Juan Pollo Raffo Grupo
Juan “Pollo” Raffo (Buenos Aires, 1959) is a composer, arranger, conductor, keyboardist and music teacher. In the academic field, he has received a Summa Cum Laude Diploma in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a Master of Arts degree in Composition from New York University (NYU), having pursued this graduate study under the auspices of a Fulbright scholarship. He has led various cult groups in the Argentinean contemporary popular music scene. In 2003 he produced the album “Soundances”, by trumpeter Diego Urcola, who won twice Grammy nomination (USA Grammys and Latin Grammys) in the category “Best Latin Jazz Album”. In 2006 he composed music for the album “Viva” by the same artist, which also involved Paquito D’Rivera and Dave Samuels. This latter work was also nominated for a Grammy in the same category. Since 2003 he leads “Raffo”, the group dedicated to the interpretation of his own compositions that combine the rhythms and the character of South American music with the spirit of jazz improvisation. In 2015 he received the Konex Platinum Award to popular music as the prime exponent of the decade 2005-2014 in the discipline “Instrumental / Fusion”. To date the band has released three albums, the volumes 1, 2 and 3 of the series “Music from Flores”. They are currently presenting their fourth album “Brindis / Música de Flores Vol. 4”.