Although he knew the word “Piazzolla” and “Tango” would be forever bonded, he decided to played jazz. In spite of being his grandfather a “bandoneon” icon, he chose drums.
Beyond family traditions, Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla created Escalandrum in 1999 to celebrate music among friends. The group’s name is a neologism that came out of mixing escalandrun (an argentine kind of shark whom “Pipi” used to fish with father Daniel and grandfather Astor) and drum.
Along with the first gigs, in 2000 Escalandrum edited its first record, Bar Los Amigos (Friend’s Bar). Two years later, the group changed to an acoustic instruments lineup and recorded Estados alterados (Altered States). The album deserved excellent press reviews and was distributed in Europe by Milan Records.
With its third CD, Sexteto en movimiento (Sextet on the Move), released in 2003, Escalandrum grew from “Best New Band” to one of the best Argentinean jazz performers. The sextet traced its own musical path by combining argentine folklore and jazz rhythms and textures.
This musical growth was acknowledged by media: In 2005 Escalandrum was awarded “Best Argentinean Jazz Band”; also Konex Foundation ranked it among the Top 100 Best Argentine Popular Music Artists of the decade.
In 2006 Escalandrum edited its fourth album, Misterioso (Mysterious). It is indeed a more mature, solid work. The sextet delivered on tape the special magic that only appears when music is made among friends. Misterioso fulfills Escalandrum original statement: Just a bunch of friends performing and celebrating music.