Composer/conductor Carlos Franzetti's musical range seems to know no limits. Symphonic and chamber works, big band and Latin jazz and film scores have all been the focus of his vast talent. Franzetti's latest project, co-producing Tango Bar for Chesky Records with David Chesky and Allison Brewster Franzetti, is a unique historical work recreating the sultry scene from the tango bars of 1930s Argentina with elegance and panache.
Franzetti has long been a major force in the classical music field. His collaborations have included The Brooklyn Philharmonic, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The National Symphony of Argentina, The Janacek Philharmonic, The Buenos Aires Philharmonic, The Czech National Symphony, The Modus Chamber Orchestra, and many orchestras in Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and France. His latest commissions include a flute concerto to be performed and recorded by Argentine flutist Jorge de la Vega in September of 1999 and an opera, "Corpus Evita," to be performed and recorded by the San Francisco Camerata in December of 1999.
Franzetti conducted, arranged, and co-produced the 1997 GRAMMY Award-winning Chesky CD Portraits of Cuba featuring soloist Paquito D'Rivera. Other acclaimed recent projects include the 1999 GRAMMY Award-nominee Remembrances with Jon Faddis for Chesky Records, MTV Unplugged with Luis Alberto Spinetta, The Unknown Piazolla with Chesky Records and the 1999 GRAMMY Award-nominee Obsesion with David Sanchez for Sony Records. As Music Director of Orquesta Nova, Carlos Franzetti has recorded two CDs for Chesky Records which have received critical acclaim all over the world. Carlos has recorded with Milan Records in the past on the project Astor Piazzolla - A Flute and Piano Tribute, recorded in collaboration with flutist Jorge de la Vega. He has also recorded for Premier Recordings.
Franzetti has performed and recorded with many of the world's greatest jazz, pop, and rock artists such as Robert Palmer, Chaka Khan, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Gloria Gaynor, Laura Nyro, Ruben Blades, Arturo Sandoval, Mercedes Sosa, and Paquito D'Rivera. Major film producers and directors with whom Franzetti has worked are Sidney Lumet, Alan Pakula, Jerry Schatzberg, and Harry Belafonte - these films include "La Pelicula del Rey," "Q&A," "Misunderstood," "Beat Street," "The Mambo Kings," and "See You In The Morning."
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carlos Franzetti has lived in New York since 1974, where his unique versatility has led to his successful career in all areas of music. Franzetti has received many outstanding grants and awards, including two gold records. Other awards include the Yamaha Composers Award, the Trofeu Laus, The Clio Award, The Prensario and ACE Awards from Argentina, the Foundation for New American Music, and the Premio Konex.