ZONA TANGO / "PSICODELIA TANGO"
Electro Tango - Experimental
"Led by tango pioneer Pedro Menéndez, Z-Tango's psychedelically inclined PSICODELIA TANGO finds the veteran trio continuing to blend electronic, jazz, and traditional styles. Menéndez, a galvanizing force in Buenos Aires, at Austin's favorite underground jazz club should be required listening for anybody with a passing interest in tango's evolution..."
By Dan Oko - The Austin Chronicle - SXSW 2010
"PSICODELIA TANGO" is the most recent released album by the talented group Zona Tango Buenos Aires and features some innovating collections of modern Tango music.
Listeners will find the music to be well balanced and never overpowering as the songs reveal colorful shades of Jazz, Tango, and Bossa Nova genres while delectable elements of electronica and a hint of psychedelic ingredients emerge.
The refreshing song, "Operacion Tango," is an expressive blend of instruments engaging a sharp flowing rhythm which melds together a solid and cohesive melody.
Splashed with intense precision, "Quejas de un Bandoneonista," highlights syncopated beats that beam with vibrant and upbeat energy as the catchy melody puts you in a hypnotic spell.
The album, "Psicodelia Tango" is the kind of album one can sit back and relax to as it proves to be sheer entertaining with its refreshing spin of Tango music... " Radioindy.com
ABOUT ZONA TANGO:
ZONA TANGO is the most eclectic musical project of the Argentinian talented composer and virtuous multi-instrumentalist Pedro Menendez (Piano/Guitar/ Winds/Bandoneon).
Year 2004 -
After a long stay in Europe, Pedro Menendez came back to Buenos Aires with new interesting views and the need to experiment.
At that moment he joined talented, expressive bandoneonist Oscar Fasanelli together with Maurice Lévar on Electronics and the first CD of ZONA TANGO was released: “ELECTRONICO” (2004).
“ELECTRONICO”, the Album, managed to create an alternative space inside the emerging “electrotango” genre by an unique eclectic and virtuous style that went beyond the simple fusion of modern tango and electronic sounds and added other elements like jazz and contemporary classical music.
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 were divinely reflected in nine original compositions and two personal arrangements of the wellknown songs ‘Adiós Nonino’ (Astor Piazzolla) and ‘Corcovado’ (Antonio Carlos Jobim).
“PSICODELIA TANGO” (2010), the 3th CD of ZONA TANGO, came to captivate once again the audiences: new solid melodies melting into a hint of psychedelic ingredients, electronic sounds and tango inflections.
"ELECTRO PAMPA" is the new coming release of ZONA TANGO: "Amazing urban evocations of a very cosmopolitan Argentine Pampa"..
ZONA TANGO has toured internationally in US and Canada from 2008 to 2013, including multiple performances at SXSW Music Festival (2012/ 2010/ 2008), DART MUSIC INTERNATIONAL Events, BRASIL, MUSICA , ARTES & INTERNATIONAL GUESTS, AUSTIN KUT FM, RHIZOME COLLECTIVE INTERNATIONAL SHOW, and many others.
In their country, ZONA TANGO performed in many local and international events including BAFIM (BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FAIR), Ceasar Park, Buquebus, Puerto Salguero, Contemporaneo Art Music Concert Series, among others.
ABOUT PEDRO MENENDEZ:
Pedro Menéndez was born in Buenos Aires in 1957.
He has been dedicated to the music since he was 7 years old. He studied with professors like the worldwide known Oscar Aleman ( Josephine Baker's jazz guitarist), Arturo Schneider (Astor Piazzolla´s flutist) and the contemporary classical guitarist Miguel Angel Girollet, among others. He also attended the composition career at the UCA.
He has recorded 17 discographic works with compositions of his own with the participation of well-known musicians like Osvaldo Fattoruso on drums (latin jazz Band 'Opa'), Rodolfo Mederos & Marcelo Nissinman on bandoneon, percussionist Rubén Rada, musicians from the Colón Theatre orchestra, among others.
Throughout his vast career he has lead as composer diverse ensembles performing on numerous distinguished cultural venues and festivals in Argentina, Brazil, US, Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and France, including (among the most recent international tours):
SXSW & JAZZ WINTER FESTIVAL (CMF) 2013 ((Austin, TX, US,– Toronto, ON, Canada, March 2013)
SXSW & JAZZ WINTER FESTIVAL (CMF) 2012 (Austin, TX, US,– Toronto, ON, Canada, March 2012)
WORLD BEAT ONLINE’S “RUM & RIDDIMS” PARTY (Austin, TX, USA, March 2012)
DART MUSIC & HARRIS RADIO International Event (Austin, TX, USA, March 2012)
SXSW & CANADIAN MUSIC FEST 2011 (Austin, TX, USA - Toronto, ON, Canada, March 2011)
SXSW 2010 (Austin, TX, USA, March 2010)
BAFIM 2009 (Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 2009)
SXSW & CANADIAN MUSIC FEST 2009 (Austin, TX, USA - Toronto, ON, Canada, March 2009)
DART MUSIC International Day & Night Shows (Austin, TX, March 2009)
BRAZIL MUSICA & ARTES + International Guests (Austin, TX, March 2009)
FESTIVAL DE INVERNO SESC RIO 2008 (Petrópolis, Teresópolis & Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, BRASIL, July 2008)
SXSW 2008 (Austin, TX, USA, March 2008)
Rhizome Collective International Show (Austin, TX, USA, March 2008)
KUT FM - Live Show (Austin, TX, US, March 2008)
As sessionist musician he has also been invited to perform with many distinguished musicians of the Argentinian scene, like Luis Salinas, Agustín Pereyra Lucena, Guillermo Reuter (2004 SGAE Award), Daniel 'Pipi' Piazzolla, Bossa N´Stones, etc.
In the field of contemporary chamber music, he has written several pieces including a concert for Vibraphone and Strings dedicated to the Argentinian Soloist Daniel Serale (premiered on the International Percussion Festival of Patagonia, Argentina, 2006), a concert for Marimba dedicated to the Mexican well-known Soloist Javier Nandayapa, a work of 20 pieces for Piano based on Latin American rythmics (‘Viaje por Latinoamérica’/Voyage through Latin America’ Book I / Book II) and a concert for Guitar and Orchestra.
He has composed many incidental music for publicity, television, theatre and cinema (Argentina and the Munich School of Cinema). Among his most recent works in this field, Pedro Menendez has been nominated as best composer for the 27th Mar del Plata International Film Festival under the Category Argentine Panorama (Film: "Santa Lucia / Saint Lucia").
Since 1986 he is the Owner/Artistic Director of Contemporaneo Art Music, an Argentine Record Label dedicated to genres as tango, jazz, crossover, folk, world and contemporary classical music.