His native city of Montevideo, Uruguay, has given composer Alejandro Muzio both a most unique instrumental medium, the bandoneón, and the marking influence of the tango, the signature urban sound of the Río de la Plata. A prolific composer of chamber works, as well as music for the screen and the stage, Muzio has been featured locally at venues such as the Corcoran Gallery, Meridian House and the Kennedy Center, and internationally with original music for theater productions of major Latin-American playwrights, some of which have toured extensively. He is currently a regular contributor to CityDance Ensemble's original music series. His work for film and television has received Grand Prize at the Washington Latino Film Festival (Un Beso, 1998) and the Crystal Communicator Award (National Parks, 2000). He holds degrees form the University of Uruguay, the Falleri Conservatory, the University of Minnesota, and the Catholic University of America.
Born in Tacuarembó, Uruguay, December 11, 1883, Carlos Gardel is universally recognized as the greatest tango singer of all times. An extraordinarily intuitive composer, he recorded more than eight hundred songs and starred in several films. He died in a plane crash over Medellín, Colombia, June 24, 1935. El Día que me Quieras is strong proof of his unparalleled mastery of the Tango Canción style.
Gerardo Matos Rodríguez, author of La Cumparsita, was born in Montevideo in 1898. He was still a minor when he wrote what would become the most famous of all tangos, premiered on April 19, 1917 in the Café La Giralda (today Palacio Salvo) by the orchestra of Roberto Firpo. His music career took him to Paris where he wrote most of the music for the film Luces de Buenos Aires, starring Carlos Gardel. Matos died on April 25, 1948.