|Juan Pablo Greco
was born in Montevideo (R.O. of Uruguay) and resides
from his childhood in Buenos Aires (R. Argentina). He has studied
classic and popular guitar, with professors Tzvetan Sabev, Agustín
Carlevaro and Alfredo Sadi, among others. He undertook studies
of harmony, counterpoint, arrangements and composition selfly-taught,
perfecting with professors Rodolfo Alchourron and the musicologist
and composer Coriun Aharonian. He participated in the first
seminar on candombe, taught by the musician and musicologist
Luis Ferreira, in the General San Martin Cultural Center of
he has delivered classes both privately and in specialized
institutions like "Escuela Argentina de Tango" of
the Borges Cultural Center and in the Instituto Vocacional
de Artes (I.V.A.) from the Buenos Aires City Government, specializing
in professor of guitar and musical arrangements and in Argentinian
He became specialized as instrumentist
and composer in the treatment of popular music of
the Rio de la Plata region, creating the “Quinteto
Inmigrante”, which performed in several cities in
Argentina and Uruguay. With this group he was selected to
participate in the 1994, 1995 edition of the Internacional
Festival of Music “Mar del Jazz” and in the Instrumental
Music Festival “Montevideo 95” second edition.
The work of the Quinteto Inmigrante was sponsored many times
by the Cultural area of the Embassy of the Oriental Republic
of Uruguay in Argentina. The book “Jazz Criollo y otras
yerbas” of the respected music journalist Walter Tiers
remarks his labor as composer.
He has been arranger and musician for many interpreters
of the gender, among others, the fundamental artist Lágrima
Rios, having componed a special play for her (“Milongón
de dos orillas”), edited in her CD “Cantando Sueños”.
Later he worked in the direction and arrangements for the
poet and singer Pilar Rodríguez Castillo, daugther
of the great master Osiris, before her tour to Spain.
He has also composed original music for theater plays and
In 1999 his
featuring the Juan Pablo Greco Quintet. The quintet performed
in key theatres of Buenos Aires, including Teatro Nacional
Cervantes, Teatro General San Martin hall AB, and in the circuit
specialized in Jazz and popular Fusion music. The CD received
very positive critics in the Music sections of the main newspapers
from Buenos Aires and the Provinces, in “Jazz Magazine”
in France and in Denmark.
J. P. Greco is musical director
of a tango show titled “Homero Manzi, esquina
tango” for the tradicional tango house “Homero
Manzi” in San Juan and Boedo streets, Buenos Aires.
The master Leon Benaros makes a special offering to Juan Pablo,
a play made in cooperation with master Sebastian Piana named
“Cara de Negro,
doce candombes y pregones de Bs. As. ”(Black man
face, twelve candombe and cries of Buenos Aires)”. The
play requires Juan Pablo to multiply as interpreter, arranger
and musical director and he adds to it findings of his research
on candombe in Buenos Aires. The play is programmed by the
National Direction of Arts, branch of the Secretary of Culture
of Argentina (National Government) and gets full hall audience
attendance in the three functions performed at the Nacional
Centre for Music and Dance , Carlos Guastavino hall.
Currently he continues his work
as componer and interpreter, performing with the “Juan
Pablo Greco Trio”, with their proposal of Tango Candombe.
He also continues teaching and he is advisor in the “Partituras
Project” of the Argentina National Library. He is finishing
a book about his research of candombe in Argentina and he
is recording a solo CD with his own arrangements of tangos
of both well known authors and his own.
In the Argentina Government Cultural
administration, Juan Pablo has collaborated and supported
the initiatives of Professor Eduardo Rodriguez Arguibel, carrying
on many tasks during a three year period, in which Juan Pablo
was responsible for the initial phase of organization and
classification of the Fonoteca Nacional, as technical secretary
of the National Orchestra of argentinian music "Juan
de Dios Filiberto" and as collaborator to the National
Director of Arts.
He then worked as collaborator of the Director of the Teatro
Argentino de La Plata, Profesor Eduardo Rodriguez Arguibel,
carrying oy many tasks in the area.