Chilean-born Victor Martinez Parada is recognised as one of the world's finest Latin-American avant garde guitarists. An accomplished performer, composer and teacher, he has an extensive list of music in his repertoire, ranging from classical and South American folk to avant-garde. By listening to his fantasies on pop tunes such as Stevie Wonder's ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’, Daniel Alomia Roble’s ‘El Condor Pasa’, Laura Branigan's ‘Self-Control’ and Harold Arlen's ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ you will understand not only how music has shaped him but also how he has shaped music. He is a musician’s musician who plays from the heart. After nurturing the musical careers of his family for many years with the band Martinez Akustica, Victor Martinez Parada has now returned to his roots and is taking his unique talent back on the road as a solo artist. You will find Victor playing at fine jazz and blues venues across Sydney, opening for and accompanying world renowned musicians in major concert halls and touring the music festival circuit throughout Australia. When international borders re-open he will once again grace world stages.
‘The Chilean Hendrix’ – Syke on Stage.
Victor was born in Santiago, Chile in 1947 and began playing guitar at the age of 10 with a guitar bought for him by his father from a fellow factory worker, Adolfo Martinez (no relation) who played guitar at the local church. Adolfo was Victor’s first teacher. Victor later studied under German Acevedo. In 1966 he continued his studies under Eulogio Davalos at which time he gave his first complete solo concert at the factory where he worked. From there he went on to study music at the Catholic University of Chile and the National Conservatorium of Music of Chile where he furthered his studies under world renowned musicians including Abel Carlevaro (Uruguay), Juan Carlos Zorzi (Argentina), Gustavo Becerra, Cirilo Vila, Luis Advis, and Alfonso Letelier (Chile). Victor presided as Vice President and later President of the Chilean Classical Guitar society and performed extensive tours of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil from 1966-1989.
In 1989 Victor moved his family from Chile to Australia where he toured extensively throughout the country. He additionally toured overseas to China and Japan which he toured twelve times. In 2008 he made an extensive tour of Japan performing in 26 concerts at some of the most famous venues in the country. Alongside his sons Andro and Dauno in the group Martinez Akustica, Victor built an extensive list of performances playing at venues and events throughout Australia including Sydney Opera House, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, TCN Channel 9, Carnivale, both Sydney and Canberra Government Houses, Sydney Town Hall, Parliament House, Seymour Centre, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Paralympic Games Sydney 2000, The Basement, Star City along with various blues, jazz and music festivals across the country. He was formally Head Teacher at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music and has written columns or articles for publications including “La 3rd de la hora”, “Icarito”, “Las Ultimas Noticias”, “Revista Nosotros”, “El Espanol” and “Encuentro de Guitaras”.
Santana, Gypsy Kings, Ozomatli, Michael Franti (Spearhead), Thirty Odd Foot Of Grunts Band featuring Russell Crowe , Amici, Buena Vista Social Club, Anthony Callea, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Richard Clapton, Tania Libertad, The Beach Boys, Lulo Reinhardt, Andy Summers Trio (The Police), Tuck n Patty, Concrete Blonde, King Solomon Burke, Jesse Cook, Angelic Kidjo, Diana Krall, Blind Boys of Alabama, Human Nature, Machine gun Fellatio, Brian Ferry, Jackson Brown, Jenny Morris, George Benson, Bic Runga, Raúl Malo, Mental as Anything, Wendy Mathews, Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Camerata Portena, Deni Hines, Guy Sebastian, Trombone Shortie, Rachel (Chile), Irma Thomas Band, Taj Mahal, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, The Residents, Prinnie Stevens and Joan Armatrading.
‘My gratitude to all of these teachers who made who I am today possible.’
My first guitar teacher Adolfo Martinez was an evangelical who at the same time sold me my first guitar.
German Acevedo, who taught me the guitar while serving his customers in his clothing store
Hilda Parra (Folklorist Sister of Violeta Parra, who awarded Victor with a scholarship to study music at the Music Department of the Catholic University of Chile in 1966 as the most outstanding student of the folkloric groups from Santiago, Chile.
Carlos Medel (Professor and Folklorist), who also worked with Hilda Parra and hired Victor in 1967 to tour Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil playing as a soloist on guitar and as a duo with Carlos Medel). International names: Eulogio Davalos, Miguel Angel Cherubito, Antonio Morales, Abel Carlevaro, Ernesto Allende, Juan Carlos Zorzi, Gustavo Becerra, Cirilo Vila, Pablo Cid, Alfonso Letelier, Luis Advis.