Ricardo García Blaya

e was born in the province of Buenos Aires, in the city of Olavarría, 350 kilometers far from the Capital city. His music offers us varied moods based on an idea different from traditional tango. At times it is descriptive and joyful, at other times, melancholic and sad, but always profound. It is an example of the best avant-garde tango of nowadays.

He furthered his studies of piano playing with Galia Schalman. He studied composition and orchestration with Guillermo Grätzer.

In 1983, he published his first long-playing record: Fuera de serie for RCA-Victor which includes modern tangos that he composed and arranged, leading his aggregation Grupo Vanguardia lined up by musicians of high level: Fernando Suárez Paz (violin), Daniel Binelli (bandoneon), Ricardo Lew (electric guitar), Adalberto Cevasco (electric bass) and El Zurdo Enrique Roizner (drums).

Two years later he recorded his second long-playing disc: Nueva propuesta, for CBS, also with his own compositions and arrangements following the same line of the previous release and with the same group.

During that time he played at theaters, at the university, at different cultural cycles, on television, and at the hall of the Teatro San Martín achieving praiseworthy comments by the specialized critics.

In 1987, the Melopea label re-issues his second LP that now appears under the name Fuerte y claro.

He published his third record: Los cielos más altos, in Polygram, always with his avant-garde style and with the same players. With his piece “Lo que me gusta” with lyrics by Roberto Díaz he won the First Prize at the Concurso Carlos Gardel organized by the Buenos Aires City Town Hall in 1990 at the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of Carlos Gardel’s birth.

Eight of his songs reached the national final of the Festivales Ibero-americanos de la Canción organized by the OTI in 1977, 1983, 1989 (2 finalist songs), 1991, 1993 , 1994 and 1997. In the last Festival he was awarded the First Prize with his song “Sin tu mitad” with lyrics by Eladia Blázquez and which was sung by Raúl Lavié.

In 1992, Polygram released his first compact disc, Himno a Buenos Aires, featuring the singer Hernán Salinas in two numbers. This material contains, according to me, the best composition of the maestro in collaboration with the pianist Osvaldo Tarantino: “Toda mi tristeza”, besides other gems like: “Vuelo hacia la gloria” and “Gente de tango”. Furthermore that year the Ministerio de Cultura y Educación de la Nación awarded him the Third National Prize of Music for his piece “Ultimátum”.

In 1994, the label Redondel published the CD Los tangos de Saúl Cosentino with 15 of his compositions with words by lyricists as important as Rafael Alberti, Hamlet Lima Quintana, and Héctor Negro, among others. Six numbers were sung by Hernán Salinas and the remaining nine, by guest singers.

In 1995, he was awarded the First Prize at the Contest for Composition of Chamber Music organized by SADAIC with his composition Suite atípica for string orchestra and harp, in three movements. The following year he composed the music for the film La revelación, premiered in Buenos Aires in August. That same year was released a CD entitled Cancioncitas which included 38 children songs written by him.

Soon thereafter the label El arca de Noé released his new compact disc, Convicciones, which included the re-issue of 13 instrumentals published in his previous LPs. The disc front cover is a picture by the painter Pérez Celis. This CD was awarded by a prize given by the Tribuna de Música Argentina headed by Mrs. Alicia Terzian and organized by the Consejo Argentino de la Música of UNESCO.

In 1999, he won the Second Prize at the Festival de Canciones de Villa Gesell with his song “Quién iba a decir”, with lyrics by Ernesto Pierro. He also published his new CD, Saúl Cosentino, la música, with 15 of his compositions with lyrics by Eladia Blázquez, Horacio Ferrer, Chico Novarro, Litto Nebbia, Virgilio Expósito, etc., sung by Raúl Lavié, Jairo, Julia Zenko, Néstor Fabián, Patricia Barone, and once again with a painting by Pérez Celis on its cover.

Later came two foreign releases, the first in Mexico: the compact disc Saúl Cosentino, la música; the other in the United States: El nuevo tango. In 2004 Raúl Lavié recorded a CD: Yo soy el Negro with 14 songs. Eleven of them are Saúl’s compositions, some of them composed in collaboration with Juan Carlos Zunini. The lyrics belong to Eladia Blázquez, Ernesto Pierro and Roberto Díaz. Furthermore all the orchestrations were written by Saúl and Juan Carlos Zunini.

That same year he recorded Tangos a cuatro manos in which Saúl and Juan Carlos Zunini play 11 tangos on piano, four hands, and 10 pieces as soloists.

In 2005, he was awarded the Second Prize at the Tango Contest organized by SADAIC for his tango “Borges, un fervor de Buenos Aires” with lyrics by Ernesto Pierro.

In 2006, the label Fonocal published the CD Saúl Cosentino, por él y por otros, which includes Cosentino's compositions played by different groups put together by him but which also includes pieces that he wrote played by other artists, such as Osvaldo Tarantino, Dante Amicarelli, Rodolfo Mederos, Andrea Merenzon, Miguel Angel Bertero, among others.

This short portrayal is our homage to this great musician that keeps on bringing us joy with his permanent creativity.