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by Pedro Menendez Fusion Ensamble

First-class Argentinian jazz. Pedro Menendez is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who stands out for his ability to re-interpret South America roots with a personal language of multiple modern and traditional sound textures.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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1. Estrellas del Sur
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2. Sicus
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3. El Brazo de Orion
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4. Paisaje
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5. Tropicos
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6. Alfa Celtauro
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7. Alguna Vez
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Pedro Menéndez is a brilliant Argentinian composer and multi-instrumentalist (Piano, Guitar, Flute, Soprano Sax, Bandoneon).
His unique composition style is the reflect of long quests for the rythms of his country folk music -tango, chacarera, candombe-, strong influences of jazz, bossa nova and contemporary classical expressions.
As a bold creator he proposes a different South American musical concept.
Melodies are lyric and complex. Pieces are rich on harmonic modulations and elaborated counterpoints. Traditional local rythms are reinterpreted on polirythms variations, irregular meters and a varied instrumentation.
As a virtuous multi-instrumentalist, he changes from the Piano to the Guitar, Flute, Soprano Sax or Bandoneon with surprising ability.
His work can be appreciated throughout a vast discography and intense career of local and international performances in Argentina, Brazil, USA, Canada, Germany, Norway, France, including SXSW MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013/ 2012/2011/2010/2009/2008 in the city of AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA, CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK 2013/2012/2011/2009 (Toronto, On, CANADA), FESTIVAL DE INVERNO SESC RIO 2008 (Petropolis, Teresopolis, Nova Friburgo, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL), Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, among multiple others.

Six-Word Reviews of 763 SXSW by Paul Ford
“Introspective, engaging minor-key Argentinian jazz. Excellent. Rating: 5 stars”

Todd S. Jenkins – All about
“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 –
“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.”


Pedro Menéndez was born in Buenos Aires in 1957.

He has been dedicated to the music since he was 7 years old. He studied with professors like the worldwide known Oscar Aleman ( Josephine Baker's jazz guitarist), 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.

Throughout his vast career he has lead as composer diverse ensembles performing on numerous distinguished cultural venues and festivals in Argentina, Brazil, US, Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and France, including (among the most recent international tours):

SXSW & JAZZ WINTER FESTIVAL (CMF) 2013 ((Austin, TX, US,– Toronto, ON, Canada, March 2013)
SXSW & JAZZ WINTER FESTIVAL (CMF) 2012 (Austin, TX, US,– Toronto, ON, Canada, March 2012)
DART MUSIC & HARRIS RADIO International Event (Austin, TX, USA, March 2012)
SXSW & CANADIAN MUSIC FEST 2011 (Austin, TX, USA - Toronto, ON, Canada, March 2011)
SXSW 2010 (Austin, TX, USA, March 2010)
BAFIM 2009 (Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 2009)
SXSW & CANADIAN MUSIC FEST 2009 (Austin, TX, USA - Toronto, ON, Canada, March 2009)
DART MUSIC International Day & Night Shows (Austin, TX, March 2009)
BRAZIL MUSICA & ARTES + International Guests (Austin, TX, March 2009)
FESTIVAL DE INVERNO SESC RIO 2008 (Petrópolis, Teresópolis & Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, BRASIL, July 2008)
SXSW 2008 (Austin, TX, USA, March 2008)
Rhizome Collective International Show (Austin, TX, USA, March 2008)
KUT FM - Live Show (Austin, TX, US, March 2008)

As sessionist musician he has also been invited to perform with many 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 many incidental music for publicity, television, theatre and cinema (Argentina and the Munich School of Cinema). Among his most recent works in this field, Pedro Menendez has been nominated as best composer for the 27th Mar del Plata International Film Festival under the Category Argentine Panorama (Film: "Santa Lucia / Saint Lucia").

Since 1986 he is the Owner/Artistic Director of Contemporaneo Art Music, an Argentine Record Label dedicated to genres as tango, jazz, crossover, folk, world and contemporary classical music.


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









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