PEDRO MENENDEZ is an outstanding Argentine composer and virtuous multi-instrumentalist.
Pioneer of the avant-garde fusion sytle in his country, Menendez√Ç¬¥s music is a brilliant blend of Latin American folk rythms, jazz and contemporary classical.
Master himself of multiple instruments (Piano, Guitar, Winds, Bandoneon), the result is an unique innovative South American concept where beauty, polyrithmic propulsion and first-class improvisation converge.
The CD √¢‚Ç¨≈ìColeccionismo-Anthology√¢‚Ç¨¬ù is a select compilation of some of Menendez√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ best pieces. With an impressive international career destined to keep growing: Argentina, Brazil, North America and Europe, Pedro Menendez returns to Toronto to perform for fourth year at Canadian Music Week accompanied by a fine rythmic section of great musicians like Daniel Menjivar on Bass and Ahmed Mitchel on Drums...
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He 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√Ç¬¥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 Rub√É¬©n Rada, musicians from the Col√É¬≥n 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):
2√Ç¬∞ JAZZ WINTER FESTIVAL (CMF) & SXSW 2013 (Coming March 2013)
1√Ç¬∞ JAZZ WINTER FESTIVAL (CMF) & SXSW 2012 (Toronto, ON, Canada √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú Austin, TX, US, March 2012)
WORLD BEAT ONLINE√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢S √¢‚Ç¨≈ìRUM & RIDDIMS√¢‚Ç¨¬ù PARTY (Austin, TX, USA, 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 (Petr√É¬≥polis, Teres√É¬≥polis & 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, Agust√É¬≠n Pereyra Lucena, Guillermo Reuter (2004 SGAE Award), Daniel 'Pipi' Piazzolla, Bossa N√Ç¬¥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 (√¢‚Ç¨ÀúViaje por Latinoam√É¬©rica√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢/Voyage through Latin America√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ 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