Members featured in the album
ALEJANDRO MEDINA - Bass and vocals
CLAUDIO GABIS - Guitar
JORGE PINCHEVSKY - Violin
KUBERO DÍAZ - Guitar
ISA PORTUGHEIS - Drums
JUAN RODRÍGUEZ - Drums
POMO - Drums
ZURDO ROIZTNER - Drums
BILLY BOND - Production and mixing console
The "Negro" Medina was born on November 1, in the traditional neighborhood of Almagro and at the age of 10 asked his father to buy a trumpet. So, with that first instrument, Alejandror began what would some time become in his life, in his own blood: the passion for music.
At the age of 14, he changes winds by ropes, few, four to be precise. It is then when he hangs his first bass on the shoulder and forms the group that some memory remembers like "The Seasons" next to Carlos Mellino and in 1965 records its first disc that leaves by Microfón.
After a period where the legendary Di Tella, a redoubt of modern art, where he made experimental music for theater plays, thundered, he was a regular frequenter of "La Perla", "El Moderno" and "La Cueva". He played there with The Seasons and with Nacho Smilari making zapadas. In that redoubt was where he met Moris and Litto Nebbia, among others.
At the age of 18 (1968) fate joins him with Claudio Gabis and Javier Martínez and they form a band that in the first instance was going to be called "Ricota" for that of Cream according to the plastic artist Marta Minujin, and for "how goes the hand", a rocker euphemism invented by themselves will get the name that would mark the beginning of Rock and Blues in Spanish, Manal. The group's official debut was on November 12, 1968 in the Sala Apolo, where the independent record label "Mandioca" created by Jorge Álvarez, Pedro Pujó, visionary producers of the time was also officially presented at the time.
They record two albums, "Manal" and "El león" and open the circuit with several shows that elevate the trio to the category of legendary.
At the beginning of 1969 he recorded, with his bass, the first simple one of Pajarito Zaguri, next to Litto Nebbia, Moro and Moris whose subjects were "Navidad espacial" y "Un diablito en el cielo".
He participates with Manal at the Pinap Festival of Beat & Pop Music, which took place between October and November 1969, organized by Pinap magazine and the following year, on November 7, 1970, at the first BARock festival.
But like all legend here also there was an end, Manal separates (1970) and each one of its members took a different course. Alejandro continues his trip and, along with names like Billy Bond, Jorge Pinchevsky, Pappo, among others, form La Pesada del Rock & Roll (1971-1974) where they constitute one of the first Super Bands; Participate in the third BARock festival in November 1972, where the film / documental "Hasta la posta el sol" was filmed. It records four discs with that formation including “La Marcha de San Lorenzo”, obviously prohibited its radial diffusion in the period of fact. At that moment Alejandro discovers his first material as a soloist "Alejandro Medina y la Pesada", impeccable and wild very advanced for the time supported by his colleagues. The great recording demand made possible his intervention in the first album of Sui Generis, Raúl Porchetto, David Lebón, Claudio Gabis among others and another version of “La Biblia” (creation of Vox Dei) with the participation of Ensamble Musical Buenos Aires (also published in Portuguese in Brazil).
In 1977, he formed Aeroblus, a trio with guitarist Norberto "Pappo" Napolitano and Rolando Castello Junior on drums and recorded an album with the same name that continues to be reedited by the Universal label until today.
Already in the 80's he recorded a single with La Metropolitana, a band that arranged with Daniel Volpini, Sebastián "Pollo" Peralta and Beto Fotunato with two tracks: "De qué sirve la vida" and "Estando juntos". Advance of a long play that never came out. He meets again with his old comrades and Manal (1981) reappears with the album “Reunion”, recorded in studio and 6 memorable shows at the Obras Sanitarias Stadium and are separated again. After leaving the album "Chau Manal", recorded live from those concerts in Obras Sanitarias Stadium.
In 1985, the Konex Foundation granted Manal a diploma in merit in the Popular Music category (instrumentalist / Rock group). From there he embarks on different musical experiences always linked to the Blues and Rock, giving form to the underground, being a pioneer in zapadas, as soon as porteño redoubt was installed.
In 1994, emerges "Hoy no es ayer", his second solo album, a work 100% rhythmic and completely varied, where Medina, plasma his being and his music; The result is a very fresh, overwhelming, powerful but at the same time very sensitive work, Claudia Puyó, Black Amaya, Jorge Capello, Ray James, Pato Frasca and La Lola Medina.
Apart from his presentations all over the country, showing his new work, he also commanded for two years in the Roxy the famous "zapadas de los jueves" where he almost counted on the presence of Charly García, Pappo, Moro, and several sessions with Calamaro , Fabiana Cantilo, Claudia Puyo, Celeste Carballo, Willy Crook, David Lebón and Lola Medina, and many other musicians such as Alambre González, Black Amaya, Gustavo "Caretín", Giusepe Puoppolo, Héctor Starc and Edelmiro Molinari.
Fate places him again in contact with Claudio Gabis participates in the CD “Convocatoria” Vol. 1 y Vol. 2, accompanies him in his presentations, by the Warner label. Record "Domingo lluvioso" and "Para que nos sirven". And with Javier Martínez, with whom he makes what is called "the new Manal" with the participation of Claudio Rodríguez on guitar and Carlos "Patán" Vidal, on keyboards. They perform three concerts for 6000 people, record live "Manal in the Roxy" and the material is edited by Roxy Records.
Also he was artistic director and bassist of the CD of Pajarito Zaguri ( "the one of the pizza"), participated in the CD of “Jorge Pinchevsky and Samovar Big Band”; He recorded for a compilation of El Cielito, "Blues de Acá" vol.2, an impressive Blues, ""Sniff Blues o Nunca haberte amado",, which remained in the ranking for several weeks in Rock & Pop in Paraguay; And participated in several shows with Juanse (Ratones Paranoicos), Pappo's Blues, Divididos and with Charly García, always being called as guest star participated in the CD "Say no More".
In commemoration of the "30 años de Rock Nacional" he made 11 presentations jamming with various musicians, and, with his band, in the expo-rock held in Buenos Aires, from October to December 1996.
In that same year his song “La maldita máquina de matar” is included as the main theme of the soundtrack of "24 Horas" National film directed by Barone that was released in July of 1997. He decides then to begin to make tours by the interior of the Country traveling only with his partner and music, Lola Medina, and forming bands in Corrientes, Entre Rios, Misiones, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, Cordoba, Rio Negro, Neuquén and Trelew, seeing how much rock and blues has spread with so many talents in those Provinces and conducting 15 concerts.
In 1997 he is entertained by the then mayor of Santa Fe, Horacio D. Rosetti, from which he receives a commemorative plaque, and leaves the impression of his hands in cement, which are currently in a Rock museum and summons 3,500 people in a show in that city.
It arrives in 2000, and in January and February he again recorded with his great brother Napolitano for the CD "Pappo & Amigos" themes of Aeroblus, where they shared his authorship. He participates in Sanitary Works with him in the concerts of presentation of the same. Also of the recording of the work of Palo Pandolfo “A Través de los sueños” that left at the end of 2001.
In 2002 Medina began the year, playing as a guest of Pappo's Blues, La Falda Rock, Cosquín Rock, Río Cuarto and Rosario, where he performed Aeroblus songs. From May of 2002, Alejandro gives form to a project that denominates "Homage to my bands"; A show in which he pays homage to Manal, La Pesada del Rock & Roll, Aeroblus, and themes from his solo albums, setting up a repertoire of 30 songs, where, for the kickoff, he calls as musicians such as Willy Quiroga (Vox Dei), Pajarito Zaguri (el rey criollo del rock & roll), Ricardo Tapia (La Mississippi), La Lola Medina, as guest singers, Jorge Pinchevsky and the three members of La Renga, as guest performers. It gives the luxury to put together a band with two drums, sax, harmonic, Hammond and two guitars realize this concert in the Hangar in Liniers The result was a magic night to all Blues and Rock, and from there it undertakes denominated Alejandro Medina Rock Tour 2002, and takes this show to Cordoba (Capital) Villa Maria, Mendoza (Capital), Chacras de Coria (Mendoza), Entre Rios, Corrientes, Misiones, thus taking part of the history of National Rock, always backed opening by bands of the zones. Participates in the "Villa María Blues Festival" and "The Hangar Blues Festival", where they also participated, The Mississipi, Pappo's Blues and Memphis.
In January of 2003, in an event called Patagoniarte, in Lago Puelo (Chubut), he performs a memorable outdoor concert with the Andes mountain range on that tour. He also plays in El Bolsón and Bariloche, bringing his music to so distant places of the Argentine Republic.
On May 3, 2003, he participated in the tribute to Miguel Abuelo, held in the amphitheater located in front of the statue of Lola Mora on the South Costanera, covering the themes "Oye Niño" and "Nunca te miró una vaca de frente".
The 22 of November of that same year in the San Martín Theater participated of the homage to Atahualpa Yupanqui, with a version the song "El aromo", being standing ovation by the present public. And during the year it is presented in several pubs of Capital Federal and surroundings.
In January of 2004, he participates with La Medinight, along with David Lebón, Vox Dei and Moris, among others of the "Dinosaurios Rock Festival", in La Falda (Córdoba), in February of the same year arms, with Traslasierra musicians a band, To accompany him, and participate in "Las Rosas Rock", in Las Rosas (Córdoba), as well as in Merlo (San Luis); In March he participated in the second edition of the "Blues Festival" in Mendoza, where he was acclaimed by critics and the general public.
It is dedicated to record a CD independently and manages to publish it in the same way, and the 15 of September of 2005, presents "De qué sirve la vida" in The Road. This work, which was praised by critics, contains 12 tracks, in addition to re-recording titles such as "“De qué sirve la vida”, “Sacúdeme la vida”, “Un trago de whisky”, “Un ángel”, “Juan Manuelito Rock” and “Todo el día me pregunto”, all in different versions than the original, exposes his new themes “Arde mi corazón”, “Solo y perdido”, “Einstein” y “Leyes viejas”. There are also two themes of shared authorship with La Lola, interpreted by her, "Baby" and "De qué me disfrazo" giving her, in a gesture of generosity, the opportunity to translate it into her CD.
His third solo album is exhausted in the first round in three months.
He is summoned to participate, on January 29, in the closing of the Cosquín Festival 2006 for the first time as soloist with his band, La Medinight Band, as a result of his CD and that same night he participates in the Tribute to Pappo next to Juanse, Botafogo, Celeste Carballo among others.
In March 2006, he performed two concerts at the Concert Theater in Corrientes Avenue, Federal Capital, one with his solo works and the other with classical tribute to his bands with the participation of 4 guitarists on stage where he recorded and edited All on DVD.
On August 26 of the same year, he performed in El Condado his first concert of "40 Years" to all National Rock and Blues, with guests such as Rubén De León, Kubero Díaz, "Mono" Izaurralde, Juanse, Charly García, among Others and creating what the media called "a magic show, overwhelming, instinctive technique and heart and one of the great moments of our culture."
On July 6 and 7, 2007, in Clapton (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia), it offers two shows and they record it for FTV with report and show included. He convened the largest number of press of all the events that took place there, according to organizers sources.
He performed as a radio co-conductor a cycle of four programs during every Wednesday, October 2007 "Wednesdays with Medina", which was broadcast by FM Frequency Zero, where he told the story of where the real roads traveled as the movement that formed was called "Progressive Music" and years later "National Rock" through his experiences and anecdotes within those four decades and also showed the root music of the time with materials from his extensive discography that was and is the way chosen to manifest. On May 28, 2010, he performed a Tribute to Aeroblues at El Teatro de Flores with Ronaldo Castello Jr. (original drummer of the trio) and Chizzo Nápoli (La renga) with Claudio Rodríguez on guitars and of course Medina on bass, Invited to the 33 years of having recorded the work Aeroblues (the original guitarist was Pappo) the result of that meeting was magic, a true Rock Festival! filled the capacity of the place (2000 people were the lucky witnesses)
In May / 2011, edited by Melopea, it brings out after two and a half years of recording his 4th solo album, thematic and conceptual work "Yosoy Alejandro Medina"
From that great release Medina, I perform shows presenting his new work by capital and the interior of Argentina.
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