Federico García Blaya

his porteño of the neighborhood of Pompeya, born in the times when tango was much in vogue, stands out as a singer that knew how to handle the strength and the sensitivity of interpretation with a remarkable intonation, must be regarded as one of the great artists of the genre of the latter decades.

Besides singing he has written lyrics. Some of them were released in his last recording, the CD Socios de un sueño (2003).

He started professionally alongside the bandleader Ángel Condercuri with whom he traveled to Santiago de Chile in December 1966 and January 1967. They appeared in restaurants, on radio and television. He cut his first recordings teaming up a duo with the singer Carlos Gari committing to disc the march “Arriba Chile” and the tango “Lonjazos”.

In 1968 he turned out the winner in the talent contest of the 2nd Festival of Tango and Folk Music of José León Suárez (province of Buenos Aires). On that occasion he acquainted the pianist Manuel Sucher who introduced him to José Basso.

He joined the Basso’s orchestra and had two successful tenures. The first was from 1968 to 1971. He cut his first two long-playing records and traveled to Japan with his teacher, partner and friend Alfredo Belusi. Furthermore he made numerous tours throughout the country and gigs in the carnival balls.

Thereafter he quit show business for a time until 1977 when he reunited again with Alfredo Belusi and, both, appeared in different localities of the nation.

He again joined the José Basso Orchestra in 1980 and his tenure is until 1982. During this period they toured several South American countries along with the singers Alberto Hidalgo (Chino) and Marga Fontana. He also teamed up with the singer Aníbal Jaule in his shows in Buenos Aires.

In 1982 maestro Cholo Montironi summoned him for a tour of Spain. On their comeback they recorded his first disc as soloist entitled A mi manera.

He joined the staff of Taconeando, a venue run by Beba Bidart. There he stayed for nearly ten years. He was firstly accompanied by the Trío Yumba and later by Cholo Montironi who was the musical director.

Since then and until the present he appears in most of the Buenos Aires venues: Michelangelo, La Ventana, Patio Mío, Café Tortoni, El Viejo Almacén and the national tango circuit.

In 1996 he returned to Ecuador, invited by Humberto Pinheiro. The following year he began his second tour of Japan, this time together with maestro Omar Valente, with whom he also recorded a new disc for the label Timeless Tango.

The prestigious Ballet Salta, led by Marina and Hugo Jiménez —with which he had already performed in 1989 in Bilbao (Spain)—, summoned him again to appear in 1998 in a series of shows in the United States, Quito and Guayaquil (Ecuador).

On his comeback he had a long tenure at El Viejo Almacén which was interrupted by his third travel to Japan, again with Omar Valente (June 2000), by his fourth trip to Ecuador, another gig with the Ballet Salta (April 2002) and by a voyage to Italy (May 2004) in which he was singer of the group Terapia Tango.

It’s worthwhile mentioning that Rossi appeared in almost all the TV programs, such as: Grandes valores del tango, La noche con amigos, Los amigos del tango and is member of the cast of the Solo Tango channel. Furthermore he regularly appears in the Orquesta Juan de Dios Filiberto, under the auspices of the Dirección de Cultura de la Nación.

In December 2003 he released his latest CD Socios de un sueño at the El Viejo Almacén. In it he presents eight numbers penned by him and is accompanied by great musicians: Mauricio Marcelli, Saúl Cosentino, Omar Valente, Rodolfo Montironi, Norberto Ramos, Carlos Morel, Juan Carlos Zunini and, as guest artists, Lisandro Adrover, Oscar Barrios, José Colángelo, Raúl Garello and Jorge Sobral.

With this short portrayal I want to pay homage to this honorable citizen that goes on singing and bringing joy to those, like me, find pleasure in his vocal finesse and his poetic search.