Undoubted reference for saxophone and tango and with eight record releases as a leader, saxophonist and composer Jorge Retamoza explores innovative ways for tango in the twenty-first century, with pieces that combine strictly composed music with improvisation, with the sounds of tango at the forefront, delivering his unique take on Buenos Aires music, where the shapes of tango are mixed with the expressive sound of the baritone saxophone, building a new personal musical universe.
He tours Argentina, America, and Europe, performing in theaters, festivals, cultural centers, and universities, in addition to offering master classes in educational areas in America and Europe.
He is the author of «El tango desde el saxo», a book commissioned by Melos Ediciones Musicales and dedicated to the interpretation of Buenos Aires music with the saxophone. In 2020 a second book will be published, “Más Tango para el Saxo” where the work began in the first volume is deepened by adding variations, orchestral studies, and improvisational exercises with tango vocabulary.
He plays as a guest soloist of Argentine and foreign orchestras. In the academic field, he premiered his works Concierto para Saxo Tenor, Bandoneon y Orquesta, Tres Escenas Porteñas, for two Bass Clarinets and Symphonic Band, En Blanco y Negro Buenos Aires for Bandoneon and Six Percussionists., Concertango for Baritone Sax and Orchestra, 2016 – National Fund of the Arts of Argentina Award. He is the first Argentine saxophonist to fully record Piazzolla’s Six Tango Etudes, and this is also the first world recording of the work in a version for solo saxophone and string orchestra. Recording made in Germany in co-production with the prestigious SR (Public Radio and TV) of that country
As a composer, he wrote music for television and radio, for installations in galleries and museums, as well as for animation films.
In 1998 he obtained by competition the position of baritone saxophone in the Symphonic Band of the City of Buenos Aires. Professor of saxophone in the Chair of Argentine Music of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel de Falla Buenos Aires. Jorge Retamoza is an endorsement by Gonzalez Reeds
He has shared the stage with a plethora of popular and academic musicians from Argentina and South America performing on the main Argentine stages. In addition, he recorded and toured with international artists such as Isabel Pantoja, Sandro, and Celia Cruz, as a member of their groups or orchestras.
He received awards and scholarships from Buenos Aires Metropolitan Fund of Culture (2006), Festival of Latin American Shorts Films in New York(2007), Tribuna de la Música Argentina-UNESCO (2008), Instituto Nacional de Música Argentina (2015 and 2018) Fondo Nacional de las Artes de Argentina (2016)