Victor Martinez Parada

Victor3 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. Víctor Martínez Parada, nacido en Chile, es reconocido como uno de los mejores guitarristas de vanguardia latinoamericana del mundo. Un consumado intérprete, compositor y profesor, tiene una extensa lista de música en su repertorio, que va desde el folk clásico y sudamericano hasta la vanguardia. Al escuchar sus fantasías con canciones pop como 'You Are The Sunshine Of My Life' de Stevie Wonder, 'El Condor Pasa' de Daniel Alomia Roble, 'Self-Control' de Laura Branigan y 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' de Harold Arlen, entenderás no solo cómo la música lo ha moldeado, sino también cómo él la ha moldeado. Es un músico de músicos que toca con el corazón. Después de nutrir las carreras musicales de su familia durante muchos años con la banda Martinez Akustica, Víctor Martínez Parada ahora ha regresado a sus raíces y está llevando su talento único a la carretera como solista. Encontrará a Victor tocando en lugares de buen jazz y blues en Sydney, abriendo y acompañando a músicos de renombre mundial en las principales salas de conciertos y recorriendo el circuito de festivales de música en toda Australia. Cuando las fronteras internacionales se vuelvan a abrir, volverá a adornar los escenarios mundiales.

‘The Chilean Hendrix’ – Syke on Stage. "El Hendrix chileno" - Syke on Stage.

Chile and South America

victorOnStage 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. Víctor nació en Santiago, Chile en 1947 y comenzó a tocar la guitarra a los 10 años con una guitarra que su padre le había comprado a un compañero de fábrica, Adolfo Martínez (sin pariente) que tocaba la guitarra en la iglesia local. Adolfo fue el primer maestro de Víctor. Víctor luego estudió con German Acevedo. En 1966 continuó sus estudios con Eulogio Davalos momento en el que dio su primer concierto completo en solitario en la fábrica donde trabajaba. De allí pasó a estudiar música en la Universidad Católica de Chile y el Conservatorio Nacional de Música de Chile donde amplió sus estudios con músicos de renombre mundial como Abel Carlevaro (Uruguay), Juan Carlos Zorzi (Argentina), Gustavo Becerra, Cirilo Vila. , Luis Advis y Alfonso Letelier (Chile). Víctor presidió como Vicepresidente y luego Presidente de la Sociedad Chilena de Guitarra Clásica y realizó extensas giras por Chile, Argentina, Uruguay y Brasil desde 1966-1989.

Australia

VictorSolo 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”. En 1989, Víctor trasladó a su familia de Chile a Australia, donde realizó numerosas giras por todo el país. Además, realizó una gira por el extranjero a China y Japón, donde realizó doce giras. En 2008 realizó una extensa gira por Japón presentándose en 26 conciertos en algunos de los lugares más famosos del país. Junto a sus hijos Andro y Dauno en el grupo Martinez Akustica, Victor construyó una extensa lista de actuaciones en lugares y eventos en toda Australia, incluyendo Sydney Opera House, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, TCN Channel 9, Carnivale, Sydney y Canberra Government Houses, Sydney Town. Hall, Parliament House, Seymour Centre, Juegos Olímpicos de Sydney 2000, Juegos Paralímpicos de Sydney 2000, The Basement, Star City junto con varios festivales de blues, jazz y música en todo el país. Fue profesor en el Australian International Conservatorium of Music y ha escrito columnas o artículos para publicaciones como “La 3rd de la hora”, “Icarito”, “Las Ultimas Noticias”, “Revista Nosotros”, “El Español” y “ Encuentro de Guitaras ”.

Victor has played with and opened for some great names in music including: Víctor ha tocado y abierto para algunos grandes nombres de la música, entre ellos:

IMG_5840 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. 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.

Victor’s Great Music Teachers. Los grandes maestros de la música de Víctor.

‘My gratitude to all of these teachers who made who I am today possible.’ ‘Mi agradecimiento a todos estos maestros que hicieron posible lo que soy hoy.’
My first guitar teacher Adolfo Martinez was an evangelical who at the same time sold me my first guitar. Mi primer maestro de guitarra Adolfo Martínez fue un evangélico que al mismo tiempo me vendió mi primera guitarra.
German Acevedo, who taught me the guitar while serving his customers in his clothing store German Acevedo, que me enseñó a tocar la guitarra mientras atendía a sus clientes en su tienda de ropa.
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. Hilda Parra (Hermana Folklorista de Violeta Parra, quien otorgó a Víctor una beca para estudiar música en el Departamento de Música de la Universidad Católica de Chile en 1966 como la alumna más destacada de los grupos folclóricos de Santiago de 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. Carlos Medel (Profesor y Folklorista), quien también trabajó con Hilda Parra y contrató a Víctor en 1967 para realizar una gira por Argentina, Uruguay y Brasil tocando como solista a la guitarra y como dúo con Carlos Medel). Nombres internacionales: Eulogio Davalos, Miguel Angel Cherubito, Antonio Morales, Abel Carlevaro, Ernesto Allende, Juan Carlos Zorzi, Gustavo Becerra, Cirilo Vila, Pablo Cid, Alfonso Letelier, Luis Advis.