Music: Helado Negro

Roberto Carlos Lange’s music, performed under the moniker Helado Negro, celebrates his Latin heritage in ways both obvious — he often sings in Spanish and there’s a breezily funky vibe to his textured electronic soundscapes — and subverting — his lyrics

click to enlarge Helado Negro (Roberto Carlos Lange) presents a special multi-media show at the CAC this week.
Helado Negro (Roberto Carlos Lange) presents a special multi-media show at the CAC this week.

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oberto Carlos Lange’s music, performed under the moniker Helado Negro, celebrates his Latin heritage in ways both obvious — he often sings in Spanish and there’s a breezily funky vibe to his textured electronic soundscapes — and subverting — his lyrics tend toward personal ambiguities and his song structures frequently jump off in unexpected directions.

The child of Ecuadorian immigrants, Lange grew up immersed in the culture clash that was South Florida in the 1980s. He’s been writing and producing music

under various guises since the late ’90s, but it wasn’t until he began recording as Helado

Negro that Lange became more widely

known, releasing four increasingly nuanced

full-length albums since 2009. His most recent record, 2014’s Double Youth, was

another satisfying refinement in his ability to create computer-generated music that is simultaneously intimate and otherworldly. Read CityBeat's interview with Lange here.


Helado Negro performs Friday at the Contemporary Arts Center. Tickets/more info: contemporaryartscenter.org.



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