Artists Worth Checking Out: Ligia Piro

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Image courtesy of sitemusic.com.ar (above) and solepertino.com.ar (below)

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Ligia Piro was born on August 1, 1971 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the daughter of singer Susana Rinaldi and bandoneon player Osvaldo Piro.  Her biggest influences growing up were Susana Rinaldi, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday.

She also spent several years as an acclaimed actress, mainly working in telenovelas.  Among her nominations came for the ACE Award in the musical Gotán (1996) and would win an ACE Award for Best Supporting Actress for Plum Wine in 2003.  She also starred in the musical Nine, The Romance of Romeo and Juliet (2002) and also played Julita on television in the telenovela simply titled, Man Sea.

The popular jazz singer published her first album in 2003 which won the 2005 Knoez prize as Best Jazz Soloist.

Baby begins new music chapter

A smashing number ala Liza Minnelli fame kicks off with “Love Me Or Leave Me”, then the pace slows dramatically on “You Don’t Know What Love Is.”  The first foray into her native Portuguese occurs on Track 3 with “Pra Machucar Meu Coracao” (translated means, “To Hurt My Heart”.  More cool romantic songs continue on the next two tracks with “Call Me Irresponsible” and “P.S. I Love You”.

One small correction in the track listing:  Reverse the 8 and 9 tracks which should read:

8) “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”

9) “At Last”, the Etta James classic

The album closes out with “The Man I Love” and a bonus Portuguese song, “Samba De Orly” (loosely translated from French).

In 2006, her second major studio album was released.

This album has very bubbly pop elements throughout.  It starts out with the Spanish number, “El Surco” (or “Groove”).  The pace alternates between slow and faster tempos between Tracks 2 and 3, before taking a snail’s pace on Track 4 “La Llorona” (or “Moaning”) and Track 5 with Liliana Herrero contributing key vocals on “La Jardinera” (or “The Gardener”).  Lots of baby sounds greet you on Track 6 before the snappy, toe-tapping number “El Monigote” (or “The Stooge”).

The title track appears on Track 7, followed by seven straight very slow tempo songs.  It closes out with a real bang with “Nada” (or “Nothing”), special vocals from Osvaldo Piro.  A few more albums would follow in the next few years, but haven’t had quite the impact that my ‘two-fer’ picks have garnered on both sides of the Equator.

And there are plenty of really adorable pics of Ligia looking her summer best, now that summer has finally broken out after over seven weeks of extended winter for most Americans living in the Midwest and New England regions.

These albums are great for either indoor or outdoor entertaining, it does not too rushed to miss a key moment in a lively conservation or if you just want to kick off your heels/shoes and kick back after surviving a rough day/night.

Next week before the official kickoff of summer in the United States, I will pay tribute to an album made during the same year when The Steel City of Pittsburgh had both championship teams in the National Football League with the Steelers and the “We Are Family” bunch of Sister Sledge fame and those fun loving Pirates that shocked the world in October 1979 capturing their second World Series title in eight seasons over the Baltimore Orioles.

Look for the late American jazz fusion great George Duke when he took his own trip to record an album in Brazil.  I bet you will be pleasantly surprised by the results.

Enjoy your weekend.

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