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Brown-Roach-AlbumThe Clifford Brown & Max Roach quintet was a top band of the 50´s with a line-up that included at different times, top session musicians like Sonny Stitt, Teddy Edwards, Carl Perkins, George Bledsoe, Harold Land, Richie Powell and Sonny Rollins.

In 1955 the band recorded a jazz album which would be recognized as one of the most influential of all time.

Clifford Brown & Max Roach, as the album was very unimaginatively called, had nevertheless more imagination and power within its tracks than most records up to that time.

Their quintet was described by The New York Times as “perhaps the definitive bop group until Mr. Brown’s fatal automobile accident in 1956”, which cut short the bands successful life (only two and a half years), while this album was finally inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

Even if the sound is very East Coast, only two of the tracks were recorded at Capitol Records New York studios, while the rest were recorded in California.

I recommend anyone interested in good music, and particularly great jazz, to get a copy of this album. It is pure joy.

As a homage I felt inspired to paint my latest work based particularly on one of the tracks, and another delight, “JOY SPRING”, which was written by Clifford Brown as a tribute to his wife Joy.

So here are both. Brown & Roach´s original rendition of the song of the same title, so you can discover or re-discover this little gem as well. And my latest painting, “JOY SPRING” (2014), 80cm x 90cm and obviously part of my “VISUAL JAZZ SERIES”. It is painted in acrylic, printing ink and oil based paints on canvas.

But wait, there is more. Below my painting, you will also find a second version of this wonderful song. This time played live many years later by the great Freddy Hubbard. As always, Hubbard´s playing is magnificent.


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JOY SPRING (2014) by Ignacio Alperin


I hope you enjoyed it all.

Until next time.


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LET´S GET AWAY FROM IT ALL (2012) by Ignacio Alperin


City life gets to be too hectic sometimes so, isn’t it nice when we can get our selves freed from everything, and just let go, do something crazy like freeing some colorful balloons in a park and seeing them rise,  or simply grab a loved someone by the waste and just like a superhero, point towards the sky and just shout… Let’s get away from it all!… and just fly away (I admit, that is definitely the difficult part).

Well, I know, none of it is as easy as it sounds, but you can certainly look at this painting hanging on your wall and think…I can do that.. 🙂

See you next time!



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A new painting from 2013, “Finding my way back to you” is a multi layered story that rings true on many levels.  We have all probably felt at some point in our lives that strange feeling of loneliness that can permeate everything.

Sometimes it is just a simple need, a longing for some solitude in the middle of our hectic lives. But sometimes it is something much more complex.

IAB_Finding my way to you_2013_60x80cm_edited1Perhaps a realization that we have strayed from our purported paths and we are now alone, facing our worst fears and a dark, sometimes scary road that may, or may not, allow us to get back to where we feel happiest and most satisfied with life and ourselves.

A lost love may take us there, or a seemingly lost life in which we have made some bad or mistaken decisions and where we feel lost, lonely, and in a place where everything feels just wrong.IAB_Finding my way to you_2013_60x80cm_edited3

Whatever the reason, we stand alone at the portal of this individual purgatory.

Hell is somewhere close…we can feel the heat and see the glare of the brazing flames, but we are not yet there.

It all feels uncomfortable and yet we know deeply in our hearts that there is a path that will take us back, and it will be up to us to find it or lose our way all together.

We are paralyzed as we prepare to enter. We stay there and look around, just thinking about everything IAB_Finding my way to you_2013_60x80cm_edited5while we try to get the strength to move forward into this land of contrasts, where the choices may be a far away, and yet very real, fall into everlasting pain; or instead a complex search for self awareness, redemption and truth.

The stairs to salvation are up there somewhere. The setting is asking us to change, to transfigure, to become IAB_Finding my way to you_2013_60x80cm_edited4something else and yet stay the same. Perhaps, it is just asking us to return to our essence.

The location of the entrance to this connecting tunnel is just there for us to find.

The price of our endeavor is high, but finding the peaceful feeling of being back on the true path, the warmth knowledge of feeling true love once more and the reunion with a heartfelt smile, makes it all worth every step, every risk, and every tear.

As always, let’s not finish before we get some music to accompany this new work. It is a great song from Eric Clapton, and it kind of talks about a personal purgatory and his own way of getting back to the warmth of his love. As I said at the beginning, there are many reasons we go through this, and many ways to express those feelings.


See you next time.



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MORNIN´ (2012) by Ignacio Alperin


This quadriptych was painted on 4 pieces of wood, with a total size of 120cm x 112cm and it weas finished in November 2012.

Painted in acrylic, oil based paints, and engraving ink, it had been waiting for the right time to be shown

And the time came. I placed it on show for the first time at the Art Show Exhibition which was held at the Palermo Racecourse, right in one of the prettiest areas of Buenos Aires Palermo neighbourhood, at the end of April 2013.

The exhibition was very succesful and it was a great experience to share this space with so many great artists.

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As always, there is a very nice song as inspiration behind this painting. So let’s enjoy it together. Here is the great Al Jarreau.

 Until next time,



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Buenos Aires Design recibió la Navidad con un taller para chicos al aire libre. El Centro Comercial junto a Global Art invitó a 14 artistas, entre los que me contaba, a intervenir arbolitos navideños. La actividad se llevó a cabo el sábado 15 de diciembre en las Terrazas de Buenos Aires Design.
Los árboles intervenidos están a la venta para que el público pueda comprar estos exclusivos árbolitos, firmados por reconocidos artistas argentinos.

Los artistas participantes por orden alfabético fuimos:
• Andrea Arcuri
• Bony Bullrich
• Cristina Simes
• Daniel Genovesi
• Dario Parvis
• Geraldine Cunto
• Ginette Reynal
• Ignacio Alperin
• Maby Rod
• Mapi de Aubeyzon
• María Laura Baylac
• Mirian Diaz Carrizo
• Mirta Benavente
• Paula Barbini
En los últimos años, Buenos Aires Design se ha convertido en un referente de la cultura y el arte en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, a través de los eventos realizados donde se presentaron artistas como Eduardo Pla, Marta Minujin y Peter Macfarlane, entre otros.
El evento artístico fue coordinado por Global Art, empresa de marketing cultural a cargo de Grace Grisolía y Verónica Quintana.
Más abajo fotografías gracias a la gentileza de Global Art Group, y fotos de mi arbolito abstracto en blanco y rojo! Espero que les gusten!
On Friday, December 16th, I was invited by Buenos Aires Design Shopping Mall at the Recoleta Neighbourhood, and Global Art Group, together with another 13 artists, to particpate in a live painting afternoon at the Mall.
The idea was that each artist would artistically  intervene a Christmas tree. 
It was a typically hot and humid day, but that did not stop us from enjoying ourselves together with the public and lots of kids.
Here are some pictures of the event, as well as of my white and red signed Christmas tree.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Feria de Arte Navideña Solidaria 2012


Como todos los años, desde el 18 hasta el 31 de diciembre se realiza mi ya tradicional Feria de Arte Navideña Solidaria. Este año a beneficio de Unicef. Presento unas 35 obras aproximadamente, a precios super accesibles y con importantes descuentos, listos para convertirse en un regalo muy original.

Esta época del año es un excelente momento para regalar, o regalarse, arte original. No solo los precios de las obras son muy razonables, y al mismo tiempo colaborás con la excelente obra que realiza Unicef en Argentina a quien se le dona un importante porcentaje de todo lo recaudado, sino que también estás regalando algo único, original, e irrepetible.

Regalar arte no solo es una muy buena inversión, si no que también es hacer algo especial por la gente que queremos. Y como regalo empresarial, tiene el valor agregado de ser un regalo que le recuerda de nosotros a quien lo recibe para siempre.

Entrá ya en, fijate qué es lo que te gusta, escribime, preguntame, y atrevete a hacer un regalo muy especial para alguien muy especial.

Te esperamos!

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Many people ask me why I have chosen to base my current series on the sounds of Jazz.

There are many reasons. On the one hand, I simply love that sound. It can be simple or complex, uplifting or romantic, funky or full of swing, cool or pacific, but it always manages to delve somewhere deep and lift me up to places I didn’t know before.

Another reason is that Jazz for me is simply another way of saying freedom.  In jazz the score is just the excuse to show each musician’s luster and skills, as well as their love for sound that is rich, expressive and unique. Since its birth, this musical manifestation has been a part of all movements that wanted to articulate people’s liberty to express themselves.

And that is want I want to do on a canvas. I want to free myself to utter what is happening to me with the score, to allow me to be deceptively wild, to look for unorthodox ways of making you feel something different, and yet to allow you also the independence to see what I see in your own way, and in your own time and leisure.

There are many stories about the importance of Jazz in the fight for freedom. Not only musical but also as an expression of liberty of thought.

One of those well known stories involves the Benny Goodman Band and their first trip to the USSR in the 1950’s. Firstly, Mr. Goodman was incredibly surprised by the huge crowds which followed him in spite of one of the toughest environments for personal freedom in the second half of the XX Century.

Here was an American icon and his sound, allowed to play in Russia just as an excuse to show openness to the outside world, and at the same time people were not being allowed to listen to his kind of “foreign capitalist corrupt music”.

His second surprise was the fact that people came to him and kept telling him how they loved his work in terms of “we love CL7943 or CL8726”.

Goodman didn’t know what they were talking about. Until someone explained to him that because his works were prohibited by the government, people referred to them by their recording label number, as a way to avoid censorship and prohibition.

He thus found that, incredibly,  there were very few people as knowledgeable of all Jazz music as the Russian fans.

That in a small way was both a declaration of another triumph of the people to free themselves from an overbearing government, but also it was another triumph for Jazz music, a sound which after WWII became the music of freedom.

I don’t know if I can say that my art will one day represent as much, but I know that my aim is to make it a clear expression of the lack of restrictions I feel as I put my art across, of ideas reworked into shapes and colors without boundaries, of joy and pain and thought all intertwined into vivid and abstract melodies.

I don’t always manage to do it, but rest assured that with my Visual Jazz I am always looking for new ways to convey that improvised musicality, that different sound that strikes as offbeat first, but which with time simply becomes… just so cool.


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Art at San Isidro Race Track

In July 2012 I took part in the first “Art Godoy” at the posh San Isidro race track, in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Invited by Veronica Quintana from Global Art Group,  I was there with some of my work and had a great time. Here are some photos of the event.


En Julio de 2012, se realizó el primer “Art Godoy” en el hipódromo de San Isidro, en las afueras de Buenos Aires.  Organizado por Global Arts Group, se acercó un nutrido público, ávido de ver y adquirir lo que los  conocidos artistas argentinos  representados en esta muestra tenían para ofrecer.  Estuve allí invitado por Verónica Quintana y llevé  algunas de mis obras. Comparto con Uds. algunas fotos de lo que fue este evento.

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