Argentine band Los Pinguos is scheduled to perform on May 18 at The Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center. A world music band, Los Pinguos is extensively touring the U.S. and Canada to promote its eighth album, “1111,” which officially hit the streets April 18th.
The new collection of songs captures the band’s dynamic genre-bending musical range, showcasing a stunning ability to integrate traditional Latin rhythms into thoroughly modern compositions.
Longtime listeners will recognize the band’s trademark infectious sound. The addition of a string quartet on four songs, lends a distinctive cinematic feel to those tracks, and the album as a whole. Many songs on “1111” have been road-tested over the last two to three years. In concert, the band reproduces their sound with precision, yet they retain that elusive raw energy live audiences have come to expect from Los Pinguos.
Hailing from cosmopolitan Buenos Aries, Argentina, Los Pinguos united in 1999, immediately winning over fans with their passionate live shows in clubs, bars and private parties throughout the capital. Making a leap of faith, the band journeyed to Los Angeles in 2001, intent on taking their career to the next level.
Consistent performances for excited audiences at clubs like The Latin Lounge, The Knitting Factory, Key Club and others culminated in impressive gigs at Santa Mónica’s 3rd Street Promenade. These shows convinced the band of their ability to reach a wide and diverse audience. Spotted by a talent scout on the promenade, Los Pinguos soon found themselves winning the Grand Prize on the show “The Next Big Star” and were finally exposed to a national audience.
Since then, the band has recorded five albums and have played with such acts as Ozomatli, Taj Mahal, The Skatalites, The Neville Brothers, Pablo Montero, Paul Anka, Plácido Domingo, Yerba Buena, Charly Garcia and famed Argentinean rockers Bersuit Vergarabat. The band has been touring throughout the U.S. since their arrival in 2001 and in the recent years they have also played Mexico in 2008, Canada in 2008 & 2010, and Switzerland in 2008.
Ticket Info: Purchase Tickets Online. All Ages: $15 – $35 Student Nights tickets are available.
The Lensic is located at 211 West San Francisco Street, in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.