Julio Santillan Trio at Rose in Brooklyn - March 11


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Julio Santillan
Tuesday, MARCH 11, 8:30pm


“Santillan and company have found a way to weave together startling tapestries of color that splash both surprise and warm feelings everywhere as they move a cultural fusion into the future." --Boston Herald

DAVID SILLIMAN: percussion
JULIO SANTILLAN: guitar / voice


345 Grand Street (btwn Havemeyer & Marcy)
Williamsburg (Brooklyn), NY 11211

tel. 718-599-0069



To describe the music of Julio Santillan Trio, you would have to learn different languages: the language of classical music that had a strong impact in the development of the composer; the language of tango and folkloric music of his native Argentina and the language of jazz, that is evident in the new generations of composers-improvisers. But I would dare to say, that not even understanding these worlds you would be able to describe the magic hidden behind this fine ensemble of musicians. Those three styles, so different from each other, find in Julio Santillan Trio a point of connection, a door to unlimited musical possibilities. In a few words, the guitarist and composer has created a new and unique sound that doesn't follow any rule but at the same time is accessible to everybody.

The Boston Herald described Julio's music as “A Striking combination of jazz sensibility applied to argentinean folk rhythms."; and Time Out New York magazine wrote “Santillan meld styles from down south into a fresh distinctly jazz sound."

The repertoire of the ensemble (guitar-voice, clarinet and percussion) is original music based on south american rhythms like chacarera, zamba, tango, vidala, milonga, huayno and candombe. Mr. Santillan received the prestigious “Meet the Composer/Van Lier Fellowship Award" in 2004, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and the Kunstgegen Foundation 2007 Music for Modern Dance Performance Competition Award. He has recorded four CDs with his own compositions: Desde el Norte (2001), Anit Negra (2003), ann (2005) and El Bosque de la Memoria (2008).


Julio A. Santillan is a New York-based composer and guitarist originally from Tucuman, Argentina. His compositions combine elements from his home land folk music, jazz improvisation and classical music.

He has studied classical guitar at Instituto Superior de Musica (Argentina) under the direction of maestro Pablo Gonzalez Jasey. He graduated summa cum laude with a dual major in Classical Composition and Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA). He also studied jazz improvisation with Mick Goodrick.

Mr. Santillan received the following awards: Kunstgegen Foundation 2007 Music for Modern Dance Performance Competition, 2004 Van Lier Fellowship, ASACPlus, Louis Armstrong Jazz, the Arif Mardin and the Contemporary Writing and Production Achievement.

As a composer/arranger he has produced music for documentary films, theater, recordings and live performances for artists around the world. Recently, argentinean virtuoso guitarist Victor Villadangos, has included guitar studies from Julio's Book “Cinco Estudios Criollos" in his latest CD “Guitar Music from Argentina vol. II" (Naxos). Julio also produced colombian singer Marta Gomez's “Cantos de Agua Dulce", “Entre Cada Palabra" (Chesky Records) and “La Ronda"- Women of Latin America, “Paula Ausente"- Women of the World (Putumayo Records).

He has recorded and performed with many musicians from Argentina, Boston and New York including Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D'Rivera), Livingston Taylor, Ral Carnota, Quique Sinesi and Sandra Mihanovich. Mr. Santilln has shared the stage with important artists such as Mercedes Sosa, John Mayer, Pablo Ziegler (Astor Piazzolla), Paquito D'Rivera, Bonnie Raitt, Tania Libertad, Diana Krall and Leon Gieco. He has performed and gave workshops in Argentina, Colombia, Finland, Greece, Canada and in more than fifty cities in the U.S. including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Dallas and Washington D.C.

Julio A. Santillan has recorded over 30 CDs, including a play-along CD for “The Latin Bass Book" (Sher Music, by Oscar Stagnaro), two albums with the Pablo Ablanedo Octet (Freshsound records), four cds with Marta Gmez (BigSur records /Chesky Records)- one of which was chosen among the best 10 records of 2003 by the Boston Globe- and one by tango diva Katie Viqueira (Freshsound records)- Independent Music Award winner, 2005 best World Music Album.

At the moment Julio is working with a brand new project: the Julio Santillan Trio.The group has been featured in some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S. such as “Blue Note" (New York) and “Regattabar" (Boston). He has released four cds with his compositions: “Desde el Norte", “Anit Negra", “ann" and “El Bosque de la Memoria" (BigSur Records).

These are some quotes from the media:

“Santillan meld styles from down south into a fresh distinctly jazz sound." --Time Out New York

“Santillan and company have found a way to weave together startling tapestries of color that splash both surprise and warm feelings everywhere as they move a cultural fusion into the future." --Boston Herald

“Passion in music is always good; passion shaped by elegant concepts is even better. Argentinean native Julio Santillan leading this trio's compelling blend of classic guitar, argentinean folk and jazz, is even better." --The Village Voice (New York)

Currently he is a faculty member at Manhattan College.

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