Pedro Dabdoub is a Mexican musician and composer acclaimed for his contributions to Latin American and Mexican music and for his dedication to teaching. He is a complete artist, from having the ability to perform as a solo pianist, creating amazing and compelling songs, experiment with modern and traditional rhythms – such as jazz, rock, contemporary and classical music until to be an extraordinary performer, singer, songwriter and music producer.
He was born in Mexico City in 1970, and discovered his vocation for music when he was only four years old after spending hours and hours playing with his grandmother’s pianos. His fascination for the instrument led him to study piano from the age of 10. First in Mexico and later in Paris, France. In this city, he received private lessons for three years, and afterward he completed one year in the Versailles Music Conservatory. From 14 years old, he started composing instrumental music and songs on the piano.
Pedro came back to the Americas, but this time to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to continue his studies in piano. He enrolled in the Catholic University of Argentina, majoring in Musical Composition. At the same time, he joined multiple medieval music ensembles and folk and contemporary music choirs in Argentina, as a tenor and countertenor. Simultaneously, he continued taking private piano lessons while he prepared to become a concert pianist. He also studied the transverse flute and baroque flute in the Conservatory of Buenos Aires, as well as lyrical and medieval singing with several teachers of the Conservatory along with private teachers.
Twelve years later, he came back to Mexico and discontinued his studies in classical music to dedicate himself to popular music, participating in the Performers and Composers Workshop of Amparo Rubin. During this time, he studied Contemporary Harmony with the teacher Alberto Nuñez Palacio. He created the jazz trio “Jazz Caraiba,” that performed for diverse political delegations in Mexico City. These presentations were arranged by the Institute of Culture, between 1995 and 1998.
He has been a producer of New World music and the creator of original concepts for singers, vocal teachers, and vocal directors. Pedro has served as musical and vocal director in important productions, together with Memo Méndez Guiú, Mario Domm, Ettore Grenci, and Mario Contreras, among others. He also directed the UNAM Choir (Autonomous University of Mexico) and created the first choir at the Polyforum Siqueiros.
He has produced several records for a New Age line, under the record label of Putumayo and other independent labels, and has worked as a vocal director in the production of the soap opera Atrévete a soñar, created by Televisa. His first two songs were recorded in 1997, “Cómplice de la noche” and “A todo lo que da,” and were performed by Frida, a production of Amparo Rubin. Since then, he has been a professional composer working for several artists in different musical genres.
Some of these artists include Alejandro Fernández, who recorded a couple of his songs, “Me hace tanto bien” and “Tu amor perdí,” which the singer included in his studio album Dos Mundos – Evolución. Gloria Trevi also recorded one of Pedro’s songs, “Despiértame” (that was created with Mónica Vélez and Gloria Trevi), and Dulce Maria also adopted songs such as “Extranjera,” “Ingenua,” and “Irremediablemente,” among others.
We have to make special reference to “Mundo de Caramelo,” a song that was performed by Danna Paola and that served as leading tune in the soundtrack of Atrévete a soñar, and is one of the most broadcasted songs on the radio. This song also received important awards, such as the award of “Muse” in the “Oye Awards” for the category of TV and Soap Operas. Danna Paola also recorded “Te quiero tanto,” another song written by Pedro.
With his strong influence from classical, medieval, jazz, Hindu, and Mexican music, Pedro Dabdoub is considered a professional composer. His inspiration arrives when he’s working and summons his physical and astral muses.
Along with his partner, Carlos Law, he created the duet U.N.O (Uniendo Nuestros Origenes), that merges Mexican music with pop music. They released their first discographic production for Universal Music International, produced by Aureo Baqueiro, featuring important hits such as “Ándale niña” official song of the soap opera “Niña de mi Corazón” and his second single “Me doy.” Parallel with his activities as a composer and singer, Pedro Dabdoub was composition, improvisation, and singing teacher for the Composition Workshop offered by the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico. He received the “Éxito SACM” award from this institution in November 2011, after the song “Me hace tanto bien” became one of the most played songs in 2010.
In 2014, he worked as Vocal Coach for Yuri in the 4th season of La Voz México. He developed a project merging jazz with huapango and other musical genres —called Jazzpango— and has released two albums to date. The first one, Two Worlds One Sound, was recorded in Mexico and the second one, Escenas Mexicanas, was recorded in different studios in Europe and Mexico. Jazzpango stems from different musical streams that are characterized by improvisation – such as jazz, rock, rumba flamenca and huapango – and creates a surprising, exciting and hypnotic language and environment. He has participated in the Cervantino International Festival (FIC) since 2016 and has performed in different jazz forums and festivals throughout the country.
As to the future, Pedro is already planning a number of exciting and thrilling projects. In 2019, he will start a venture as an entrepreneur launching Alebrije Sounds – his own record label – and is planning to release the first album called “El camino del Shaman”. In March, he will present the musical video for “Pakal” – the fourth single of Escenas Mexicanas – that was promoted in the Cervantino International Festival and the Jazz Festival of Irapuato. He will continue promoting the record with tours and presentations in international jazz festivals in Mexico during 2019.