Back in , I played a couple gigs with Pedro Menéndez – a multi-instrumentalist and phenomenal composer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was part of the Canadian Music Fest Week here in Toronto.
It was a fun week for sure – I'd gladly play with Pedro again next time he's in town. His compositions are very unique and have inspired some of the recent things I'm writing for my upcoming Latin Jazz project, Mezkolanza.
Brilliant and prolific composer, Pedro Menendez has an unique eclectic style of blending jazz, Latin American rhythms (tango, chacarera, candombe, zamba, bossa nova) and contemporary classical elements. Recognized as one of the most innovative creators of the avant-garde fusion style in Argentina since the 1980's, Pedro Menendez proposes a different South American concept. His melodies are lyric and complex; pieces are rich in harmonic modulations and elaborated counterpoints; traditional local rhythms are re-interpreted on polyrhythmic variations, irregular meters and a varied instrumentation.