Highline Ballroom presents Bajofondo, club music of El Rio de la Plata (Argentina/Uruguay) that grew out of the Electro Tango movement, led by Gustavo Santaolalla who won Academy Awards for his scores of “Brokeback Mountain” and “Babel” Sun Oct 14, 2012, 9pm (7pm door)
Bajofondo (originally Bajofondo Tango Club) grew out of the Electro Tango movement started by Gotan Project in 1999. Electro Tango is club music with a tango root. Bajofondo was created by Argentine musician and composer Gustavo Santaolalla and Uruguayan musician-producer Juan Campodónico. They conceived a musical collective to make contemporary music of the Rio de la Plata, the wide river that separates Argentina and Uruguay with the capitals of Buenos Aires and Montevideo on opposite shores.
The cultures are similar, formed largely of Italians in South America. In fact Argentina and Uruguay were once one country. However Uruguay picks up some of the flavor of its northern neighbor, Brazil. Uruguay has great futbol (soccer) and musicians, and today’s “Argentine” beef comes from Uruguay. But Buenos Aires has a larger place on the world stage, so many Uruguayan artists get associated with that culture.
Bajofondo’s first album, Bajofondo Tango Club (2002), won a Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental Pop Album in 2003 and sold over 300,000 copies worldwide. The record took the Electro Tango theme in a more jazz/rock direction though it was still definitely club music. The album blended genres so well that a common response on hearing Bajofondo for the first time was, “What is that?”
Gustavo Santaolalla won an Academy award for his score of “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) and another for his score of “Babel” (2006). Bajofondo has outgrown its tango roots and become a touring band that performs with a VJ. They make great music and you may still ask yourself, “What is that?” Maybe the bigger question is what are these talented artists going to do next?
In 2012, Bajofondo is:
Gustavo Santaolalla (Guitar, vocals)
Juan Campodonico (Programming, guitar)
Luciano Supervielle (piano, turntable)
Javier Casalla (violin)
Martin Ferres (bandoneon)
Gabriel Casacuberta (bass)
Adrian Sosa (drums)
Veronica Loza (VJ)
October 14, 2012
431 West 16th Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenue)
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