New York 2009
"BELEDO is considered a real myth among Uruguayan music connoisseurs," according to EL PAIS newspaper from Montevideo, Uruguay. Piano was Beledo's first instrument, however, he became a guitar hero in his late teenage years captivating audiences in Uruguay and Argentina.. Later on, his fusion effort of the early eighties in South America was noticed in the U.S. in articles for the upcoming talents in GUITAR PLAYER magazine and JAZZIZ magazine.
BELEDO performed at LA PATAIA International Jazz Festival in Punta del Este, and presented his project MONTEVIDEO JAZZ DREAMS at SALA ZITARROSA in Montevideo.
Beledo-Camiruaga Septeto at SALA ZITARROSA, Montevideo 2005
Beledo, Damián Barrera, Gerardo Alonso, Benjamin Browne, Santiago Gutierrez, Osvaldo Fattoruso,and Jorge Camiruaga
He gave a master class at the UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC offering his perspective of harmony, composition, and improvisation to classical music students.
Recently in the US, he participated in Manolo Badrena's percussion instructional video explaining the different voices of the Afro-Uruguayan rhythm called Candombe, and performing a candombe fusion song on guitar with Manolo on percussion.
BELEDO's new album MONTEVIDEO JAZZ DREAMS features STEFON HARRIS on vibraphone, RANDY BRECKER on trumpet, MARK WALKER and MANOLO BADRENA on drums, ANDY MIDDLETON on sax, CHRIS KOMER on french horn, DAVID FINCK on upright bass, and JORGE CAMIRUAGA on vibraphone.
Bele with Stefon in New York
In 2001 BELEDO performed a series of concerts that included: guest soloist of the LANDES JUGEND JAZZ ORCHESTER HESSEN from Germany
At the Jazz Tour 2001 in Montevideo
This time BELEDO went back to his home town of Minas, Uruguay where he performed an unforgettable solo concert at the Club Minas' Concert Hall.
In 1997 BELEDO went to Uruguay to perform a concert presenting the album LEJANAS SERRANIAS at the Theatre of the National Library. This is a World-Jazz acoustic work that incorporates classic Uruguayan musical forms such as triste, milonga, chimarrita, and candombe rhythms, as well as Spanish flamenco styles.
In Concert at the Theatre of the National Library in Montevideo
Beledo, Jorge Camiruaga, Ariel Ameijenda, Edu Lombardo, and Popo Romano
Beledo was the musical director of THE UPSIDE DOWN BOY, with music composed by CRISTIAN AMIGO. This musical was the 2004 production of the New York theatre and arts education and organization MAKING BOOKS SING.
Beledo's album DESDE LA TORRE released in Uruguay, contains his USA recording sessions in New York and Los Angeles. It features also other great musicians from both coasts: DAVID J. CARPENTER (bass}, JONATHAN JOSEPH (drums), MARIO RODRIGUEZ (bass), CASEY SCHEUERELL (drums), KALANI (vibraphone, percussion), ANN PATTERSON (sax), MATT OTTO (sax).
Here in the U.S., he recorded piano and guitar for the candombe song "Speak To Me"by BAKITHI KUMALO from South Africa (bass player with Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Paul Winter, Gloria Estefan), included in his second solo album IN FRONT OF MY EYES released by the label SIAM RECORDS.
BELEDO played flamenco guitar with Argentine actress CRISTINA ALLENDE performing selected poems of FEDERICO GARCÍA LORCA at the Greenwich Theatre in New York produced by CAMILA PERISÉE..
He recorded the South American Folklore CD: SPIRIT OF MY PEOPLE with JORGE ALFANO AND AKONCAGUA also featuring percussionist RANDY CRAFTON and produced by PETER KATER for the World Music label EARTHSEA RECORDS.
Home based in New York he can be seen playing with:
*His own band HEMISPHERES, they had a very successful concert at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (beneath the West Bank Cafe) in New York City featuring MARK WALKER, ANDY MIDDLETON, JACK WALRATH , CHRIS KOMER, and JORGE CAMIRUAGA.
*Safro-Jazz band OJOYO featuring saxophonist MORRIS GOLDBERG from the ROSIE O'DONNELL SHOW, and drummer ANTON FIG from the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN.
OJOYO at Le Bar Bat, NYC with Cecilia Tenconi, Morris Goldberg, Beledo, Anton Fig, Chulo Gatewood, and Richard Cummings.
*Candombe-Funk band ALMA Y VIDA. Their first album called CANDOMBE EN NEW YORK features also RAMÓN ECHEGARAY, HUGO FATTORUSO, and bassist BAKITHI KUMALO.
BELEDO's recent recording dates include an album with acclaimed Argentine pianist and composer FERNANDO OTERO.
Fernando Otero and Beledo in New York.BELEDO toured with the TROPICAL TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES featuring TITO PUENTE, CELIA CRUZ, TITO NIEVES, CHEO FELICIANO, and an all-star line up of Latin artists. This tour included Spain, Portugal, and Martinique with concerts in Madrid, Barcelona, Las Palmas, Valencia, La Coruña, Lisbon, and Fort de France.
Bele with Tito in Madrid.
He also collaborated on the production of the RUBEN RADA album entitled MONTEVIDEO. This album also features ANTON FIG , BAKHITI KUMALO , HIRAM BULLOCK and HUGO FATTORUSO.
While he was based in Los Angeles, BELEDO attended the UCLA Certified Program for Film Scoring. Later, he co-produced music with PETER AYKROYD for the WARNER BROTHERS film, NOTHING BUT TROUBLE starring DEMI MOORE, JOHN CANDY, DAN AYKROYD, and CHEVY CHASE.
with Pedro Aznar. (photo by Ralph Meza)
For three years BELEDO worked with PEDRO AZNAR (from Pat Metheny Group), participating in his album, FOTOS DE TOKYO together with pianist MARIO PARMISANO (from Al Di Meola). Aznar also participated in BELEDO's first album, ESCAPE. BELEDO's second album, EL CEFIRO features GARY WILLIS (bass with Tribal Tech), and BILL BERG (drummer from Wayne Johnson Trio, Flim and the BB's, ).
BELEDO performed and recorded with the group OPA in Montevideo, Uruguay, featuring HUGO FATTORUSO and RUBEN RADA, on the live album called OPA EN VIVO.
With OPA in 1987, from left to right: Beledo, Osvaldo Fattoruso, Ruben Rada, and Hugo Fattoruso.
BELEDO's band HEMISPHERES performed at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California and in New York City at LE BAR BAT featuring recording artists STEFON HARRIS, JOE LOCKE, MARIO RODRIGUEZ, and CAROL MOORE. HEMISPHERES performed at ALEMDALENDA in Montevideo.
Hemispheres in Los Angeles, 1991, Beledo, Matt Otto, David J. Carpenter, and Michael Bissonnette
From the beginningLong noted as a guitarist, pianist, and composer, BELEDO performed with his group, SIDDHARTHA, in every theatre in his hometown of Montevideo. He attended the University School of Music in Uruguay and performed classical music recitals on the NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO and in various theatres. He was a founding member of the first Jazz Ensemble, sponsored by the school in an effort to integrate jazz into the traditional curriculum.
Beledo in Montevideo, 1983.
He toured and recorded in ARGENTINA at top venues with PEDRO AZNAR, MIGUEL CANTILO, MIGUEL MATEOS , and RUBEN RADA. He also scored string ensembles for CANTILO's and DAVID LEBON's albums.
Beledo Trio, 1984
with Popo Romano and Miguel Romano
Beledo's band at Teatro Del Notariado, Montevideo 1987.
Diego Ebbeler, Beledo, Sergio Faluòtico, Josè Pìriz, Fernando "Lobo" Nuñez, Urbano Moraes, and Jorge Camiruaga.
From the very beginning
SIDDHARTHA, circa 1977, counter clockwise: Andres Bedó, Artigas Silvestro, Beledo,
and Sergio Andres Faluótico