Paz Lenchantin

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Paz Lenchantin
Background information
Born (1973-12-12) December 12, 1973 (age 42)
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Genres Alternative rock, alternative metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Violin, bass, piano, vocals, guitar
Associated acts Ana Lenchantin, A Perfect Circle, Brightblack Morning Light, Entrance, Into the Presence, Jarboe, Jenny Lewis, Kaura, Luciano Lenchantin, Melissa Auf der Maur, Papa M, Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, Silver Jews, Trust Company, Zwan, The Entrance Band
Notable instruments
1969 Fender Precision Bass

Paz Lenchantin (born December 12, 1973) is an Argentine American musician. She is currently the bass guitarist, vocalist and violinist of the alternative rock band Pixies. She is known for playing bass or strings with various bands, including Entrance, A Perfect Circle, Zwan, and Queens of the Stone Age.

Early life[edit]

Lenchantin, who is of Armenian, French and Argentinian ancestry,[1] moved to Los Angeles, California with her family at the age of four. Her father is classical pianist Mario Merdirossian.[1] She speaks fluent Spanish and English. She began playing piano at age five.[2] She then took violin lessons at age eight and taught herself how to play guitar at age twelve.[2] Her sister, Ana Lenchantin is a musician and a frequent collaborator. She also frequently collaborated with her brother Luciano Lenchantin before his death in 2003.

Musical career[edit]

Lenchantin joined Billy Howerdel, Josh Freese, Troy Van Leeuwen, and Maynard James Keenan in the band A Perfect Circle. She contributed to their albums, Mer de Noms and Thirteenth Step.[3] Lenchantin later left the group to join with Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, Matt Sweeney, and David Pajo in the band Zwan.[3] In 2002, Lenchantin, Melissa Auf der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins and Hole), Samantha Maloney, and Radio Sloan (The Need) created a new band called The Chelsea.[3] The all-female supergroup played only one show before going their separate ways. Lenchantin returned to play strings and piano with A Perfect Circle in recording their cover album eMOTIVe, released November 2, 2004 and debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200. She also contributed a solo cover of the song "The Hollow" to A Perfect Circle's CD/DVD release, aMOTION. Since 2005, Lenchantin has been collaborating with The Entrance Band on their album Prayer of Death, as co- producer as well as contributing bass and violin.[3] She also appeared on the previous Entrance album Wandering Stranger (2004). She is now a seemingly permanent member of the Entrance Band. Since 2012 winter, Paz has been touring with Josephine Foster supporting the "Blood Rushing" album promotion.[4] In December 2013, Lenchantin was announced as the new touring bassist for the Pixies, in replacement of founding band member Kim Deal and touring bassist Kim Shattuck, for their 2014 tour.[5] In July 2016, Lenchantin confirmed she was now a full-time member of the Pixies.[6]

Other appearances[edit]

Lenchantin also played strings on a song on the Queens of the Stone Age's album, Songs for the Deaf.[2] She has played with David Pajo in Papa M, and contributed fiddle on the Silver Jews record, Tanglewood Numbers.[2] She has toured with RTX/Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux. In 2002, she performed on Trust Company's album The Lonely Position Of Neutral. In 2005 she played violin on the Kaura track "Dividing Lines". She has also contributed to and toured with Jarboe of Swans. In 2000, she appeared in A Perfect Circle's Judith music video as bassist. Lenchantin also played bass on Brightblack Morning Light's 2006 self-titled album on Matador Records. She worked with director Michael Mann on his film Miami Vice[3] contributing violin on several scenes. She contributed playing strings on Melissa Auf der Maur's first solo album Auf der Maur. In 2008, Paz co-wrote the Ashes Divide song "Denial Waits", and she played violin on Jenny Lewis' second studio album Acid Tongue. She appeared on Into The Presence's 2009 album, playing the bass.


With A Perfect Circle

(Strings, bass on "Sleeping Beauty")

( Strings on "Gravity")

(Piano, strings)

(Acoustic guitar, piano, strings)

With Pixies

(Bass, vocals on Women Of War)

  • Head Carrier (2016)

(Bass, vocals)

With Ashes Divide

(Co-writing on "Denial Waits")

With Brightblack Morning Light

(Bass, piano)

With Entrance

(Bass Guitar; co-producer; violin; vocals)



With Jenny Lewis

(Violin on "Black Sand")

With Josephine Foster

(Indian flute, bass, violin, vocals)

With Kaura
  • Kaura EP (2005)

(Violin on "Dividing Lines")

With Melissa Auf der Maur


With Queens Of The Stone Age

(Strings on "Mosquito Song")

With Silver Jews


With Trust Company

(Strings, piano on "Hover (Alternate Version)")

With Zwan
With Jarboe

( Bass on "Feral" and vocals / strings on "A Woman's Dreams")

With Pixies

(Co-writing/vocals on "All I Think About Now")

Solo discography[edit]

Lenchantin has produced two solo albums, both of which were made available through her MySpace page.[7]


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