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's Blue Train.
Teachers and/or influences?
Musically, my biggest influences have been teachers and peers from my native Colombia. They hold a pretty open conception of what music is. This has been an open invitation for me to mess with music in as many ways as possible. As far as non-musical influences, my family is a big part of things. I've been reading Naom Chomsky and, more recently, Kurt Vonnegut, and I intend to do a lot more of that.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I had an incredibly vivid dream about all six of Bach's cello suites playing through my head. It turned out the tape was on repeat all night.
Your sound and approach to music:
To explore every expressive alternative that is compelling to you until you've presented a complete picture of yourself, I believe is the thing to do.
Your teaching approach:
Guitar students usually start with a really narrow idea of what music is, and I try to widen it. How I do that depends on many things, like the student's level or his/her interest. But one thing that is common to all my lessons is my desire that the students be able to understand intellectually what goes on, that they be challenged technically and that they may enjoy the music they're preparing.
Your dream band:
A band where, after many rehearsals and gigs, the musicians will come back ready to challenge each other to be more sensitive and reactive, while still having the guts to say when they don't like something. A long-term association would be indispensable.
The first Jazz album I bought was:
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