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ABOUT ZONA TANGO

 


Electro Pampa

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is one of the most eclectic live projects of the Argentinian talented musician, composer, arranger and multiinstrumentalist Pedro Menéndez  (Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Bandoneon, Flute, Soprano Sax, Trombone, Vocals, Composition), a galvanizing force blending electronics, tango, jazz, folk and contemporary elements beyond any traditional limits.

Recognized as a pioneer of the avant-garde fusion style in his country since the '80s, his performance and unique personal composition style can be appreciated throughout his vast discography and a long career of national and international live performances in numerous cultural spaces, festivals, fairs and private events in Latin America, United States, Canada, Europe and Taiwan.

Year 2004 - 

After a long stay in Spain and France featuring music of his own, as well as tango in festivals and "milongas", Pedro Menéndez, renowned for his background in restless quests on tango and Argentine folk, came back to Buenos Aires with new interesting visions; the need to experiment, play and trascend the simple fusion of modern tango and electronic sounds by adding elements like jazz, contemporary classical music and latin and afro-american rhythms. 

At that moment Electronico  (2004). the first CD of Zona Tango, was released, distinguished by a solid, committed composition sytle and a virtuous, varied and non-conventional instrumentation that
managed to create an alternative space inside the emerging electrotango genre.

In June 2006, BrazilTango , the second discographic work of Zona Tango, brought to the world the innovative idea of blending two opposite styles. Nostalgia of Tango, joy and warmth of Bossa Nova were finely reflected in nine original compositions and two personal arrangements of the wellknown songs ‘Adiós Nonino’ (Astor Piazzolla) and ‘Corcovado’ (Antonio Carlos Jobim). 

By mid 2010, simultaneously to the Digipack relaunch of the first two titles ("Electronico" and "BrazilTango“ Re-Edition), "Psicodelia Tango  , the 3th CD of Zona Tango, came to captivate once more the audiences: solid melodies melting into a hint of psychedelic ingredients, electronic sounds and tango inflections. 

"Electro Pampa" is the fourth coming release of Zona Tango, a new different combination of Argentine folk rhythms -zamba, chacarera, candombe, carnavalito-, tango inflections, jazz and contemporary influences remaining faithful to the strong conceptuality and unique identities of each work of the project: urban evocations of a very cosmopolitan "Argentine Pampa"... 

 

Live Performances:

Internationally Zona Tango has toured multiples times including numerous consecutives appearances at the South By SouthWest International Music Festival in Austin, TX, US since 2008 to present. 

In its country, Zona Tango has performed on numerous cultural and private events (BAFIM –Buenos Aires International Music Fair-, Ceasar Park, Buquebus, Puerto Salguero, among many others.

Compilations:

Throughout its history, Zona Tango has been included on many international compilations, like Buenos Aires Paris (The Electronic Tango Anthology) Vol 1 & 2 (2007, 2008 Music Brokers Argentina), Tango A-Go-Go (2014, Copeland International Arts, USA), Best Hits for You / Tango (2016, 2017 Magic Records Poland), etc.

 

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