“ZONA TANGO is a galvanizing force blending electronic, jazz and traditional styles. Lead by Argentinian pioneer Pedro Menendez, this Buenos Aires band went beyond the limits of tango. "Folclore Elektronico" is their new coming release: urban evocations of a very cosmopolitan "Argentine Pampa".
“‘If you were lucky enough to be at the Elephant Room for the U.S. premiere of Zona Tango, then you know that all electronic music is not created equal. Blood ties between Spain, France, and Argentina are often difficult to tease out in the contemporary world, but a spin through the back catalog of this Buenos Aires trio offered a glimpse into the promise that taped music holds for keeping old styles alive.’ By Dan OKO, The Austin Chronicle, SXSW 2008
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).
Wellknown as avant-gardist of the fusion style in his country, his own and personal composition style can be appreciated throughout his vast discography and a long career of national and international live performances in Argentina, Brazil, US, Canada & Europe.
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.
"FOLKLORE ELECTRONICO" is the new coming release of ZONA TANGO and will be premiered at the next SXSW Festival and Conference (March 2012) in the city of Austin, Texas, USA:
"Amazing urban evocations of a very cosmopolitan and totally in the vanguard "Argentine Pampa".
Previous International Performances of Zona Tango:
SXSW MUSIC FESTIVAL 2010
SXSW MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009
CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK 2009
DART MUSIC INTERNATIONAL Events (2009)
BRASIL, MUSICA , ARTES & INTERNATIONAL GUESTS (SXSW 2009)
RHIZOME COLLECTIVE INTERNATIONAL SHOW (2008)
LATIN/ RADIO SHOW HORIZONTES – AUSTIN, KUT FM (Live recorded concert, 2008).
In their country, ZONA TANGO performed in many local and international events including BAFIM 2009 (BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FAIR 2009), Ceasar Park, Buquebus, Puerto Salguero, Contemporaneo Art Music Concert Series, among many others.
OTHER MUSICAL PROJECTS OF PEDRO MENENDEZ:
PEDRO MENENDEZ CROSSOVER GUITAR (www.sonicbids.com/pedromenendezcrossoverguitar)
PEDRO MENENDEZ FUSION ENSEMBLE
(www.sonicbids.com/pedromenendezensemble / www.myspace.com/pedromenendezfusion)
PEDRO MENENDEZ JAZZTANGO ENSEMBLE (www.myspace.com/pedromenendezjazztangoensamble)
PEDRO MENENDEZ - PETER´S SONGS (www.sonicbids.com/peterssongs / www.myspace.com/pedromenendezsongs)
PEDRO MENENDEZ - PROYECTO BUENOS AIRES (www.myspace.com/proyectobuenosaires)
Zona Tango - "FOLKLORE ELECTRONICO" (release 2012)
Zona Tango - "PSICODELIA TANGO" (2010)
Zona Tango - "BRAZIL TANGO" (2006)
Zona Tango - "ELECTRONICO" (2004)
"BUENOS AIRES / PARIS: THE ELECTRONIC TANGO ANTHOLOGY 2" (Track "TANGOSTOSO")
"BUENOS AIRES / PARIS: THE ELECTRONIC TANGO ANTHOLOGY 3" (Track "TODOS BAILAN TANGO")