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Celebrated Tango Musician Octavio Brunetti Performs at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 13, 2013

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College is proud to present a rare New Jersey concert by world-renowned Tango musician Octavio Brunetti and his Urban Tango Trio on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sharp Theater at Ramapo’s Russ and Angelica Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts.

Formed in 2008, Urban Tango Trio is three virtuoso musicians: Octavio Brunetti, piano; Pedro Giraud, bass; and Machiko Ozawa, violin. Together they captivate audiences with the passion, beauty and excitement of Argentine music, taking them on a breathtaking musical journey that ranges from traditional favorites to contemporary 21st century interpretations.

Latin Grammy-winner Octavio Brunetti is considered one of the most sought-after tango pianists of our times, and has performed with many of Argentina’s most important tango musicians and singers. With his main ensemble, the Octavio Brunetti Quintet, he has appeared at the Kaufmann Hall, Jamaica Center for the Arts and the NY City Center. Mr Brunetti has performed with world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, jazz ambassador Paquito D’Rivera, Bandoneonist Daniel Binelli, and he has participated in numerous music festivals throughout the world, and performed in venues such as Symphony Space, The Blue Note, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. His recordings include Grammy award-winning CD “Te Amo Tango” with Raul Jaurena, and the original soundtrack music for the Francis Ford Coppola movies’ “Tetro” and “Twixt” composed by Osvaldo Golijov. Most recently, he composed the score for Ramapo Professor Marta Bautis’ film “Manku Wenu Lafken” (“A Condor in the Reeds”).

Mr. Brunett’s appearance is part of Ramapo’s Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence program. Named for noted scholar and African-American activist Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, the Schomburg Program is designed to impact students’ learning experiences through exposure to scholars, activists, authors and artists from diverse backgrounds with expertise in areas related to Ramapo’s intercultural/multicultural mission.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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