa nova. Brazilian guitarist Carlos Almeida and ensemble present this program of captivating, lively, and beautiful Brazilian music.
And did you know. . .?  Aganisia cyanea is a showy true blue orchid that grows in wet lowland rain forests of Brazil. During the monsoon season the orchid, which grows on lower sections of large trees, can be submerged in flood water for weeks without any harm.

To learn more about the Annual Orchid Show, visit or call 718.817.8700. To learn more about any of the performers above, click on the links.

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Thoughts for Thanksgiving 2012, Ellen Azorin

Posted on November 21, 2012


Appreciate your losses.
Muse on them.
Hurt for them.
Cry for them.
And then, when you are done,
be thankful for them.
Remember who or what you’ve lost.
Re-live how they enriched your life
and what you might have been
if they had not been part of it.
Honor the losses.

Appreciate your mistakes.
Consider the many wrong roads taken,
the sidetracks, the dead ends,
and where you finally arrived.
Ponder all the lessons you might have missed
had you followed the straight and narrow.
Be glad you wandered.

Appreciate frustration, anger,
helplessness, anxiety, and despair.
Don’t run away, run towards them,
wallow in them,
wail about them—
you will always emerge
more powerful and prepared.
Understand the dark side.

Appreciate love,
even if it is past.
The obvious truth here:
if you’ve known it once,
you are capable of having it again.
Celebrate the possibilities.

Appreciate the light
that illuminates everything,
whether sunlight, moonlight,
a lamp or a candle,
or the first rays thrown against the back garden.
In the light, if you look hard enough,
you can always find beauty.
Turn your face skyward.

Appreciate yesterday.
It may have been tumultuous,
it may have been full of joy,
but it’s part of you now,
and if you don’t hold on to it,
you will need to reinvent yourself
over and over,
never growing larger in knowledge or spirit.
Embrace the past.

Appreciate tomorrow,
but do this carefully,
because you can’t know it
until it’s upon you,
and if you create it too soon
in your imperfect mind,
you lose the joy of surprise
and risk the sadness of disappointment.
Accept it as a mystery.
And savor today.

© Ellen Azorin, November 2012



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Dionísio Ferreira Santos: 1951-2012

Posted on February 24, 2012

DIONÍSIO FERREIRA SANTOS (violão and cavaquinho) grew up in Salvador, Bahia, but moved to Rio de Janeiro at age 18, where he played with the group Copa 7, Elimar Santos, Johnny Alf, Celeste, and numerous other bands. He spent several years living and performing in Europe, Africa and Scandinavia with, among other groups, Brasil Tropical. Returning to Rio, he became the guitarist and a composer/arranger for 9 years with the famous samba singer, Leci Brandão.

In 1998 he moved to New York and joined the samba/pagode group Grupo Saveiro, playing guitar and cavaquinho. Over the next years he performed with a broad spectrum of Brazilian musicians in the Greater New York/New Jersey area. He was master of every style of Brazilian music; besides samba, bossa nova, MPB and other genres, he particularly loved choro, and he become a member of the well-known Choro Ensemble in New York. His presence on the Brazilian music scene in New York was widely felt and admired.

He leaves behind three daughters in Brasil: Ava, Simone, and Tatiana, as well as a brother Rui, and two sisters Dionne and Zézé.

He was highly respected and dearly loved by those he worked with. A musical homenagem is planned for the near future, and those wishing to be kept informed should email to:

We will miss him profoundly.

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Pedro Giraudo wins “2011 Latin Jazz Composition Of The Year”

Posted on December 27, 2011

As announced by Chp Boaz in The Latin Jazz Corner:

2011 Latin Jazz Composition Of The Year

“Pueblo [Village]”
Composed by Pedro Giraudo
(album) Córdoba [ZOHO Music]
Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra

In announcing the award, Chip Boaz observes:
“The ability to turn ideas into song and then translate that sound into meaning within a listener’s ears sits at the core of a composer’s task. It’s not an easy job – it’s a process that requires a complete understanding of your core concept, a wide range of musical tools to express your idea, and then the skill to create a product that will allow musicians to adequately execute your creation. Bassist Pedro Giraudo put all these pieces together into a multi-movement piece that drew together imagery from his hometown of Córdoba, colorful jazz harmony, rhythms from Argentina and beyond, as well as his distinctive approach to texture and arrangement. “Pueblo (Village)” clocks in at over 20 minutes and elegantly brings Giraudo’s ideas to the listener in an unforgettable listening experience that overflows with a power and expression that can’t be beat.”

The Latin Jazz Corner Best Of The Year Awards is an annual event fueled by the will of our readers – the winners are selected through a voting process open to LJC readers, Latin Jazz artists, Latin Jazz fans, and the general public. The voting for our fifth annual awards ran from December 8, 2011 – December 23, 2011 and drew over 20,000 participants from around the world.

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Cantaloupe Music Productions Receives 2011 New York Award

Posted on December 12, 2011

Press Release

Cantaloupe Music Productions Receives 2011 New York Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, December 5, 2011 — Cantaloupe Music Productions has been selected for the 2011 New York Award in the Performing Arts category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

U.S. Commerce Association



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Cantaloupe Music Productions: special rates for this holiday season’s parties!

Posted on December 1, 2011

For holiday parties 2011, Cantaloupe Music Productions is offering special rates for their roster of fine musicians—from small to large ensembles, for dancing or ambience.  Because nothing creates cheer like live music, we want to make it affordable for you. And because of our extensive roster, it’s not too late—we will find you the perfect fit for your party or event!  Christmas parties? New Year’s?  For your parties at home or at the office, for livening up lunches, cocktails, dinners, and all-out bashes, you CAN have live music!

Brazilian music is our specialty (bossa nova, samba, forró, even carnaval with dancers) —and we also offer a variety of other music, from tango and salsa, to top American jazz.

We can make music work its magic for you.  Call us today at 212-724-2400.

Or visit us here to browse, listen, watch!

Ellen Azorin, President
Cantaloupe, Inc.


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Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts presents Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra in a free concert July 27

Posted on July 26, 2011

1 East 104th Street NY, NY

WEDNESDAY JULY 27th, 7:30 pm Room B21



El Barrio/East Harlem, New York – The Jazz Department of Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, of Boys & Girls Harbor is pleased to present Jazz Wednesdays a FREE series of three intimate Guest Artist events showcasing some of the most dynamic musicians currently on the Jazz scene. The series exemplifies the broad world vision of Jazz that informs the Harbor Conservatory’s Jazz Program under the direction of pianist, composer,bandleader Gustavo Casenave. All events will be presented in Music Studio B21, in the lower level of the Heckscher Building located on Fifth avenue in Manhattan between 104th Street and Fifth avenue. Seating is limited and there are no reservations. Support for the Conservatory’s GUEST ARTIST Series is made possible with public support from the Music Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.


The amazing and acclaimed composer and bassist Pedro Giraudo, presents his band, which boasts some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, and has performed regularly in the most prestigious jazz clubs in the New York City area, including the Jazz Standard, Birdland, The Jazz Gallery, Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, as well as abroad.

John Murph of Downbeat described Giraudo’s music as “an opulent listening experience of modern, orchestral jazz, brimming with passionate improvisations, deliberate contrapuntal melodies and plush harmonies.”

Chip Boaz of Latin Jazz Corner offered this analysis: “The rich eloquence of Giraudo’s gorgeous artistic expression flows through the music with an undeniable grace.”

For more info:, or 212/427-2244 ext.572.

Gustavo Casenave
Director of the Jazz Department
Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts
1 East 104th Street, 5th floor. Room #572
New York, NY 10029



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