Gotan Project

Gotan Project broke into the music scene in 1999 with its innovating mixture of Tango and Electronic Music. The group was founded in 1999 when Müller and Cohen-Solal met the Argentinian composer and guitarist Eduardo Makaroff, who was living in Paris since 1990. Makaroff, who had started his musical career in Argentina in the 80’s with the duet “Los Hermanos Makaroff” together with his brother Sergio, was also working with movies and TV series soundtracks, while conducting the Club Tango orchestra in a Parisian placed called La Coupole. The group released their first maxi-single with 2 songs in January 2000 (“El Capitalismo Foráneo/Vuelvo al Sur”). This was made on a small scale, with only 1000 copies. The songs began to sound in every fashionable place in Paris, which made them release another maxi-single -“Tríptico/Last Tango in Paris” – in June 2000. From that moment on, the outcome was sudden and the album did not wait too long.”La Revancha del Tango” was chosen in 2002 as one of the best albums of the year by the BBC reviewers, who awarded them as “World Revelation” the following year; so far they sold a million discs and have made more than 200 shows in Europe, Canada, United States, Australia, Japan, and Brazil, where they add their filming experience in a great visual display.

Formation:

Eduardo Makaroff:guitarr

Philippe Cohen-Solal:DJ

Christoph Müllen:electronics


Narcotango

Led by guitarist and composer Carlos Libedinsky. After going through several genres leading rock, pop and blues bands (La Pera and Arqueros), contemporary music (Dúo de Guitarras Imago), as part of Emilio del Guercio group and in the group Música Renacentista y Medieval Música Ficta in 1992, he experiments on tango -Los Mareados Duo – making a traditional repertoire and songs from his own.
In August 2003 he edits “Narcotango”, mixing tango with electronic music. “Tango is like a drug which causes us an incredible, sensual and powerful addiction”, Libedinsky states. And he bets on such climates reaching atmospheres with strong suggestion and melancholy.

Formation:

Carlos Libedinsky:composition, guitar, programming

Patricio Bonfligio:bandoneon

Federico Terranova:violín

Sebastián Monk:piano and keyboards

Fernando Del Castillo:drums

Diego Pojonovsky:double bass


SAN TELMO LOUNGE

By the end of 2001, after completing musical studies in New York, the guitarist and producer Martin Delgado returned to Argentina with the idea of experimenting the fusion of electronic music, tango and jazz. With this in mind, he made several demos in his study and decided to look for other musicians to form the San Telmo Lounge. In this way, STL was completed in 2003 with Pablo Gaitán in bandoneon, Lucas Polichiso in keyboards and Maximiliano Natalutti in violin. In September of the same year, they successfully released their first album ” McDougall Tango”, which positioned them in the national and international musical panorama, as referents of this increasing trend named electronic tango. In 2005 they released their second album ” Madrugada en Barcelona”, featuring Noelia Moncada as a guest singer and playing in important shows all over the country and abroad. In October 2007 they released their third album: “Electrocardiotango”. This album shows a change to the format of the instrumental song, reaffirming the richness in arrangements of their previous albums and featuring the voices of Lydia Borda and Sandra Corizzo, as guest artists. With this work, released by Epsa Music, they obtained the MUSI award in the Category Best Group of Instrumental Tango (prize granted by the Union of Musicians of Rosario) and a nomination to the Gardel Prize, in the category Best Electronic Tango Album (together with Bajofondo Tango Club, project led by Gustavo Santaolalla). During 2008 and 2009, they presented Electrocardiotango in important festivals in Argentina and went on tours abroad, giving shows in places like, White Trash (Berlin), Arena Club (Amsterdam), VI, VII y XI Festival de Tango de Buenos Aires, Hard Rock Café (Buenos Aires), Neotango Festival of Montevideo, Evolution Festival Tango in Cesena (Italy), Festival Tango Dance in Rome (Italy), Tarbes Tango Festival (France) and an extensive tour in Brazil in the cities of Rio, Brasilia and San Pablo. In September 2010, they independently released their fourth album AL FILO, receiving praises of the specialized press and the public. In this album, the group shows a wide variety of influences that add to their usual R&B cool sound, subtle airs of the Andean South America, a touch of Central European folklore and even a cumbia flirt, offering a more organic sound made possible by acoustic drums and bass. The album features important guests as Juan Subirá

Formation:

Martin Delgado:Guitar, composition and arrangements

Pablo Gaitán:Bandoneon

Lucas Polichiso:Keyboards

Maximiliano Natalutti:Violín



Zona Tango

Zona Tango is the electro-tango project led by the Argentine composer and multi-instrumentalist Pedro Menéndez (keyboards, guitar, bandoneon, flute, sax, trombone, voice and composition).Year 2004 – after a long stay in Spain and France featuring music of his own and performing traditional tango on festivals and milongas- Pedro Menéndez, well known for an unique trajectory of restless quests on tango and Argentina folk music, came back to Buenos Aires feeling the need to experiment and go beyond the fusion of modern tango and electronic sounds adding elements of jazz, Latin and Afro-American rhythms. At that moment he joined bandoneonist Oscar Fasanelli and Maurice Lévar (electronics) and finally the first CD of ‘Zona Tango’: ‘Electrónico’ was born, distinguished by a solid, committed composition style and varied and not very conventional instrumentation. As a reflection of the inevitable change and evolution of the urban cosmopolitan music, and without leaving the first ‘Electronico’ project, on the beginning of May 2006 Zona Tango released his second discographic work introducing to the world the first revolutionary mixture between electrotango and bossa nova: ‘BrazilTango’, featuring 9 original compositions and new arrangements of the famous pieces “Adiós Nonino (Astor Piazzolla) and “Corcovado” (A.C.Jobim).

Formation:

Pedro Menéndez:Keyboards – Guitar – Bandoneon – Winds- Voice – Composition

Fito Vega :Bass – Electric doublebass – Sequences

Gerardo Stubrin:Drums – Percussion


Ultratango

After experimenting for years fusing tango with modern rhythms in El Signo, Leo and Gastón Satragno decided to create a tango band with its own identity and an updated sound; the music also had to reflect the life in a modern metropolis like Buenos Aires. On June 13th 2002, they played for the first time in the “Festival Nacional Astor Piazzolla”. Since then, they have made important performances in pubs, restaurants, discos, private parties and advertising events. They have also taken part in several editions of the “Festival Internacional de Tango” in Buenos Aires, sharing the stage with renowned artists such as Sexteto Mayor, Raúl Lavié, Julio Pane, Rubén Juárez, El Arranque, Adrián Iaies, Adriana Varela, and many more. This was recorded in a movie and compilation called “Abrazos”. At the end of 2003, they release their first album “Astornautas”. As the name indicates, the album explores the most significant compositions from Astor Piazzolla (“Adiós Nonino”, “Libertango”, “Primavera Porteña”, among others), apart from songs by their own. They also counted on the special appearance of Rául Lavié, singing “Invierno Porteño” and “Así Sea”. The latter was the first song he composed together with his sons Leo and Gastón.

Formation:

Leo Satragno:synthetizers and programming

Gastón Satragno:synthetizers

Sami Abadi:electric violin

Braulio D’Aguirre: percussion

Julio Pérez:bandoneon