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Martín De León
Real name: De León, Martín
(11 September 1953 - )
Place of birth:
Bahía Blanca (Buenos Aires) Argentina
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Balada para un loco
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artín’s beginnings date back to the 70’s in Buenos Aires, with the café-concert movement, alongside Miguel Saravia (his first backer), Opus 4,
, Vinícius de Moraes, Maria Creuza, among others.
In 1975 he arrived in the United States, hired by the
of Manhattan. He appeared alongside
and maestro Sabicas. By that time he used to sing the songs of Joan Manuel Serrat,
and his own.
In 1976 he appeared at the Town Hall of New York with Los Chalchaleros and Luis Landriscina. Two years later, he made his first recital at the Carnegie Recital Hall, with the
Nueva Canción Latinoamericana
(New Latin American Song).
In 1984 he made a tour throughout the United States with the
Center for the Performing Arts
. The successful recording of the song “No me llames extranjero” (Don’t Call Me A Stranger) led him to be the first Argentine artist who appeared on the stages of the Astrodome, the Coliseum and Astroworld, all of them in Houston.
Back in New York, he appeared at the Summer Festival in the World Trade Center, sharing the bill with Tito Puente. Later, two recitals at the no less famous Village Gate with the show
Tango y candombe
, conducted by Jorge López Ruiz.
The following year he continued with
Tango at the Village Gate
directed by Rodolfo Alchourrón which introduced Charlie Palmieri as guest artist.
He was picked up by
María de Buenos Aires
, and he as well appeared in the United Nations for the Gardel’s 100th Anniversary.
Since then he has devoted to tango, sponsored by
. He appeared as featured artist in the program
for the WABC Channel 7 of New York.
In New York he took part of a tribute to maestro
, in 1992, appearing alongside Al Di Meola, Dino Saluzzi and Gerry Mulligan, in which he sang with the quintet led by maestro
Thanks to Jaurena he made his dream come true when he sang
María de Buenos Aires
with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra of Washington.
He came back to Argentina in 1993 and appeared alongside
In 1994 he traveled to Japan where he made appearances for over two months.
In 1995, with Lavié, he made a tour of the interior of the country which included, among others, the cities of Córdoba and Bahía Blanca –his hometown- where they appeared in TV programs on Channel 9 of that city, and sang “
Balada para un loco
” teaming up as a duo.
Time later, he sang in Miami, at the famous Club Tropigala of the Hotel Hilton, when the Jean Cartier Gold Awards were given to the outstanding figures of the Latin show, accompanied on piano by
. That same year he was appointed Visitante Ilustre of Florida at the
Also in Miami, he appeared at the
Primer Festival del Tango
, among other figures, and he was appointed Revelation of the Festival.
His appearances in Central America and Latin America were important. In 1999 he made a tour of Canada as member of the
company. In 2000 he joined
and appeared in many cities of the United States and, in 2001, he made a tour of Israel. Also that year he impersonated
El día que me quieras
, by José Ignacio Cabrujas, with the Teatro Leído of Los Ángeles.
So he continued appearing in the northern hemisphere of the continent, singing in New Mexico with
and the Orquesta Sinfónica de San Diego, show that was reprised at the Long Beach Arena in California that same year.
In October 2005, Martín joined the cast of
. In September 2013 he closed the season with that company in Broadway.
In 2014 he presented his symphonic work with the
Orquesta Nacional de Ecuador
Sinfónica de Cuenca
. Furthermore, he was invited as member of the board and singer at the
Festival de Tango de Pereira
He was also member of the board and singer at the International Festival of Medellín and made a new appearance singing tangos with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra of Washington.
Finally, it is a standout his recital
in Quito, with the
Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional
of that country and, in April 2016, he reprised it with the Pan American Symphony of Washington.
Martín, welcome to Todo Tango!
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