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Pedro Menendez Fusion Ensemble

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: September 10, 1957    

Pedro Menendez Fusion Ensemble

PEDRO MENENDEZ is a brilliant composer and multi- instrumentalist. Wellknown as a pioneering of the Avant Garde fusion sytle in Argentina, Menendez s music is a personal blend of Latin American folk rythms (Tango, Chacarera, Candombe, Bossa Nova), Jazz and Contemporary Classical elements. As a bold creator, Menendez definitely proposes a different South American concept. Melodies are unique, lyric and complex. Pieces are rich on harmonic modulations and elaborated counterpoints. Traditional local rythms are reinterpreted on prolific polirythms variations, irregular meters and a varied elaborated instrumentation. As a virtuous multi-instrumentalist, Menendez changes from the Piano to the Guitar, Flute, Soprano Sax or Bandoneon with dazzling ability....
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Six-Word Reviews of 763 SXSW by Paul Ford “Introspective, engaging minor-key Argentinian jazz. Excellent. Rating: 5 stars”

Todd S. Jenkins - All about jazz.com “Wonderfully sensual evocations from South America. Pedro Menendez is a multi-instrumentalist from Argentina who has a fresh ear for blending the sounds of different musics... Recommended.”

John Doll - Jazzreview.com “His music is a whirlwind of the influences ranging from Brazilian bossa nova, contemporary classical, tango, Argentinian folk, and American jazz. The music is like a gentle breeze on an otherwise warm still night in a warm country very much like Argentina. Its rhythms are graceful. It sways more than it swings. Menendez tends to remain understated in making his point... As is the rest of the album, it is simple and wise, graceful and heartfelt.”

Bernardo Nudelman - Musicargentina.com France ”It is much more than pleasant, it is comforting that musicians, registered in the dynamics and the history of the tango, did not cease enriching it... Pedro Menéndez enters the tango. It visits it and revisits it. Respects and renovates it. Its leg jazz touches the matter tango. Symbiosis is successful, excellent interpretation...”

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Pedro Menendez Fusion / CLASICA Y MODERNA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 2011
"Retrato"
Pedro Menendez: Piano, Composition
Fito Vega: Bass
Jorge Savelon: Drums

Pedro Menendez Ensemble - Festival de Inverno SESC RIO 2008 - Teatro Santa Cecília, Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
"Köln-dombe"
Pedro Menendez: Piano, Soprano Sax, Composition
Fito Vega: Bass
Gerardo Stubrin: Drums

Pedro Menendez Fusion Ensemble - SXSW 2011 - Elephant Room, Austin, Texas, USA
"Caldera"
Pedro Menendez: Acoustic Piano, Composition
Fito Vega: Bass
Wayne Salzmann II: Drums

Pedro Menendez Fusion Ensemble - Canadian Music Fest 2011 - Library Bar at Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, CA
"Reencuentro"
Pedro Menendez: Piano, Composition
Fito Vega: Bass
Joe Levy: Drums

Pedro Menendez Ensemble - Festival de Inverno SESC RIO 2008 - Teatro Santa Cecília, Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
"Hacemos unos Mates?"
Pedro Menendez: Piano, Keyboards, Composition
Fito Vega: Bass
Gerardo Stubrin: Drums

Pedro Menendez Ensemble - Festival de Inverno SESC RIO 2008 - Teatro Santa Cecília, Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL "Candombe de la Pava"
Pedro Menendez: Piano, Composition
Fito Vega: Bass
Gerardo Stubrin: Drums

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