Max Masri in REVISTA SELECT
UNA VUELTA DE TUERCA
When you describe Tanghetto, you go much further than electro tango…
"Yes, because we can do every kind of tango, there is no need of limitations to electronic sounds. Tango has always been fusion: has originated out of milonga, payada, habanera. We continue experimenting with this neotango or tango nuevo because the music is part of reality and reality always evolves. The change is what keeps it alive."
Max Masri in BILLBOARD
TANGO IS FUSION
„If someone would tell an alien that Tanghetto is an electrotango band and then would make him listen to its last albums without telling the name of the band, probably he would think that
it´s other band. Because even though the brand and the stamp of the fusion of tango with electronic sounds marked the beginning and also a mayor part of its career, the last album of Tanghetto PROGRESSIVE TANGO presents a different stye, already suggested in the title, mayor instrumental complexity and even funky and jazz touches here and there.
„We started to use the word electrotango when nobody was using it. For us tango is a fusion, so we maintain the spirit. We don’t care about the aesthetic for tourists, (…) we want to experiment”, says the founder and main composer, Max Masri”.
Currently, Tanghetto is preparing an album with the most important Argentinian musicians, such as Pedro Aznar or Fito Paez, as invited artists in every track.”
Max Masri in MODERN TANGO WORLD
CHIEF OF TANGHETTO
„Our music has constantly been changing and improving. Wy try to bring so many influences and different styles of music into tango as we can. We have expanded our artistic vision to be without any boundaries, without any limits, but still keeping the tango spirit of fusion alive. Tango itself started as fusion of different rhythms like candombe, habanera and payada, among others. We really like how our career has evolved artistically. I think that we are having a great moment as artists and musicians.”
Max Masri in POLSKAVIVA
TANGO SE MANTIENE BIEN
„The fact that our music attracts so wide public, reflects our passion for contrastes and love for the fusion. The new thing and the traditional one can coexist in an amazing way.”
Max Masri in KUNM
"TANGHETTO and Max Masri´s compositions defy boundaries in tango landscape: it´s deeply grounded in present time, and brings a breath of fresh air into this century´s Argentinian tango music."
Max Masri in BUENOS AIRES HERALD
THE ESSENCE OF TANGO IS FREEDOM
„I studied composition with Virgilio Expósito, a living tango legend, the writer of Naranjo en flor. He marked me, I discovered tango out of a need: I felt I had to create something new. Expósito had the same sense of freedom: he was not stuck on a style, they could do with whatever came to his mind. Some people believe that tango came out of the blue, whereas tango itself is a fusion of different music styles such as milonga and payada, it all happened as a spontaneous mixture. So, it seems ridiculous to me to label tango because it limits its possibillities when the truth is that the essence of tango is freedom."
Max Masri in LOS ANGELES TIMES
A NEW WAY TO TANGO
"Ideologically speaking, Piazzolla has been a great influence," Tanghetto co-founder Max Masri says from Buenos Aires. "He showed us that it was OK to challenge conventions. We were also influenced by early '80s synth-pop bands from England, as well as groups like Kraftwerk and Nine Inch Nails -- people who tried to do something different with synthesizers."
Fittingly, a recent remix album by Tanghetto includes electro-tango cover versions of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" and New Order's "Blue Monday" -- the kind of intriguing choices that tend to horrify the genre purists.
"Even though we've had platinum records in Argentina, there's some resistance to what we do in the more traditional circles," Masri acknowledges.
"And yet, when you think about it, tango has always been about breaking new ground," Masri adds, calling it "a bizarre mixture of disparate styles."
Like many young Argentines, Masri was himself prejudiced against tango when he started his musical career in Buenos Aires. But his bias faded as soon as he started to take lessons from the notable composer Virgilio Expósito.
"He made me look at this music with different eyes," Masri explains. "He gave me the liberty to fuse and experiment. He taught me to love tango and respect Piazzolla."
Max Masri in BUENOS AIRES HERALD
TANGO MARRIES ELECTRONICA
"I always liked the sound of machines. I also enjoy the organic stuff (...) The most important thing are not the machines but rather the melodies."