Pedro Menendez Crossover Guitar

Pedro Menendez Crossover Guitar

 Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., ARG
BandJazzWorld

With an impressive discography and international career, Pedro Menendez is an endless creator and virtuous multi-instrumentalist proposing an innovative Latin American fusion concept. On his “Crossover Guitar” project Pedro Menéndez shines as composer and outstanding guitar soloist.

Biography

PEDRO MENÉNDEZ stands out for being an exceptional prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist who has developed an unique eclectic style of blending jazz, Latin American rythms (tango, chacarera, zamba, candombe, bossa nova) and contemporary classical influences.

Recognized as a pioneering of the avant-garde fusion music in Argentina since the ‘80s, Pedro Menendez continues to create a new innovative Latin American concept rich in melodies, polirythm variations and elaborated counterpoints.

Virtuous multi-instrumentalist, Pedro Menendez has been dedicated to the music since he was 7 years old (piano, guitar, winds, bandoneon).

Already the golden student of the worldwide known Oscar Aleman (Josephine Baker´s jazz guitarist) at the age of 14 and disciple of the contemporary classical guitar concert player Miguel Angel Girollet, PEDRO MENENDEZ “CROSSOVER GUITAR” is the perfect opportunity to put together some of the best guitar pieces of the Argentinian musician and let him shine as an outstanding classical and electric guitar soloist..

PEDRO MENENDEZ BIOGRAPHY:

Pedro Menendez was born in Buenos Aires in 1957.

He studied with professors like the worldwide known Oscar Aleman, 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, US, Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and France, including, among the most recent shows:

Tour SXSW 2012 / CMF 2012 (Coming March 11-24 2012, Austin, TX, USA / Toronto, ON, Canada!)

CANADIAN MUSIC FEST 2011 (March 9.13, 2011) (Toronto, ON, Canada)
SXSW 2011 (March 16-19, 2011) (Austin, TX, USA)
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)
BAFIM, BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FAIR 2009 (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
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)
6º / 4º BUENOS AIRES JAZZ AND OTHER MUSICS FESTIVAL (Buenos Aires, Argentina), among many others.

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, Clasica y Moderna, among many 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)

MORE MUSICAL PROJECTS OF PEDRO MENENDEZ:

PEDRO MENENDEZ FUSION ENSEMBLE
(www.sonicbids.com/pedromenendezensemble / www.myspace.com/pedromenendezfusion)

PEDRO MENENDEZ -ZONA TANGO (www.sonicbids.com/zonatango / www.zonatango.com)

PEDRO MENENDEZ JAZZTANGO ENSEMBLE (www.myspace.com/pedromenendezjazztangoensamble)

PEDRO MENENDEZ - PETER´S SONGS (www.sonicbids.com/peterssongs / www.myspace.com/pedromenendezsongs)

PEDRO MENENDEZ - PROYECTO BUENOS AIRES (www.myspace.com/proyectobuenosaires)

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

Set List

Typical Set List:

Chacarera de Este a Oeste
Chacarera Ciudadana
Descubrirte
Serra dos araras
Quejas de un Bandoneonista
Volviendo a Casa
Caricatura Porteña
Mais Uma
Acid Milonga
Un dia un gato
Conexion Rio/Madrid

Estimated duration of the show: 1 hour