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Gabriel Merlino, bandoneon player, composer and arranger. From 8 years old he started with bandoneon studies. He began his  professional career at the age of 12, playing in chamera orquestras, tango shows and having the support of Leopoldo Federico or Jose Libertella from Sexteto Mayor. In 1995 he created Nuevo Siglo Tango, a quartet who was pioneer from the new generation of Tango Groups in Argentina. With Nuevo Siglo he performed between 1996 and 2001, more than 800 concerts, in theaters, radio and television (he was, for example, the first bandoneon player on giving Bandoneon Cathedra on Argentine TV). Between 2002 and nowadays he made 40 tours around USA, 25 countries in Europe, Canada, Asia and Africa, with his bandoneon solos show and with his different ensembles, such as the renowned show Tango Pasion, in which Merlino is arranger and musical director since 2009. He also have accompanied or arranged music for artists like Vanina Tagini, Guillermo Galvé, Hugo Marcel, Raúl Lavié, Carlos Rossi, Gina María Hidalgo, Marikena Monti, Carmen Flores, Adrián Otero (Memphis la Blusera), Natalia Lafourcade, Abel Pintos, Kevin Johansen, Targino Gondim o Raimundo Fagner, among others. Merlino recorded in 2005 “Bandoneon Dreams”, the first world music bandoneon recording, with jazz, Latin, baroque, folk, and tango, in standards form and own compositions too. He also wrote the original music for several theater pieces and film music.