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Background information
OriginBuenos Aires, Argentina
GenresTango music, electronic music, world music, jazz fusion
Years active2002–present
LabelsConstitution Music[1]
Associated actsTangocrisis, Tabaré Leyton, 020, Max Masri
Tanghetto performing live at the Milano Forum Assago with guest tango dancers on stage (Latinoamericando Expo 2013, Milan, Italy)

Tanghetto is an Argentinian neo tango (tango nuevo) and electronic tango group created by musician and producer Max Masri. It's based in Buenos Aires, Argentina[2].

The style of Tanghetto is a blend of tango and electronic music. Their music is also influenced by world music and jazz. The experimentation in studio started in 2001, but Tanghetto was formed as a band in late 2002 and early 2003. Tanghetto's concept was developed by producer / composer / songwriter Max Masri. Then Max was joined in the project by Diego Velazquez and various guest musicians. 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.[3]

Tanghetto live at the Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, March 2019

History and albums[edit]

Tanghetto released their first album, Emigrante (electrotango) in 2003. It was inspired in the economic crisis that Argentina was facing back in 2001 and also 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 the Latin Grammy Awards of 2004 in the category of "Best Instrumental", and later reached platinum status in Argentina in 2006 and double platinum in 2009. According to The Los Angeles Times, Tanghetto is the most seductive electrotango band that is based in Buenos Aires and the album "Emigrante" is "marked by its languid melodies, its smoky textures and the kind of delicate piano lines that would make Massive Attack proud".[4] 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 the Latin Grammy Awards of 2005 in the Traditional/ Best Tango Category.

In early 2005 a compilation of different electronic and neo-tango artists was released in Buenos Aires by the label Constitution Music, under the name Tangophobia Vol. 1 (which was later reissued on iTunes and several online music stores under the name "Electrotango Sessions"), including five unreleased tracks by Tanghetto.

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 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 platinum album 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 won a Gardel Award, the Argentine equivalent of the Grammy and reached gold status in 2011.

In late 2009 after their first big tour in Brazil, they released a new studio album called Más Allá 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 a notable live version of "Libertango" also by the great tango creator Astor Piazzolla. VIVO Milonguero won their second Gardel Award. In Late 2012 a concept album called Incidental Tango was released, with the participation of guest arranger / pianist Aldo Di Paolo. For the Incidental Tango album, Masri envisioned the notion that music is always the soundtrack of everyone's life, and thus Tango in all of its forms is the 'incidental music' of life in Buenos Aires.[5]. Tanghetto toured all over Europe in 2013, playing in one of the most important venues in London, The O2 Arena, and toured Romania and Poland for the first time.They also toured in Latin America, in Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Argentina. In 2014 they released the follow up to their 2004 concept album Hybrid Tango, named Hybrid Tango II. The album consisted of new recorded material and some songs that were not used in other albums but were of excellent artistic quality and were kept for this project. In September 2014 Tanghetto was nominated for the third time to the Latin Grammy's with Hybrid Tango II competing with Ruben Blades who won. In 2015 They released the album "Progressive Tango" and got their 6th nomination to the Gardel Awards. Progressive Tango, first promo single became the number one song played from Tanghetto in Spotify. With that tour they played in Europe, America and Asia. In 2016 they released the album "Desenchufado" that was also nominated to the Gardel Awards becoming their 7th nomination to the most prestigious awards in Argentina.

Current live lineup[edit]

Tanghetto live at the O2 Arena, London, May 2013
Tanghetto live at the 2013 Feria de San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Max Masri: synthesizers and programming, vocal
  • Antonio Boyadjian, piano
  • Daniel Corrado, drums
  • Octavio Bianchi, violin
  • Joaquin Benitez, bandoneon

Special guest:

  • Aldo Di Paolo: acoustic and electric piano
  • Diego Velazque: guitars, requinto, backing vocals
  • Nico Tognola: bandoneon

Other participating musicians[edit]

  • Chao Xu: violoncello and erhu
  • Alessio Santoro: acoustic/electronic drums and percussion
  • Leandro Ragusa: bandoneon
  • Matías Rubino: bandoneon
  • Martin Cecconi: bandoneon



Singles (Promo or digital)

  • 2003: Inmigrante (from "Emigrante")
  • 2004: Una Llamada (from "Emigrante")
  • 2004: Mas de lo Mismo (from "Hybrid Tango")
  • 2005: Alexanderplatz Tango (from "Emigrante")
  • 2005: Enjoy The Silence (from "Buenos Aires Remixed")
  • 2006: Barrio Sur (from "Hybrid Tango")
  • 2006: El Boulevard (from "Emigrante")
  • 2007: Blue Monday (from "Buenos Aires Remixed")
  • 2007: Mente Fragil (from "Emigrante")
  • 2008: Buscando Camorra (from "El Miedo a la Libertad")
  • 2008: Tangocrisis (from "Hybrid Tango")
  • 2008: Englishman in New York (from "El Miedo a la Libertad")
  • 2009: La Milonga (from "Mas Allá del Sur")
  • 2010: Tango Mistico (from "Mas Allá del Sur")
  • 2011: Buscando Camorra Live (from "Vivo Milonguero")
  • 2012: Disorder Tango (from "Incidental Tango")
  • 2013: Gallo Ciego (single)
  • 2014: Quien me quita lo bailado (from "Hybrid Tango II")
  • 2015: Heroes (single)
  • 2015: Cuanto Mas?
  • 2016: Progressive Tango
  • 2018: Cono Sur


Year Song Album Notes
2006 Barrio Sur From Hybrid Tango
2006 Tangocrisis Hybrid Tango Contains footage from the December 2001 riots in Argentina
2006 Biorritmo Tangophobia Vol. 1 Track later re-recorded and included in the "Mas Alla del Sur" album
2007 Blue Monday Buenos Aires Remixed New Order cover, shot in London
2007 Mente Frágil Emigrante (electrotango) Controversial GLBT Video
2008 Alexanderplatz Tango Emigrante (electrotango) Shot in Berlin, Germany
2008 El Duelo Hybrid Tango Shot in Rome, Italy
2009 Buscando Camorra El Miedo a la Libertad
2010 Tango Místico Más Allá del Sur
2010 La Milonga Más Allá del Sur Unofficial video
2014 Quien Me Quita Lo Bailado Hybrid Tango II Archive footage from the 1950s in Montevideo, Uruguay


Max Masri and Diego S. Velazquez at the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony, Los Angeles

Tanghetto was nominated to the Latin Grammy Awards for the first time in 2004 in the "Best Instrumental Almbum" category with their album "Emigrante (electrotango)", released in late 2003. The category was won by sixteen-time Grammy winner and violoncello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma. The following year Tanghetto was again nominated for a Latin Grammy, this time in the "Best Tango Album" category with their album "Hybrid Tango". In 2009 they won their first Gardel Award with their album El Miedo a la Libertad. In 2010 (this time in the World Music category) Tanghetto was nominated again for the Gardel award with their album "Mas Alla Del Sur". Both Live albums "VIVO" and "VIVO" Milonguero, as well as 2013 studio album Incidental Tango, were nominated for "Best alternative tango album" in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively for a Gardel award. VIVO Milonguero won the Gardel award in 2012.

In 2012, as producer and songwriter of Uruguayan tango singer Tabare Leyton, Max Masri was nominated for two Graffiti awards, one Morosoli and one Iris award. The album "La Factoria del Tango" ultimately won one Graffiti (Best Tango Album), the Morosoli Bronze award and the Iris award (Best New Artist).[7]

In 2014, Hybrid Tango II was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.

Year Album Award Category Result
2004 Emigrante (electrotango) Latin Grammy Best instrumental album Nominated
2005 Hybrid Tango Latin Grammy Best tango album Nominated
2009 El Miedo a la Libertad Premios Gardel Best electronic tango album Won
2010 Más Allá del Sur Premios Gardel Best Instrumental / Fusion / World Music album Nominated
2011 VIVO Premios Gardel Best Alternative Tango Orchestra album Nominated
2012 VIVO Milonguero Premios Gardel Best Alternative Tango album Won
2013 Incidental Tango Premios Gardel Best Alternative Tango album Nominated
2014 Hybrid Tango II Latin Grammy Best Tango Album Nominated
2016 Progressive Tango Premios Gardel Best Alternative Tango album Nominated
2017 Desenchufado[8] Premios Gardel Best Alternative Tango album Nominated


  1. ^ constitutionmusic.com
  2. ^ "Neo-Tango - complete guide". Verytangostore.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  3. ^ Name: (2011-08-26). "Music for the Weekend: Tanghetto - The Argentina Independent | The Argentina Independent". Argentinaindependent.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  4. ^ Lechter, Ernesto (August 16, 2007). "A New Way To Tango". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles: David Hiller. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "Sitio web oficial de Tanghetto - Biography". Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  6. ^ http://www.tanghetto.net/#!discos/c1cs
  7. ^ "TABARÉ LEYTON - Tanguero sin ley". Diario El País, Uruguay. Archived from the original on 4 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin/7792170/abel-pintos-premios-gardel-nominations

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