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    Posted: 11 May 2017 at 1:13am
MediaBanda [Chile] Contemporary Jazz / Fusion

Mediabanda biography:
MediaBanda's name is in homage to the memory of Jaime Vivanco. This was the name of the first group where he began playing keyboards with Willy Valenzuela (drummer) and Cristian Crisosto (flute & reeds) between 1979 and 1981. In 1984 , together with Arlette Jequier (vocals), Jorge Campos (bass) and Jaime Vasquez (woodwinds), they formed Fulano, a rock-jazz, fusion, avant-garde/rock in opposition chilean group . The band went on to play for eighteen years (1985- 2003).
MediaBanda has an intent of continuity, renewal, and a link between two generations of musicians. Those who lived the years without democracy, and those who don't have that burden in their memories. The result is a solid proposal, fruit of the union of experience and young ideas
The group develops a multi-style tendency, going from chromatic cumbias to rumbas, passing through jazz, pop, atonal music, reggae, instrumental music and rock. This versatility is possible due to the musical studies of its members. 
The lyrics situate the band in the national reality with a critic and constructive perspective, they are definitely not the kind of "boy meets girl" songs . They are stories related to our reality as a nation, as citizens of a merging, dichotomic, adolescent & bipolar country. The issues of our society are portrayed in the theme's names ("Chilean Wiken Again", the "Peligrosos Disfrazados"(Dangerous in Disguise), the "Jale, Copete y Pucho"(Coke, Booze & Smokes), adding irony and humour to a music full of difficult passages and changing atmospheres.
MediaBanda's first concert took place on January 2003.Since then the group has been playing in Santiago, and in Chile's main cities. In June 2004, after winning a FONDART (a government fund to promote the arts) they released their first CD "Entre la inseguridad y el Ego"(Between Insecurity and Ego) with great acceptance among the audience, and with the press saying it's a "must" record. During that year they also received "Best Group of the Year" and "Best new Chilean Artist" awards.
In January 2005 MediaBanda played in the 4- International Providencia Jazz Festival, sharing the stage with Paquito D'Rivera and Yellow Jackets. Press said that the group was one of the best numbers in the festival. 
In April same year they won a second FONDART that took them on tour during October and November to several cities in Chile (La Serena, Valparaiso, Santiago, Concepcion, Temuco, Puerto Mont, reaching as far as Castro, way down the southern part of Chile)..
In April, 2006 MediaBanda continued giving concerts and showing part of the new material of what will be their second CD. They won a third FONDART, helping them release their second CD during April 2007,"Dinero y Terminaci █n Nerviosa" (Money and Nerve Terminals).

Discography:
2004 - Entre La Inseguridad Y El Ego
2007 - Dinero y Terminaciˇn Nerviosa
2010 - Siendo Perro
2017 - Bombas en el Aire



Edited by lunarston - 11 May 2017 at 3:13pm
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