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Bajofondo: South American Landscapes

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Sony Masterworks

Bajofondo started as a loose collective of musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, but over time formed a solid core of players that have since become a cohesive band. Their latest release, "Presente," consists of twenty one tracks and has a massive sound.

For this CD the group augmented their sound with an enormous orchestral section, giving each of their songs a full and well-rounded sound.

Argentine Grammy Award-winning producer/composer/musician Gustavo Santaolalla - best score for "Brokeback Mountain" and "Babel" - founded the group with Urugyayan producer/musician Juan Campodónico.

Although Bajofondo started out as a tango-oriented band, they have since distanced themselves from that description. Now they touch on a variety of genres: Rebetika, Rock, Hip Hop, Milongo and Tango.

The CD has instrumental tracks and a host of songs, one which is sung a capella. This is a journey through musical landscapes which leaves the listener ready for lots more.

This one's for Dan:

Deirdre as born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and her first paid work was at the age of 10 with the BBC as an actress on "Children's Hour." She continued to perform regularly on radio and stage for the next eight years, at which point she was informed by her parents that theater was not an option and she needed "real" work.