Mario Grossi

Real name: Grossi, Mario
Violinist, leader and composer
(28 October 1933 - )
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina
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e was born in Buenos Aries, in the mythical neighborhood of Floresta. His violin playing, mentor to the Cuarteto Surtango and to the Orquesta de Tango de Bahía Blanca, generates a mood of driving nostalgia that blends with the bandoneon —identified with a sad fat man—, the piano, the bass and also with the singers’ voices.

With this orchestra, tango, milonga and waltz reveal all what is substantial, affective, evoking and sentimental in the genre and which is enriched with his arrangements and the ones by the pianist Lucio Passarelli, his musical partner.

He studied harmony and musical conduction with Manuel Sitjar, Carlos María Ramos Mejía and Fernando Favero. He appeared with different chamber groups and with the orchestras led by Héctor Varela, Miguel Caló and Osvaldo Piro. He was member of the symphonic orchestras of Entre Ríos, Chaco and Corrientes. He also worked as educator at the Music Conservatory.

In 1981 he settled in Bahía Blanca and, since then, is member of the Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial of the city. In September 1992 he conducted a concerto with music by Astor Piazzolla at the Sala Auditorium of the Universidad Nacional del Sur and later at the Teatro Municipal.

He organized and directed the show Tributo a Pichuco in 1996 at the Teatro Municipal and at the Puerto Belgrano Naval Base. He conducted, as guest, the Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial at several concerts that featured, among others, Néstor Marconi, José Colángelo, Fernando Suárez Paz and Jorge Dragone.

Classic pieces of all times and, even of the 1930s, belong to his repertoire and his oeuvre contains protagonists of legends and stories of neighborhhods, corners and cafés in which the milonga payadora is showcased. True parcels of Argentine life that enclose voices and figures of sanctuaries and brothel-dancehalls of the outskirts with the mark of criolla passion.

His piece “Villa Mitre”, with words by Eduardo Giorlandini, evokes a heart looking towards the south from his Bahía Blanca, in which tough guys, tangos and black candombe are present like a porteño unavoidable fate in the other southern area of tango.

Under critical circumstances for cultural undertakings, especially those that involve a large number of people and many hours of work with a small financial profit, Grossi embarked on the project and took on the responsibility of a twelve-piece orchestra. For that purpose he summoned renowned gifted musicians and so the Orquesta de Tango de Bahía Blanca was born.

Furthermore, with his Cuarteto Surtango, that includes Desmar Roza (piano), Juan Micik (bandoneon), Hugo Francisquelo (double bass) and Grossi (violin) he released, I think, his best recorded work: the compact disc entitled El corazón al sur featuring the vocalists Susana Matilla and Pablo Gibelli.

Either with the orchestra or with the quartet, Grossi evidences his quality and experience in conduction and shows his solid background, his innovative spirit and his respect for the audience.

The Orquesta de Tango de Bahía Blanca, constantly encouraged by the acclaim of its followers, always seems to cherish the purpose of coming back to the stage, like Pichuco longed for returning to his neighborhood in his unforgettable romance.

According to the great Arturo Toscanini, tango is the «most profound popular music in the world». And this definition fits for maestro Grossi who, when conducting or interpreting, does it naturally, with freedom, with no ties like tango is in its grandeur and authenticity.

When we hear him a special feeling makes us say: Let our heart talk! And let our souls rejoice to the beat the orchestra follows!