Guitarist, composer and educator
e is a musician in the full meaning of the word. A virtuoso player, a good leader and even a composer and teacher.
I came to know him when my friend María José Mentana was appearing at the Hotel Claridge. Then I appraised his quality and also, as generally happens with those who know, his humility.
Since 2005 he has been dividing his show business activity between Buenos Aires and Lisbon (Portugal) where he accompanies the prestigious female fado singer Mafalda Arnauth. Furthermore, he was member of several groups and backed up many singers, among them: Viviana Vigil, Jimena Sánchez, Cuarteto Flores Negras, Walter Hidalgo, Ariel Ardit, Patricia Andrade, among others.
With Arnauth he played in the recordings of the former’s last three discs and made tours and appeared in concerts. They appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London; at the Grande Auditorio Centro Cultural of Belém in Lisbon; at the Casa da Música in Porto; at the Teatro Nacional of San José in Costa Rica; at the Opera in Lyon, France; at the Royal ConcertGebow of Amsterdam; at the Festival Cervantino in Mexico; at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels; and at the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires.
He produced and released his first disc, “Ramón Maschio GuitarraTango”, in 2010, under the auspices of the Academia Nacional del Tango and with the inclusion notable guest artists. He was also producer of discs for Argentine and foreign artists.
In his manifold activities he stands out as member of the Quinteto La Grela, he also frequently appears teaming up with the pianist Pablo Fraguela and is creator of an improvisational show “El bolillero de los Tangos”.
In 2012 in Lisbon he summoned musicians of different countries to found “Latitude Quatro”, a venture with original musics and sounds that he calls “portuarias” (connected to the port). The group includes Massimo Cavalli from Italy (double bass), Pedro Santos from Portugal (accordion), Alex Stewart from England (violin) and, of course, Ramón as leader and guitarist. They recorded a disc which is not yet published.
He was teacher of the Academia Nacional del Tango and, nowadays, is teacher at the Escuela de Música Popular de Avellaneda.
His last outstanding performance, as guitarist and musical director, was with María José Mentana at the show “De Buenos Aires a París” at the Teatro Maipo in which I had a small contribution in the script written by the female singer.