Argentinian Pianist & Painter Fulvio Giraudo

By: Azad Karimi

I find that it is a good time for tango. Notoriously neglected, discontinued, in the sixties, seventies, until the nineties or beginning of the new century. There is a resurgence, in the hands of young people.



Argentinian Pianist & Painter Fulvio Giraudo

By Azad Karimi


Without Introduction For this introduction, I will choose a keyword from my artist friend Fulvio and write a few lines about it: in answer to my third question, he refers to his experiences and different music.

What are the criteria for "Different Music"? and which of these criteria do we consider into the basis of artistic aesthetics in form, content, context, or logic?

The answer to all these questions in these four areas, in my opinion, goes back to the historical identity of a nation or what it calls the "nature of the people of a land."

When we say the people of a land, we have a direct view of the social cohesion of a group of human beings who have learned to live together and to follow a series of norms.

Language and its manifestations are the cornerstones of this social cohesive context. One of the manifestations of language is the tool of expression and one of the tools of expression is music and music is a vast arena for presenting the emotional concepts and meanings of human beings and given the diversity of ethnic communities in the world, we know all kinds of music styles.

My inference from "Different Music" is the ability to relate a particular type of musical performance to the most unknown and profound spiritual and emotional dimensions of human and this refers to is in the human subconscious mind, which is part of the treasury of the secrets of human creation, which is known as the metaphysical dimension of man, so the musical tastes of human beings and even ethnic groups are different.

I will end the discussion here and ask you to pay attention to the text of my interview with my artist friend Fulvio. I am sure his answers are interesting and useful. I wish him and his family success.



Thank you!




1- Please present yourself: (Name, education, Civil status and...)

. My name is Fulvio Giraudo. I'm forty-three years old. I was born in the City of Quilmes, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My girlfriend is expecting our first daughter, Elena, who will be born in the middle of November.


2-What is your artistic specialize?

. I am a pianist and I specialize in the Tango genre.


3- When and how did you become interested in this field of art?

. I don't remember when I started to be interested in art, but it was probably before I spoke. My first passion was painting. I don't come from a family of artists, but my parents have always supported and encouraged me in all my interests. I began to admire the piano, because an uncle had a small vertical piano in his house. I learned my first notes from him, and also the taste for different music. My entry into the conservatory was at the age of nine. The building was in the same building where the Academy of Fine Arts worked, where I had attended since I was seven. My first years of study were without an instrument at home. I was going to practice at my uncle’s house. There were many scores of varied music there. So during breaks I took advantage of reading, I was very curious to discover music in that way. I was putting together repertoires from a very young age, to play at the family gatherings that took place there. This is how my first encounters with waltzes, sonatas, foxtrots, paso dobles, rancheras, milongas and tangos were.


4- Who was your motivator?

. Already more advanced in the conservatory, around the age of twelve, I fell in love with Piazzolla's compositions. I devoted myself almost entirely to chamber music, going through baroque music (I also studied harpsichord), as well as duets, trios and passing through some small orchestras. I was a disciple of Susana Agrest, a disciple of Friedrich Gulda and Bruno Seidlhofer.


5- What was your parent’s reaction?

. My parents, as I mentioned, always happily encouraged and supported me in these decisions. I just had a big argument, especially with my mother. I was studying hard at fourteen, fifteen, and I thought high school was a waste of time; I wanted more for piano and music. I knew it was not unusual to drop out of high school in the third year... but my parents were against it. That is why I finished it and having signed the emancipation to be able to travel without prior authorization from them, I left my paternal home before I was eighteen years old. I didn't see them for some months. 


6- When started you such as a professional artist/ Pianist musician?

. I began to play tango professionally with Arturo Penón, bandoneonist of Maestro Osvaldo Pugliese. Then at the age of seventeen in the Sexteto Sur, a young tango group that in the nineties had a hectic activity. I worked in night shows for many years, and traveled around the world with different groups and companies. Now and for twelve years I have been a pianist for the Sexteto Mayor. 


7- Are you thankful and happy because of your activities as a musician?

. I am grateful and immensely happy to be able to make music, and to live from it. And it is at the same time an infinite desire, which is constantly renewed. That is not why I have stopped enjoying and loving painting. 


8- What is music culture? What is music logic?

. There are all questions in music to me, but above all... we can find some answers. With art we seek to say something, but what do we have to say?... inevitably... because it reflects, because it is who we are. A whole life would be good looking for it. Unlike the plastic arts, music is intangible, it happens in time, in that time that cannot be stopped, that passes, like our passage through life. If we don't get the answers, we at least try to get closer to them. 


9- Why do some songs become immortal?

. I believe that some musical works are immortal for different reasons but are they really immortal? We don't know… Yes, there are masterpieces, as in all art, and perhaps they deserve eternity. They teach us, they surprise us continually, and especially differently each time. They can be rediscovered, inexhaustible. But although the intellectual work that decants in a great work is worthy of admiration, for the beauty and mystery it offers us, let us not forget that the simplest melody, the improvised whistle of a walker, the first words of a child, and more even the song of a bird or the sound of the sea, enclose or contain the most beautiful treasure, that of emotion, the result of the artist's inspiration ... the beauty of the universe. 


10- How you see the Music, Orchestration, art and culture in your perspective? I mean your prediction for the future of music!

. For this question first I want to say that I do not have a forecast regarding the future of music. But in that sense it seems to me fortunate not to know the possible paths. I listened with interest to some art historians talking about the theory of continuing, today, under the great movement of romanticism. Well, it would seem silly at first to think this way, knowing that Contemporary Music encompasses different movements, many... modern, postmodern, conceptualism, postminimalism, sound art, spectralism, electronic music, among others... so much? everything so fast? I think they are currents within the same waters... and I believe in the romantic spirit, but time will tell... in any case, the names or qualifications are not very important. 


11- Can you become one part of the cultural movement for motivation in youth or new generation in your country and so than?

. I find that it is a good time for tango. Notoriously neglected, discontinued, in the sixties, seventies, until the nineties or beginning of the new century. There is a resurgence, in the hands of young people. A creative search, taking part, artistic responsibility, without which it would inevitably become museum music, dead music, perhaps embalmed to show "how it was". Popular Music was born and was in its splendor. It is not now, and I cannot hope that it will occupy that place again. But I do believe and encourage that the more artists are interested in it, the more possibilities it has to be alive and grow. One aspect, and not unimportant, is the lack of government support to the extent that it is needed. I feel like so many colleagues a Generational Responsibility with regard to living art, to have something to say, from now on. Helping, defending and "taking charge" of the militancy it demands. 


12- How can you help our world become a better place to live? 13- Have you more word to say or suggest for our readers?

. There are many essential “foods”. Well, starting with the main and most important one, which nourishes us physically, enables us to survive, fortunately to be healthy, and then to think, feel... as an artist, as a musician, as a pianist, I dedicate myself to offering, for whoever wants, that humble but honest "food".