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Javier Girotto

Javier Edgardo Girotto plays soprano, baritone saxophone, flute, bass clarinet, quenas, sicus. He was born in Cordoba, Argentina and took an interest in music thanks to his grandfather A.L.Caroli, band director, first playing snare drum, then clarinet in E flat in the Infanto Juvenil de Cordoba and in the band of Villa del Rosario, then he changed to clarinet in B flat. For a musician to change from clarinet to saxophone is quite natural. Having chosen sax alto, in Buenos Aires, he looked for someone who could introduce him to jazz, but had no luck. Once again in Cordoba he created his first jazz- inspired groups, and dedicated himself also to commercial music known as “Quartetos”. At sixteen he studied the classics, enrolled in the Provincial De Cordoba Conservatory and as a saxophone class did not exist, he attended a clarinet and flute class obtaining an average level in both instruments.. Together with his studies at the conservatory he collaborated with various groups, among which the Vertiente, a mixture of fusion and argentinian folklore, the Jazz 440, “Jam”, Enzo Piccioni Quartet and the Juan Ciallella Quartet. At age 19 he won a scholarship at the Berklee College of Music and at last all the jazz doors opened. He stayed in the prestigious bostonian school for four years, graduating in Professional Music “Magnum Cum Laude”. These four years in the US are important, a period in which he deepened his composition, arrangment, sax and improvisation studies with teachers of the calabre of Joseph Viola, George Garzone, Hall Crook e Jerry Bergonzi

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