My Master is the Integration of what seems impossible to integrate (read the description below!) My experience as a Multi-Instrumentalist in Popular & Academic Music has led me to a proficiency in the fusion of the Eastern an Western Music of the World at the highest levels of performance in Classical, Folk, Ethnic and Film music in Buenos Aires.
I have participated in the recording of albums and live performances with renowned musicians from Argentina such as Pedro Aznar, Rodolfo Mederos, Mario Parmisano, Patricio Villarejo, Luis Salinas, Litto Nebbia, Rata Blanca, Pablo Agri, Franco Luciani, Roberto Tapia, Marcelo Moguilevsky, Adriana Varela, César Franov and many others.
After my studies of Hindustani music and Sitar in Varanasi, India, I have explored the fusion of different kinds of folk music of the world through many discographic works, such as Kunturi Ensamble's self titled album, Vilvsevind's “Dag o Natt” and Alejo Nobili's “Constantinopla”.
I have toured in México playing Tango with Quinteto Varietal, of which I am co-founder with Rodolfo Roballos with whom I also developed in The Melbourne Tango Orchestra in Australia.
Regarding Contemporary Academic music, I have been the soloist double bass player in the Orquesta Música Nueva (New Music Orchestra) conducted by Ricardo Hegman, playing the works of composers such as Ariel Hagman, Julián Galay, Nahuel Carfi, Marcelo Katz and Julio Viera among others.
I have also been Double Bass player in the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Argentina working with Maestros César Iván Lara and Tarcisio Barreto.
I have been double bass professor in Maimónides University.
At present I am composing and producing the score for the feature film “Axiomas”.
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2 ReviewsEndorse Manuel Villar Lifac
I've worked together with Manuel a lot of times over the years, and the results have always been great! He's always making sure to make the best out of every piece of music, and his playing over several instruments, like double bass, cello, indian sitar, is awesome! it's not common to work with someone who is fluent in different music languages, and who's also a great guy! he's definitely the case, he has a great sensibility for music and always gets the job done in time. I totally recommend working with Manuel!
I've been fortunate enough to share lots of music with Manuel for quite some time, he is a great listener and an amazing musician in every instrument he plays. I cannot recommend him enough!
Interview with Manuel Villar Lifac
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recorded Sitar for Patricio Villarejo's solo album "Identidad". I really liked that session because I got to play the Sitar in a very emblematic Charly García song called "Ojos de Videotape".
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, because integration is always the answer.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I am composing and producing the Music for the Feature Film "AXIOMAS", wich will be published in cinemas of Argentina during 2020. The particularity of this work is that it consists on the fusion of multiple ethnical styles of music, so that the listener cannot really catalogue the music in one certain place or time. I have also had a lot of fun recording the music since I myself have played more than 10 different instruments for the music, as well as arranging orchestral scores for it.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Matías Menarguez is one of the best drummers I know, and love working with him.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that I will always be ethical about my answer to the previous question: I will always press myself to do better each time, because that is the Life in doing music. I will never limit myself to just do the job. I will be going through a personal commitment with myself of evolving in each step of my path.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The best thing about working with Music is that growth is infinite.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The false notion that specialization in only one instrument is fundamental to acquire good quality, and the false notion that multi-instrumentalism or multiple disciplines makes one less proficient. Renaissance proves those false notions completely!! Polyglots are also a great example of how being diversified enriches each one of your specialties.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would really like to work with Hans Zimmer because of mainly two reasons: 1) Film Music is the most versatile genre I know of, anything can happen in a Score... Integration of things that seemed impossible to integrate! 2) Hans Zimmer has proven to be a Master of versatility when it comes to Producing music, and is proficient at the fusion of Ethnical Music of all over the world with the traditional Orchestral Western style... and that is something I am particularly interested in.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always decide beforehand on what structure you will build up your music, because a tiny deviation at a structural level can derive in big problems later (sometimes unsolvable!)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: World Music, Film Soundtracks, Folk, Acoustic, Instrumental, Jazz, Classical... and Tango of course, since I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: As funny as it may sound... my strongest skill is making voice impressions, impersonations! I am an excellent actor and I can imitate many voices and accents of all kinds of people. This I relate to a very minute and attentive hearing combined with a great capacity of expression, which translated to my instruments works really well!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I would say expressiveness, and many times an unexpected twist.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The more material I am provided with, the better: Sheet music, lead sheets and reference tracks... Sheet music is clearly my favorite material when it comes to session recordings! I am really picky with the details so the more information the better, such as a precise BPM, fine tuning, etc. A nice reference track is also great because I really like to get into the song deeply and taste all the details. The process depends a lot on what kind of work I am doing. I am very creative as well as very disciplined when it comes to follow precise directions and procedures.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am very inspired by Hans Zimmer, Anoushka Shankar, Horacio Salgán, Astor Piazzolla and The Beatles, but really what inspired me tho most is the different folk musics of all over the world which cannot be comprised in only a couple of personalities.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually record tracks in my studio as a sessionst, especially Double Bass, Cello, Sitar and Dilruba. I have also done many work in Editing since my obsessiveness proves handy in that line of work. Writing and Producing Instrumental Arrangements is also one of me specialties.