Tanghetto is a musical group based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and one of the most important on the neo tango scene, and the most important electrotango band based in Buenos Aires.
The style of Tanghetto is a blend of tango and electronic music. The experimentation in studio started in early 2000 and 2001, but Tanghetto was formed as a band project in late 2002. Tanghetto's concept was conceived by Producer and Composer/Songwriter Max Masri and then joined in the project by Guitarist/Composer Diego S. Velázquez. The band's current lineup includes bandoneon, violoncello, acoustic piano, acoustic and electric guitar, electronic and acoustic drums, samplers, and synthesizers. The main feature of their music, apart from the balance of electronic and ethnic sounds, is the strong presence of melody and song structure.
Tanghetto released their first album, Emigrante (electrotango) in 2003. A concept and idea of Max Masri inspired in the economic crisis that Argentina was facing back in 2001 and also was inspired in the feelings of distress generated by the massive exile of many young Argentines, that decided to flee from their country, in a desperate move to find a future. Emigrante was nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2004, and reached platinum status in Argentina in 2006 and double platinum in 2009. In late 2004 the group released an album from a side project called Hybrid Tango, in which a variety of world music styles are blended with their unique sound, including flamenco, candombe, and jazz. This album was also nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2005.
In early 2005 a compilation of different electronic and neo-tango artists was released in Buenos Aires under the name Tangophobia Vol. 1 which later became the web only release "Electrotan Sessions".
In October 2005 a new album, Buenos Aires Remixed, was released. It's an album that contains 12 remixed versions of Tanghetto songs plus two cover songs (Enjoy the Silence, from Depeche Mode and New Order's Blue Monday). Their version of "Blue Monday" became an alternative latin radio hit in the USA, and a favorite on KCRW radio station in Los Angeles. Buenos Aires Remixed reached gold status in early 2007 and became their second album to reach platinum status later that year. In 2005 they released their first controversial video "Tangocrisis", with images of the Argentine economic crisis. Their second video from Hybrid Tango, "Barrio Sur" was their first video with rotation on MTV. In July 2006 they released their first DVD, "Live in Buenos Aires".
After consistently touring through Europe and the Americas, the band recorded their next studio album, called El Miedo a la Libertad, named after Erich Fromm's classic essay, Fear of Freedom. The album was released on March the 1st, 2008 and in July 2009 it received a Gardel Award, the Argentine equivalent to the Grammy's.Later that album reached gold status in 2011. In late 2009 after their first big tour of Brazil, they released a new studio album called "Mas Alla Del Sur" which was also nominated for a Carlos Gardel Award, this time in 2010. In 2011 they released their album VIVO (live around the world) which was recorded during their last two tours. The album also includes a cover version of "7 Nation Army" from The White Stripes and an electrotango version of the song "Computer Love" by German electro pioneers Kraftwerk. There's a second volume for the "VIVO" album dubbed "VIVO 'Milonguero'" with 14 live tracks, including unplugged versions recorded during the 2007 BBC Sessions and some bonus tracks, such as Piazzolla's "Allegro Tangabile" . This album features their much acclaimed version of "Libertango" also by the great tango revolutionaire Astor Piazzola. ViVo Milonguero won their second Gardel Award, after four consecuttive nominations. In Late 2012 they released their most artistic, concept album "Incidental Tango" with the participation of guest arranger/musician Aldo Di Paolo. The Album, a concept vision by Max Masri, was created with the notion that music is always the soundtrack of our lives, and that Tango in all its forms is the incidental music of Buenos Aires.