Hugo Romero

Real name: Romero, Hugo César
Guitarist, arranger and composer
(31 October 1954 - )
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina
Roberto Améndola

hen tango began to decline, as far as people’s choice was concerned, tango orchestras were forced to reduce the number of their members. Then groups with less number of members were often found. There appeared a great number of duos and trios, generally comprised by prestigious players with a high technical command to compensate with quality for the lack of quantity.

Among them the Daniel Binelli-Hugo Romero duo stood out. It was a team of bandoneon and guitar, formed in 1984, that lasted for over fourteen years. It had started two years before as trio but later the percussionist Osvaldo Avena Jr. quit the group. Duets were not customary by that time but the Binelli-Romero team received a wide acclaim in our milieu, recorded two compact discs and made a large number of appearances abroad. They were nominated for the Premios A.C.E. 1997, together with Rodolfo Mederos and Julián Plaza. The latter was finally the winner.

Abroad the duo appeared at the International Festivals of Krefeld (Germany), especially at the Bandoneon Festival where also Rodolfo Mederos and Arturo Penón appeared. Furthermore, they appeared in Melbourne (Australia) with Antonio Agri as guest artist, at the International Festival of the Arts (1992). Also in Nantes, at a festival where 200 Argentine musicians performed and at the Memorial of São Paulo alongside Agri, José Ángel Trelles and Horacio Ferrer in a Tribute to Ástor Piazzolla.

For a year they played in Germany and later, for several years they made seven tours which lasted from 20 to 30 days each throughout the Swiss territory joining the group Tango 7 that was lined up by Argentine soloists who are members of European symphonic orchestras and with them also recorded two compact discs.

Romero recorded as soloist, with the Camerata Bariloche, the Ástor Piazzolla’s concerto for bandoneon, guitar and string orchestra with Daniel Binelli as bandoneon soloist.

At the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires he worked with bands onstage in operas and zarzuelas.

He was born in Buenos Aires, at the neigborhood of San Telmo. He began his guitar studies at age nine with the teacher Consuelo Mallo López and continued with Ramón José Verdi, renowned educator of the Conservatorio Manuel de Falla. He studied harmony with Manolo Juárez and Luis María Corallini. In his maternal family there were several members devoted to music: piano concert players and operatic singers like his mother who is still singing at age ninety-three.

He began his show business career at age eighteen by appearing at venues known as café-concerts and shared the bill with the folk music singer Hernán Figueroa Reyes.

In 1976 he joined the urban vocal and instrumental group Saloma which included Alejandro del Prado, among others and, which later added Daniel Binelli as guest artist. The latter introduced him to tango. At this stage he got in touch with guitarists that will influence him definitively in this genre: Osvaldo Avena and Ciro Pérez.

He appeared as soloist at the festivals Músicasiempre, Alternativa, Mar del Jazz, Guitarras del Mundo and at the Festival Internacional de Tango de Buenos Aires, in 1998 and 2000, now with the duo he formed with the violinist Mauricio Marcelli. Furthermore, he appeared and, in some cases, recorded with Néstor Marconi, Marcelli, Agri, Leopoldo Federico, Trelles, Gustavo Fedel, Patricia Andrade, Silvana Gregori, Cacho Tejera, Emilio del Guercio, Bernardo Baraj, Luis Borda, Rubén Rada, Fats Fernández, Cecilia Pastorino.

He was musical director of the recordings: Homenaje a Orlando Trípodi (Melopea), Nueve tangos y un candombe by Mimí Kozlowski, Homenaje a Osvaldo Ardizzone with Daniel Bramante, Tango en esencia by Silvana Gregori and Murga, vuelo brujo by Coco Romero.

In 1996 he recorded his first compact disc with music of the Río de la Plata area: Siltango (Melopea) as soloist and with outstanding guest players. In 1998 he put together the Marcelli-Romero duo which is playing up to the present and recorded the album Motivos.

He is, also, member of the quintet led by the above violinist which already cut two compact discs and with which he made an extensive tour of Japan. He had previously played in Japan as member of the Orlando Trípodi orchestra.

He carries out his labor as educator at the Tango Area of the Escuela de Música Popular de Avellaneda (1990/98) where he is instructor of Tango Guitar and Group Practice of Tango music. He taught popular music at the Contemporary Music School: Berklee Network.

He composed the tango pieces “Compadreando [b]” and “Siltango”; the folk air “En tu búsqueda” and the songs “Nueva vida”, “Milongueado del sur” and “Maquinarias”. He wrote two candombes for guitar: “Cuerdas milongueras” and “Candombe de la lluvia” and co-wrote with Daniel Binelli: “Atardecer antiguo”, milonga-candombe.