Embracing a sound where the eroticism and reflective nostalgia of tango live side by side with fast beats, Buenos Aires, Argentina-based Tanghetto is the 2001 product of two key influences. Keyboardist, producer, composer and songwriter Max Masri had been a disciple of legendary tango composer Virgilio Expposto but was also passionate about 1990’s German Electronic Music, as was guitarist and composer Diego S. Velazquez, who is another founding member of the sextet. The band’s name comes from the combination of “tango” and “ghetto” and is inspired by the “small Argentines” and communities of Argentine exiles abroad as well as by the tanguero spirit of the River Plate (a large estuary between Argentina and Uruguay).
A child of synthesizers, samplers and mixing tables, Tanghetto was one of the first Argentine groups to fuse classic tango with the sounds of dance music and house/trance/techno, complemented by a multimedia light & image show. This brightness belies a socially and politically conscious ensemble whose underlying themes include contemporary human alienation and the cyclical Argentine social crises. In addition to synthesizers and samplers, the band’s instrumentation includes bandoneon, violoncello, acoustic piano, acoustic guitar, and electronic & acoustic drums. What characterizes their music, apart from the balance of electronic and trad folk sounds, is the strong presence of melody and song structure.
The band describes itself as tango for the new millennium and for the “under 30 crowd.” It is not your father’s tango. In fact, some people do not even think it is tango (These are the purists who call it “tango loco”). But without a doubt, Tanghetto is the leading electrotango band from Argentina.” OBVIOUS Magazine (USA) praises it as an ensemble of “unquestionable virtuosity and quality” (and says) Not to be missed under any pretext!” It has been nominated multiple times for a Latin Grammy Award and a Premios Gardel, winning the latter honor twice.