About "Prendido (on fire!)"
Electrocutango has recorded two new videos. Here comes the first - PRENDIDO (On fire).
The music is taken from their new album Contrastes where they develope their unmistakable blend of fierce Argentinian tango, electronica, funk and jazz a step further. Their innovative approach renews the tango as a music-style and as a dance-form.
Now they have begun an exciting collaboration with the wonderful Argentine tango-couple Geraldin Rojas and Ezequiel Paludi and the renowned Norwegian jazz/hip-hop dancers Sara Einbu and Daniel Sarr. As a choreography consultant and stage instructor, they have included Nestor in the field
modern dance, Nina Lill Svendsen
The premise is simple - Electrocutango's music continuously crosses the boundaries between Argentine tradition and inspiration from all possible other popular genres.
Not unlike the basic attitude in hip-hop - where nothing is forbidden, but must be used with imagination, courage and talent.
These dancers are thus invited to explore the dance and the music in a similar way from each of their own points of view. Veteran cinematographer Odd-Geir Sæther with an impressive CV that includes collaboration with David Lynch, is responsible for the visual design.
In the same way that Electrocutango's music is an artistic expression with artistic ambitions to add a new horizon and new direction to this often somewhat museum-like genre, the ambition is that the dance should have a corresponding striving towards a new and emotionally charged visual expression based on both the tango-genre and other dance-expressions and traditions.
The Argentine tango music developed from a simple dance music with African and European roots, to become an art form that extended into the classical orchestras and concert halls, far from its folk origins.
The tango dance, on the other hand, had already in its golden age in the first half of the last century developed into a very sophisticated social dance with strong elements of competition, presumably from a desire to show off and impress. Much of the motivation may have been the extremely skewed gender distribution in Argentine society at the time and thus laid the foundation for men's particular need to make themselves visually attractive
But in the last 70 years, the tango-dance has not developed further to any particular extent, it has become an ambition to preserve it as it was.
This has worked well for recruitment to the tradition and to social dancing, but has perhaps hindered tango dancing from being able to develop with more artistic freedom and explore the tradition further.
Another development can be traced in street and hip-hop dance, which has apparently undergone a change and transformation from its origins as a meeting place and a means of creating belonging to the subculture's identity at street level, and has gone through a development that has gone in performative and scenic direction.
These videos explore the fascination for the meeting between these very different dance-traditions in dialogue with the music.
Electrocutango takes pride in sensing the tanguero's identity, even filtered through elements from world music, jazz, electronica and RnB, and the band has dedicated itself to further developing the Argentine tango in its own direction. For this they have received praise; for his genre understanding combined with fearless innovation. Tango festivals as well as milongas and clubs gave their first CD, Felino, a warm welcome and today it is considered a classic of the new electro tango, both in Buenos Aires and internationally.
Horacio Ferrer, Piazzolla's tango poet and director of the Argentine tango academy, was among those who allowed themselves to be convinced:
Joner is a remarkably creative tanguista and with Electrocutango has found an absolutely irresistible and refined version of tango for the 21st century. Joner's completely personal style is seasoned with inspiration and knowledge from the masters Salgán and Piazzolla, and his original compositions are full of rhythmic complexity."

Band leader Sverre Indris Joner, who composes the music for Electrocutango, has also expanded the term tango in a symphonic direction, e.g. with the violin concerto "Con cierto toque de tango" which was recorded by Henning Kraggerud and KORK. He has also for a lifetime delved deeply into other Latin American music with the bands Tango for 3, Hovedøen Social Club and La Descarga.
Sverre Indris Joner - piano, percussion and programming
Odd Hannisdal - violin
Steinar Haugerud - double bass
Kaspar Uljas - bandoneon
Andreas Bye - drums
Geraldine Rojas & Ezequiel Paludi
Sara Einbu & Daniel Sarr
choreography consultant: Nina Lill Svendsen