Gotan Project

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Gotan Project
Gotan Project.jpg
Background information
Origin Paris, France
Genres Electronic music, tango
Years active 1999–present
Labels Ya Basta
Associated acts The Boyz from Brazil, Bajofondo
Website www.gotanproject.com
Members Philippe Cohen Solal
Eduardo Makaroff
Christoph H. Müller

Gotan Project is a musical group based in Paris, consisting of musicians Eduardo Makaroff (Argentine), Philippe Cohen Solal (French) and Christoph H. Müller (Swiss, former member of Touch El Arab).[1]

History[edit]

Gotan Project formed in 1999. Their first release was "Vuelvo Al Sur/El Capitalismo Foráneo" in 2000, followed by the album La Revancha del Tango in 2001. Their music involves tango, but also uses elements such as samples, beats, and breaks.

Live material was also broadcast on Gilles Peterson's world music show Worldwide on BBC Radio 1 in May 2004. Philippe Cohen Solal has also released a DJ set: Inspiración Espiración - A Gotan Project DJ Set Selected & Mixed by Philippe Cohen Solal (2004). This album is a compilation of classic tangos from the likes of Aníbal Troilo, Ástor Piazzolla and Gotan Project remixes. The album also includes a bonus CD with the track "La Cruz del Sur" - which was meant to be included on La Revancha del Tango, but did not make the cut in 2001.

Before Gotan Project[edit]

Eduardo Makaroff arrived in France in the early 90s to develop Argentine tango music, he performed with his band "Mano a Mano".

Christoph Müller and Philippe Cohen Solal formed a duo called Boys from Brazil.

Band name[edit]

The name of the trio is a play on the name of a famous tango compilation album that featured several American classical musicians who came together to record a tango album, originally released in 1982. This album, called the Tango Project, includes a rendition of Carlos Gardel's and Alfredo Le Pera's "Por Una Cabeza" which had been featured in movies such as Schindler's List, Scent of a Woman and True Lies.

Following the renewed success of the "Tango Project" album, the modern trio then decided to give themselves a name that paid tribute to the "Tango Project", this time using a form of word play called "vesre" that is very common in Lunfardo, an argot of Rioplatense Spanish. This wordplay involves, in the simplest cases, moving the last syllable to the beginning of the word ("vesre" itself is "reves"—the Spanish word for "reverse"—with the second syllable in first). Thus, the word Tango becomes Gotan, the name the trio have chosen for their project in reference to the hugely successful Tango Project album which helped popularize tango music once again.

Use in popular culture[edit]

Members of Gotan Project performing in Brasilia in 2007.

The song "Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)" from the album La Revancha del Tango was featured as the music for the main dance sequence in the 2004 movie Shall We Dance?, with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere. American gymnast Alicia Sacramone used an excerpt of the piece for her floor routine in international competition, including the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, while teammate Samantha Peszek set her routine to their rendition of "Whatever Lola Wants". Their music has been featured in American television shows Nip/Tuck, Sex and the City, Brothers & Sisters and Chuck, as well as the 2003 Swedish documentary on consumerism, Surplus, and the 2004 documentary on worker-led factory occupation in Argentina, The Take. In 2004, they recorded a little-known Piazzolla piece with Brigitte Fontaine: "Rue Saint-louis-en-l'île." In late 2006 the track "Epoca" from the album of La Revancha del Tango was featured in The Truth About Charlie and also UK television advertisements for Boots, directed by David LaChapelle. Epoca has also featured in commercials for Finish dishwashing detergent in the United States and Australia, and for the Portuguese Fox Broadcasting Company series commercials. Their music has also been featured on several episodes of the UK hit TV show, Top Gear. "Epoca" is currently used in the Finish Jet Dry dish detergent ad background.

In 2004, another track from the album "La Revancha del Tango" was featured in a motion picture, this time in the movie "Ocean's Twelve". The song "El Capitalismo Foraneo" starts playing at the end of the scene where Catherine Zeta-Jones' character interrogates "Matsui", played by Robbie Coltrane.

In 2010, "Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)" was again featured in a motion picture: Knight and Day, an action comedy film starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. In this same movie, "Diferente" from their 2006 album "Lunatico" was also used in a scene where Roy & June (Portrayed by Cruise & Diaz) are evading local police through city streets.

In April 2012, the band appeared for the first time on US network television on Dancing With The Stars, taking part in the "Results Show".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
FRA
[2]
AUT
[3]
SWI
[4]
POL
[5]
GER
[6]
UK
[7]
NLD
[8]
BEL (WA)
[9]
BEL (FL)
[10]
La Revancha del Tango
  • Released: November 27, 2001[11]
  • Label: XL Recordings, ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD, digital download[12]
12 14 53 28 91 82 46 43
Lunático
  • Released: April 11, 2006[17]
  • Label: XL Recordings, ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD, digital download[18]
6 14 3 3 56 66 40 11 3
Tango 3.0
  • Released: April 20, 2010[19]
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • Formats: CD, digital download[20]
4 12 6 19 41 61 40 7 3
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Remix albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
FRA
[2]
AUT
[3]
SWI
[4]
BEL (WA)
[9]
BEL (FL)
[10]
Inspiración Espiración
  • Released: September 14, 2004[21]
  • Label: Beggars XL
  • Formats: CD, digital download[22]
46 47 40 74 24
La Revancha En Cumbia
  • Released: October 25, 2011[23]
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD, digital download[24]
122
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
SWI
[4]
FRA
[2]
Gotan Project Live
  • Released: November 14, 2008[25]
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD, digital download[26]
98 135
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
FRA
[2]
BEL (WA)
[9]
BEL (FL)
[10]
Gotan Object
  • Released: November 18, 2008
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD (Box set)
Best of
  • Released: November 14, 2011[27]
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD
52 65 53
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[7]
BEL (WA)
[28]
BEL (FL)
[29]
"Vuelvo Al Sur / El Capitalismo Foráneo"[30] 2000 La Revancha del Tango
"Last Tango In Paris / Triptico"[31]
"Santa María (Del Buen Ayre) / Chunga's Revenge" 2001
"Santa María (Del Buen Ayre)"[32] 2002 91
"Epoca"
"Peter Kruder & Antipop Consortium Remixes" Inspiración Espiración
"Confianzas" 2004
"La Cruz Del Sur"[33] non-album single
"La Cruz Del Sur (Remixes)" 2005
"Diferente"[34] 2006 13 10 Lunático
"Mi Confesión"[35]
"La Vigüela" 2007
"La Gloria"[36] 2010 25 Tango 3.0
"Rayuela"
"Tu Misterio"
"Peligro"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Gotan Project Remixes
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD
Una Musical Brutal EP
  • Released: October 28, 2003[37]
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD
El Norte
  • Released: November 16, 2006
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD
3.0 Bonus Tracks
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD
Santa Maria, Vol. 2
  • Released: September 16, 2002
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • Formats: digital download[38]
Mi Confesion
  • Released: November 6, 2006
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • Formats: digital download[39]
Live At KCRW
  • Released: November 6, 2006
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • Formats: digital download[40]
Rayuela
  • Released: October 25, 2010
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[41]
Tango 3.0 Remix EP
  • Released: October 25, 2010
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • Formats: CD, digital download[42]
La Gloria (Remixes)
  • Released: March 30, 2011
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[43]
Nueva Cumbia Remixes
  • Released: April 16, 2011
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD, LP
Strength To Love
  • Released: October 31, 2011
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: CD, LP

Video albums[edit]

Title Video details
La Revancha del Tango Live
  • Released: November 29, 2005
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: DVD
Tango 3.0 Live
  • Released: November 1, 2011
  • Label: ¡Ya Basta!
  • Formats: DVD, DVD+Blu-ray

References[edit]

  1. ^ Madlen Albrecht Le développement du Tango à partir de 1983 2009 -- Page 9 "3.3.4 « Gotan Project » Ce groupe a été fondé par trois hommes à Paris en 1998. Deux d'entre eux sont ... Il s'agit du Français Philippe Cohen Solal et du Suisse Christophe H. Mueller. ... Ils ont alors travaillé avec le guitariste Eduardo Makaroff en mélangeant des beats électroniques, des instruments en direct et de la voix."
  2. ^ a b c d http://lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Gotan+Project&titel=Shall+We+Dance&cat=s
  3. ^ a b http://austriancharts.at/showitem.asp?interpret=Gotan+Project&titel=Shall+We+Dance&cat=s
  4. ^ a b c http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=Gotan%20Project&cat=a
  5. ^ http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=124&lang=
    http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=320&lang=
    http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=588&lang=
  6. ^ http://www.officialcharts.de/suche.asp?search=Gotan+Project&x=8&y=14&country=de
  7. ^ a b http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/CLUK_G.HTM
    http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/gotan%20project/
  8. ^ http://dutchcharts.nl/search.asp?search=Gotan+Project&cat=a
  9. ^ a b c http://www.ultratop.be/fr/search.asp?search=Gotan%20Project&cat=a
  10. ^ a b c http://www.ultratop.be/nl/search.asp?search=Gotan%20Project&cat=a
  11. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/la-revancha-del-tango-mw0000594971
  12. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/la-revancha-del-tango-bonus/id320891304
  13. ^ a b c http://www.snepmusique.com/les-disques-dor/?awards_cat=65&awards_awd=0&awards_artist=gotan&awards_title=&awards_edit_distrib=&submitAdvanced=Rechercher
  14. ^ http://www.swisscharts.com/search_certifications.asp?search=Gotan+Project+La+Revancha+del+Tango
  15. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards.aspx
  16. ^ a b http://bestsellery.zpav.pl/wyroznienia/zloteplyty/cd/archiwum.php?year=2007#title
  17. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/lunático-mw0000409941
  18. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lunatico/id154204784
  19. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/tango-30-mw0001965192
  20. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tango-3.0-deluxe-version/id365000302
  21. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/inspiracion-espiracion-mw0000396155
  22. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/inspiracion-espiracion/id278710990
  23. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/la-revancha-en-cumbia-mw0002226008
  24. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/la-revancha-en-cumbia/id465050426
  25. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/live-mw0000801470
  26. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gotan-project-live/id290846731
  27. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/best-of-mw0002258124
  28. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/search.asp?search=Gotan%20Project&cat=s
  29. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/search.asp?search=Gotan%20Project&cat=s
  30. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/vuelvo-al-sur-mw0001257686
  31. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/triptico-last-tango-in-paris-mw0001670055
  32. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/santa-maria-de-buen-aire-mw0001446231
  33. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/la-cruz-del-sur-single/id26083109
  34. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/diferente-single/id130106473
  35. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/mi-confesion-mw0001459380
  36. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/la-gloria-single/id363449157
  37. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/una-musica-brutal-ep-mw0000525466
  38. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/santa-maria-vol.-2-ep/id7059107
  39. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mi-confesion-ep/id202609478
  40. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gotan-project-live-at-kcrw-ep/id202974901
  41. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rayuela-ep/id399365525
  42. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/tango-3.0-remix-ep/id397346746
  43. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/la-gloria-remixes-ep/id424873809

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