Roberto Carlos Lange (born 1980), better known by his stage name Helado Negro, is an American musician. In 2019 he was awarded a United States Artists Fellow in Music and also the recipient of a 2019 Grants to Artists award in Music from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2015 he received a Joyce Foundation award.
A South Florida native, born to Ecuadorian immigrants and based in Brooklyn, Roberto Carlos Lange’s upbringing provides essential elements to his songwriting, including his consistently bilingual—English and Spanish—lyrics. Exploring the expressivity within intense states of being, Latinx identity, and pluralistic sensibilities, his music as Helado Negro is an engrossing statement achieved through lyrically personal and political avant-pop music. Since Helado Negro’s 2009 debut album Awe Owe, Lange has cultivated an untraditional approach to songcraft that places his voice on an adventurous musical impulse without shying away from familiar pop appreciation, through multiple projects under various aliases.
http://KEXP.ORG presents Helado Negro performing live, recorded exclusively for KEXP and talking to DJ Chilly, co-host of El Sonido. Recorded October 5, 2021.
Gemini And Leo
Outside The Outside
There Must Be A Song Like You
Recorded at Sear Sound in NYC on June 4, 2021
Director: Marisa Gesualdi
DP: Jake Denicola
Cameras: Jake Denicola, Hil Steadman, Marisa Gesualdi
Mixing Engineer: Fabian Prynn
Recording Engineer: Chris Allen at Sear Sound
Assistant Engineer: Steve Sacco
Production Assistant: Asmarina Zerabruk
Angela Morris – Violin
Opal Hoyt – Keyboards and Voice
Taja Cheek – Electric Bass
Nathaniel Morgan – Alto Saxophone
Jason Trammel – Drums