Montevideo Jazz Dreams
Personnel on MONTEVIDEO JAZZ DREAMS Beledo piano, guitar. Jorge Camiruaga vibraphone on tracks (1, 3, 4, 6, 8). Stefon Harris vibraphone on tracks (2, 5, 7, 9). Andy Middleton tenor and soprano saxophones. Randy Brecker trumpet. Chris Komer French horn. David Finck upright bass. Mark Walker drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8), vocal drums (1). Manolo Badrena drums, and percussion on (5, 9), vocals (9), percussion (1) About Beledo 'BELEDO is considered a real myth among Uruguayan music connoisseurs,' according to EL PAIS newspaper from Montevideo, Uruguay. Piano was Beledo's first instrument, however, he became a guitar hero in his late teenage years captivating audiences in Uruguay and Argentina.. Later on, his fusion effort of the early eighties in South America was noticed in the U.S. in articles for the upcoming talents in GUITAR PLAYER magazine and JAZZIZ magazine. Recently in the US, he participated in Manolo Badrena's percussion instructional video explaining the different voices of the Afro-Uruguayan rhythm called Candombe, and performing a candombe fusion song on guitar with Manolo on percussion. Beledo was the musical director of THE UPSIDE DOWN BOY, with music composed by CRISTIAN AMIGO. This musical was the 2004 production of the New York theatre and arts education and organization MAKING BOOKS SING. In his las visit to MONTEVIDEO Beledo gave a master class at the UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC offering his perspective of harmony, composition, and improvisation to classical music students. In 2001 BELEDO performed a series of concerts that included: guest soloist of the LANDES JUGEND JAZZ ORCHESTER HESSEN from Germany at the Jazz Tour 2001 in Montevideo and opening act for MARCUS MILLER BAND. This time BELEDO went back to his home town of Minas, Uruguay where he performed an unforgettable solo concert at the Club Minas' Concert Hall. In 1997 BELEDO went to Uruguay to perform a concert presenting the album LEJANAS SERRANIAS at the Theatre of the National Library. This is a World-Jazz acoustic work that incorporates classic Uruguayan musical forms such as triste, milonga, chimarrita, and candombe rhythms, as well as Spanish flamenco styles. Here in the U.S., he is the guitar player on the album FORWARD MOTION of the band OJOYO featuring saxophonist and band leader MORRIS GOLDBERG, and drummer ANTON FIG. He recorded piano and guitar for the candombe song 'Speak To Me'by BAKITHI KUMALO from South Africa included in his second solo album IN FRONT OF MY EYES . in 1996 BELEDO toured with the TROPICAL TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES featuring TITO PUENTE, CELIA CRUZ, TITO NIEVES, CHEO FELICIANO, and an all-star line up of Latin artists. This tour included Spain, Portugal, and Martinique with concerts in Madrid, Barcelona, Las Palmas, Valencia, La Coruña, Lisbon, and Fort de France. While he was based in Los Angeles, BELEDO attended the UCLA Certified Program for Film Scoring. Later, he co-produced music with PETER AYKROYD for the WARNER BROTHERS film, NOTHING BUT TROUBLE starring DEMI MOORE, JOHN CANDY, DAN AYKROYD, and CHEVY CHASE. Another sassion in L.A. for guitar player and composer BOB NAGY included GARY WILLIS (bass with Tribal Tech), and BILL BERG (drummer from Wayne Johnson Trio, Flim and the BB's, ). For three years BELEDO worked in ARGENTINA with PEDRO AZNAR (from The Pat Metheny Group), participating in his album, FOTOS DE TOKYO together with pianist MARIO PARMISANO (from Al Di Meola's Band). Aznar also participated in BELEDO's first album, ESCAPE. BELEDO performed and recorded with the group OPA in 1987, Montevideo, Uruguay, featuring RUBEN RADA and the FATTORUSO brothers, on the live album called OPA EN VIVO. Long noted as a guitarist, pianist, and composer, since he was a kid BELEDO performed with his group, SIDDHARTHA, in every theatre in his hometown of Montevideo. He attended the University School of Music in Uruguay and performed classical music recitals on the NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO and in various theatres. He was a founding member of the first Jazz Ensemble, sponsored by the school in an effort to integrate jazz into the traditional curriculum. He toured and recorded in ARGENTINA at top venues with PEDRO AZNAR, MIGUEL CANTILO, MIGUEL MATEOS, and RUBEN RADA. He also scored string ensembles for CANTILO's and DAVID LEBON's albums.