Ricardo García Blaya

came to know him one evening in the late 80s when he was singing at the Café Homero. I was impressed by the clear tone of his voice, his diction and, despite his youth, his performance was quite professional. He is one of the few that are not within the overly dramatic kind of vocalist so often nowadays. His artistry is the art of singing and he sticks to that.

With an eloquent expresiveness, without falling into excesses, he soberly conveys the drama of the lyrics avoiding an exaggerated interpretation, so frequently found at present.

He was born in Buenos Aires, within an intellectual environment, linked to literature and tango. His mother was a piano teacher. His father was a man of the cultural bohemia —he belonged to the Buenos Aires of the first half of the twentieth century— whose close friends were Alfonsina Storni, Roberto Arlt, Homero Expósito and Enrique Cadícamo.

At age 10 he joined the Children Choir of the Teatro Colón directed by maestro Waldo Sciammarella. They sang in operas like Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci y Carmen.

In 1973, when he was only 16, he started his professional career in the television program Grandes valores del tango, appearing at the contest La voz tanguera 1973 in which he turned out winner by unanimous decision. As from 1974, he appeared in nearly all the Buenos Aires venues. At the mythical Caño 14 he shared the stage with Roberto Goyeneche, Atilio Stampone, Rubén Juárez and Héctor Stamponi, among others. He as well appeared in the shows at El Viejo Almacén and Casablanca, sharing the billboard with Enrique Dumas and Hugo Marcel. At the Café Mozart he sang backed by the Baffa-Berlingieri duo.

In 1978,he was consecrated at the International Festival of Piriápolis, in Uruguay, as the Best Tango Interpreter. The following year, after a thorough research for material, he recorded his first LP: Filipelli, produced by Roberto Ruiz and accompanied by Atilio Stampone, Osvaldo Berlingieri, Oscar Cardozo Ocampo and Néstor Marconi. The 33 rpm record was released by Capitol.

In 1982,he cut his second long-playing record for EMI-Odeon, Por la costumbre de cantar that included numbers by contemporary songwriters: Carmen Guzmán, Héctor Negro and Horacio Ferrer.

For three years he appeared at the Café Homero and again he shared the stage with his artistic sponsor: Roberto Goyeneche and was accompanied on piano by Osvaldo Tarantino. He also appeared along with the Nuevo Quinteto Real, put together by Néstor Marconi who was responsible for the arrangements and the musical direction.

In May 1998, he appeared at the Expo Tango '98 in Lisbon (Portugal). On that occasion he also performed in the European cities of Granada, Sevilla and Madrid, as member of a cast that included Eladia Blázquez, Julio Bocca and Eleonora Cassano.

His third recording was cut in 2004 and was his first compact disc, Entre vos y yo, backed up by Lucho Repetto. In that recording the numbers “Una tarde cualquiera”, “Pobre gallo bataraz”, “Los cosos de al lao” and “Mi sonora compañera” stand out.

In the latter years he appeared at the 7th and 8th release of the Festival Buenos Aires Tango (2005 and 2006). On different opportunities he sang with the Orquesta Nacional de Música Argentina «Juan de Dios Filiberto», led by Néstor Marconi and Atilio Stampone; and with the Orquesta de Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires led by Raúl Garello. He was also member of the staff in the main show of the Esquina Homero Manzi and he presented a show of his own: Entre nosotros in the late late shows of that venue on San Juan and Boedo.

He sang along with the Orquesta de Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires led by Raúl Garello at the Teatro Colón in a recital as a tribute to Aníbal Troilo in 2003. With the same bandleader he was furthermore at El Club del Vino and in Pigmalión accompanied by the bandoneonist Néstor Marconi. He also appeared along with the pianist José Scelzi in the city of La Plata and in several cities of the interior of the country.

He is autor of the tangos: “Chiquilina madura”, “Tu nombre entre mis manos” —both with music by Alberto Di Paulo—, “Un episodio más”, with Osvaldo Berlingieri, “Voy a contar tu vida” with Danny Martin and “Cuando vuelva el otoño”, with Guillermo Fernández.