Paz Lenchantin turned 48 today. I saw her in Melbourne with the Pixies in March 2020. I liked her before. I liked her even more after that concert. I’m a big fan.
Paz Lenchantin is an Argentine-American, has been the bassist, vocalist, and violinist of Pixies since 2013. She’s also known for playing bass or strings with various bands, including Entrance, A Perfect Circle, Silver Jews, Zwan, and Queens of the Stone Age.
Lenchantin moved from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles, with her family at the age of four. Her father is classical pianist Mario Merdirossian, and has been a professor of piano at National University of Buenos Aires-Tandil, University of Mississippi, the Catholic University of Lima, Peru. Lenchantin began playing piano at age five. She then took violin lessons at age eight and taught herself how to play guitar at age 12. In the 90s, Lenchantin was a piano teacher, a music programmer for video games, and a sound composer for the Sci-Fi Channel.
In the late 90s Lenchantin joined A Perfect Circle and contributed to their albums, Mer de Norms and Thirteenth Step. Lenchantin later left the group to join Billy Corgan’s Zwan. In 2002, Lenchantin, Melissa Auf der Maur, Samantha Maloney, and Radio Sloan created an all-female supergroup called The Chelsea. They played only one show on 2 February 2002 before going their separate ways. In December 2013 Lenchantin started as the touring bassist for the Pixies, in replacement of Kim Deal and Kim Shattuck. In July 2016 Lenchantin became the full-time member of the Pixies.
Lenchantin has produced two solo albums, both of which were made available through her MySpace page: Yellow mY skYcaptain (2000) and Songs for Luci (2006).
Happy birthday, Paz Lenchantin! …Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather …
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