Paz Lenchantin Biography

Paz Lenchantin, an Argentine-American musician, is widely recognized as the bass guitarist, violinist, and vocalist of the renowned alternative rock band Pixies. With a musical background deeply rooted in her family’s rich history, Paz was inspired by her father to pursue a career in music from a young age. Throughout her journey, she has showcased her versatility by playing multiple instruments for various bands such as ‘Entrance’, ‘A Perfect Circle’, and ‘Queens of the Stone Age’ from 2000 to 2014. As a transitional artist, Paz has collaborated with numerous bands and artists, including her sister Ana Lenchantin and brother Luciano Lenchantin, on various musical projects. Her dedication and talent have firmly established her as a prominent figure in the music industry.

Quick Facts

  • Age: 50 Years
  • Family: father – Mario Merdirossian, mother – Analia Lenchantin, siblings – Ana Lenchantin, Luciano Lenchantin
  • Born Country: Argentina
  • Vocalists
  • Guitarists
  • Height: 5’7″ (170 cm)
  • Ancestry: Argentine American

Personal Life

Paz Lenchantin was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina on December 12, 1973. Her father, Mario Mardirossian, is a classical pianist. She has two siblings, sister Ana Lenchantin, who is also a musician and frequent collaborator, and brother Luciano Lenchantin, who was also a musician. As a child, Paz learned to play violin, guitar, and piano, mostly on her own. In 2006, she released her second solo album ‘Songs for Luci’, which she dedicated to her brother who tragically took his own life in 2003.

Career

Paz started playing piano at the age of five and by twelve, she had already learned to play guitar and violin. As a young woman, she joined the American rock group ‘A Perfect Circle’ and played alongside Josh Freese, Troy Van Leeuwen, Billy Howerdel, and Maynard James Keenan. During her time in the band, she contributed to two albums, ‘Mer de Noms’ in 2000 and ‘Thirteenth Step’ in 2003.

She later left ‘A Perfect Circle’ and joined the American alternative rock supergroup ‘Zwan’ alongside Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, Matt Sweeney, and David Pajo. She contributed to their only album ‘Mary Star Of The Sea’. In 2002, Paz formed the all-female supergroup named ‘Chelsea’ along with Melissa Auf der Maur, Samantha Maloney, and Radio Sloan. However, the band only performed once and the members went their separate ways.

Paz made a comeback to her former band ‘A Perfect Circle’ and played strings and piano for the cover album ‘eMOTIVe’, released in November 2004, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200. She later became a part of the solo cover song ‘The Hollow’ of the band’s CD/DVD release, ‘aMOTION’.

After leaving ‘A Perfect Circle’, Paz has collaborated with ‘The Entrance Band’ on a regular basis as a producer and as a bass and violin player. She contributed to their album ‘Prayer of Death’ and did many shows with them.

In December 2013, she joined the American alternative rock band ‘Pixies’ as their bassist, replacing the founder of the band Kim Deal and their previous touring bassist Kim Shattuck. The band’s fifth studio album ‘Indie Cindy’, which was released in 2014, was a moderate hit. Paz had contributed as the bassist on all Deluxe edition live tracks. In their sixth studio album ‘Head Carrier’, Paz contributed as the bassist and lead vocalist.

Apart from playing with several bands, Paz has also played alongside her sister Ana Lenchantin and David Pajo in ‘Papa M’. In addition, she has performed on Trust Company’s album ‘The Lonely Position Of Neutral’, the track ‘Dividing Lines’ for Kaura, and Melissa Auf der Maur’s first solo album ‘Auf der Maur’.

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