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|Julio A. SantillÃ¡n is a New York-based composer and guitarist originally from TucumÃ¡n, Argentina. His compositions combine elements from his home land folk music, jazz improvisation and classical music.
He has studied classical guitar at Instituto Superior de MÃºsica (Argentina) under the direction of maestro Pablo GonzÃ¡lez Jasey. He graduated summa cum laude with a dual major in Classical Composition and Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA). He also studied jazz improvisation with Mick Goodrick.
Mr. SantillÃ¡n received the following awards: Kunstgegen Foundation 2007 Music for Modern Dance Performance Competition, 2004 Van Lier Fellowship, ASACPlus, Louis Armstrong Jazz, the Arif Mardin and the Contemporary Writing and Production Achievement.
As a composer/arranger he has produced music for documentary films, theater, recordings and live performances for artists around the world. Recently, argentinean virtuoso guitarist Victor Villadangos, has included guitar studies from Julioâ€™s Book â€œCinco Estudios Criollosâ€ in his latest CD â€œGuitar Music from Argentina vol. IIâ€ (Naxos). Julio also produced colombian singer Marta Gomezâ€™s â€œCantos de Agua Dulceâ€, â€œEntre Cada Palabraâ€ (Chesky Records) and â€œLa Rondaâ€- Women of Latin America, â€œPaula Ausenteâ€- Women of the World (Putumayo Records).
He has recorded and performed with many musicians from Argentina, Boston and New York including Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito Dâ€™Rivera), Livingston Taylor, RaÃºl Carnota, Quique Sinesi and Sandra Mihanovich. Mr. SantillÃ¡n has shared the stage with important artists such as Mercedes Sosa, John Mayer, Pablo Ziegler (Astor Piazzolla), Paquito D'Rivera, Bonnie Raitt, Tania Libertad, Diana Krall and Leon Gieco. He has performed and gave workshops in Argentina, Colombia, Finland, Greece, Canada and in more than fifty cities in the U.S. including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Dallas and Washington D.C.
Julio A. SantillÃ¡n has recorded over 30 CDs, including a play-along CD for â€œThe Latin Bass Bookâ€ (Sher Music, by Oscar Stagnaro), two albums with the Pablo Ablanedo Octet (Freshsound records), four cds with Marta GÃ³mez (BigSur records /Chesky Records)- one of which was chosen among the best 10 records of 2003 by the Boston Globe- and one by tango diva Katie Viqueira (Freshsound records)- Independent Music Award winner, 2005 best World Music Album.
At the moment Julio is working with a brand new project: the Julio Santillan Trio.The group has been featured in some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S. such as â€œBlue Noteâ€ (New York) and â€œRegattabarâ€ (Boston). He has released four cds with his compositions: â€œDesde el Norteâ€, â€œAnit Negraâ€, â€œÃ‘annâ€ and â€œEl Bosque de la Memoriaâ€ (BigSur Records).
These are some quotes from the media:
"Santillan meld styles from down south into a fresh distinctly jazz sound."
-Time Out New York
"SantillÃ¡n and company have found a way to weave together startling tapestries of color that splash both surprise and warm feelings everywhere as they move a cultural fusion into the future."
"Passion in music is always good; passion shaped by elegant concepts is even better. Argentinean native Julio SantillÃ¡n leading this trio's compelling blend of classic guitar, argentinean folk and jazz, is even better."
-The Village Voice (New York)
Currently he is a faculty member at Manhattan College.