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by Gustavo Casenave

"IDENTIDAD" is a virtuosic composition for piano solo by Latin Grammy Nominee and Steinway Artist Gustavo Casenave, that features the very essence of the composer/performer.
Genre: Classical: Impressionism
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"Identidad" - piano solo
Copyright: Gustavo Casenave - AGADU Uruguay


Recorded at East Side Studio (NYC) on March 13th , 2012.
Recording Engineer: Alex Venguer
Piano: Steinway & Sons Model D
Mastering: Fula Records Studio (NYC) May 2014

Cover Photo: Maria Eugenia Dura
Cover design by Vicky Barranguet -

Produced by Eduardo Milieris & Gustavo Casenave
Executive Producer: Eduardo Milieris

Special Thanks to Vicky Barranguet, Lola and Simone Casenave, Eduardo Milieris, Maru Dura, Alex Venguer and Steinway & Sons.

GUSTAVO CASENAVE (Steinway Artists and Latin Grammy Nominee 2012) Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, pianist, composer, producer, and former Director of the Jazz Department at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New York City, is considered by the Uruguayan press as “one of the best pianist our country has” (Diario El Pais - Uruguay), and “exuberant, virtuoso… by the New York Times (2011).

An active performer in the jazz world and the contemporary classical scene, as well as being one of the most on demand Tango composer, pianist and educator, in the US. He moved to New York City in 1997, after graduating with honors from Berklee College of Music where he was selected among the ten best composers coming out from Berklee in 30 years (1966-1996) Steinway Artists since May 2014, 2012 Latin GRAMMY Award Nominee, “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” for his track: "Miñoqui" from the album "Tango Casenave" (Watchcraft Music), with special guest Eddie Gomez. 2013 New Music USA Composition Awardee, 2013 Con Edison Composers Residence Awardee.

Casenave has been touring extensible since 1994 through Europe, Asia, South, Central and North America, presenting his music with different Jazz, Tango, and chamber ensembles, performing at numerous venues worldwide, including: Jazz Festivals, international contests, concert halls, jazz clubs, radio and TV such as: Blue Note (NYC) Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA), Harris Theatre (Chicago) NY City Center (New York), Symphony Space (New York), Chung Mu Art Hall (Korea), Europe Jazz Contest '99 (Belgium), "Porgy & Bess" Jazz Club (Vienna/Austria), Lincoln Center (NewYork City) and Kodak Theatre (LA) among many others. Worked as Musical Director, pianist, composer, producer and arranger, of multiple international Tango shows, including: Tango Fire, Forever Tango, Eternal Tango Orchestra, Painting Tango, Tango Casenave, Tango Connection, Tango Buenos Aires, Tanguardia, New York Tango Trio, Tango Noir, Avantango and New York - Buenos Aires Connection among others.

With more than 20 years of teaching experience, he is a current guest artist for master classes and lectures at The Juilliard School and faculty at the Stowe Tango Music Festival 2014. He also taught at: NYU, Yale University, University of Florida, University of Uruguay, Waldorf Schule (Austria), and Klagenfurt Music Conservatory (Austria) and directed the Jazz Department at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts (NYC) for three years (2009 – 2012). In 2012, he was invited to participate on Uruguay's most prestigious music series: "Los Grandes Musicos del Uruguay”, with a sold out performance at Teatro Solis (Uruguay's National Theatre).

He was Bette Midler's Musical Director for 2 years, and worked also as her accompanist and private teacher. He was commissioned to do an arrangement of one of his original compositions, for the ensemble "The twelve cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic", and co-wrote, arranged and recorded the Tango" Volvere" with actor Robert Duvall, which was premiered at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

He performed and recorded with several Grammy and Oscar award winners, and many internationally acclaimed artists such as: Bette Midler, Mark Egan, Jane Ira Bloom, Yo-Yo Ma, Neil Sedaca, Robert Duvall, Manolo Badrena, John Benitez, Federico Britos, Miguel Zenon, Avishai Cohen, Charlie Persip, Pedro Giraudo, RayVega, Hector del Curto, Ruth Brisbane and Curtis Lundy among others. His discography includes twelve albums as a band leader, and several appearances in other artists projects in labels such as: Baltic Records, Zoho Records, Fula Records, Perro Andaluz, Kamikatze Records, Watchcraft Music and Green Parrot Records.

In 1999, he won the International Award: "Belgian Artistic Promotion" at the Europe Jazz Contest 1999, and he is the composer for the Feature Film "La Cascara", that won numerous awards worldwide, at different film festivals, including: New York Film Festival, Bogota Film Festival and Leipzig Film Festival in 2007.

Current commissions include composing a piano concerto, by SODRE (Uruguay's National Symphony Orchestra), under the direction of Maestro Stefan Lano, and Casenave as soloist. Mr. Casenave, continues his musical journey, providing his audiences with high quality original music, with a very personal feel, reflected not only in his compositions, but on his electrifying performances, as stated by the press.



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