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Being currently one of the most admired bands among the prog circles of their own country, the Argentinean instrumental act ZONDA PROJECKT emerges as one of the most refined newcomers in the world of prog for the new millennium. The local musical press can't seem to stop praising them, either by reviewing their album "El Llanto Secreto de la Luna" or by reviewing their gigs. The band is based in Mendoza, located in an area full of deserts and hot winds: a climate that is very much related to the sort of magic evoked in and through their music. The most texturial and the jazziest aspects of 80s KING CRIMSON (and the mid-90s Crimsonian PROJEKCTS) is one of the most predominant influences from which ZONDA creates its own prog style. Other influences are drawn from contemporary jazz-rock, Jenkins-era SOFT MACHINE and classic CAMEL, also including a considerable amount of electronic avant-garde stuff in the ambiences and adornments that appear in many passages of their repertoire. The occasional presence of fusion-oriented material provides moments of sheer serenity among all the energy instilled that is usually found in the band's input. All things considered, the sound of ZONDA PROJECKT turns out to be original and peculiar in its own terms.

The band got started as a trio: original members Ernesto Vidal [who also has a couple of solo albums in his résumé], Sebastián Rivas and Tuti Vegas were already veterans in their country's musical scene, with experience begun in the 70s. Guitarist Mario Mátar, yet another veteran, replaced Rivas while the material of "El Llanto Secreto de la Luna" was still in the recording process. In late 2003 the band expanded its line-up with the integration of a fourth member, Gabriel Correa, in the role of keyboardist.

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ZONDA PROJECKT is particularly recommended to all true lovers of KING CRIMSON, CAMEL and jazz-tinged prog, who don't mind the presence of a highly technological twist in their melodic prog. This is, definitely, one of the most talented prog bands coming out of Argentina during the last decade: the way they manage to reinvent a musical source that shows its ancient influences, yet sounding fresh, makes them a progressive promise already fulfilled.

El Llanto Secreto de la Luna, studio album (2002)
Album 2, live (1981)

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3.96 | 30 ratings
El Llanto Secreto de la Luna
4.09 | 11 ratings
Viento De Toda La Vida

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 El Llanto Secreto de la Luna by ZONDA PROJECKT album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.96 | 30 ratings

El Llanto Secreto de la Luna
Zonda Projeckt Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by F. G. Toledo

4 stars Do this sume: the nerve of 80`s Crimson + the harmony of symphonic prog + the pulse of fusion + the subtetlies of good musicians. Result? Zonda Projeckt. This argentinian band it`s a real selection of three experienced rockers from Mendoza, Argentina, and their first CD it`s a suprise in the argentine prog landscape. There`s a couple of tracks highly inspired: long suite "Los tres pelos del diablos", the beautiful small piece "Jai Alai" (with Mario Mátar in an excelent form) and "El llanto secreto de la luna" or "El equilibrio" deserve a place among the best compositions of the argentinian prog rock. Now the band it`s a quartet: Vidal (bass), Mátar (guitars), Vega (drums, now acoustic) and Costa (keyboards), after a couple of years with the talented Gabriel Correa in keyboards. They promised a new album. We are waiting for it.
 El Llanto Secreto de la Luna by ZONDA PROJECKT album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.96 | 30 ratings

El Llanto Secreto de la Luna
Zonda Projeckt Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Gabito

4 stars Another great gift from new argentinian progressive scene, Zonda Projeckt is clearly influenced by later King Crimson line ups and music, but twisted in a unique way... One of the best things of ZP is the way they create this crimsonesque music with only three members!! Previous review by César Inca give details of every track and I agree almost every point... My favourites are the opener Aquí y Ahora, El Llanto Secreto de la Luna and the 19 minutes Los Tres pelos del Diablo (awesome!!!)
 El Llanto Secreto de la Luna by ZONDA PROJECKT album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.96 | 30 ratings

El Llanto Secreto de la Luna
Zonda Projeckt Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars "El Llanto Secreto de la Luna" is one of the most amazing surprises of current South American prog: Zonda Projeckt is an instrumental act from Argentina, mainly influenced by modern King Crimson on the rockier side, and the Projekcts on the experimental side. As strong as these influences are, this is not a Crimson clone, but a truly original ensemble that bears its main references on its sleeve. Not unlike Gordian Knot or Djam Karet, ZP also is capable of accomplishing a sort of electronic- friendly jazz-rock with a fusionesque twist: the 6-minute opener 'Aquí y Ahora' is an energetic proof of that, with an almost minimalistic melodic line based on textures and fine counterpoints, properly developed in a well-adjusted jamming. Then comes the namesake number, another 6-minute piece, this time more focused on the ethereal, moderately unquiet elaboration of soundscapes and layers a-la Projekct. The third track is more conventionally melodic - 'Jai-Alai' is a beautiful tune clearly rooted on the typical sensibility of South American folk, only with a softly delivered electric instrumentation. With the sequence of these first three tracks alone we can have a good idea of the level of inventiveness and variety that ZP are capable of creating within the defined frames of their musical ideology. The longest piece is the 19-minute 'Los Tres Pelos del Diablo', another fine example of how these guys can take a moderately simplistic melodic base and go on, expanding and ornamenting in all throughout inventive jams and a clever management of textures and other subtleties: the musicians never show off their proficiency, but you can tell by the way that they interact that their input is full of technical prowess. Although at times there may be the impression that this particular track meanders a bit, generally speaking it feels quite solid all the way to its culminating fade-out. 'El Equilibirio' and 'Cuando el Ángel Sonrió' are ventures into a more straight melodic prog rock, somewhat inspired by current Camel, with an added slight touch of jazz. 'Luz de Inocencia' retakes the spirit of the namesake track, only with a more candid spirit, while 'El Vigía de la Tormenta' takes it to a dreamier stage. The official repertoire is concluded with 'Crimsónika', a 3-minute rocker that serves as a tribute to. well, King Crimson, of course, the 80s-era Crimson exactly. The bonus tracks are less impressive, and also bear a not so good sound production, but they're not to be dismissed. 'Triste Azul Nocturno' is a brief jazz- rock number; 'La Jirafa en Llamas' kicks off as yet another venture into the band's more electronic oriented facet, until they turn into the rocky stuff; and finally, 'El Llanto Secreto de la Luna (Coda') is a 1-minute soundscape performed on stick. "El Llanto Secreto de la Luna" is an excellent prog album that takes the challenge of sonic experimentation, without disregarding beauty or emotional vibe - the music of Zonda Projeckt manages to call the friendly listener's attention in an impressive, yet subtle way.
Thanks to Cesar Inca for the artist addition.

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