Cristina Pato opened up historic paths in the world of the Galician bagpipe. In 1998 she became the first female bagpiper to publish a solo album and ever since she has not stopped evolving as an artist, collaborating with World Music, jazz, classical or experimental musicians (some of them being: Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, The Chieftains, Arturo O’Farril, World Symphony Orchestra, Paquito D’Rivera, etc.). Her powerful and distinctive style is full of passion and energy and it has been praised by the media; The New York Times, for example, says "a virtuosic burst of energy" and the BBC quotes "the Galician bagpipe diva". Cristina Pato blends Latin jazz with pop and contemporary music and uses all her talent and virtuosity to create a personal language, that is the result of the synthesis of her love for Galician music and her studies in classical music. She’s an official member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.She has been critically acclaimed worldwide as a bagpiper and pianist. Cristina Pato has an active professional life, that has taken her to major music halls in Spain, USA (Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center), India (Kamani Auditorium), Jerusalem (Jerusalem Festival), Angola, Portugal (Festa do Avante), Brazil (Liszt Festival), United Kingdom (Celtic Connections), France, Italy (Etnofestival), Germany, China, Korea and Mexico (Palacio de Bellas Artes).Her profesional career includes four albums on the market as a solist bagpiper, two albums as a pianist and more than thirty collaborations on other artists’ records.
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