Forthcoming World Music Network artist Martín Alvarado, widely considered to be Argentina’s finest and most significant contemporary tango vocalist, has won 'Concert by International Artist of the Year' in the Latin UK Awards for a performance in London last year.
Born and raised in the Buenos Aires barrio of Flores, Alvarado discovered his singing ability by chance at the age of nineteen, while studying the guitar in Buenos Aires. Later he travelled to Spain, where he was spotted singing in Barcelona and invited to perform in Finland, a country with hugely popular tango scene. News of his talent spread quickly and within two months of arriving there, he was performing with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.
Having toured internationally over the past ten years, Alvarado has won wide acclaim across the world for his 'extraordinarily beautiful' tenor voice, and already his acknowledged artistry is such that he is increasingly being recognised as a highly influential vocalist in the history of tango. In Argentina he has been a highly prolific composer and versatile collaborator, drawing comparisons with the late, great Carlos Gardel as a modern cantor nacional(national singer): a constant presence on the airwaves, recognized in all quarters of society.
Blessed with a stunning vocal and emotional range married to a commanding and charismatic stage presence, Alvarado has successfully undertaken interpretations of many styles, such as milongas, valses, candombes and zambas, also finding time to dig out rare works by celebrated poets and composers such as Astor Piazzolla. He has written over seventy pop and rock songs, as well as recording Spanish versions of well-known Finnish and Russian tangos.
Recently Alvarado has gained acclaim for his collaborations with some of the more avant-garde Finnish tango players, such as pianists Matti Laukkanen (of nuevo tango oufit Quinteto Otra Vez) and Mikko Helenius, in the process exchanging interpretations of well-known compositions and exploring new possibilities in a timeless genre.
Martín Alvarado will be on tour in the UK this month, following shows in Belgium, Finland and Russia. His latest album will be released on World Music Network in Summer 2013 - expect more details to follow in the coming months.