Ricardo García Blaya

his singer born in Córdoba, owner of a pleasant and sustained voice color, at times, with a delicate shade denoting a criollo origin from the outskirts, at other times, with a notable dramatic strength, interprets an interesting repertoire that combines classic tangos with others of the last generation.

La Plata was the city she adopted as her own and it is there where her artistic career began in 1969. The following year she appeared at the 4th Festival de Canto Argentino, in the city of Balcarce, province of Buenos Aires, being consecrated as Revelation of the Festival. An achievement that she ratified soon later when she won the Gardel de Oro at the Sexta Fiesta Nacional de Tango, in the city of La Falda, province of Córdoba. It is important to highlight that the board was comprised by figures of the level of: Eladia Blázquez, Hugo Del Carril, Homero and Virgilio Expósito and Chabuca Granda.

As from that time her professional career began. The TV Channel 11 hired her for the programs Ronda de Ases and Buenas Noches Buenos Aires. Two tango figures were her artistic godparents: Alberto Marino and Alba Solís.

In 1974, she appeared at La Casa de Carlos Gardel, alongside Floreal Ruiz, Alberto Marino, Hugo Marcel, among others. In the summer of that year she was heard in the Mar del Plata venues, a habit that would continue to the present, along with great figures like the Spanish singer Pedrito Rico, Roberto Goyeneche, Rubén Juárez and Néstor Fabián, just to name a few.

Her gigs in the night of Buenos Aires were at the best locals, alternating her shows at Caño 14 and at El Viejo Almacén with tours throughout the interior of the country, Chile and Uruguay.

But her definitive consecration would take place in December 1976 when she made her debut in Grandes Valores del Tango on Channel 9. She was as well invited by Eduardo Bergara Leuman to his Botica del Ángel.

Her recording work began in the Fermata label (1971) when she cut two numbers for the LP “Los de siempre” with Alberto Di Paulo's accompaniment: “Un día”, composed by Anselmo Aieta, with words by Francisco García Jiménez and “Este corazón sentimental”, by Julio De Caro and José María Contursi. In 1977, she cut her first record as soloist entitled El Tango se Llama María Garay, with the orchestra led by Osvaldo Requena for the Sur recording company. It included a beautiful rendition of the tango “Mi vieja viola.” Later between 1979 and 1981, she released three more records for Micronda with the orchestra conducted by Omar Valente. Among the numbers recorded “Amor de juguete”, “La milonga y yo” and “No me esperes esta noche” are standouts.

She was our music's ambassadress all over the world. She went from South America to Tokyo, to the United States and Europe on several occasions. In 1985, she performed in Paris at the Empire Theater with her show María Garay Show and she appeared in the movie of the French director Federic Rossif, Musical Heart. She also toured the French Côte Azure.

Another landmark in her career were the tours of Japan, in 1986 and 1987. There she repeated her Parisian show at the Keio Intercontinental Hotel of Tokyo, for two months each year to great acclaim. On this occasion she released a record under the direction of Enrique Cutini.

In 1998, she recorded again with the Alberto Di Paulo's orchestra. Among the pieces committed to disc we can mention: “Pasional” —which is also the title of the album—, “Barro”, “Uno”, “Los mareados”, among other classics.

Recently, by the mid- 2002, with her songbook she went to several cities of Italy and Spain. And in 2004 she recorded another disc, “Una Mujer de Tango”, with maestro Ernesto Baffa, in which the standouts are “Gracias Buenos Aires” (written by Ernesto of the Cruz, Alba Savino and Francisco Arenas) and Cacho Castaña's tango “Garganta con arena”. She as well recorded one whose lyrics she wrote with music by Pascual Mamone: "Para después llorar".