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Friday, March 18 • 12:00am - 1:00am
Pedro Menendez Fusion Ensemble

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PEDRO MENENDEZ FUSION - ENSEMBLE AVANT-GARDE JAZZ + NEW ARGENTINIAN TANGO & FOLK CONCEPT Featuring New CD "COLECCIONISMO/ANTHOLOGY" PEDRO MENENDEZ is a prolific composer and brilliant multi-instrumentalist. Wellknown as a pioneering of the Avant Garde fusion sytle in Argentina, Menendez´s music is a personal eclectic blend of Latin American folk rythms (tango, chacarera, candombe, bossa nova), jazz and contemporary classical elements. As a bold creator Menendez definitely proposes a different South American concept. Melodies are unique, lyric and complex. Pieces are rich on harmonic modulations and elaborated counterpoints. Traditional local rythms are reinterpreted on prolific polirythms variations, irregular meters and a varied elaborated instrumentation. As a virtuous multi-instrumentalist, Menendez changes from the Piano to the Guitar, Flute, Soprano Sax or Bandoneon with surprising ability. "COLECCIONISMO -ANTHOLOGY" is a new selected compilation that brings together some of the best pieces of Menendez´s vast discography and is part of the repertoire that the Argentinian musician has been performing throughout a long impressive national and international career destined to keep growing: Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, USA, Canada, Norway, France and Germany, including CANADIAN MUSIC FEST 2011 / March 9-13, 2011 (Toronto, ON, Canada) SXSW 2011 / March 16-19, 2011 (Austin, TX, USA) SXSW Music Festival 2010, 2009, 2008 (Austin, TX, USA) CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK 2009, Toronto, ON, CANADA, BAFIM, BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FAIR 2009 (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Festival de Inverno SESC RIO 2008 (Petropolis, Teresopolis, Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL), 6º / 4º BUENOS AIRES JAZZ AND OTHER MUSICS FESTIVAL (Buenos Aires, Argentina), among the most recents. Six-Word Reviews of 763 SXSW 2008 by Paul Ford “Introspective, engaging minor-key Argentinian jazz. Excellent. Rating: 5 stars” Todd S. Jenkins – All about jazz.com “Wonderfully sensual evocations from South America. Pedro Menendez is a multi-instrumentalist from Argentina who has a fresh ear for blending the sounds of different musics... Recommended.” John Doll – Jazzreview.com “His music is a whirlwind of the influences ranging from Brazilian bossa nova, contemporary classical, tango, Argentinian folk, and American jazz. The music is like a gentle breeze on an otherwise warm still night in a warm country very much like Argentina. Its rhythms are graceful. It sways more than it swings. Menendez tends to remain understated in making his point... As is the rest of the album, it is simple and wise, graceful and heartfelt.” Bernardo Nudelman - Musicargentina.com France ”It is much more than pleasant, it is comforting that musicians, registered in the dynamics and the history of the tango, did not cease enriching it... Pedro Menéndez enters the tango. It visits it and revisits it. Respects and renovates it. Its leg jazz touches the matter tango. Symbiosis is successful, excellent interpretation...” MORE MUSICAL PROJECTS OF PEDRO MENENDEZ: PEDRO MENENDEZ JAZZTANGO ENSEMBLE (www.myspace.com/pedromenendezjazztangoensamble) PEDRO MENENDEZ - PROYECTO BUENOS AIRES (www.myspace.com/proyectobuenosaires) PEDRO MENENDEZ - PETER´S SONGS (www.sonicbids.com/peterssongs / www.myspace.com/pedromenendezsongs) PEDRO MENENDEZ -ZONA TANGO (www.sonicbids.com/zonatango / www.myspace.com/zonatangobuenosaires) ABOUT PEDRO MENENDEZ´s BIOGRAPHY: Pedro Menendez 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. He has performed internationally in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, USA, Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and France including, among the most recent shows: CANADIAN MUSIC FEST 2011 (March 9.13, 2011) (Toronto, ON, Canada) SXSW 2011 (March 16-19, 2011) (Austin, TX, USA) WOA RECORDS INDIA JAZZ TOUR 2010/2011 SXSW MUSIC FESTIVAL 2010 (March 2010) CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK 2009, Toronto, ON, Canada (March 2009) SXSW Music Festival & Conference 2009 (Austin, TX, USA, 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 Music Festival & Conference 2008 (Austin, TX, USA, March 2008) Rhizome Collective International Show (Austin, TX, USA, March 2008) KUT FM - Live Recording Show (Austin, TX, US, March 2008) Troughout his career he has played on numerous local artistic, cultural venues and festivals, including "Buenos Aires Jazz & other Musics" International Festival, "Mar del Jazz" Festival, Centro Nacional de Música, Casa del Fondo Nacional de la Cultura, Auditorio del Pilar - Recoleta, Avenida Theater, among numerous others. He has also performed as sessionist together with many other 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 incidental music for television, theatre and cinema (Argentina and the Munich School of Cinema). Since 1986 he is the Artistic Director of Contemporaneo Art Music, an Argentinian Record Label dedicated to genres as tango, jazz, crossover, folk, world and contemporary classical music (www.contemporaneomusic.com) Full Discography: Coleccionismo - Anthology - 2010 Peter´s Songs - 2010 Psicodelia Tango - 2010 BrazilTango Re-Edition - 2010 Electronico Re-Edition -2010 America Solar - 2008 Arquitectura Tango - 2006 Profundidad - 2005 Mi Buenos Aires herido - 2003 Secretos de la guitarra - 2002 Luna - 1999 Viaje por Latinoamérica - 1993 Cantos Secretos - 1989 Nuevos Caminos - 1986 Capoeira - 1984 Hora del Eclipse - 1983

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Pedro Menendez Fusion Ensemble

With an impressive international career, PEDRO MENENDEZ is an outstanding composer blending jazz, classical and South American rythms. Master himself of many instruments, the result is an innovative Latin fusion concept where beauty, polyrithmic propulsion and first-class improvisation... Read More →

Friday March 18, 2011 12:00am - 1:00am CDT
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