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MEDIABANDA

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Chile


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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 sou...
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3.82 | 22 ratings
Entre La Inseguridad Y El Ego
2004
4.23 | 16 ratings
Dinero y Terminación Nerviosa
2007
4.09 | 2 ratings
Siendo Perro
2010

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 Siendo Perro by MEDIABANDA album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.09 | 2 ratings

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Siendo Perro
Mediabanda Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Music By Mail

4 stars Recorded in 2010, this is the third album by this Chilean band evolved from the ashes of Fulano (thanks to reedman Christian Crisosto). This is also an album showing a perfectly controlled maturity, from the writing for wind ensemble to the cooking of groovy lines. Crisosto's daughter Regina also gets an increasing role, clearly in evidence from the first track on, where her vocal scat wails on the R&B flavoured tune; upfront solo, recitating or singing in unisson with other instruments, she adds a firm touch to the whole. With three musicians playing a broad assortment of wind instruments (saxes, clarinets and flutes), this will surprise no one to say that this album is a brassy affair! Mediabanda's strength lies imo in the clever ensemble playing and writing the reedmen are exposed to: be it unisson or contrapuntic lines, free blowing, wild soloing (check the solo at break neck speed and doubled tempo on track 5!), fantastic dynamics ( track 8, launched by a gong, offers incredible atmospheric dynamic up and downs, ending in a free rolling bass clarinet backed by the rest of the band), the horns rule! Another strength is the stylistic versatility, coupled to the *role* associated to certain instruments: the bass is often funky, with plenty of slap; track 4 seems to be very close in its rhythmic structure to Miles' hit Jean-Pierre; guitars are responsible for the heavy tunes (tracks 5 , 7) but also deliver a great work on harmonics, picked syncopated lines or atmospheric sequences; the saxophone is jazz symbol number one and inspiring solos abound here! All this nailed firmly by Christian Hirth's dynamic and flexible drum playing, an important basis and pushing element that shouldn't be forgotten. Maybe the band's versatility can be pointed at its best in the third track, the longest too, exceeding ten minutes. Sustained throughout by a rhythm pattern in 11/4, you'll hear passing by atmospheric airy vocals, superb guitar harmonics, syncopated sax/voice lines, another ascending one with vocal scat, overtaken by a doubling of the tempo and a fantastic free sax solo! Another shot by an intelligent band, enjoy!

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 Entre La Inseguridad Y El Ego by MEDIABANDA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.82 | 22 ratings

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Entre La Inseguridad Y El Ego
Mediabanda Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Chilean band Mediabanda is no more or less the music sequel of Fulano,who disbanded in 2003 after the death of keyboardist Jaime Vivanco,member both of Fulano and Congreso.Paying a tribute to his memory,Fulano's singer Arlette Jequier and wind- instrumentalist Cristián Crisosto renamed the act to Mediabanda,which was actually Vivanco's first band along with ex-Fulano drummer Guillermo "Willy" Valenzuela and Crisosto.The new band developed into a 10-piece act and performed for the first time in January 2003.Their debut ''Entre la Inseguridad y el Ego'' was released the next year on Fondart.

Comparable to some point with Fulano but a bit more versatile,Mediabanda created 14 different pieces of music,exploring the most out of music's possible genres.Mostly colored with the fantastic female voices of Arlette Jequier and Regina Crisosto,the compositions jump from one style to another in a blink of an eye and any try labeling the band is a bit of risk.There is some great Latin-pop mixed with Jazz-Fusion on the less complicated track with plenty of vocal exercises,but the talent of the musicians did not prevent them from following a complex form in most of the album's cuts.The majority of them has a strong R.I.O./Chamber Rock attitude with abstract instrumentals, based on dissonant saxes,light electric piano,complex bass lines and solid drumming.Guitar work is quite strong as well.A few pieces have a definite Classical inspiration and even Symphonic Rock tendencies with excellent piano work and driving flutes,these are for the most of their time quite harmonic pieces.Needless to say the interplays are numerous and certainly of high class.Add to the picture a slight Folk edge and this abstract painting is in front of your eyes,created by a company of musicians with some lust to try anything far from ordinary.

An eclectic mix of sounds and sights and balanced between instrumental labyrinths and vocal- based theatrical Latin cuts, Mediabanda's debut can be easily compared with the best works of Fulano and anyone seeking for some highly educational Progressive Rock with a variety of influences should simply purchase this.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Entre La Inseguridad Y El Ego by MEDIABANDA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.82 | 22 ratings

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Entre La Inseguridad Y El Ego
Mediabanda Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars MEDIABANDA from Chile rose out of the ashes of the great FULANO, and so yes we get a strong FULANO vibe. Considering it's the same female vocalist has a lot to do with that, but we also get the crazy Avant / Jazz / Fusion style here with a few more flavours thrown in for good measure. Lots of assorted saxes to go along with the clarinet, flute and trombone. Plenty of marimba and percussion too.The vocals certainly are the focus much of the time but to concentrate on the instrumental work will bring great pleasure guaranteed.This band is awesome to say the least. I must admit I like the follow up double album more but they've packed 78 minutes of entertainment on this cd. By the way the guitar, bass, keys and drumming are all fantastic as well.

"Yo No Se Vas" is impressive vocally with both male and female vocals leading the way with attitude. The spongey bass is almost funky. A bright upbeat way to start. I really like the keys to start "Entre La Inseguridad Y" the title track. Those chunky bass lines follow with flute and drums. "Jale, Cpete Y Pucho" might be my favourite. The deep bass lines and crisp drums are joined by horns. Piano too. Great sound ! The guitar comes in around 6 1/2 minutes and makes some wonderful noise. Horns return and lead to the end. Another highlight is "A Trabajar Y A Acostarse". Man the drumming is so good and we get plenty of marimba and piano. High pitched vocals follow then it settles. I like the flute too. Great song.

"Nadie Quiere Mi Jingle" has these vocal melodies with solid drumming and fat bass lines. Just a gorgeous tune. Guitar after 2 minutes lights it up. Amazing. "El Sueno De Daniel II" is another tune that just impresses me so much. The vocals, horns, marimba and on and on. "Chilean Wiken Again" has some incredible guitar on it and bass later on. Yes the vocals are other-worldly as usual. Check out the bass intro on "No Hay Que Apegarse Al Pasado". The rest is great too including the piano, vocals and guitar. The final track features some passionate and theatrical vocals as she gives it her all. It's almost chamber-like before 6 minutes. Intense ending.

Such an entertaining release that's full of insane instrumental work and some of the best vocals you will hear. A solid 4 stars.

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 Dinero y Terminación Nerviosa by MEDIABANDA album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.23 | 16 ratings

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Dinero y Terminación Nerviosa
Mediabanda Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. Any of you FULANO fans out there should really check this band out. Also from Chile and also including FULANO's sax / flute player and amazing female vocalist Arlette Jequier, this band really takes up where FULANO left off. Lots of killer horns, bass, guitar and drumming but the star is the vocalist.The music is a blend of Jazz / Fusion / Avant / Chamber music and probably more.This is a double album and their latest release.

"Dr. Vertical" opens with a great sounding drum / bass section before guitar, horns and organ join in the fun. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes. Nice acoustic guitar and bass section 3 minutes in then the tempo picks up. Check out the organ,guitar and drums before 5 minutes. Horns follow then it settles. Vocals are back 6 minutes in. "Camino O Oriente" is led by horns early as vocals join in. More vocal expressions here. It settles with piano and drums before 4 minutes. Horns follow. "Porfa, No Me Cambies La Telle" has these relaxed high pitched vocals and a laid back sound. "Mala Lilili Papala Polu" opens with spoken words and weird sounds.The music starts to build before 3 1/2 minutes. Man she can sing. The drumming is fantastic. "Caron" has a Chamber music vibe then vocal melodies arrive after a minute. Piano and horns follow. Cool track. "Miles De Millas Afuera" is so good. Electric piano, drums, bass and more in this melancholic groove. It's kind of dark too. It kicks in at 2 minutes. I just get lost in this one. Amazing ! Vocals don't arrive until before 13 minutes but she makes up for lost time believe me.

Disc two begins with "Mas Alla De Mi" and it reminds me of Chamber music as intricate sounds come and go. Vocals before a minute. How good is this ! "Conti" opens with horns as intricate sounds arrive.Vocals around 2 1/2 minutes come in and lead. Piano, drums and horns take over after 4 minutes. "Secretos En Zapato" is again Chamber music like but certainly not dark like UNIVERS ZERO. "Inspiracion Liquida" opens with drums as horns join in. Nice bass lines on this one too. There's two female vocalists on this one. Excellent sound. "Huele Mi Barbie" is Chamber music again. It sounds like vibes, aboe and clarinet but it's prpobably none of the above. "Trio" is mostly a vocals / drum track. Both are a little out there. "Nadie Nos Conoce Aun" is cool sounding as the vocals,vibes and horns become one.The drums kick in before 2 minutes. "El Pulgar Del Diablo" is the insane closer. Man she lets loose vocally on this one. The guitar is also heavy and in your face. Nice. Horns too on this "take no prisoners" finale to the double album.

Just an incredible recording that will please fans of several genres i'm sure.

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 Entre La Inseguridad Y El Ego by MEDIABANDA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.82 | 22 ratings

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Entre La Inseguridad Y El Ego
Mediabanda Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Lima96

5 stars This album is something incredibly amazing.

It might (as not) be a concept album, telling a story of a man and his personal troubles, based on the actual chilean society. However, in case of not being a concept album, Entre La Inseguridad y el Ego speaks directly to me, anyway.

The mix of styles is incredibly broad to be on a single album: jazz, RIO, avant-garde (in some sort of Zappa-esque way), reggae, latin rythms, a bit of spanish rythms; also, lots of experimentation, and even hard rock, combined with an excellent instrumentation and perfect vocal arrangements.

It's something impossible to describe how much I liked this album. Reflects the mood of the man of the story in every song: depression, dreams, crazy nights, frustration and fears, all in an incredibly funny and musically beautiful way.

The album starts with two songs that might as well be the low point of the album, but the other songs make up for it.

If you want RIO or experimentation, listen to Jale, Copete y Pucho. If you want a wild, reggae-zappa fusion, listen to Jah! No Quedan Huiros.

But if you want to listen to an excellent debut album, with superb instrumentation and compositions and incredible lyrics, listen to this album, there will be no regrets, I promise.

5 stars.

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 Entre La Inseguridad Y El Ego by MEDIABANDA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.82 | 22 ratings

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Entre La Inseguridad Y El Ego
Mediabanda Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Debut album of this Chilean band is a ... mixed bag. Album's music is fusion in a sense of mixing all possible musical genres in one. Whenever main components are contemporary jazz, Latin urban folklore, Latin traditional music (rumbas, etc),Latin pop, RIO and classic, you can only imagine, how does it sounds!

In reality, every song is different, and best of them contain some free-jazz improvs, jazz fusion arrangements and quite inspired and technical musicianship. Vocals is Latin urban, and there are some street brass and danceable pieces as well.

Important element in band's music is that RIO atmosphere, but often it works if you know cultural and political situation from the place such music was recorded very well. I perfectly remember how I loved some artists, who played on the streets during last days of Russian occupation of Baltics, but rare foreigner could understand what is great in their music! Some years later I saw the same situation in ex-Yugoslavia. Then I believe for Chilean people, of people from Latin America these songs have much bigger attraction, because they know and feel, what this music is about.

For just casual listener, it is very eclectic album with some great moments and some annoying moments. Looking to musical side only ( as bigger part of listeners do), there are really interesting moments, but the album in whole is a bit of street-oriented musical propaganda. Possibly, nothing is bad in it, but unhappily too often musical component is placed on the second plan there.

In whole this album is non-usual Latin RIO work with some fusion elements for fans of such kind of music. Great product within the genre though.

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 Entre La Inseguridad Y El Ego by MEDIABANDA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.82 | 22 ratings

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Entre La Inseguridad Y El Ego
Mediabanda Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by shakalito

5 stars Great album!!! Great band!!! or should I say Half Band???? This album (Between the Insegurity and the Ego) shows us a great variety of musical styles like cumbia, rumba, acid jazz, rock, and many more (compare "La cumbia del chileno medio" with "Jale, copete y pucho") and musicians are very skilful. Jale, copete y pucho is the highlight here, dominated by great sax playing in first part, and a wonderful guitar work in last part. A great debut album that I believe is essential in any prog collection.

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