CONTRALUZ was born as a rock group at the end of the ‘60. In their first stage (Carlos Barrio in guitar, Néstor Barrio in drums, Freddy Prochnik in bass and Alejndro Barzi in flute and voice) their style can be seen, with certain influence of the English group JETHRO TULL. But at the beginning of the ‘70 they started to show a more personal style, marked by their search of fusion of rock with national musical roots, incorporating folklore rhythm. The carnavalito and other autochthonous sounds appear once and again in the creations of the group.

Their first LP: “Americanos” appeared in 1973. “Indios sin Prisión” and “La Sarna del Viento” were their promotion tracks and with Alvaro Cañada in voice, the group consolidated their own style. Without any doubt the sound of CCONTRALUZ was unique between the groups of the moment, because they included our musical and folklore roots - without neglecting their fidelity to rock -, careful lyrics, with a high social compromise, a very precise base rhythmic base and the powerful voice of Alvaro, unprecedented until that moment in the national rock.

Apparently CONTRALUZ would consolidate as a new group of the national rock, after their great success at Buenos Aires Rock (“Barock”) I y II, and an intense activity in different concerts and radio and television performances. But unfortunately a combination of problems made the group enter a long winter, after surprising us with their last single in 1974: “Que tu voz escuche”, a carnavalito-rock, that, had it not been for the censorship of the moment, it would have had a great success and it could have avoided the definite break up of the group. More than twenty years have gone by but the foundations of that line up lasted in the heart of the group: the brothers Barrio (Carlos and Néstor) and Freddy Prochnik. And what seemed a miracle to many, finally happened. CONTRALUZ went back together with their ideals intact, renovated, with Jaime Fernández Madero in voice and keyboards.

Three years of intense rehearsals, evolution and creation of new songs with complex and elaborated arrangements - true to the original style of the group -, recreated the foundations of the group, making a new album: “El Pasaje”, CD produced independently. More than 60 minutes of music, with symphonic rock, folklore, careful lyrics, a sound enriched by the keyboards and the incredible voice of Jaime, a complex and solid rhythmic base and the flute (now played by Carlos), are part of this new CONTRALUZ, which is true to its origins Their seriousness has had a great feedback in the specialized media concerning CONTRALUZ’s come back.

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Edited by amatala on 6 Jan 2011, 18:59

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