Santos Maggi

Real name: Rivero Maggi, Santos Amado
Nicknames: Santos A. Maggi
Bandoneonist and composer
(22 December 1933 - )
Place of birth:
Concordia (Entre Ríos) Argentina

e is one of the most outstanding bandoneon players in the history of tango, recognized for his professional quality and his gentle simplicity and humbleness, a distinctive characteristic of the great human beings.

He studied with maestro Pedro Aguilar and was chosen as bandoneon player by great masters of our urban music: Francisco Canaro, Mariano Mores, Rodolfo Biagi, Domingo Federico, Miguel Caló, Armando Pontier, Alberto Marino, Alfredo De Angelis, Héctor Varela, Ricardo Tanturi, Francisco Rotundo, Eduardo Del Piano, Lorenzo Barbero, Eduardo Rovira, Mario Bustos, and Armando Lacava, among others.

At age 13 his father bought him a bandoneon and his love for music began, a love still at full strength today. He was all day long devoted to his beloved instrument and soon thereafter began to study with A. Hernández.

At age 18 he settled in Buenos Aires, and his teacher, Cristóbal Ramos, recommended him to Domingo Federico, who after summoning him for an audition on Radio Splendid, offered him a place in his orchestra, where he was bandoneonist for 3 years. Some time later he joined the prestigious orchestra that backed Alberto Marino for about 4 years and went on tour in Uruguay, Chile, Brazil and Colombia. On their return they shot the movie Nubes de humo, which starred Alberto Castillo as lead actor.

He was bandoneon player in the Rodolfo Biagi orchestra for 3 years. Later he joined different orchestras, those of Miguel Caló, Lorenzo Barbero, Armando Pontier, Armando Lacava, Ricardo Tanturi and Francisco Rotundo.

He was music director of the Héctor Varela orchestra for about a year. Later he went on a tour of Colombia with Armando Lacava, and on his return, in 1985, he joined the ranks of Mariano Mores, with whom, for the first time, he made tours of Japan, the United States and Brazil. Four years later he joined the Alfredo De Angelis orchestra with which he traveled to Chile.

In 1985 he had an appearance in the American movie Naked Tango.

In the 90’s the venue Casa Blanca of Buenos Aires succeeded in putting together five tango players of the highest level to form the music group called Quinteto de Reyes, with deep porteño roots: Ángel Sanzó, Víctor Monteleone, Aldo Tenreyro, Julio Peressini and Santos Maggi.

He was soloist of bandoneon at the Teatro Colón and appeared, as such, in the Música de Cámara Contemporánea (Contemporary Chamber Music) season at SADAIC Cultural 1994.

In 1992 he joined the cast of Forever Tango, one of the most representative and successful shows of our popular music in the United States and in Europe.
They made their debut in San Francisco (California), where they stayed for about a year. Thereafter they made several tours throughout the United States and Canada. They also made tours of Japan, Korea, China, Mexico, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, etc.

For his national and international prestige, built throughout his long career and huge repertoire, in 2006 he was awarded a recognition by the National Senate managed by the senator Laura Martínez Pass de Cresto.

As composer he possesses a profuse oeuvre that encompasses over 100 pieces, mainly tangos and popular music. He dabbled in academic music and in 1978 he was awarded the second prize at the Concurso Nacional de Composición Luis Gianneo (National Contest on Composition) with the piece “Sexteto para cuerdas” (Sextet for Strings).

Other outstanding works: “Soledades”, “Sonata para bronces” (Sonata for Brass), “Concierto para vibrafón y cuerdas” (Concerto for Vibraphone and Strings) — which was recorded by the soloist of the Orquesta Filarmónica Nacional, Ángel Fretes— and “Escenas de barrio” (Neighborhood Scenes).

Among his popular pieces we remember the tangos: “Cuasi nada”, “Entre guapos”, “Venturoso”, “Un verano nada más”, “Diálogos”, “El Mono”, “Pebeta peronista”, “Parrillero viejo”, “Para el tango no hay rival”, “Mi antigua soledad” and “Ida y vuelta”; the waltzes: “Hoy en tu día te canto”, “El eco de tu voz”, “Sabor añejo” and “Serenata [c]”; the milongas: “La dulce señora”, “Ser hombre” and “Compadrona”.

He is now based in his hometown where he put together a tango quartet which has been currently appearing to great acclaim at different festivals and shows from 2011 to the present.