I started working with a bandoneon player and tried my first project, which I called X Tango. 20 years have passed since Otero opened his ears to this wealth of ideas, and ever since he has pursued his vision of X Tango. On Nonesuch debut "Pagina da Buenos Aires" he evokes a felling of Buenos Aires. But the world Otero conjures up is all his own. Tango is a jumping-off point for an instrumental sound that boasts the improvisatory thrill of jazz within a more formal classical structure.
His work is often short, fast-paced and intense, full of enough dramatic stops and starts to astonish first-time listeners. Otero has composed and performed with recital symphonies and chamber groups in the US and Mexico. Actress Salam Hyek introduced Quincy Jones to Otero; subsequently Jones arrived unannounced backstage after Otero peformed a solo piano recital in Los Angeles, offering advice, encouragement and an open-ended invitation to do a project with him. Otero has collaborated with Bill Evans, sideman Eddied Gomez, flautist Dave Valentin and pianist/film composer Dave Grusin among others. He played with Chico O'Farrill's Jazz Orchestra at Linclon Center; and he's joined clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera on stage and in the studio.
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