Melingo (Argentina)

“The man who makes Tango seriously cool!” – The Independent

He is a legend in Argentina, a Grammy-nominated tango musician who started as a rocker, acted, and wrote film music for Pedro Almodovar. Now, direct from Buenos Aires, rasping like an Argentine Tom Waits, Daniel Melingo is reinventing tango for the 21st century.

More than just an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, more than a mesmerizing performer known for his gruff voice and mercurial stage persona, Melingo’s songs provide lush, new and sometimes daringly experimental settings for the great tango music and dance form. Dark, dangerous and exciting, his music has a raucous edge that reclaims tango as music for the lost people. There will be drama.

A Melingo concert has been described as “like enjoying a Fellini film with your eyes closed, losing yourself in a display of sound designed as a suite of baroque scenes in which each piece pulsates and destabilizes us.He conjures forth his original tango with a gallery of spectres and lowlife teetering on the edge of reality.” “Intense, sad, funny, bizarre, fascinating – welcome to Melingo’s wry bohemian universe, a fabulous, boozy, theatrical milieu where Tolstoy, Kafka, Piaf, Brecht, Waits and Cohen might find solace and unsettled lodging.”

 While the classic concertina can be heard frequently in his repertoire, it comes blended with touches of jazz guitar, trombone, violin and other instruments. Melingo is proverbially up for the new and unexpected and is frequently at the forefront of defining those terms. This free-spirited, definition-defying artist is at the very zenith of his powers. Part rocker, part flamboyant crooner, with a touch of the comedian, he bewitches us with intoxicating dreams.