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Daniel Binelli, Pedro H. da Silva: Bio

An internationally renowned composer, arranger, and master of the bandoneon, Argentine Daniel Binelli tours extensively in concerts and recitals. Binelli is also widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent and torchbearer of the music of Astor Piazzolla. In 1989 Daniel Binelli joined Piazzolla's New Tango Sextet, touring internationally.

Binelli has appeared as guest soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Philadelphia, Atlanta, Virginia, Sidney, Montreal, Ottawa, Saint Petersburg, and Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, among others. Some of the conductors with whom he has worked include: Charles Dutoit, Lalo Schiffrin, Franz Paul Decker, Robert Spano, JoAnn Faletta, Giselle Ben Dor, Isaiah Jackson, Michael Christie, Lior Shambadal, and Daniel Schweitzer. Binelli conducted Piazzolla´s operetta: "María de Buenos Aires" in Sicily (Italy) with Italian singer, Milva.

Binelli's collaborations include duo performances with pianist Polly Ferman and guitarist Eduardo Isaac, as well as the Binelli-Ferman-Isaac Trio. Daniel Binelli is the Musical Director of Tango Metropolis Company, featured in the PBS Documentary "Tango, the Spirit of Argentina" and in a BBC documentary on Astor Piazzolla's life.

A seasoned composer in his own right, Binelli has created and arranged music for solo instruments, quintet, chamber and symphonic orchestras, dance and film music. His versatility allowed him to work from all Tango styles to the contemporary language. Some of the many international orchestras, ensembles and Tango companies, that have requested arrangements or commissioned works from Daniel Binelli include the Zurich Symphony,  Edmonton Symphony,  Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival,  Montevideo Philharmonic, Colombia Symphony, Buglisi-Foreman Dance Company, Tango Metropolis Company, GlamourTango Company, Milva,  as well as Osvaldo Pugliese Orquesta Tipica, and Tango 7. Additionally, Binelli has composed music for the Argentine films: "India Pravile," "Funes, un Gran Amor" and "Tango, Baile Nuestro." www.danielbinelli.com  


Pedro H. da Silva is a Portuguese composer, multi-instrumentalist, professor, and lecturer in various fields of music, arts, and sciences. He is a member of the New York University faculty in composition, classical guitar, mandolin, banjo, and sitar, and presents master classes and lectures internationally at museums, universities, and institutions on a variety of topics ranging from music and physics, art, and music technology, with sold-out courses at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC). 

As a result of a multicultural upbringing – he was raised in six countries in Europe and North America with extensive travel in Asia and Latin America – along with his lifelong exploration of World music and ethnomusicology, da Silva innovates using classical guitar techniques on the 18 stringed instruments that he plays, thus expanding the vocabulary of the Portuguese guitar beyond traditional fado technique.

Da Silva has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, such as: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, and MoMA in New York; Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; Musée du Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, and Versailles Palace in France; Monserrate Palace, and Centro Cultural de Belém in Portugal; Auditorio Silvestre Revueltas in Mexico City; Kew Royal Palace in London; and Bartók Radio in Budapest, Hungary among many others. 

He was commissioned a ballet by the José Limón Dance Company, which premiered in April 2014 with seven sold-out performances at the Joyce Theater in New York City. He performed his own works as soloist with the Orchestre Lamoureux in Paris and the London Metropolitan Orchestra in the UK. Da Silva recorded guitar for two films by Oscar-winning director Michel Gondry ("Be Kind Rewind" ft. Jack Black, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Sigourney Weaver, and Mos Def; and "Interior Design" from the "Tokyo" trilogy) and composed the score for nine films, including Richard Témtchine's "How to Seduce Difficult Women."

Da Silva is the Music Director of the Manhattan Camerata, a cross-cultural chamber orchestra, which he co-founded with his wife, the Argentine composer and pianist Lucía Caruso.   www.pedrodasilva.com

1 Quiero ser tu sombra - La partida by Hector Quattromano
2 Cancao - Verdes Anos by Carlos Paredes
3 El Choclo - tango by Angel Villoldo
4 Lisboa Antiga by Jose Galhardo / Amadeu do Vale / Raul Ferrao
5 Lachryme by Pedro H. da Silva
6 Maria Lisboa (fado) by David Mourao-Ferreira e Alain Oulman
7 Oblivion - milonga lenta by Astor Piazzolla
8 Paris Desde Aqui by Daniel Binelli
9 Leyenda - Asturias by Isaac Albeniz
10 Preludio y Candombe - Llamada de tambores by Daniel Binelli
Tango Fado Project 2012: Binelli-Ferman Duo & Manhattan Camerata @ Le Poisson Rouge, NYC

The New-York-based Duo, featuring an internationally renowned composer, arranger, and master of the bandoneon, Argentine Daniel Binelli and a Portuguese composer, multi-instrumentalist, professor, and lecturer in various fields of music, arts, and sciences Pedro H. da Silva, released their second recording on the Sorel Classics label. 

At the heart of fado and tango lie the instruments that single-handedly represent each style: the Portuguese guitar and the Bandoneón, respectively. By highlighting the relationship between the sensuality of tango and the passion of fado, this fusion introduces a brand new vibrant dynamic to both. Tango Fado Duo is the first album in the world to feature exclusively Portuguese guitar and bandoneón, making this project unique and historical. 

Crossover Media Projects with: Daniel Binelli, Pedro H. da Silva