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Grammy-winning composer and pianist Fernando Otero was deep into classical piano studies in his native Buenos Aires when he began to develop a unique and provocative style he called “X Tango.” Acclaimed albums like “Pagina de Buenos Aires” (2007) and the Latin Grammy Award–winning “Vital” (2010) combined the improvisational thrill of jazz with a contemporary classical structure in compositions that were often fast–paced and intense, full of dramatic stops and starts.

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Otero has collaborated with one-time Bill Evans sideman Eddie Gomez, flutist Dave Valentin and pianist/film composer Dave Grusin, among others. Lately, he’s been sitting in with Arturo O’Farrill’s Jazz Orchestra during their Sunday night residency at New York City’s Birdland, performing his compositions with this large jazz ensemble also at Lincoln Center and The Symphony Space. Most recently, he joined clarinetist Paquito D ’Rivera on stage and in the studio for the recording of the Grammy-Award winner CD “Funk Tango.”