Ricardo García Blaya

his beautiful girl, who besides singing, is a good actress, charms her audiences due to her natural grace, her intonation and her great expressiveness. Profound and sensitive, with a life full of sadness, behind her disguise of artist, she hides the tragedy of a sister that was murdered. I mention this intimate detail because I am convinced that, despite this pain, she was specially comforted by a family that worships music and I guess that she found and finds in tango a magic consolation.

She was born in Villa Domínico, province of Buenos Aires, at the medical clinic on Azara and Mitre. She is a daughter of Spanish and Italian immigrants. Her father, José María, passed on her his love for tango. His paternal surname is a reference in the universe of our music of Buenos Aires: the bandoneonist Julio Pane is one of her cousins. Furthermore, her mother, Hermelinda Rosa Rocha, still keeps on singing the Spanish tonadillas she used to sing when she was young.

When she was still attending grade school she was already appearing at the Teatro Roma of Avellaneda. She started as a singer of folk music. However, as time passed by she included tango for she had the need of expressing a new social and cultural situation.

Today, she is showcased in unipersonal shows of tango and humor, with monologues and anecdotes full of drama. This is the result of many years under the guidance of great teachers.

Graduated in the Escuela de Bellas Artes (School of Fine Arts), she furthered her studies with Sebastián Piana in harmony and composition and with prestigious singing instructors in our country. She studied theater at the Centro Cultural Rojas. She attended the courses of Vocal Techniques and Introduction to Theater in the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

In her long career she has been awarded as Honorable Neighbor of Avellaneda and has been nominated to the ACE 94, to the Kilmes de Honor 94 and 95 and, finally, was awarded in 1998. She was recipient of nine awards for her poetry, including the Mitominas first prize given by the Argentine poet and essayist Tamara Kamenszain.

In 2005 she published Marrón y plata, a book written to pay homage to the River Plate. She has recorded eight discs which were released by different record companies.

As a renowned artist on three occasions she has been summoned to appear on radio programs concerning the genre which were aired by Radio Splendid, Radio Belgrano and FM Avellaneda.

Her poems and lyrics were musicalized by great composers: Roque Martínez, Nicolás Ledesma, Daniel Binelli, Antonio Tarragó Ros, Juan Falú, Alejandro Devries, Hugo Díaz, José Ogivieki, Pablo Mainetti and many more.

In her recordings she was backed up by the aggregations led by the pianists Jorge Navarro and Nicolás Ledesma. She appeared accompanied by great musicians: Walter Ríos, Antonio Agri, Pablo Mainetti, Horacio Romo, Quique Guerra, Jorge Rutman. She also sang with the Orquesta Nacional de Música Argentina Juan de Dios Filiberto and abroad with the Orquesta Juvenil de El Salvador and the Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala.

Her pieces have been arranged by Roberto Pansera, Nicolás Ledesma, Daniel Binelli, Pablo Mainetti and Virgilio Expósito, among others.

She appeared at so many shows that it would be impossible to mention them all. We shall mention some of them: El inmortal del sur, with the actor Daniel Miglioranza; De la raíz a la copa with the guitarist Juan Falú; Ciudadana with Antonio Agri; Ahí va Lucas Romero with Armando Tejada Gómez, Tangolina at the Café Homero with Rubén Juárez and Julio Pane; Silueta porteña at La Revuelta with Ledesma, Guerra, Romo and Ogivieki.

In the last five years she appeared at consecutive seasons at the Café Homero and La Revuelta. She regularly appears at the Centro Cultural San Martín, Teatro Alvear, Teatro San Martín, Centro de la Cooperación, Teatro Cervantes.

In 2003 she appeared in the movie Yo no sé qué me han hecho tus ojos, dedicated to Ada Falcón and directed by Sergio Wolf and Lorena Muñoz.

Her recordings: Como la gente (1987) with Lucho Servidio, Raúl Barboza, Domingo Cura and Mateo Villalba; Marrón y plata (1991), with Daniel Díaz; Frágil (1994) with Hugo Díaz; Ciudadana (1997) with Virgilio Expósito, Jorge Navarro, Lucho González, Daniel Binelli, Antonio Agri; Tangolina (2001) with Mono Hurtado, Walter Ríos, Osvaldo Burucuá; Silueta porteña (2003), with Nicolás Ledesma, Quique Guerra, Horacio Romo; La docena (2005) with Pablo Mainetti, and Entre las cuerdas (2007) with Osvaldo Burucuá.