Ricardo García Blaya

hanks to an invitation of the young and talented bandoneon player Pablo Jaurena, I came to know Gustavo in December 2014 at the Teatro del Libertador General San Martín, with the Orquesta Provincial de Música Ciudadana de Córdoba which he joined in 2001. On that evening Pablo was guest conductor and I was impressed not only with the excellence of the orchestral aggregation but also with the quality of the singer.

I was impressed by his look, the good taste he displayed on the stage and, of course, his interpretations that reminded me of the touching singers of the 40s and 50s.

He was elegant, warm, with a good command of his mezza voce, with good intonation and without stridencies or far-fetched resources, respectful of tempo, in sum, a pleasant surprise on that tango evening.

He was born in Reconquista, province of Santa Fe and, with his family, at age nine he moved to the city of Córdoba.

His career began in 1978, at the time of the World Soccer Cup, when he won the contest organized by the Municipality of Córdoba and had to sing with the Jorge Arduh orchestra around the clock at the Festival de Canto Argentino and at the show preceding the matches of the world cup at the Chateau Carreras stadium.

Two years later he turned out winner of the Pre-Cosquín and thereafter of the Revelación Cosquín 1980, an award given for the first time to a tango singer.

After that he began a professional career in Buenos Aires and shared the bill with stars of our city music: Roberto Goyeneche, Edmundo Rivero, Roberto Rufino y Alberto Marino, among others, at the El Viejo Almacén, Caño 14, Casablanca and Michelangelo.

In 1981 he appeared in the television program Grandes valores del tango on Channel 9.

For fifteen years he interrupted his show business activity due to personal reasons and resumed singing in 1997 to participate at the contest organized by the Secretaría de Cultura de la Provincia de Córdoba for promoting independent recording projects and was awarded the First Prize for the show Córdoba y el Tango.

In 1998 the disc was released and, the following year he made a tour of Spain and Italy along with the members of the cast of that project: Hermes Bálsamo, Marcos Marchini and Efraín Bischoff.

In 2000 the disc World Tango Project, a co-production with Italian musicians was published. He started a new tour of Europe and returned to Spain where he appeared at the Festival of Granada. In Italy he sang at the Festival of Venice and he also appeared in some cities of France and at the Festival of Lyon.

In 2001 again he won the Primer Premio Estímulo a la Producción Discográfica of the Municipality of Córdoba and recorded the disc Tangos pendientes.

As staff singer of the Orquesta Provincial he worked under the leadership of Atilio Stampone, Osvaldo Piro, Osvaldo Requena, Raúl Garello, Néstor Marconi, Cristian Zárate, Fabián Bertero, Daniel Piazzolla and its present leader, the bandoneonist and composer Damián Torres.

With the Orquesta Provincial de Música Ciudadana he recorded several discs: Eclipse (2006), under the direction of Piro and 20 años no es nada (2013), under the direction of Damián Torres, and the guest conductors Nicolás Ledesma, José Ogivieki, Ramiro Gallo, Andrés Linetzky and Octavio Brunetti.

As guest singer he appeared in the discs Cabulero, by the Damián Torres Trío (2008) and Entre cuerdas, by the Bordoneando Trío (2007).

His disc Gustavo Visentín canta tangos, recorded in 2011, includes as guest artists: Rubén Juárez, Nicolás Ledesma and the Damián Torres trio.

In 2013 he appeared at the Festival Internacional de Tangos of Medellín with the Orquesta Provincial de Música Ciudadana.

To conclude this portrayal it is important to highlight that, besides singing, he knows about tango very much and has been displaying his knowledge on the radio for 29 years alongside the dean of the tango presenters in Córdoba, Américo Tatián, in the program La ciudad donde vivimos that is aired on Radio Universidad de Córdoba (AM 580).