Eduardo Oscar Rovira
was born on April 30, 1925 in Lanús (Prov. Buenos Aires).
At the age of 9 years he started as a musician playing in the
Café Germinal at the Calle Corrientes with the orchestra of
Francisco Alessio and two years later he became member of
Vicente Fiorentino's band.
In spite of his age, he could compete musically with other musicians of
the time and during the 40ties he acted with
orchestras like Florindo Sassone, Antonio Rodio,
Orlando Goñi, Miguel Caló, Osmar Maderna and
Juan Esteban Martínez Pirincho (Montevideo).
He not only accompanied many singers, but worked also as an arranger,
basically within the context of an Orquesta Típica.
With his own orchestra
he presented traditional tangos at Radio Splendid and on international
tours. In the 50ties he worked with
José Basso, Juan E. Martínez. Alfredo Gobbi
and Osvaldo Manzi and many others. He belongs since this time to the
group of avantgarde and experimental tango together with
Astor Piazzolla, Horacio Salgán,
Atilio Stampone and people coming from
- born on April 30th in Lanús, Province of Buenos Aires
- first performance in the Café Germinal (calle Corrientes)
with the orchestra of Francisco Alessio
- member of the Vicente Fiorentino's band and many other
- conductor of the orchestra of Alberto Castillo, writing
the original arrangement of Pobre mi madre querida.
Pedro Aguilar, violinist of the orchestra, became later
Rovira's high level teacher.
Rovira also formes part of Roberto Caló's group and
founds his own band.
- works for Radio Splendid
- He toures through Spain and Portugal with a band
and the dance troupe of Alfredo Alaria
and the singer Juan Carlos Fabri.
- Back in Buenos Aires he joins the orchestra of Alfredo Gobbi
writing his first famous tango:
Again an own formation Del Río-Rovira he shares the fame
with the singer Alfredo Río recording for the label
TK with strings group and as soloist until the singers
José Barón and Jorge Hidalgo took his place.
- As work is getting rare, Rovira shares also Osvaldo Manzi's
orchestra as first bandoneonist. Here he composes his great
tango FEBRIL. As a trio with Manzi (piano) and
(double bass) he accompanies the singer Silvia del Río.
he also becomes member of the band of Carlos Figari.
- This year he starts his most important step of the career with
the Octeto de La Plata conducted by Omar Luppi for
them he writes the arrangements.
- This experience leads him to form the
Agrupación de Tango Moderno
(octet, later septet), with a first performance on December,
1st at the School of Medicine and recording for
the labels Record and Microfón and offers concerts
for the Círculo de Amigos del Buen Tango
(Circle of Friends of the Good Tango).
After that time he playes as soloist in the orchestra of
Hécor María Artola
- First he joins the cuartet of Reynaldo Nichelle, then
he founds a soloist formation where the bandoneon takes a leading
role within the group and where Reynaldo Nichelle
(violin) is some times replaced by Hugo Baralis, the pianists
are Leopoldo Soria, Osvaldo Manzi and
Atilio Stampone. Particularly with Nichelle and Stampone they
have great success in the difficult time. Then Rovira becomes first
bandoneonist of Stampone's orchestra while Nichelle is the
violin soloist. They join their musicians to an octet for which
Rovira composes the ballet suite Tango Buenos Aires based on
poems of Fernando Gibert. His works are also included in
various short films and in the show Ciudad Nuestra Buenos Aires
also with poems of Fernando Guibert and choreogrphy
of Oscar Araiz.
A new trio starts on November 25th 1965 in Gotan
(Talcahuano 360) and Tango 66 of the pasaje Seaver and
he recorded a LP for the Universidad del Litoral (for more details see the discography)
This formation exists until 1970 while making the recording
of Sónico using for the first time an electronic amplification
for all the envolved instruments resulting in a new sound effect
using a special soft pedal for the bandoneon.
- He moves to La Plata (Tolosa) as an instrumentalist of the
Police Band of the Buenos Aires Province.
- During the Campora's gouvernment he becomes Head of the
La Plata Teatro Argentino. Here he plays with great skill
the bandoneon, piano and english horn. He starts forming a wind
orchestra but loosing his audience. His come back is
initiated by his long play Que lo Paren.
- On July 28th he dies. Thanks to Osvaldo Pugliese,
A Evaristo Carriego
has been widely known.