Jorge Retamoza

Jorge Retamoza

Instrument: Saxophone | Location: Buenos Aires

I am fascinated by the way of playing Jorge Retamoza's baritone sax. His compositions are very good too.
—Paquito D'Rivera

Updated: December 13, 2019

Born: August 25, 1960

Jorge Retamoza is one of the saxophonists from Argentine who has more deeply developed the inclusion of his instrument in tango language. This work can be heard on record albums with his group and more than a dozen collaborations with other artists. The Argentine press has referred to his music: “tango and jazz elements, creating an unprecedented mixture sound and, at times, overwhelming.” For almost twenty years Retamoza has built with his original compositions a musical body based on the tango, the jazz gestures and academic procedures that put his writing and playing in an originality area, finding new ways to understand the tradition and future of Buenos Aires music. Leading his group he has toured Argentina, South America, Europe and under the auspices of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Argentina, through the USA. This project performs regularly in theaters, festivals, cultural centers, and universities, as well as offer master classes in public and private educational institutes of America and Europe. He is the author of “The tango from the Saxo” book commissioned by Melos Ed. Music, which includes a series of practical works, studies, examples, transcriptions to develop a sound and a way to interpret Buenos Aires music from the sax. In constant search for new formats for sax in tango, he plays as a guest soloist at symphonic environments

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Primary Instrument



Buenos Aires

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Clinic/Workshop Information

Specifically on the subject of tango: the class works on the vocabulary of the genre, explaining and observing articulations, basic rhythmic cells and harmonic organization of common practice of this style and progressions most commonly used. It also refers to the melodic processes that are involved in the arrangement, the melodic episodes of an arrangement that accompanies or completes a melody, phrasing, and interpretations that tango masters made from a basic melody. Classes are dynamic because students can interpret some arrangements for saxophone quartet of different levels of musical difficulty, from all tango eras which are used to work in class as a rehearsal conducted by Retamoza. Re-read of the “Seis Estudios Tanguisticos”, Astor Piazzolla’s work most spread in conservatories, music schools, universities, SPECIAL CLASS “Seis Estudios Tanguisticos” has been organized to work in Master Classes, emphasizing the rhythmic side of the pieces, the typical articulations of the genre and general interpretation of this music

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