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The 59-year-old Argentine musician Marcelo Peralta has died in Madrid with a coronavirus, as the Argentine musician Guillermo Bazzola also reported on social networks. The death occurred on Tuesday, according to his partner and friend. Peralta had been admitted to a health center in the capital because of pneumonia and subsequently the coronavirus infection was detected. He would be the first professional musician who dies with the Covid-19 virus.

Peralta was born on March 5, 1961 in Buenos Aires and lived in Madrid since 1996, where he continued his fertile career both in record and live performances, as well as in pedagogy. His career began after studying piano in the Argentine capital and graduating as a saxophone teacher at the conservatory, with jazz and improvisation chairs.

Bazzola wrote on his Facebook profile yesterday: "I am sorry to announce that Marcelo Peralta, a friend of almost a lifetime, died a while ago. A great musician and an immense person. Everyone who has had the privilege of knowing him loved him and admired him" .

"Marcelo was one of my closest and oldest friends," he continues. "It was all very sudden and I know that this is very difficult to assimilate and tolerate. I am broken but I feel obliged to transmit the news and also to ask everyone to take precautions in the face of the terrible health emergency that we are living in Madrid and in many other parts of the world. "

Saxophonist but also pianist and accordionist , Marcelo Peralta combined throughout his career contemporary currents of jazz such as post-bop and free jazz jazz with Latin American folklore.

In Madrid he was professor at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory and the School of Creative Music, collaborated with the Spanish Television Radio Orchestra and formed several ensembles, from quartets to big bands.

Born on March 5, 1961 in Buenos Aires, he studied piano and graduated as a teacher in his hometown while receiving sax lessons, an instrument of which he was a professor at the Manuel de Falla Municipal Conservatory in Buenos Aires, with Jazz and Improvisation chairs.

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