Paz Lenchantin


Paz Lenchantin
Lenchantin in 2014
Lenchantin in 2014
Background information
Born (1973-12-12) December 12, 1973 (age 48)
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
GenresAlternative rock, alternative metal
InstrumentsViolin, bass, piano, guitar
Associated actsAna Lenchantin, A Perfect Circle, Brightblack Morning Light, Entrance, Into the Presence, Jarboe, Jenny Lewis, Kaura, Luciano Lenchantin, Melissa Auf der Maur, Papa M, Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, Silver Jews, Trust Company, Zwan, The Entrance Band

Paz Lenchantin (born December 12, 1973) is an Argentine-American musician. She has been the bass guitarist, vocalist and violinist of the alternative rock band Pixies since 2014. She is known for playing bass or strings with various bands, including Entrance, A Perfect Circle, Silver Jews, Zwan, and Queens of the Stone Age.

Early life

Lenchantin, who is of Armenian, French and Argentine ancestry,[1] moved to Los Angeles, California, with her family at the age of four. Her father is classical pianist Mario Merdirossian,[1] and has been a professor of piano at National University of Buenos Aires-Tandil, University of Mississippi, the Catholic University of Lima, Peru.[2] She speaks fluent Spanish and English. She began playing piano at age five.[3] She then took violin lessons at age eight and taught herself how to play guitar at age 12.[3] Her sister Ana Lenchantin is a musician and a frequent collaborator. She also frequently collaborated with her brother Luciano Lenchantin before his death in 2003. In the '90s, Paz was a piano teacher, a music programmer for video games, and a sound composer for the Sci-Fi Channel.[4]

Musical career

Lenchantin joined Billy Howerdel, Josh Freese, Troy Van Leeuwen, and Maynard James Keenan in the band A Perfect Circle. She contributed to their albums, Mer de Noms and Thirteenth Step. Lenchantin later left the group to join with Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, Matt Sweeney, and David Pajo in the band Zwan. In 2002, Lenchantin, Melissa Auf der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins and Hole), Samantha Maloney, and Radio Sloan (The Need) created a new band called The Chelsea. The all-female supergroup played only one show on February 2, 2002 before going their separate ways. An audience recording of said show was later bootlegged. Lenchantin returned to play strings and piano with A Perfect Circle in recording their cover album eMOTIVe, released November 2, 2004 and debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200. She also contributed a solo cover of the song "The Hollow" to A Perfect Circle's CD/DVD release, aMOTION. Since 2005, Lenchantin has been collaborating with The Entrance Band on their album Prayer of Death, as co- producer as well as contributing bass and violin. She also appeared on the previous Entrance album Wandering Stranger (2004). She is now a seemingly permanent member of the Entrance Band. Since 2012 winter, Paz has been touring with Josephine Foster supporting the "Blood Rushing" album promotion.[5] In December 2013, Lenchantin was announced as the new touring bassist for the Pixies, in replacement of founding band member Kim Deal and touring bassist Kim Shattuck, for their 2014 tour.[6] In July 2016, Lenchantin confirmed that she is now a full-time member of the Pixies.[7]

Other appearances

Lenchantin also played strings on a song on the Queens of the Stone Age's album, Songs for the Deaf.[3] She has played with David Pajo in Papa M, and contributed fiddle on the Silver Jews record, Tanglewood Numbers.[3] She has toured with RTX/Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux. In 2002, she performed on Trust Company's album The Lonely Position Of Neutral. In 2005 she played violin on the Kaura track "Dividing Lines". She has also contributed to and toured with Jarboe of Swans. In 2000, she appeared in A Perfect Circle's "Judith" music video as bassist. Lenchantin also played bass on Brightblack Morning Light's 2006 self-titled album on Matador Records. She worked with director Michael Mann on his film Miami Vice[8] contributing violin on several scenes. She contributed playing strings on Melissa Auf der Maur's first solo album Auf der Maur. In 2008, Paz co-wrote the Ashes Divide song "Denial Waits", and she played violin on Jenny Lewis' second studio album Acid Tongue. She appeared on Into The Presence's 2009 album, playing the bass.


With A Perfect Circle
  • Mer de Noms (2000) (Strings, bass on "Sleeping Beauty", backing vocals on "Judith")
  • Thirteenth Step (2003) (Strings on "Gravity")
  • eMOTIVe (2004) (Piano, strings)
  • Amotion (2004) (Acoustic guitar, piano, strings)
With Pixies
  • Indie Cindy (2014) (Bass on all Deluxe edition live tracks, vocals and bass on vinyl exclusive track "Women of War")
  • Head Carrier (2016) [9] (Bass, backing vocals, lead vocals on "All I Think About Now")
  • Beneath the Eyrie (2019)[10] (Bass, backing vocals, lead vocal on "Los Surfers Muertos")
With Ashes Divide
With Brightblack Morning Light
With Entrance
With Jenny Lewis
With Josephine Foster
  • Blood Rushing (2012) (Indian flute, bass, violin, vocals)
With Kaura
  • Kaura EP (2005) (Violin on "Dividing Lines")
With Melissa Auf der Maur
With Queen Adreena
With Queens of the Stone Age
With Silver Jews
With Trust Company
With Zwan
With Jarboe
  • The Men Album (2005) (Bass on "Feral" and vocals / strings on "A Woman's Dreams")

Solo discography

Lenchantin has produced two solo albums, both of which were made available through her MySpace page.[11]


  1. ^ a b "La Teta de Paz Lenchantindate". Taringa!. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "Our People - hollywood paino".
  3. ^ a b c d "Paz Lenchantin interview at". August 21, 1974. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  4. ^ Go Go Magazine Volume 2 Issue 19, August 31 - September 13, 2000
  5. ^ Josephine Foster at Islington Mill (Salford) on 30 Oct 2012 –
  6. ^ Pixies name Paz Lenchatin as new bassist | News | NME.COM
  7. ^ Paz Lenchantin [@PazLenchantin] (July 13, 2016). "I'm extremely pleased and honored to announce that I am officially a permanent member of PIXIES!…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Paz Lenchantin: A Perfect Circle Bassist's New Band & Solo Work Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine,, Dec 12 2006, last retrieved April 22, 2007.
  9. ^ "Pixies: Head Carrier". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  10. ^ "Pixies: Beneath the Eyrie". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  11. ^ PAz Lenchantin official MySpace page, last retrieved April 22, 2007