Marcelo Saraceni

Real name: Saraceni, Marcelo Edgardo
Guitarist, composer and educator
(22 November 1957 - )
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina

e was born on the Music Day, Saint Cecily’s Day, what probably has marked his art fate.

After some attempts for unraveling the mysteries of music theory with a teacher in his neighborhood, he studied music at the I.S.E.D.E.T. and at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música Carlos López Buchardo. Furthermore he studied harmony with maestro Sebastián Piana and song wordsmithery with the writer León Benarós.

All those years of assimilating musical knowledge bore fruit and today he teaches guitar playing, harmony and composition, music language and tango repertoire privately and in the framework of the Programa Cultural en Barrios of the Ministry of Culture of the city.

After being member of some rock bands with which he learnt to recognize and enjoy the thrill of being onstage, he took part in several recordings as interpreter, composer and arranger.

He composed the original music for several theater plays for children and for adults, among which the following stand out: “Los ladrones de mi ciudad” (as director of the tango group Andante en Bondi —together with the poet Hugo Salerno—, “El callejón de siglo” —along with Raimundo Rosales— with the murga group Los Delfines del Asfalto and Adela Basch’s “Que sea la Odisea”. In these plays he includes Argentine and Latin American popular genres.

As tango composer he works in collaboration with several lyricists: Raimundo Rosales, Bibi Albert, Hugo Salerno, Marcela Bublik, Enrique Martín, Andrea Bollof, Hilda Guerra, Ernesto Pierro, José Arenas, Marta Pizzo, Mariano Pini, Sara Melul, Daniel Spinelli and Roberto Selles.

Furthermore, his compositions are performed and recorded by renowned singers and artists: Esteban Riera, Marcela Bublik, Jacqueline Sigaut, María Estela Monti, Carlos Rossi, Noelia Moncada, Hernán Genovese, Patricia Barone, Jesús Hidalgo, Eleonora Barletta, the murga group Los Quitapenas, La Vereda , Carlos Damián and Musas Orilleras. One of his numbers, the tango “Soy cantor”, is in the songbook of the Orquesta de Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires conducted by Raúl Garello.

He received national and municipal awards among which the following stand out: the First Prize at the Certamen Hugo del Carril 2002 for his tango “Soy cantor” and two first prizes and five special mentions in the categories tango, waltz, milonga and music of the Cuyo region at the contest for new compositions organized by the Fondo Nacional de las Artes in 2004 and 2006.

In 2012 he released his disc: “Tangos para un siglo de cartón” that includes pieces he wrote in collaboration with lyricists of the new tango and were sung by Jesús Hidalgo, Patricia Barone, Noelia Moncada, Hernán Genovese, Esteban Riera, Jacqueline Sigaut, Eleonora Barletta, Nicolás Scordamaglia and Laura Rivadeneira. It is a standout the presence of the poet Horacio Ferrer in some lines written and read by himself. Among its tracks: “Un siglo de cartón”, “Milonga de los arroyos”, “Historias de mi cocina”, “Será que morir no alcanza” and “Rosa y gris”.