Enzo  Bonizzi - Estefanía Melonio

Enzo  Bonizzi - Estefanía Melonio. (Image via Americas Society video)

Music of the Americas: Guitars and Film

We continue our celebration of Brazilian music with a film about João Carlos Martins and videos featuring the guitar from Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.

En Casa continues with three videos featuring the guitar: Estefanía Melonio and Enzo Bonizzi from Uruguay, Diego Salvetti from Brazil, and Franco Moscatti from Argentina. On Friday, we host a live screening of the film João, o Maestro, with a discussion moderated by Larry Rother. 

En Casa: Estefanía Melonio - Enzo Bonizzi

Tuesday, November 15, 10 am

Uruguayan singer and composer Estefanía Melonio has appeared at the top venues in her country with musicians including Julio Frade, Julio Cobelli, Raúl Jaurena, Orquesta de Tango de la Ciudad de Montevideo, and the Montevideo Philharmonic, among others. 

From home in Montevideo and together with guitarist Enzo Bonizzi, she sent us "Milonga para Conrado," which appears on her second album, Melonio canta Arenas, which includes her original compositions with lyrics by José Arenas.

En Casa: Diego Salvetti

Wednesday, November 16, 10 am

Guitarist Diego Salvetti was born in Bergamo, in northern Italy, and currently lives in Brazil. He studied guitar with Giorgio Oltremari at the Istituto Superiore Studi Musicali "Gaetano Donizetti" - Conservatorio di Bergamo. After graduating, he began studying flamenco guitar with Livio Gianola, becoming one of the few guitarists that plays flamenco on an eight-string instrument.

From home in Tatuí, about 100 miles west of the city of São Paulo, he sent us his version of "Coup de Vent," by Italian guitar virtuoso Luigi Mozzani. Mozzani (1869-1943), who was a big figure in the world of guitar music during his life, but whose music is largely unknown. He composed a series of very interesting études at the turn of the last century. 

En Casa: Franco Moscatti

Thursday, November 10, 10 am

Argentine guitarist and singer Franco Moscatti was born in Bombal, close to Rosario, and has been playing the guitar since he was a child. He has performed in Argentina and throughout Latin America.

From his home in Bombal, Moscatti sent us the lullaby "Arrorró Vidita," by Suma Paz and Oscar Alem. Paz, a folk music legend, lived part of her childhood in the city.

Film Screening: João, o Maestro

Friday, November 18, 7 pm

Join us for a live screening of João, o Maestro, a biographical feature film, followed by a Q&A with director Mauro Lima and pianist João Carlos Martins, moderated by Larry Rother.

More information and reservations here


The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation.

The Fall 2022 Music program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by the Howard Gilman Foundation. 

New York Council on the Arts             Howard Gilman Foundation


Additional support comes from the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Amphion Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, New Music USA’s Organizational Development Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ ArtsForward program, made possible through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Augustine Foundation.