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Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France | INDIE

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For sheer joyousness, I’ll go on the record as saying I’ve never seen anyone have more fun on stage - ever - than the Chilean electro cumbia wizard Chico Trujillo and his killer band. Like a huge, floppy puppy dog w/red glasses skanking and bouncing around with a grin that stretched from Austin all the way back to Santiago, Chico embodies the random genius that you occasionally encounter at SXSW when a tip (thanks Duncan) on what could be a hot show turns into a mind-blower. The crowd knew him, loved him, sang along and were quite literally ecstatic, bringing a level of energy to the show that was electrifying. Note to snotty hipster bands: your level of cool reflects your level of distance from the crowd. Be less cool, have more fun. - TUCSON WEEKLY


SANTIAGO, Chile — Lollapalooza Chile has introduced me to a world-class party band: Chico Trujillo, a local favorite who had a huge crowd shouting along. Every party band needs a rhythm, and Aldo Asenjo, the band’s leader and singer, relies on cumbia, the beat heard in countless variations across Latin America. Cumbia often trots calmly, but Chico Trujillo’s version gallops, bounding along; now and then, the music switches into rumba, equally upbeat. Mr. Asenjo sings lyrics as chattery and percussive as some hip-hop, taking on the ups and downs of love and life, with his voice answered by chortling horns — did he borrow the arranging idea from ska bands? — and a tootling, circusy organ. Syncopation, momentum and a way of romping through pain — a party band needs them all, and Chico Trujillo has them. - NEW YORK TIMES


Aldo “Macha” Asenjo, Líder de Chico Trujillo

May 15, 2009

Hace diez años una banda de rock chileno partió a buscar suerte a Alemania. Pero allá, su líder, Aldo Asenjo, terminó creando un nuevo proyecto: Chico Trujillo. Con él resucitó la cumbia, un ritmo que hasta entonces tenía olor a naftalina y a radio AM. Hoy, es el rey de las noches santiaguinas.
Aldo Asenjo (40), el “Macha”, el líder de la rockera banda La Floripondio y la cumbianchera Chico Trujillo, no quiere dar entrevistas. Varios correos electrónicos, mensajes en su celular e intentos de su círculo de amigos por disuadirlo, no pudieron convencerlo. Sus cercanos dicen que es porque es corto de genio. Tímido. Introvertido. Que esa imagen desinhibida que proyecta cuando canta se acaba cuando baja del escenario. Que también es desconfiado y teme que le pregunten por su pareja, la actriz Adela Secall; o por Emiliano, el hijo que tiene con ella. Y que, además, no cree en los medios de comunicación; porque si en los quince años que lleva en la música no los ha necesitado, ¿por qué habría de hacerlo ahora?
Pero no nos damos por vencidos: el viernes 8 de mayo estamos en el húmedo camarín de La Batuta. El “Macha” y su combo (Chico Trujillo) acaban de dar un encendido concierto de una hora y media. Los chicos están contentos, celebrando. Le digo: “Quiero hacerte una entrevista para un perfil”. Él me mira sorprendido. “¿Por qué querrían hacer un perfil mío?”, dice. Y desaparece.
La respuesta es simple. Porque es el líder del grupo que probablemente más toca en vivo en el país (hasta cuatro veces en un mismo día). Porque lo han definido como uno de los mejores frontman de Chile, y porque su grupo Chico Trujillo es todo un fenómeno. No sólo por las cifras ?todos sus conciertos se llenan y en todos queda gente afuera? sino porque han despertado en el chileno algo mucho más profundo que sólo un fanatismo: El “Macha” le devolvió la vida a la cumbia. Y el rescate de este género profundamente latinoamericano está calando hondo en una generación huérfana de raíces, que creció escuchando el vacío pop ochentero. Si Álvaro Henríquez revivió la cueca en los 90, el “Macha” lo hizo con un género tan nacional como ése: la cumbia. Y si hace una década los jóvenes formaban rebeldes grupos de rock, hoy crean alegres sonoras.
El “Macha”, en gran medida, es el responsable.
Pero claro, todo esto lo pienso, pero no se lo digo.
No hay invierno para Chico Trujillo El “Macha” –le dicen así porque de chico, cuando se ponía nervioso, sacaba la lengua hacia un lado– partió un día a Alemania con una banda de rock, y volvió con una de cumbia.
Fue en 1998. Entonces era el líder de La Floripondio, un grupo que mezclaba punk, ska, algo de rock y sicodelia y que se transformó en una banda de culto en el circuito under chileno. Sus presentaciones en vivo se repletaban, pero eso, a los sellos, no les importaba. Un buen día partieron a probar suerte a Alemania. Un músico de los Pinochet Boys que estaba radicado allá les dio la idea. Y se fueron. La gira - en micro- incluyó Berlín, Hamburgo y Amsterdam.
No les fue mal, pero estando allá las cosas cambiaron. El “Macha” y su amigo de la infancia, Víctor “Tuto” Vargas (bajista), se dieron cuenta de que la música que les salía natural, esa que les nacía del alma, era otra. Era la que escuchaban cuando niños, en las fiestas familiares en Villa Alemana. Era ese bolero antiguo que emocionaba a sus abuelas, ese mambo que hacía bailar a sus tías, esas cumbias que surgían de los vinilos de Los Viking 5, de La Orquesta Huambaly o de Giolito y su combo. A miles de kilómetros de su casa, se dieron cuenta que lo que querían tocar era la banda sonora de su infancia.
El nombre para la nueva agrupación se le ocurrió al “Macha”. “Chico”, porque es uno de los sobrenombres más comunes en Chile y “Trujillo”, porque sonaba como un apellido bien latinoamericano. “A veces nos preguntan ‘¿y dónde está el señor Trujillo?’ porque creen que así se llama el ‘Macha’. Pero Chico Trujillo es un personaje ficticio, imaginario. Es ese tipo parrandero, bueno pa’ bailar, pa’ la fiestas. Nos dimos cuenta que este tipo existía cuando comenzamos a mirar a Chile desde Europa”, cuenta Juan Gronemeyer, baterista, percusionista y fundador del grupo.
Cuando volvieron a Chile, lo primero que hicieron fue recurrir a las cumbias que tenían más a mano, así grabaron nuevas versiones de “El galeón español”, “Daniela”, “Loco, loco”, pero también boleros y guarachas que ellos mismos compusieron, como la notable “Me convertiste en santo”. El resultado fue el disco “Chico Trujillo y la Señora Imaginación”, un álbum, que según Gronemeyer “es el disco con la carátula más fea en la historia de la música chilena”. Los álbumes que vendrían después, “Cumbia chilombiana” (2007) y “Plato único bailable” (2008), tienen una estética mucho más depurada: antigua, pero elegante. Y con el tiempo no sólo sofisticaron la imagen que identificaba al grupo, sino que también el sonido.
A esas alturas, - Diario (Spain)


Chico Trujillo y Matías Aguayo pondrán sonidos
chilenos en el Festival Roskilde
Desde hoy, el grupo de cumbia y el músico electrónico comparten en el evento musical más
importante de los países nórdicos con nombres como Prince, Patti Smith, Muse, Alice in Chains y Gorillaz.

COPENHAGUE.- El Festival de Roskilde, el más grande evento de rock al aire libre en los países nórdicos, abrirá hoy su edición número 40 con un cartel que compartirán desde los norteamericanos Prince y Patti Smith, hasta los chilenos Matías Aguayo y Chico Trujillo.
Muse, Gorillaz, Jack Johnson, Prodigy, Them Crooked Vultures, Alice in Chains, Motörhead, Killswithc Engage, The National, NOFX, Instituto Mexicano del Sonido y Pavement son otros de los principales grupos que actuarán en Roskilde. Unas 150 bandas actuarán hasta el domingo en los seis escenarios del festival danés, que ya ha agotado las 75 mil entradas entradas a la venta.
Roskilde reunirá en total a más de cien mil personas, contando a los 25 mil voluntarios que trabajan durante el festival a cambio de una entrada gratuita. Los beneficios de Roskilde, que es dirigido por una asociación vecinal sin ánimo de lucro, irán destinados como siempre a labores humanitarias.
- Diario (Spain)


La 7e édition de Babel Med Music a pris fin samedi à Marseille
avec une fréquentation record selon les organisateurs : 15
350 spectateurs ont assisté aux trois soirées au Dock des Suds.
Trente concerts étaient programmés dans ce forum
professionnel dédié aux musiques du monde, où la partie
concerts est ouverte au public. Le Martiniquais Edmond
Mondésir, le Franco-Algérien Aziz Sahmaoui (ex-ONB) ou les
Chiliens survoltés Chico Trujillo ont particulièrement convaincu. - LIBERATION


The 19 members of Banda Conmocion marched through hundreds of screaming Chileans, with horns blasting and drums crashing, as they made their way to the stage. The crowd seemed as if it was going to reach the zenith of excitement before the band even played a full song--long before headliner Chico Trujillo took the stage to celebrate the release of its third CD: Plato Único Bailable.
The stage, which seemed large once before, shrank under both the festive presence and sheer number of band members. With little in the way of an introduction, Banda Conmocion, consisting of nothing less than three trombones, four trumpets, an accordion, an insane percussion section and a variety of other instruments, broke into its first song. Amidst an immediate roar of voices and claps, people literally hung off the venue's cubed walls (hence the name Kubix) but somehow found a way to dance at the same time.

Though it was hard to find a focal point in the show due to Conmocion's presence as a crazed Latin marching band, one's eyes were naturally drawn to Jeca González, who mesmerized the audience with fluid, flamboyant dances as she snapped her cymbals together overhead. The rest of the band provided the swirling soundtrack.
The stage, which seemed large once before, shrank under both the festive presence and sheer number of band members. With little in the way of an introduction, Banda Conmocion, consisting


of nothing less than three trombones, four trumpets, an accordion, an insane percussion section and a variety of other instruments, broke into its first song. Amidst an immediate roar of voices and claps, people literally hung off the venue's cubed walls (hence the name Kubix) but somehow found a way to dance at the same time.

Though it was hard to find a focal point in the show due to Conmocion's presence as a crazed Latin marching band, one's eyes were naturally drawn to Jeca González, who mesmerized the audience with fluid, flamboyant dances as she snapped her cymbals together overhead. The rest of the band provided the swirling soundtrack.
The band began its march to the stage well past midnight and dominated it until half past two, then relinquished it to Chico Trujillo. It seemed impossible to take over the show after two hours of sweaty, crazed dancing to Banda Conmocion, but Chico Trujillo is one of the few bands that could have done it. And so they did.

Many have claimed that Chico has a strategy of waiting for the crowd--and, perhaps, the band members as well--to get drunk before taking the stage, but no one seems to blame them. On this occasion, the crowd seemed perfectly lubricated for the two and a half hour show that ensued.
plays a fortified version of classic cumbia and bolero with some ska and rock mixed in for good measure. The unique blend of music had everyone in Kubix on their feet and crowding the stage, with some even desperately trying to climb onstage to dance with the band.

It was a joyous scene: the dance floor was packed from the bar to the stage, but people still managed to dance. As the crowd jumped and swayed to Chico, little pockets of people dancing cumbia broke out, if just for a minute, wherever and whenever open space appeared.
Most of Chico's set was of hearty, danceable music, but for the 5 a.m. encore, it took a different approach. The rest of the band laid low as singer Michael "Bendito" Magliocchetti sang and played his guitar, joined by two "box" drummers who provided the rhythm for some slower songs. The crowd fluidly responded to the change, swapping the pogo for dreamy swaying, and the bar converted into a more tranquil dance floor that even some of the venue staff couldn't resist joining.

Banda Conmocion, which just released its debut album, Pregonero, and Chico Trujillo represent the new Latino music scene in Santiago. And, though they don't sell as many tickets as some superbands, be assured that their shows will be far more engaging, far more energetic and much more real.

http://www.myspace.com/chicotrujillo
http://www.myspace.com/bandaconmocion
- REVOLVER SANTIAGO MAGAZINE


Ayguesvives. Au fil de l'eau avec Convivencia avec les deux formations Passa pa Orchestra et Chico Trujillo. DR
Après plusieurs escales toulousaines, les péniches musicales du festival Convivencia prennent l'air du large. En partenariat avec le Festival Samba al Païs et l'Association Citrus, Convivencia largue les amarres, mardi 6 juillet, à partir de 20 h 30, à l'Écluse du Sanglier à Ayguesvives. Apéro-concert tout d'abord avec Passa pa Orchestra et ses rythmes métissés. Poursuite des festivités à 21 h 30 avec le concert de Chico Trujillo. La formation chilienne ravira le amateurs de cumbia, de boléro et de rythmes latinos. Gratuit.
- LA DEPECHE


AU BOUT DU MONDE… Chico Trujillo. Un vrai coup de cœur !
De ceux qui l'auront vu hier soir en concert, personne
ne s'étonne plus que celui-ci fasse salle comble au Chili.
Chico Trujillo, n'a pas volé sa place au Bout du Monde.
Découvert, il y a peu, par hasard au Chili, le groupe
de ska festif était attendu avec impatience par
beaucoup qui le voyaient comme l'une des grandes
découvertes de cette édition.
Anthonin Masset, chargé de communication au festival,
ne s'était pas trompé en décidant de le programmer.
Un public unanime - Dès les premiers morceaux,
le public semble unanime : « C'est trop bien !
C'est le groupe découverte qui bouge le plus de ce
que j'ai vu ! » L'Amérique latine à nos portes,
chacun entame un pas de danse à sa manière.
Du déhanché à la queue leu leu, tout le monde s'accorde pour lever les bras, hurlant à la gloire d'un groupe connu depuis à peine une dizaine de minutes.
Un ska festif venu du Chili - Sur scène, le rouge est à l'honneur dans la tenue vestimentaire et les cuivres balancent une musique chilienne largement inspirée du ska festif et du punk. Les guitares et les percussions s'animent au rythme des dires du chanteur. Les mots retenus illustrent à merveille l'ambiance générée, de « alegria » à « calor ». S'ils évoquent le changement, le public s'y accorde même s'il n'est pas sûr que dans l'euphorie, tous aient compris la teneur des paroles. Peu importe, le principal est de s'éclater en profitant du moment offert. Dans quelques heures, le groupe sera de nouveau sur scène et l'on entend déjà certains promettre leur retour sur les lieux. Alors, à quand la grande scène pour ce coup de coeur à revoir impérativement ?

© Copyright Le Télégramme 2009
- LE TELEGRAMME


June 04, 2010

Looking for an opportunity to let your hair down and cut loose? Chico Trujillo is in town to do just that. The nine-piece cumbia band has one main objective: to party. Maybe that's a byproduct of cumbia's historical roots as a musical style conceived for folk dancing, punctuated by drums and percussion. These days Chico Trujillo continues that tradition, but adds funky sounds from guitar, trumpet and trombone to revamp cumbia. Celebrating 10 years together, Chile-rooted Chico Trujillo will present sounds from its latest album and U.S.

debut, "Chico de Oro." 9 p.m. Tuesday at Wicker Well, 1637 W. North Ave., $5 (21+) suggested donation; 773-276-8477, 10 p.m. Friday at House of Blues with Grupo Fantasma, 329 N. Dearborn St., $13 adv., $15 door (21+), 312-923-2000
- CHICAGO TRIBUNE


Cumbia Revolution grows in Brooklyn

Be it Latin America or Park Slope, this dance music is calling the tune all over the world BY Nuria Net Wednesday,

July 21st 2010, 4:00 AM – NEW YORK

Over the past five years, the working class-rooted Latin American rhythm known as cumbia has gone through a global renaissance, morphing into a new mashed-up, vibrant sound embraced by young people and hipsters all over the world.
In Chile, one of the most popular acts is Chico Trujillo, a rock group-turned-cumbia band, and in Mexico, deejay Toy Selectah went from producing hip hop to becoming one of cumbia's strongest proponents, touring regularly in Europe and the U.S.
New York - Park Slope, Brooklyn, to be exact - has had a lot to do with the resurgence of what is now known as neo-cumbia, thanks to Olivier Conan, a Frenchman who owns Barbès club and Barbès Records.
"Cumbia takes a national identity wherever it goes," says Conan, 48, who grew up in Paris listening to Latin music because of his mother's best friend, who was from Venezuela. "Part of its universal appeal is that each country pulls it in its own direction."
Originally from Colombia's Caribbean coast and full of African influences, cumbia started spreading through South America in the first half of the 20th century. Its danceable and catchy rhythms are marked by the accordion, percussion, guitar and the flute, but there are countless variations, depending on its performers and country of origin.
In 2007, after a trip to Lima, Conan released the seminal compilation "The Roots of Chicha," cataloguing for the first time hits from the Peruvian type of cumbia known as chicha, which was popular in the '60s and '70s but had faded into oblivion.
"The album definitely helped spur the cumbia revival," says Conan, a New Yorker for 25 years, "but many young people were already starting to get interested in the music."
Around that time, Conan also formed Chicha Libre, one of the few bands that plays chicha today, reinterpreting classics as well as creating original material.
Composed of French, American and Venezuelan members, Chicha Libre usually plays Monday nights at Barbès, but this month is touring Canada, Germany, Belgium and France.
"There has been very little backlash; I was surprised," says Conan, referring to his being a cumbia ambassador who is not a Latino.
"Cumbia is not pure, it's highly hybridized. We're not trying to be Peruvian, we don't look the part!" he says, laughing.
Conan's cumbia crusade has extended to signing to Barbès Records modern cumbia and folk groups such as Very Be Careful from Los Angeles, as well as Chico Trujillo.
Meanwhile, cumbia in all its incarnations keeps growing in New York. The digital cumbia parties Que Bajo?! and Cumba Mela! are now weekly. Cumbiagra, a band that incorporates merengue and Mexican quebradita into its Colombian-infuenced cumbia, plays regularly at local venues.
"Anything goes," says Cumbiagra band leader Brian Lazarus. "We're not afraid of veering away from tradition."
Conan's Barbès Records is also compiling and cataloguing forgotten cumbia gems, giving digital cumbia deejays all over the world ammunition for their mixes and creations.
A second volume of “The Roots of Chicha,” focusing on late ’70s and ’80s hits, will be out in September, followed by a second Chicha Libre album, Conan says.
“My ultimate goal is to release cumbia records from all over the world,” he says, adding, “only in New York could I have opened a place like Barbès [and] started a record label and a chicha band.”
Piero Céspedes, a young Peruvian deejay and promoter, got turned on to chicha through Conan and recently brought chicha pioneers Los Destellos to Queens for the first time.
"Rock turned very monotonous, reggaetón is not even reggaetón anymore," says Céspedes, who deejays under the moniker DJ Chichadélico. "My laptop is now full of cumbia: it's danceable, there are no rules."

- DAILY NEWS


Cumbia ska balcanoide para la clase obrera desde Santiago, Chile, po’. Los Chico Trujillo vienen a tocar 3 fechas a México, DF muy recomendados por Olivier Conan del sello de Brooklyn, Barbès Records (los que hicieron la fabuloso colección de cumbia peruana psicodélica Roots of Chicha). - PANAMERICA


Chico Trujillo confirmó arrastre popular en el Crush Power Music - LA TERCERA


It's that time of year again, when our merry band of elves here at Nat Geo Music select our favorite world music albums of the past year.

We're passionate about our music here, so the sausagemaking can get pretty brutal - everything from bargaining and horsetrading to namecalling, yelling, slammed doors and the occasional fistfight.. And that's all just over the term "world music". - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC


Discography

Album edition Europe
Release date : 2012
Number of track :
Label & Distrib : DérapageProd / tba

EL GRAN PECADOR (Vinyl 7" Edición de Colección)
Release date : 01st May 2012
Number of track : 2
Label & Distrib : Barbes Records // Electric Cowbwell Records

VIVITO Y COLEANDO (live record)
Release date : 2010
Number of track : 16
Label & Distrib : Oveja Negra

CHICO DE ORO
Release date : 2010
Number of track : 15
Label & Distrib : Barbes Records

PLATO UNICO BAILABLE
Release date : 2008
Number of track : 10
Label & Distrib : Oveja Negra

CUMBIA CHILOMBIANA
Release date : 2006
Number of track : 11
Label & Distrib : Hachazo

Y LA SEÑORA IMAGINACIÒN
Release date : 2001
Number of track : 16
Label & Distrib : Rivas & Rivas

ARRIBA LAS NALGAS
Release date : 2001
Number of track : 10
Label & Distrib : Hachazo

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Bio

THE MOST POPULAR BAND OF CHILE

Chico Trujillo, famous cumbia band from Chile will be on tour on 2012! One of the emblematics bands from America Latina.

Chico Trujillo is Chile's most prominent Cumbia band. They are the soundtrack to every party from Santiago to Valparaiso. They can fill stadiums, have played with legends Los Tres and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. Their mixture of classic cumbia and hints of rock and ska has assured them audiences from every generation and every walk of life.

Chico Trujillo started as an offshoot of punk/Ska band LaFloripondio in 1999. Thirteen years and five albums later, the offshoot has come to symbolize a uniquely Chilean cocktail. One that is rooted in the cumbias of the pre-Pinochet days and manages to incorporate every aspect of Chile's popular culture. They have meshed bits and pieces of Chile's fragemented past with the global influence of alternative culture and merged it all under the pan-latin banner of Cumbia.

The superheroes of cumbia have a name. And that name is Chico Trujillo. Now celebrating its 13th anniversary, the band is at the peak of its powers. They play parties. They play stadiums. They play festivals. They play all over the world. And they cant be stopped. While the outfits contagious, recklessly danceable sound is rich in drive and colorful instrumentation, its not like the cumbia from Argentina or Peru or any other place you can think of. Its not a social expression of proletarian vigor or some regional or ethnic identity. Instead, its a pure cultural phenomenon. Its fans are not the Southern Hemisphere equivalent of folk revivalists; theyre rock and rollers.

CHICO TRUJILLO IN FIGURES

13 years carrer
+ 1500 concerts and between 150-250 concerts each year

MySpace : 1.600.000 views
Facebook : 230.000 fans

2 gold discs in Chile
"Cumbia Chilombiana" and "Plato Unico Bailable"

35 gigs European tour 2011
Accross 10 countries and their capitals : (Belgium / Netherlands / Germany / France / Spain / Portugal / Maroc / Sweden / Norway / Serbia)

world music expositions
Babel Med Music 2011 (FRANCE) / SXSW Austin 2011 (USA)

IN 2012, 1 EUROPEAN TOUR & 3 US TOURS

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