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Matador: Matador V

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Uruguayan guitarist, vocalist and composer Matador (Santiago Bogacz), expands his sonic palette on his fifth eponymous solo release. Using only an acoustic guitar Bogacz performs sixteen adventurous originals with his signature dramatic spontaneity. The music on this stimulating album encompasses a wide array of influences that Bogacz deftly melds into a singular, multilayered entity. For instance the melody on “Bimbrrmtuke" with its hypnotic vamps and soulful vocals is reminiscent of the West African griot tradition. Bogacz's agile guitar ...

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Matador: Ducon

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Uruguayan guitarist and composer Santiago Bogacz, who goes by the stage name Matador, has already proven his virtuosity and adventurous spirit on a number of eponymous solo EPs, each with gorgeous abstract art work as a distinguishing feature. Ducón is his second duet release after the poetic Cabala (Self Produced, 2018). This time he has teamed up with bassist Antonino Restuccia. Recorded live on September 8th 2018 in the city of Ducón, the album consists of a single, multifaceted and ...

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Matador: Matador 4

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On his fourth release, Montevideo based guitarist Santiago Bogacz AKA Matador explores various tonalities and harmonies both vocally and instrumentally. He has overdubbed himself performing multiple guitars and singing various lines to create compelling soundscapes of haunting poetry.The short and dynamic opener “20" sets the mood for the rest of the album. The intertwined angular and riotous strumming and the delta blues inspired pizzicato of steel strings forms an earthy muscular substrate. Over it several channels of wordless ...

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Matador: Matador 3

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Uruguayan guitarist and vocalist Santiago Bogacz, stage name Matador, blends various musical influences into a unique sound with a jazz influenced spontaneity. After two intriguing EPs he has put out his first full-length album. All three are untitled as each is labeled with original art work that sets it apart from the others. On his EPs Bogacz utilized mainly Latin motifs and Americana. In contrast, on this longer recording he explores Asian themes creating a captivating union of ...

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Matador: Matador

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Guitarist and singer Santiago Bogacz's, stage name Matador, second eponymous EP can easily serve as a score for an independent, art house, film. As with his first release Bogacz continues to explore and fuse Americana and Latin motifs but the current disc is thematically more cohesive and has a definite dramatic atmosphere. On “Sin título #3" for instance, thick guitar chords simmer underneath his evocative vocals. Flamenco tinged phrases meld into the bluesy music creating a haunting and ...

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Matador: Matador

Read "Matador" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Matador is the stage name of Uruguayan guitarist, composer and songwriter Santiago Bogacz who is an eclectic, up and coming artist with immense talent and dynamic creativity. His versatile eponymous EP is self-released and contains four of his own songs that reflect his various sources of inspiration and his superb musicianship.The classically trained Bogacz goes beyond his academic influences and brings in diverse musical heritages. The haunting chant like “Tina Negra" for instance showcases his yearning vocals over ...


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