Cristina Pato

Opus 3 Artists is pleased to welcome "Galician bagpipe diva" (BBC) Cristina Pato to our distinguished roster of world music and jazz artists. As a break-out member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Cristina Pato often steals the show with her passionate, energetic performances on stages throughout the world. An accomplished Gaita master and classical pianist, Cristina Pato also enjoys an active career devoted to both Galician popular and classical music with Latin, jazz and pop influences which has made her both a concert hall and jazz club staple. The New York Times raved about her album Migrations, released in January 2013, "when she opens the floodgates of her technique...the force can knock you back a few steps." 

Cristina Pato is available now with her five piece band, including Cristina on gaita, piano and vocals as well as accordion, bass, drums and percussion. Her residency programs are remarkably deep and include sessions on Women and Cultural Entrepreneurship and Improvisation in Music, among others.

"Cristina Pato is a bagpiper like no other - she plays and looks like a siren; that girl can wail!" 

"…the instrument on which she slays is the gaita, a bagpipe of traditional use in Galicia…"Migrations,” with its suggestion of an itinerant and even mongrelized cultural legacy, sets the stage nicely for her: its an album suffused with awareness of tradition but breezy about its debts." 
The New York Times

"Many of the musicians in the Silk Road Ensemble are headliners in their own right....and the amazing Cristina Pato, a classically trained pianist who doubles on the gaita, which she handles like a rock star...Pato was mezmerizing." 
Culture Cleveland

"The 32-year-old Spanish virtuoso makes unique music on an uncommon instrument: She's one of the major living masters of the gaita (though she also plays piano and flute, and sings), and her performances feature elements of world and folk music, pop, classical (often in the company of Yo Yo Ma) and even choreography."
The Wall St. Journal

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