From Bogotá – Colombia, MERIDIAN BROTHERS is a contemporary neo-tropicalista group founded in 1998 from the interests of Eblis Álvarez (composer and multi-instrumentalist) as a musical laboratory for a small audiences and distributed at the time in cassette format.
Starting in 2007, the project became a live act formed by a group university friends: María Valencia (wind instruments, percussion and keyboards), Eblis Álvarez (vocals, guitar and direction), Mauricio Ramírez who joined the band in 2016, replacing Damián Ponce (Drums), Alejandro Forero (keyboards), César Quevedo (bass) and in sound engineering, Alejandro Araujo (replacing Juan Camilo Montañéz).
The group performed its first concerts in 2008 at the local Bogotan scene, later reaching national festivals, and then acquired international recognition from the release of its fourth studio album “Desesperanza” (Soundway 2012) appearing in important magazines and specialized music websites. (see press).
From 2010 to the present, the project undertakes international tours playing at important music festivals and venues in Europe, The United States and Latin America including the Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Rencontres trans musicals (France), Worldtronics (Germany), Festival Paleo (Switzerland), Rock al Parque (Bogotá-Colombia), NRMAL Festival (Mexico), Bahidorá Festival (Mexico) among others.
MERIDIAN BROTHERS has released albums with several independent music labels such as La Distritofónica (Colombia), Soundway records (UK), Discrepant (UK), Staubgold (Germany), Names you can trust (USA), Bongo Joe (Switzerland), OKRA (Japan).
The style of MERIDIAN BROTHERS is part of the neo-tropicalista movement in Colombia taking place at the beginning of the 21st century. The roots of the group can be found in the ephemeral Ensamble Polifónico Vallenato project, where its members (Eblis Álvarez among them) dedicated to experiment with influences from traditional Colombian music such as vallenato, cumbia, Bullerengue, ‘palenquero’ sextet format, ‘Gaita’ format, etc.
MERIDIAN BROTHERS proposes an experimental line of these origins with an ever-changing, very personal and histrionic proposal. The first recordings (“El Advenimiento del Castillo mujer”– 2005/2014 La Distritofónica/Discrepant, “Meridian Brothers VI” – 2009 La Distritofónica, “Meridian Brothers VII” 2011 La Distritofónica) focused on the search for sound paths with diverse unconventional formats within an electro-acoustic direction.
Since the album “Desesperanza” – 2012 Soundway, MERIDIAN BROTHERS has systematically structured their style, drawing inspiration from references from traditional Colombian (and Latin American) discography in a detailed way. The records after “Desesperanza” (see discography) focus on a particular style of the traditional discographic history, and format it in a postmodern and futuristic ‘recreation’ of each reference. Cumbia with electric guitar, vallenato, Latin funk/rock, salsa, traditional accordion music, music for electric organ, are among the styles developed by the band prior to 2021.
MERIDIAN BROTHERS has earned a reputation as a cult band in Latin America. The group has been cataloged by music journalists as a futuristic avant-garde proposal, which preserves roots reminiscences of Latin music, due to its sound, style and theatrical expression.