Kevin’s first London show in five years, his beautiful songs draw on his love of popular music from Fairbanks, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, in styles ranging through cumbias, tangos and milongas to chanson.
Kevin Johansen moved from Alaska to Argentina as a child before moving to New York to perform his bittersweet, often bilingual songs which draw on his border and genre hopping roots. During the 90s he recorded and played at CBGB’s as the house band. He also played in the Knitting Factory and the Mercury Lounge, among others. Now based in Argentina, he is one of the country’s most acclaimed songwriters, whose songs appeal to fans of Jorge Drexler and Fito Paez but who uniquely inhabits his own pan-American musical world as the leading Sub-Tropicalista.
In 2019, Kevin Johansen unveiled his new album Algo Ritmos, which took him on tour in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, United States, Spain, France and Germany.
In December 2021 he released a first preview of his new studio album, a duet with David Byrne entitled Last night I was dreaming with you, an English translation of his hit Anoche soñé contigo.
In March this year he released a second single from the album, this time with Jorge Drexler, a “candombera” and “rioplatense” version of the classic song Suzanne by Leonard Cohen. In April he released a third track, Tú Ve, a duet with Natalia Lafourcade.
Tú Ve, the album, re-invents songs of others, and invites the listener to be a direct witness to what happens “inside”. The album was produced by Juan Campodónico and features guest artists including David Byrne, Natalia Lafourcade, Jorge Drexler, Rubén Rada and Silvia Pérez Cruz.
‘Random, witty and sometimes reckless, the songs are as catchy as they come and Johansen a naturally engaging storyteller.’ The Independent
‘Whether in English or Spanish the much-travelled singer’s left-field take on Latin music is quite beautiful.’ The Observer