“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 2017/2018, Sonico will open Bozar’s season with “United Music of Brussels”, perform on Liégeois television during the festival “Jazz à Verviers,” participate in the “Een Beetje Belg” exhibition at the Red Starline Museum in Antwerp, and will perform as part of the European tour of Fernando Otero (winner of 3 Grammy awards).
Sonico will go on tour throughout Argentina in July and August 2018, in order to present our cd, which will be released in the fall of 2018.
Since January 2017, Sonico has the support of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Art et Vie).
Stephen Meyer – violin
Anke Steenbeke – piano
Patrick de Schuyter – guitar
Ariel Eberstein – double bass
Lysandre Donoso – bandoneon