"One of the living masters of the gaita"
— The Wall Street Journal (2013)
(Photo: C. Taylor Crothers, Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment)
“Ms. Pato will amaze you. Her playing dismisses any notion of a square, martial quality, infusing almost constant exotic coloration, finding entire ranges of microtones between pitches and bending one into another (...) what Mr. Golijov calls “something incredibly primal.”
— New York Times, James R. Oestreich (September 16, 2006)
“Cristina Pato the Galician Bagpipe diva is renowned for her dramatic performances, but what counts is her skill and familiarity with that octopus of an instrument, the gaita"
— BBC, Jean Bechhofer (January, 2004)
"Ms. Pato’s sound is unlike any bagpipe playing you’ve heard: imagine the timbres of an oboe, a metal-ready electric guitar and a screaming trumpet rolled into a single, virtuosic burst of energy”
— New York Times, Allan Kozinn (August 21, 2007)
"Lo mejor de Cristina Pato quizá no sea tanto este presente que la ilusiona, sino el futuro que se le adivina ...”
— El País, Carlos Galilea (23 de Marzo de 1999)
After a week promoting her latest album Rústica in her native Galicia, Cristina returns to New York to take part in an historic milestone for the Galician bagpipes: for the first time ever, the gaita will sound next to the New York Philharmonic, in a series of performances with the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.
The program includes Cristina and Wu Tong’s Fanfare for Gaita, Suona, and Brass, as well as Osvaldo Golijov’s Rose of the Winds, originally commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra which premiered it with the Silk Road Ensemble in 2007. In Golijov’s own words:
Rose of the Winds is born from spontaneous and ritualized communal actions. Prayer, celebration, mourning, riot, and remembrance are the lifeblood of the piece.(…) The movement features Cristina Pato’s Galician bagpipes and the percussion of both ensembles, in rhythmic patterns that remind me of the street demonstrations, with drums, pots and pans, of my Argentine childhood.
Check out the events section of this web for the schedule of performances, but know that the tickets are already sold out!