Bajofondo is a Río de la Plata-based music band consisting of eight
Argentina and Uruguay, which aims to create a more
contemporary version of tango and other musical styles of the Río de
la Plata region. It was founded in the early 2000s as a studio
experiment, which culminated into the successful album
Club. This led to touring and eventually to the current lineup.
Bajofondo calls itself a collaborative as all members have solo
careers as well. The group has toured around the world, particularly
in Latin America, the United States, Europe and parts of Asia. Their
music is known to a wider audience than those who know their name as
their music has been used in film and television.
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The name alludes to the river that separates
Argentina and Uruguay
politically but unites the area as a region, called Rio de la
Plata. The music has been called “electrotango” or
“electronic tango” but leader
Gustavo Santaolalla does not believe
that it sufficiently describes the group’s sound, stating there is
more than that.
Tango is an influence but it not the band’s
The Argentine-Uruguayan influence is more than just tango, and
includes murga, milonga and candombe. The idea of the group is to
take these traditional styles and create something more
contemporary, with elements from rock, hip hop, jazz and electronic
music, especially sampling.
Bajofondo calls itself a collective, rather than a band, where members
work on both projects under the
Bajofondo name and on individual
projects, often in collaboration with one or more other members.
There are eight members, seven musicians and one VJ, who gives a
theatrical aspect to live performances, by adding digital images in
real time to the music. Each member has their own solo career,
and lives in different places. Two of its members, drummer Adrian
Nicolas Sosa and producer-composer Gustavo Santaolalla, live in Los
Angeles. Four more are in Uruguay, and two are in Argentina.
In addition, on most albums, the group has collaborated with other
artists including Elvis Costello, Nelly Furtado, Julieta Venegas, La
Mala Rodriguez, and Gustavo Cerati.
The idea for the group was that of
Gustavo Santaolalla in the early
2000s, with the idea of experimenting with the acoustic
instrumentation of tango music, with electronic beats and other
influences in order to create a more contemporary music of the Río de
la Plata region. Santaolalla had already been work with Juan
Campodónico on other projects and together they began experimenting
in the studio, trying out different sounds, sampling and playing
instruments themselves along with participation from friends.
After two years of work, the first album, self-titled
Club was released in 2002. The album introduced their new style
along with the participations of guest artists such as Jorge Drexler,
Adriana Varela, Cristóbal Repetto, Adrián Iaies, Didi Gutman, and
Pablo Mainetti. The album reached triple platinum and won
Argentina’s Gardel Prize and a
Latin Grammy (Best Instrumental Pop
Album) . The popularity of this album encouraged the formation
of most of the permanent group and touring. In their first shows,
about seventy percent was pre-programmed with thirty percent live.
Today only ten percent of what is heard is pre-recorded.
Since then, six other albums have been made, either with the entire
collective or with individuals with collective support, such as
Luciano Supervielle's solo album in 2004, produced by Santaolalla and
Campodónico. This was followed by
Bajofondo Remixed in 2005, with
reworked versions of songs from
Tango Club and
In 2008, the album Mar Dulce was released and the name of the group
shorted to just Bajofondo, as the idea was not just tango music as the
base but all styles of Rio de la Plata regional music, such as milonga
and candombe. In 2013, the Presente album has no guest vocals and
strings play a more major role with eleven violins, four violas, three
cellos and three stand-up basses. This album won the Latin
Grammy for best instrumental album.
They have toured around the world particularly in Latin America, the
United States, Europe and parts of Asia. Venues include music
festival including Coachella in the United States, Womad in England,
Festival Internacional Cervantino
Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico, Cactus Festival in
Belgium, Pirineos Sur Festival in Spain, Pohoda in Slovakia, World
Music Festival in South Korea, Summer State in New York City and
Glastonbury. Other major venues and appearances include the
2010 appearance at the
Disney Concert Hall
Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with the
Orchestra of the Americas, the University of California Los Angeles,
the Lincoln Center in New York, the Barbicon Center and Roundhouse in
London and in 2009 they were part of the opening of Argentina’s
Their music is more widely known to the public then the members
individually and even the group in total. One reason for this is that
their music appears often in television and film than on radio,
because it adapts to the first two mediums better. The song Pa’
bailar was used as the theme for the Brazilian soap
A Favorita (TV
Globo), and the same song for an
Acura commercial for the Super Bowl.
Other examples include commercials for Kahlua, Macy’s and Shell.
Warner Cable used Pa’ bailar for a trailer for the series Nikita in
2011 and the Russian gymnastics team used several of their works for
the 2012 Olympic Games.
Bajofondo current lineup has eight artists.
Gustavo Santaolalla, cofounder of Bajofondo, is a singer, composer,
producer and plays guitar, charange and ronroco and lives in Los
Angeles. He also is the director of a record label and publishing
company. His career began at age 16 with the band Arco Iris, a pioneer
in fusing Latin American folk music and rock. He played with Soluna
and then with Wet Picnic after he moved to the United States. His solo
career includes three albums. He has been a producer since the 1970s,
working with Leon Gieco, G.I.T. and Divididos, along with Maldita
Vecindad and Café Tacuba. In 1997 he cofounded the record label
SURCO, whose first release was Mexican band Molotov, along with
Bersuit, La Vela Puerca, Julieta Venega and more. Cantaolalla has also
composed soundtracks for films such as The Insider, Amores Perros, 21
Brokeback Mountain and Babel. This work has earned him a BAFTA,
a Golden Globe and two Oscars. He has also won fourteen Grammys of
Juan Campodónico is the other cofounder of
Bajofondo and does
programming, beats, samples and guitar. Campodónico is from Uruguay
but grew up in Mexico after his parents were exiled, returning in
1984. Soon after he was a member of several rock and pop bands and has
been a pioneer of electronic music. In the mid 1990s he formed the
band Peyote Asesino, the first Uruguayan band to fuse hip-hop with
contemporary rock. This work attracted the attention of Santaolalla,
producing the band’s second album and giving them international
exposure. The band broke up soon after but Campodónico continued to
work with Santasolalla, eventually creating Bajofondo, which
continuing with his own projects and working as a DJ under the name of
Luciano Supervielle does piano, keyboards and scratch. Born in France,
Supervielle developed his music career in Uruguay, synthesizing hip
hop, tango, rock and Uruguayan folk in a way that takes advantage of
his abilities on keyboards and turntables. He began his career with
the hip-hop group Plátano Macho then began working with Jorge
Drexler, participating in four albums and a DVD. He is the youngest
Bajofondo and has released two solo projects while a
Javier Casalla is a violinist who has played with various ensembles in
rock, tango, folk, jazzo and classical. In addition to Bajofondo, he
collaborates with the bands of Cristobal Repetto and Lucianco
Supervielle. He released a solo album in 2006(produced by Santaolalla)
and participated in the production of soundtracks for various
Martin Ferres is a bandoneon player who plays both traditional and
avant garde music and his work is influenced by minimalism as well as
tango classics. In addition to Bajofondo, he composes music for
theater and dance, and has been heard in many of Argentina’s main
Gabriel Casacuberta plays upright bass and electric back, beginning
his career as a session musician in Mexico but working with many
Uruguayan artists. After returning to his home country, he played in a
number of bands, including Plátano Maco with Supervielle. He has also
produced music for movies and television.
Adrian Nicolas Sosa is a drummer, producer and composer, who was
Bajofondo since day one as a producer and A&R when
he was the general manager at Surco Records. He joined the band as a
musician after they had already produced one album that used drum
machine called "
Tango Club". For the Mar Dulce album, Santaolalla
decided to try live drums as an experiment and asked Sosa to sit in.
The success of this led to Sosa’s becoming a permanent member. At
present Sosa also writes, produced and he also sang in one of his
compositions called "Cuesta Arriba" featured in the last Bajofondo
album "Presente" (2013).
Veronica Loza is a VJ who connects the band’s music with stage
presence, generally through digital images. On stage, she appears at a
keyboard like a musician but her production is visual. She also
Tango Club - 2002
Remixed - 2005
Mar Dulce - 2007
Presente - 2013
Bajofondo presenta Supervielle - 2004
Bajofondo presenta Santullo - 2009
Bajofondo presenta Campo - 2011
Supervielle en el Solís - 2006
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Tango del Pecado"
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