Venezuelan Guitarist and Composer Juan Ernesto Velásquez creates melodic textures with a colorful spectrum of musical nuances. His music has roots in Latin America yet contains a blend of Spanish and Gipsy guitars, Popular Music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Jazz, and World Music influences, resulting in experimental instrumental compositions.
Guitarist and Composer Juan Ernesto Velásquez (Caracas, Venezuela, 1972) creates melodies and improvisations through an ensemble of acoustic, electro-acoustic, electric, and Selmer-Maccaferri guitars and elements as dissimilar as jew’s harp, oud, bells, Tibetan singing bowls, and ambient sounds. Juan mastered his craft, mentored by Venezuelan Jazz legends Pedro Barboza, Gerry Weil, and Alvaro Falcón. As a notable performer, he has participated and collaborated with the Venezuelan fusion project "Los Amos del Valle" in their albums "Representando" (2009) "Y Su Corotera" (2013), and the Venezuelan Jazz ensemble "Desalojo Jazz Project" in their album Wayne Shorter a la Venezolana (2011) as well.
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Interview with Juan Ernesto Velásquez
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Instrumental, Jazz Fusion, Art-Rock, Flamenco, Gypsy, World, Latin American Popular Music, Experimental, Meditative.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Guitars: Selmer-Maccaferri Paris Swing Guitar (metal strings), Electro-Acoustic Guitar Yamaha (nylon strings), Electric-guitar Ibanez Artcore As93Pv-Tk / Other Instruments: Oud, Morchang, Bells, Tibetan Singing Bowls / Guitar Effects: Reverb, Delay, Lopper, Freeze / Amps: Roland Jazz Chorus / Electro-Acoustic Pre-Amp / Mics: Zoom H4, AKG C1000, Myers pickup Acoustic Guitar / Audio Interface: Cubase LA, Sibelius
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Compositions for Films and Documentaries / Session Musician / Composer