For those who were asking who my friend was in the restaurant a couple of weeks back, here he is – Emiliano Messiez. He is a sublimely talented musician, who has written (amongst much else) the music for Bordello, which is terrific! Do check him – and it – out.
BORDELLO – THE MUSICAL
Bordello is a re-imagined story based on historical facts in 1920s Buenos Aires, where the wave of immigration from Eastern Europe, unemployment and crime upends polite Argentine society. The culture undulates with Spanish, Italian, French and Yiddish, as Tango and Klezmer permeate the Argentine community. New ghettos house the dreamers and the schemers, and when they can’t find work in the factories, the more industrious make factories out of the women. Thousands of Bordellos make an obscene amount of money for the traffickers and the establishment that turns a blind eye until a young poet, CESAR, and a Jewish prostitute, RAQUEL, ultimately bring the Zvi Migdal to trial.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and based in New York City since 2016, Emiliano Messiez has become one of the most in-demand pianists in the US. He has played some of New York’s most notable music venues, including Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minton’s Playhouse, Trinity Church, The Bitter End, Caffe Vivaldi, Terraza 7, Club Bonafide, Fordham University, Astoria Tango Club, The Flatiron Room, Thalia Spanish Theatre and the Sembrich Opera Music Venue in Bolton Landing, among many others.
Outside of New York, Emiliano has performed at The Barnes Foundation and Lithuanian Music Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Milford Center for the Arts in Connecticut; The Plaza Theatre in El Paso, Texas and the Théâtre Maisonneuve at the Place des Arts in Montreal, Canada. He has also been featured at major music festivals around the world, such as the Baradero Rock Festival in Argentina, the CT Tango Festival in Connecticut, the Harlem Music Festival, the Tango Queer Festival in New York and the “Philly Tango Fest” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, among many others.
Emiliano has had the opportunity to play with some of the world’s top musicians throughout his career, such as Diego El Cigala (3 times Latin Grammy winner), Paquito de Rivera (16 times Grammy Award winner), Dino Saluzzi (3 times Konex Award winner), Concha Buika (Grammy Award winner), Raul Jaurena (Latin Grammy Award winner), Fernando Otero (Grammy Award winner), Celeste Carballo, Leon Gieco, Horacio Romo, JP Jofre, Pablo Aslan, Pedro Giraudo, Alan Plachta, Martin Sued and Jose Luis Infantino. With Jose Luis Infantino, he recorded an album titled “Silencio” in 2004 which received a Unesco Prize for music, given to musicians whose work has contributed to the enrichment and development of music.
Emiliano is the pianist for the hit Broadway and London show “Forever Tango”, a show that has been seen for more than 8.000.000 people around the world, and the pianist of the group The Aces of Rhythm, a Tango sextet based in New York City. He has also served as the music director and pianist for the successful shows “Impact” and “Tango Buenos Aires”, created by Mario & Daniel Celario, and is the creator of “Barolo Tango,” a live tango show based in Argentina.
Since he moved to New York City, Emiliano has created several project such as the “EM Trio”, the “EM Quartet”, the “Típica Messiez” (a 10 piece Tango Orchestra) and “Tango Dueling Pianos” a unique and never seen before Tango Show with two pianist on stage.
Emiliano began playing the piano by ear at the age of 3. From there, he dedicated his life to the piano, studied and graduated from the National University of the Arts (UNA – Universidad Nacional de las Artes) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He later joined the faculty there, teaching courses in Counterpoint, Harmony and Music History in the Department of Composition. He also attended and graduated from Berklee College of Music’s Escuela de Music Contemporánea (EMC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Beyond his extensive training in Classical Music, Emiliano has also mastered Tango, Jazz, Pop music and the many Latin-American rhythms of Argentina, Spain and Brazil.