Hybrid Tango - Hybrid Tango (2004)

«In the mid 90s, Max Masri (synths and programming – in his teens one of the last disciples of the legendary tango maestro Virgilio Expósito) went back to Buenos Aires from Germany after sharing interesting experiences with argentine emigrants and, because of that, brought the idea to create a new musical language, blending tango and modern sounds.

In late 1998 he started working with Diego S. Velázquez (guitars) and they began recording and producing their first electrotango tracks. In 2001 this idea was revived, with a modern sound, their own compositions and, finally, a name for the project: Tanghetto, a combination of the words "tango" and "ghetto" inspired by the "little Argentinas", the communities of exiled argentines living overseas. The current line-up includes Federico Vázquez (bandoneón), Antonio Boyadjian (piano), Chao Xu (violoncello and Chinese bowed string instrument erhu) and Daniel Corrado (acoustic and electronic drums).

In December 2003, Emigrante (electrotango), Tanghetto's debut album, was released in Argentina. The album achieved gold status by early 2005. On July 2004, Emigrante was nominated for a Latin Grammy award in the "Best Instrumental Album" category.
During 2004 Tanghetto intensified its live activity. […] On December 10th, 2004, many Tanghetto musicians, led by Max and Diego, released a side project called Hybrid Tango, where the fusion of modern tango music and electronica goes unprecedently beyond, adding a world music flavour with flamenco, latin rhythms and jazz elements. This record has been equally well received by the specialized press and music consumers, sharing the top positions of the rankings of alternative music sales with Tanghetto’s Emigrante. Some of the tracks for Hybrid Tango are part of Tanghetto's live repertoire. In August 23rd, 2005, this album was nominated for a Latin Grammy award in the "Best Tango Album" category.» (Tanghetto)

«Les nombreuses expériences et créations qui voient le jour en Argentine dans la mouvance electro-tango ne sont pas toutes convaincantes. Parfois il y a trop de 'production' d'effets electro et pas assez de musique. Ce travail, que nous avons sélectionné, nous a attiré par la forte volonté de rester dans le respect de la musicalité, de travailler au plus près de la matière tango, en particulier de ce tango “piazzolliano” qui marque les dernières décennies. Un travail soigné, une interprétation qui présage d'autres bonnes réalisations. A suivre. L'objectif de Hybrid Tango, selos ses membres, est de “concevoir l'idée d'un tango cosmopolite, en conservant ce son 'porteño' qui lui est propre”. (Musicargentina)

«Definido por sus creadores como un “tango cosmopolita”, Hybrid Tango, el proyecto paralelo de los miembros de Tanghetto fusiona el nuevo tango y la electrónica con diversos estilos y músicas del mundo, como flamenco, jazz, candombe, etc. Nominado en el 2005 para los premios Latin Grammy, es un atrevido paso adelante en la música argentina contemporánea.» (Constitucion Music)

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Tombom said...

I've heard yet and appreciated the beautiful mixed sound of "Bajofondo Tango Club", "Gotan Project" among others...

Find now and listen to this "Hybrid Tango" is a grateful surprise for me! All tunes are excellent!

I need to say: Your blog is a really different place with a world musical treasure!


Anonymous said...

Muchas gracias amigo. I wonder if this is anything like Gotan Project? Can't wait.
Blog on.

Anonymous said...

Erh... Another link dead oO...

But I had heard it before and love it. Excellent. =T

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