Musical quintet Puente Celeste can truly make some heavenly sounds. For the group’s November show at Café Vinilo in Palermo, the award-winning musicians brought a unique sound and absolute plethora of instruments including a birdcage, wooden box and large, dried plant to the small stage to promote their latest album ‘Canciones’.
And while Vinilo hosted the last show in Buenos Aires for 2009, the group are making a comeback, currently playing every Thursday at CAFF.
Puente Celeste formed in 1997 under the banner of ‘Santiago Vazquez & Puente Celeste’ and won a Clarín award in 1998 for best album as well as a Konex award in 2005. The latest album brings the quintet’s unique sound together again, and is a quick journey into Argentine folklore.
Poetry, solos and group improvisation shine in the form of 12 new tracks. Published by Los Años Luz Records, ‘Canciones’ comes after a five-year silence. As a group reputed for perfection the newest addition shows their latest album to be a gem. Flutes mimicking Argentine birds and otherworldly whistling reminiscent of static from a far-off radio station make for a chilled-out listen. But Puente Celeste is more than easy listening; it’s a quick step out of the artful posing of typical acoustic bands and trip into experimental Argentine folk music.
The band is a neat union of five acoustic musicians: Edgardo Cardozo, Luciano Dyzenchauz, Marcelo Moguilevsky, Lucas Nikotián, and Santiago Vazquez. Surprisingly, the groups’ skill as individual musicians accents their ability to play as a group rather than dominates it. Another reason to like the band is the players themselves. As unpretentious as the music, Puente Celeste wastes no time getting on stage and smoothly transitioning between songs. Not once did the group take a ten-minute tuning session in the middle of the show or even stop playing for the first two-hour session. Wearing plain t-shirts and playing an encore for their double feature show at Cafe Vinilo in November, the group proves it is possible to be talented and humble.
Tracks such as ‘Noche de papel’ and ‘Otra vez el mar’ show the music to be happy, clean and clutter-free. The use of so many instruments is never distracting so much as it is enjoyable. Influences of jazz, tango, Indian and African folk music, as well as pop mesh with immaculate timing and understated elegance.
The group has held concerts in many countries including Spain, Italy, Colombia and Brazil. They have shared the stage with the likes of Pat Metheny, Herneto Pascoal, Charlie Haden, and Oregon.
Head along to see Puente Celeste at CAFF, Sánchez de Bustamante 764 every Thursday at 9.30pm. Emailcaff@fernandezfierro.com to reserve, tickets $30 if bought early, $35 on the door.
Check out the latest tracks from ‘Canciones’ at Puente Celeste’s MySpace page:www.myspace.com/puentecelestespace
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