Date(s) - 04/26/2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bimbo's 365 Club
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Even though Bajofondo has been a pioneer in what has been known all over the world as “electro-tango,” do not mention the word in front of Gustavo Santaolalla — the group doesn’t consider it an accurate description of their music.
And yet, after all this commercial and critical success, after all the accolades, Bajofondo arrived to 2012 about to get even hotter: the signing by Sony Masterworks set the stage for their most ambitious and international album to date: Presente (March 5, 2013). The album is a major turning point for Bajofondo.
For the first time, Bajofondo used no vocal guests on an album, and the usual strings were magnified: again under the direction of Alejandro Terán, Presente features 11 violins, four violas, three cellos, and three stand-up basses.
“This time we really worked on the orchestral parts,” said Santaolalla. “We had done something similar in Mar Dulce (2007), but Presente is a much bigger project and the album required extra time spent in that area. We’re thrilled with the results.” Several album tracks also include brass, woodwinds, harp, percussion, and even a Theremin.
Even if the changes from Tango Club (2002) to Mar Dulce to Presente are evident, there’s also a Bajofondo aesthetic that remains a constant. Bajofondo’s music has no written laws; it evolves continually, but the parameters from the first album that were continued in Mar Dulce are amplified and expanded in Presente.
“After playing in virtually all corners of the world, having Sony Masterworks as our new home could not be more appropriate to present the album that most closely resembles what we are as a live band,” said Santaolalla.