I am many things—father, husband, friend, musician, and seeker of truth. My musical career began when I was six. My father bought me a violin and hired a prominent violinist, Óscar Carrescia, as my teacher. I have very vivid memories of those three years I spent taking violin lessons. They were, without a doubt, fundamental in the development of my lifelong love of classical music.
I no longer play the violin. My instrument of choice is the piano. Shortly after abandoning the violin, I discovered my ability to play by ear. I was very exposed to synthesizers at the time. I had the opportunity to play with such vintage keyboards as the Juno 6, Prophet V, Ensoniq ESQ-1, and Yamaha DX-7. I was truly fascinated by these instruments and their endless palette of sounds. It was the mid-1980’s and bands like Depeche Mode, Erasure, and New Order were on the forefront of popular electronic music.
My uncle Raúl, a musician of amazing talent, took note of my musical abilities and encouraged me to take piano lessons. My mother had also studied piano in her youth and was acquainted with Eva Peralta, the woman who I still refer to as my piano teacher, despite the fact that I have not taken piano lessons from her in over twenty years. It was under her tutelage that I fell in love with the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff—to name but a few.
Alongside the great influence classical music had on my identity as a musician, there were certain contemporary artists who also had a profound impact on my music. Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, more commonly known as Vangelis, was and remains at the top of my list. Isao Tomita’s rendition of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition also left an everlasting impression on me. I was immersed in electronic and classical music, often times staying up late into the night to listen to Hearts of Space.
In 2008 I produced my first new age-genre recording, Gate to Eternity. Inspired by a verse in Khalil Gibran’s infamous book, The Prophet, the title truly reflects my conception of music and its divine origins. A couple of years later, I found myself producing music for film in collaboration with El Vigilante Studios for the web-based mini-series, El Porvenir, which was selected in several film festivals including the L.A. Web Fest, Marseilles Web Fest, and YouTube’s Your Film Fest in 2012. I have also produced music for dance as well, composing incidental music for Carolina en su Dulce Mundo, a story created and choreographed by a close friend and very dedicated dancer, Susana López.
In the past five years, many things have happened in my life, including marriage and parenthood. Of course, music has never left me, but my creative engine has been idle. I hope to change that and embark on a new phase of creativity where I can once again share my heart and soul with the world.