“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 completed 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. More than 1000 guests attended! Also during this season, Sonico was featured on the first episode of the show Culture Club, hosted by Bent van Looy and Sofie Lemaire on the Belgium television network Canvas.
During the 2017-18 season, Sonico took part in several festivals, including “United Music of Brussels” organized by La Monnaie and the National Orchestra of Belgium, as well as the Brussels Jazz Festival in Flagey. Sonico also participated in the inauguration of the exhibition “Een Beetje Belg” at the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp and performed as part of Fernando Otero’s European tour (four time Grammy award-winner).
In July and August 2018, Sonico will go on tour to Argentina, in order to present our first CD, entitled EDUARDO ROVIRA: LA OTRA VANGUARDIA. this tour consists of 13 concerts in the most prestigious halls of Argentina and will conclude with the “Festival de tango BA,” the most famous tango festival in the world. Sonico is the first Belgian group to perform at the festival.
the European release of EDUARDO ROVIRA: LA OTRA VANGUARDIA will take place in March 2019, at BOZAR, the most prestigious concert hall in Belgium.
Since January 2017, Sonico is supported by the Flemish Community and the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.
Stephen Meyer – violin
Anke Steenbeke – piano
Patrick de Schuyter – guitar
Ariel Eberstein – double bass
Lysandre Donoso – bandoneon