Gotan Project

Gotan Project

At the end of a concert in
Porto (Portugal), 2003
Background information
Origin Buenos Aires, Argentina
Paris, France
Genres Neotango, Electronica, tango
Years active 1999present
Labels Ya Basta
Associated acts The Boyz from Brazil, Radiokijada, Plaza Francia
Members Eduardo Makaroff
Christoph H. Müller
Philippe Cohen Solal

Gotan Project is a musical group based in Paris (France), consisting of musicians Eduardo Makaroff (Argentine), Philippe Cohen Solal (French) and Christoph H. Müller (Swiss), a former member of Touch El Arab.[1]


Gotan Project formed in 1999. Their first release was "Vuelvo Al Sur/El Capitalismo Foráneo" in 2000, followed by the album La Revancha del Tango in 2001. Their music is based on Argentinean tango, but also uses elements such as samples, beats, and breaks.

Live material was also broadcast on Gilles Peterson's world music show Worldwide on BBC Radio 1 in May 2004. The band has also released a DJ set: Inspiración Espiración - A Gotan Project DJ Set Selected & Mixed by Philippe Cohen Solal (2004). This album is a compilation of classic tangos from the likes of Aníbal Troilo, Ástor Piazzolla and Gotan Project remixes. The album also includes a bonus CD with the track "La Cruz del Sur" - which was meant to be included on La Revancha del Tango, but did not make the cut in 2001.

In 2006 they released a second studio album called "Lunatico" and in 2010 "Tango 3.0" their last studio album to date.

Before Gotan Project

Eduardo Makaroff arrived in France in the early 1990s to develop Argentine tango music, he performed with his band "Mano a Mano".

Christoph H. Müller and Philippe Cohen Solal formed a duo called Boyz from Brazil.

Band name

The name of the trio is a form of word play called "al vesre" that is very common in Lunfardo, an argot of Rioplatense Spanish. This wordplay involves, in the simplest cases, moving the last syllable to the beginning of the word ("vesre" itself is "revés"— the Spanish word for "reverse"—with the second syllable in first). Thus, the word Tango becomes Gotan, the name the trio have chosen for their project.

Members of Gotan Project performing in Brasilia in 2007.

The song "Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)" from the album La Revancha del Tango was featured as the music for the main dance sequence in the 2004 movie Shall We Dance?, with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere. American gymnast Alicia Sacramone used an excerpt of the piece for her floor routine in international competition, including the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, while teammate Samantha Peszek set her routine to their rendition of "Whatever Lola Wants". Their music has been featured in American television shows Nip/Tuck, Sex and the City, Brothers & Sisters and Chuck, as well as the 2003 Swedish documentary on consumerism, Surplus, and the 2004 documentary on worker-led factory occupation in Argentina, The Take. In 2004, they recorded a little-known Piazzolla piece with Brigitte Fontaine: "Rue Saint-louis-en-l'île". In late 2006, the track "Epoca" from the album of La Revancha del Tango was featured in The Truth About Charlie and also UK television advertisements for Boots, directed by David LaChapelle. Epoca has also featured in commercials for Finish dishwashing detergent in the United States and Australia, and for the Portuguese Fox Broadcasting Company series commercials. Their music has also been featured on several episodes of the UK hit TV show, Top Gear. "Epoca" is currently used in the Finish Jet Dry dish detergent ad background.

In 2004, another track from the album La Revancha del Tango was featured in a motion picture, this time in the movie Ocean's Twelve. The song "El Capitalismo Foraneo" starts playing at the end of the scene where Catherine Zeta-Jones' character interrogates "Matsui", played by Robbie Coltrane.

In 2010, "Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)" was again featured in a motion picture: Knight and Day, an action comedy film starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. In this same movie, "Diferente" from their 2006 album Lunatico was also used in a scene where Roy & June (portrayed by Cruise & Diaz) are evading local police through city streets.

In April 2012, the band appeared for the first time on US network television on Dancing With The Stars, taking part in the "Results Show".



  1. Madlen Albrecht Le développement du Tango à partir de 1983 2009 -- Page 9 "3.3.4 « Gotan Project » Ce groupe a été fondé par trois hommes à Paris en 1998. Deux d'entre eux sont ... Il s'agit du Français Philippe Cohen Solal et du Suisse Christophe H. Mueller. ... Ils ont alors travaillé avec le guitariste Eduardo Makaroff en mélangeant des beats électroniques, des instruments en direct et de la voix."
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