Mbira y Pampa

Santiago Vazquez

Original music for mbira, where African traditions meet Argentinian folk. Deeply emotional meditations from one of the most innovative musicians from the Pampa.

“Mbira y pampa” is a combination of Africans traditional music with Argentinean folkloric elements. The songs included in de CD had been composed by Santiago Vazquez, who moved away from the strictly traditions to bring closer to itself the experimental sounds of the instrument, executed from this side of the world.
Mbira is the sacred instrument of the Shona (Zimbabwe) and its tradition has more than over 1000 years of antiquity. Its music is used in rituals called “bira” to summon the spirits of the ancestors. It has a sweet and at the same time impure loudness due to the bottle cap of soda that resonate with the vibration of the instrument. The music of mbiras usually accompanies with hosho, palms and voices. The traditional repertoire of the instrument consists in around 150 circular pieces, on which the experienced musician is alternating variations - some traditional ones, others of its responsibility and other always improvising within affluent a musical language of defined rules. The pieces of mbira can last between two minutes to more than one hour. It is in the repetition and by the gradual changes that are generated where it finds the essence of trance in this music.

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Raamon

Santiago Vazquez

Eclectic, perverted electronic music with no electronic at all. The most innovative from alternative argentinean scene.

Humans imitating machines.

The music on this CD was generated from blocks of sound composed by layers of 100% human played acoustic and electric instrument (but not electronic). With no sequencers or any kind of electronic generated loops.

This CD is dedicated to the absurd and always out of shape present time, to the blurred line that divides and at the same time links ugliness and beauty, pain and pleasure, arrogance and fear. It is dedicated to tradition, to the unconsciousness implied by any action, to contradiction.

The music on this CD was built directly on the tape track by track, without using any previous composition, starting with the bass or the drums, and then adding voices, lots of percussion, guitars and the most estrange and unusual instrument until some melody or structure appeared. Then those layers of sound where sculpted muting here and there some fragments, or even eliminating complete tracks until the final shape was achieved. Some sounds were digitally processed on the mix, but most of the effects heard on this CD were produced on the recording process, by placing the wrong microphones on the wrong place of the wrong instrument played on the wrong way.

Santiago Vazquez: Bass, drums, percussion, tablas, berimbao, trumpet, bomtempi, mbira, kalimba, voices, toys, wind instruments, guitars, turntables, arrangements and composition.

Guest Musicians

Wenceslao Lazo: electric guitar Rodrigo Domínguez: tenor saxophone Martín Pantyrer: bariton saxophone Fernando Kabusacki: electric guitar Marcelo Barragán: alto saxophone Dante Yenque: french horn Andre Gomes: piccolo bass Leonel Kaplan: trumpet Alejandro Franov: accordion Juan Pablo Marín: text

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Santiago Vazquez & Puente Celeste

Puente Celeste

A very natural fussion of the most distant styles. Intelligent world fusion mixed with jazz and classical to create washes and tapestries of sound that explore the meetings of musical thought.

This album has been praised by the specialized critic and awarded by Clarín (the biggest newspaper in Argentina) as the Best Revelation Album in 1998 (in the category Jazz). It is an introduction to Vazquez's musical universe. Eclectic, it contains elements from jazz, tango and Argentine folklore, pop, 20th century classical music, free, Indian, African and Mid-western music, everything combined in an organic and personal way. Instrumental pieces and songs live together on this album.

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Canciones

Puente Celeste

An imaginary folk, full of poetry, where you can find different individual opinions about music.

“Canciones” is the last album created by Puente Celeste, a music band originated 12 years ago. The members of the group and the instruments they play are:

Marcelo Moguilevsky: winds and voices Santiago Vazquez: percussion and voices Edgardo Cardozo: guitar and voices Luciano Dyzenchauz: bass and double bass Lucas Nikotian: accordion

The group´s influences come all the way from different places of the world and in their work they combine in a graet way a huge variety of kinds of music. Through their songs, they transmit sensibility, happiness and peace. It´s a real enjoyable album. What they generate does not have any explanation. You just have to listen to them to know it!

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Mañana Domingo

Puente Celeste

New folk music from Argentina. Songs and instrumental music freely composed and performed from the heart. one of the most innovative groups in argentinean musical scene.

Edgardo Cardozo: spanish guitar, requinto and voice Marcelo Moguilevsky: clarinet, bass clarinet, harmonica, recorders and voice Santiago Vazquez: percussion and voice Luciano Dyzenchauz: acoustic bass Lucas Nikotian: piano and accordion

A great new classic from this group of Argentinean virtuoso players.

Between Latin American folk music, tango, jazz, pop and experimental, the music on this CD lies on strong original compositions, still leaving space for plenty of musical interaction. A real time recording testifying how joyful music and life can be.

Once in your CD player, it will be very difficult to eject.

El punto de partida es interesante, pero mucho más lo es el de llegada. La libertad de tránsito entre distintas tradiciones, timbres y recursos formales de orígenes diversos y registros culturales bajos y altos, es un buen modo -y un modo nada frecuente- de encarar la creación, Pero el mérito de Puente Celeste va más allá: fluidez sin forzamientos, en canciones excelentes y en pequeñas piezas de orfebrería -como el hermoso «Vals»-, instrumentadas con imaginación y, por suerte, todavía indefinibles. Diego Fischerman, Página/12.

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Pasando el Mar

Puente Celeste

A delicate fusion of Argentine, African, Indian, pop, jazz, classical, and who knows what else. Played by some of the best musicians from the Argentinean creative music scene.

Puente Celeste is a music band originated in 1997, in Buenos Aires, that performs both instrumental and vocal music.

Its original proposal, cosmopolitan and yet profoundly Argentinean, combines in a natural way elements from the most different kinds of music around the globe, original themes and melodies, instruments from many cultures, solos and group improvisations, poetry, energy and sensitivity, complexity but also simplicity.

Puente Celeste's musical influences come all the way from Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe and, of course, America. From Argentinean folklore and tango to jazz and XX century's classical music. Old and contemporary music throughout the world. From composers like Stravinsky, Messiaen, Miles Davis, Hermeto Pascoal or Ralph Towner, to millenary melodies by unknown authors.

To describe it, the Argentinean magazine Melotron said: "To talk about Puente Celeste, let's imagine a huge melting pot where rock, folklore, oriental music, tango, jazz and experimentation are blended, spiced with a brilliant and imaginative percussion, resulting into a rare CD, fresh, full of intelligent and accomplished fusion."

Marcelo Moguilevsky clarinet, bass clarinet, harmonica, soprano sax, bag pipes and recorder.

Alejandro Franov accordion, sitar, guitar, percussion and voice.

Edgardo Cardozo guitar, requinto, accordion, cajón and voice.

Luciano Dyzenchauz acoustic bass, percussion and berimbao.

Santiago Vazquez percussion, berimbao, mbira, tablas, guitar and voice.

Its members have varied since its appearance in Buenos Aires' scene with its first album (Santiago Vazquez & Puente Celeste, awarded Best album and 1998 Jazz Revelation by the newspaper Clarín), always with the contributions from some of the most original and recognized musicians in Buenos Aires.

Based on the broad education of its musicians, all of them multi-instrumentalists, Puente Celeste explores exquisite sound combinations towards compositions of great melodic and rhythmic value, also leaving space for instrumental dialogue, where the personality and virtuosity of the musicians are displayed.

The present members of the group have important soloist careers, and have played with musicians like Dino Saluzzi, Luis Salinas, Juan Falu, Pedro Aznar, Nestor Marconi, "Mono" Fontana, Vitor Ramil, Roberto Goyeneche, to name a few.

The Argentinean press said:

CLARIN newspaper "The jazz revelation of the year"

PAGINA 12 newspaper "This group is one of the most interesting experiences on the scene of popular music in Argentina" "...Puente Celeste. This exquisite CD, a true revelation, shows that not only Uruguayans and Brazilians but also Argentineans can take certain chances, putting together technique and popular tradition." "Puente Celeste. First album: among the best born here."

LA NACION news paper "A bridge toward other rhythms." "Puente Celeste emerge like a luminous multi rhythmical and ethnical mix that surprises with its instrumental proposal." "In this sonorous celebration, Puente Celeste brings to light the treasures of a group of virtuous musicians that accomplish a personal language, rejecting the ordinary place of hermetism in which other musicians easily fell. Puente Celeste has turned in no time into one of the instrumental revelations within the underground movement of popular music. People responded to the musical stimulation of this multi rhythmical band."

ROLLING STONE magazine "This CD is a pleasant surprise: candombe and oriental sounds mixed with baguala, a bit of poetry, subtlety and good taste. Puente Celeste removes the inconsistent and unoriginal hybrid taste from the word fusion."

TRES PUNTOS magazine "Faraway from marketing" "This is one of those pleasant surprises that turn out once in a blue moon: a fine disc, personal and blunt, and the same time unclassifiable."

CONTUMANCIA magazine "... a CD in which new music finds a doorway towards artistic authenticity, through the greatest aesthetic risk and the most exquisite sensitivity."

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La Bomba De Tiempo

La Bomba De Tiempo

A very rhythmic percussion album to enjoy and dance: an experimental band of 17 musicians. 100% improvisation conducted through a system of numerous signals.

La Bomba de Tiempo is a group composed by 17 excellent musicians. They started practising in early 2006, and at first the rehearsals were closed, for the first two months, then they became open rehearsals, where people could come along to listen. Soon this grew into coming along to listen and dance a little, and it developed into rehearsing openly for an hour then playing for two. La Bomba de Tiempo offers a space of party, creating a really rithmic and energetic music by playing percusion. The music consist on improvisation with a system of signals con las cuales the director, Santiago Vázquez, organises and creates specific reactions. That's how the improvisation becomes a composition in real time: La Bomba de tiempo explores the rythm and the time. It's about composing equilibrate rythms in real time that seemed to be traditionals and that they invite to dance. What they are creating is unique within Argentina. Thay are not imitating anything: the improvisations belong to them.

MUSICIANS Santiago Vazquez: conductor Alejandro Oliva:achico Mariano Cantero:tambor chico Nacho Alvarez:tambor repique Juampi Francisconi: tambor piano Richard Nant: bombo Lucas Helguero: quinto Mario Gusso: tambor bata itotele Pablo Ben Dov: tambor batå iya Andrés Inchausti: tronco ahuecado Luciano Larocca: guancha Carto Brandan: semillas y accesorios Pablo Palleiro: djembé Gabriel Spiller: campanas Maria Bergamaschi: surdo Diego Sanchez: surdo y semillas Cheikh Gueye: djembé

"La Bomba de Tiempo", produced in 2007, is their firts album and it shows a wide variety of original and surpising musical tones. It contains the best music of the group ready to enjoy whit a lot of pleasure.

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Medios de Transporte

Colectivo Eterofónico

An experimental band of 17 musicians. 100% improvisation conducted through a system of more than 70 hand signals.

A collection of small pieces thoroughly improvised at the recording studio with the signs system developed by Santiago Vazquez and inspired on «Butch Morris». Colectivo Eterofónico, a 17 musicians orchestra directed by Vazquez, shows in this, their first album, a wide variety of original and always surprising tone-colours.

MUSICIANS

Santiago Vazquez: conductor

Laura Fuhr: violin Claudio Peña: cello Wenchi Lazo: electric guitar Ezequiel Finger: vibraphone Diego Pojomovsky: double bass Emiliano Almeida: drums Lucas Helguero: percussion Pablo Bronzini: accordion Lucas Nikotián: piano Damian Rovner: trumpet Martin Pantyrer: bass clarinet y baritone sax Rodrigo Domínguez: soprano and tenor sax Gustavo Hunt: clarinet y tenor sax Marcelo Barragán: clarinet and alto sax Gustavo Ridilenir: flute and alto sax María Eugenia Marsili: oboe

The Colectivo Eterofónico is an improvisation band formed by 10 to 17 musicians, conducted through a very original system of more than 70 signs, with which the conductor coordinates the development of the improvisation. This system was created by Santiago Vazquez, based on the work of American musician «Butch» Morris.

The band also explores different ways of composition in real time, blending all of them in its live concerts, extremely energetic experiences, due to the intense interaction between musicians, conductor and the public, which also gets involved in the creative process. Many of the most important improvisation musicians of Buenos Aires are gathered in the Colectivo Eterofónico. They come from different styles: jazz, funk, contemporary music, tango, folklore, rock.

The Colectivo's music is 100% improvised by its musicians. These improvisations can frame certain pre-established rules, this is why its style can hardly be explained.

This style can be tonal and atonal; it goes from rhythmical and even dancing music to waves of sound with no pulse at all; from melodic aspects to a mere sound adventure; from strict order to extreme chaos... it all depends on the blend between people, each one of the musicians and the conductor, in a permanent interaction.

REVIEWS

Clarín Newspaper. July 17 2001.

A rosary with beads of time Precious contradiction palpitate in this album, which begins with an atonal bluster, continues with groove and romanticism and extinguishes in a purring way. A trip that the Colectivo Eterofónico made once, but you will want to repeat, knowing that each time over you will hear a little more.

Inrockuptibles Magazine.

Medios de transporte, recorded live, in one take, with no overdubs or previous rehearsals, is part of a diptic. (...) Blending contemporary music, pop, jazz, blues, free, Latin rhythms, etc, a true free improvised dialogue with music.

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