With the understandable focus on Brazilian and Cuban rhythms among drummers, we tend not to spend as much time deep-diving into the music of other Latin American locales. But countries like Argentina—the eighth largest in the world, and one of the most diverse ecologically and culturally—offer a goldmine of ideas to explore. The innovations of famed Argentinian musical figures like tango star Astor Piazzolla, soundtrack master Lalo Schifrin, and jazz saxophonist Gato Barbieri have inspired international music makers for generations, while modern artists like the experimental electronic pop singer Juana Molina boldly push folkloric concepts in new directions.

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