“In Argentina you can change everything except tango”
In April 2015, the Argentinian bass player Ariel Eberstein decided to take part in the Brussels Tango Festival. He was surprised to find his colleague American violinist Stephen Meyer – with whom he had collaborated in countless productions at the national Belgian opera house, De Munt/La Monnaie – at the festival as well. Astor Piazzolla and Eduardo Rovira came up over the course of a conversation with Stephen, followed by an immediate plan to create a group together focused on Rovira’s music. Another participant of the festival was the talented French Chilean bandoneon player Lysandre Donoso, also leader of the orquesta tipica Silbando. When Lysandre heard the name Rovira, he was immediately convinced that he’d like to take part as well.
However, the harmonic and rhythmical foundation was missing, and was found through the playing of former guitar player of Soledad, the Belgian Patrick de Schuyter and the talented young pianist, Anke Steenbeke, also from Belgium. They closed the circle, the multifaceted Sonico was born.
Sonico ended the 2015-16 season with a sold-out concert at the “Schaerbeek Laat” festival and began the 2016-17 season with a concert in the Galeries royales Saint-Hubert as part of the “United Music of Brussels” Festival, organized by Bozar. More than 1000 guests attended!
In the 2017-18 season, Sonico will perform at the Flemish-Dutch cultural center deBuren, the Pianofabriek, the Rixensart cultural center and at the Kaléidoscope de la Guitare Festival. In this season, we will also record our first cd, to be presented in 2018.
Lysandre Donoso – bandoneon
Stephen Meyer – violin
Anke Steenbeke – piano
Patrick de Schuyter – guitar
Ariel Eberstein – double bass