Luis Adolfo Sierra

ince an early age he had evidenced a refined musical vocation. He began by studying violin. Later he even joined chamber instrumental groups due to his keen intuition despite his minimal eyesight which did not allow him to read music.

Minotto Di Cicco who paid attention to his talent made him swap from bow to bellows. It was not necessary for him to study very much because he achieved so full command of the instrument that if we say that he was then already a virtuoso is not an exaggeration.

He was 16 when he joined the Celenza-Romano’s aggregation which by that time was appearing at the Café El Parque which was located facing the courthouse building. Alberto Celenza was still a violin player —later he played double bass for the rest of his career— and Antonio Romano was a bandoneon player.

Thereafter, by chance he played on the same stage with the orchestra led by Enrique Pollet that included other boys like Osvaldo Pugliese (piano), José De Grandis and Fernando Franco (violins).

In 1926, as substitute for Anselmo Aieta, he was the only bandoneonist of the group co-led by Juan D’Arienzo and Luis Visca that appeared at the Cine Hindú on Lavalle Street.

But his best time came when Pedro Maffia quit the Julio De Caro Orchestra. Pedro Laurenz, that knew him well, recommended him to play as his peer. His debut was by recording the tango “Recuerdo” and at the Cine Select-Lavalle on Lavalle Street close to the corner on Suipacha.

With De Caro he had an eight-year and he was in all the tours of Brazil, France and he played in the movie that starred Carlos Gardel: Luces de Buenos Aires.

It was 1934 and after the carnival balls at the Cine Pueyrredón in the neighborhood of Flores some problems arose that devastated the orchestra. All the members, except Francisco De Caro, quit and joined a new aggregation led by Pedro Laurenz. So it continued until 1939.

Much later, among others, he played along with pianist José Tinelli and, in 1939, with the new orchestra headed by Armando Baliotti at the Café Pellegrini on the street with the same name on the intersection with Lavalle. His orchestra partners were Eduardo Del Piano, Alfredo Attadía (bandoneons), Alfredo Gobbi, Benjamín Holgado Barrio (violins), among others.

He was also in the orchestra fronted by Domingo Federico and even in the folk-tango group led by the guitarist Mario Pardo.

Soon thereafter he settled in Montevideo, it was in 1940. He was summoned and he joined the Oriental orchestras led by Juan Cao and by Roberto Lurati. He returned to play with Federico again and with Juan Polito and finally in Montevideo he joined Pirincho Martínez and César Zagnoli.

For a season he put together his own orchestra to appear on CX16 Radio Carve. And, as soloist, he had a successful season on television on channel 4 on the other bank of the River Platte river.

He composed several tangos with a romantic trend. Two of them are “Rama florida” and “Souvenir”.