Marta Pizzo

Real name: Pizzo de Sinisi, Marta Susana
Lyricist and composer
(4 November 1958 - )
Place of birth:
La Matanza (Buenos Aires) Argentina
Ricardo García Blaya

er poetry walks along the, sometimes, unfathomable depths of human feelings. With simple daily metaphors she depicts landscapes that exclusively exist in the memories and the nostalgia for the things that happened to us and the longing for the things we think that are lost forever.

In one of her lyrics that I think it’s one of the most beautiful and successful, “A dúo con la vida”, I find an essay about resistance to resignation and an encouragement to musical and poetic vocation: «Quizás por un milagro tan precoz, andamos musiqueros por la vida. (maybe due to a so precocious miracle we are on the road of life as music makers)».

The neighborhood and its characters are part of her poetry in which a piece of humor is sometimes mixed with her melancholy as in her milonga “Dorita, la portera”: «Siempre te tiende la mano cuando la necesitás pero, tirá un papelito y de su temple sabrás. (She always helps you when you need her but if you dare to throw a piece of paper on the floor you’ll soon learn about her temper)».

It turns out interesting for me when she writes as if she were a man in a love affair, for example like in “Magia de malvón”: «Fuiste compañera en la agonía en noches de grillos y pasión, tiempos de aventuras y metejón, locura y sin razón que están dentro de mí. (You were my partner in the agony at nights of crickets and passion, times of adventure and infatuation, madness and nonsense within me)».

In 1994 she contributed to the foundation of the Asociación Literaria La Besana whose purpose is to encourage reading, introducing courses and publishing and spreading the works of its members, among other activities connected to literature. It is based in La Matanza, province of Buenos Aires.

She stood out with her work in the literary workshops of the Centros Culturales Barriales del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

As lyricist in tango she teamed up with important musicians, among them: Quique Rassetto, Emilio de la Peña, Daniel García (Danga), Raúl Luzzi, Ariel Ascheri, Rodrigo Flores and Oscar Pometti.

Her tango “A mi calle” was nominated at the Certamen Tangos Inéditos Enrique Discépolo (1998). She also was awarded the First Prize at the XII Certamen de Tangos Hugo Del Carril (2004) for the above mentioned “Magia de malvón”. Both with music by maestro Quique Rassetto.

In 2006 the Legislatura de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires honored her for «her worthy contribution to our National and Popular Culture».

In 2007 and 2008 she was among the organizers and was member of the board at the Tango Lyrics Contest at the Festival Internacional Patagonia y Tango of Bariloche.

Her writings are included in eight anthologies: Estampas de un Tiempo Nuevo, Semillas de Violetas Cautivas and Manantial de los Espejos, (La Besana); Palabras Urgentes, (Editorial Dunken); Más de 100 Tangos Nuevos, (Letrango), Los Chicos de Floresta - Sucesos 2001, (Asamblea Barrial de Floresta), Relatos para Leer sin Prisa y con Pausa (Radio de la Ciudad), and Alma de Tango, Pasiones Encontradas in a release that includes the Catalonian poet Ángel M. González Carazo and the plastic artist Alejandra Díaz Goberna.

In August 2007 she released her book Puerto Palabras and the following year she won the first prize at the contest Por una Argentina que Cante organized by SADAIC with the tango “Cada espera es un adiós” and was awarded at the Certamen Hugo del Carril for her tango “Un viento azul”.

In January 2009 in the city of Bariloche the musical Herencia Tanguera was premiered. Its title song belongs to her and its music was composed by Ariel Ascheri. Thereafter in March in that same city she appeared at an Encuentro de Poetas in the Octava Cumbre Mundial de Tango (Eighth World Tango Summit).