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Radio // Arturo Parra
Voz
Track 4 from Voz
CD: Atma Classique (2007) ACD 22575

Artists // Arturo Parra

Arturo Parra has been making contemporary music his métier since the earliest days of his career. Cofounder of the first Colombian guitar quartet, Cuarteto Espiral, he traveled around his country of origin as a concert performer. In 1989, he moved to Canada to further his knowledge of contemporary guitar, becoming the first Latin American to be awarded a doctorate in music from the Université de Montréal. Since then he has devoted himself exclusively to composing and performing his own pieces.

A world pioneer of mixed music for guitar and electronic media, he produced the disc Parr(A)cousmatique in 2002 as the result of a collaboration with five of the most prestigious composers on the electroacoustic scene. Five years later came Voz, consisting of four “poems in sound” for guitar and vocal expression. These two discs confirmed the uniqueness of his work and drew high praise from critics around the world.

His compositions and performances have won prizes at the world’s most renowned competitions and festivals, such as Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), Luigi Russolo (Italy), Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France), Musica Nova (Czech Republic), CIMESP (Brazil), ICMC (United States and Spain), and the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (Québec).

A tireless experimenter, Arturo Parra has to date invented over fifty extended guitar techniques and forms of guitar/vocal expression, and continues to expand the expressive range of his instrument through his sonic explorations.

His insatiable curiosity about all forms of expression leads him to collaborate regularly with artists in other disciplines, including literature, electroacoustics, video, dance, mime, theatre, and hand-made cinema. The group Paroles Égales, Theatre for the Ear, which he founded with author and actress Catherine Ego, has for twenty years been the principal locus of his creation of works for guitar and spoken word.

Since 2010, Arturo Parra has been the director of the Department of Guitar and Plucked String Instruments at Juan N Corpas University in Bogotá (Colombia). He divides his artistic activity between Colombia and Canada.

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Arturo Parra se consagra desde el comienzo de su carrera a la música contemporánea. Cofundador del primer cuarteto de guitarras colombiano, Cuarteto Espiral, recorre su país de origen ofreciendo recitales como concertista. En 1989, se radica en Canadá para realizar estudios especializados de guitarra contemporánea. Primer doctorado latinoamericano en música otorgado por la Universidad de Montreal, se dedica desde entonces a la composición e interpretación de sus propias obras.

Pionero mundial de la música mixta para guitarra y soporte electrónico, lanza en 2002 su disco Parr(A)cousmatique, fruto de una colaboración con cinco de los más prestigiosos compositores electroacústicos del ámbito internacional. En 2007 propone Voz, cuatro “poemas sonoros” para guitarra y expresiones vocales. Estos dos discos, aclamados ampliamente por la crítica internacional, confirman su original huella sonora.

Sus composiciones e interpretaciones han sido recompensadas en los concursos y festivales más prestigiosos del mundo, especialmente Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), Luigi Russolo (Italia), Concours international de musique électroacoustique de Bourges (Francia), Musica Nova (República Checa), CIMESP (Brasil), ICMC (Estados Unidos y España), Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville (Québec).

Investigador infatigable, ha inventado hasta hoy más de medio centenar de técnicas extendidas e interacciones guitarra/expresiones vocales; gracias a sus constantes exploraciones sonoras, continúa enriqueciendo así el espectro expresivo del instrumento.

Su insaciable curiosidad lo lleva a colaborar regularmente con artistas de otras disciplinas: literatura, electroacústica, video, danza, mimo, teatro, cine a mano. Junto con la comediante y escritora Catherine Ego, funda el grupo Paroles Égales, el teatro para el oído, quien le ofrece desde hace casi 20 años el lugar privilegiado para la creación de sus obras para guitarra y Voz hablada.

Director del Departamento de Guitarra y Cuerdas Pulsadas de la Universidad Juan N Corpas de Bogotá (Colombia) desde 2010, Arturo Parra reparte su tiempo y actividad artística entre Colombia y Canadá.

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