Gotan Project

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Gotan Project
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Background information
Origin Paris, France
Genres Electronic music, tango
Years active 1999–present
Labels Ya Basta
Associated acts The Boyz from Brazil, Bajofondo
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]


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".



  • 2000 Vuelvo Al Sur / El Capitalismo Foráneo
  • 2000 Last Tango In Paris / Triptico
  • 2001 Santa María (Del Buen Ayre) / Chunga's Revenge
  • 2002 Santa María (Del Buen Ayre)
  • 2002 Epoca ††
  • 2002 Peter Kruder & Antipop Consortium Remixes
  • 2004 Confianzas ††
  • 2004 La Cruz Del Sur ††
  • 2005 La Cruz Del Sur (Remixes)
  • 2006 Diferente
  • 2006 Mi Confesión
  • 2007 La Vigüela ††
  • 2010 La Gloria
  • 2010 Rayuela
  • 2010 Tu Misterio ††
  • 2010 Peligro ††
  • 2012 Strength To Love

† Released as a double a-side title
†† Promotional-only title

Extended plays[edit]

  • 2001 Gotan Project Remixes
  • 2003 Una Musical Brutal EP
  • 2006 Live At KCRW
  • 2007 El Norte
  • 2010 3.0 Bonus Tracks
  • 2010 Tango 3.0 Remix EP
  • 2011 Nueva Cumbia Remixes


  • 2001 La Revancha Del Tango (Radio Edits)
  • 2003 US Release Bonus Audio Tracks
  • 2006 An Album Club Exclusive
  • 2008 Exclusive Tracks

† Promotional-only title

Boxed sets[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."

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