Clarinet with a Venezuelan accent

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Andrés Barrios

Multifaceted Venezuelan artist who has developed in different disciplines such as visual arts, music, poetry and humor. Andrés Barrios was born in Caracas in 1961 where he studied music and clarinet. He received the Honorable Mention in the "Vinicio Adames" Choral Composition Contest for his work "En el Cementerio" (1986), and the Municipal Music Prize for his vocal work "Stabat Mater" (1989). He has written works for chamber ensembles, as well as a wide repertoire for choral music. Despite being self-taught in the field of visual arts, he has stood out exhibiting his works in different Art Salons, with very good comments from specialized critics. Lover of grotesque poetry, in 2006 he published his first book "Drunk Poems" and in 2014, his second book in this same genre entitled "Sonnets and those". He is the founder of the humor and music trio Los Hermanos Naturales and, together with Bartolomé Díaz, of the 19th century ensemble, a group specialized in the interpretation and dissemination of 19th century Venezuelan music. In 2019 he produced “De Luz y Sombra”, an integral album of his compositions for clarinet recorded by Gorgias Sánchez. His most recent compositions are addressed towards writing pieces for solo clarinet, where he exposes Merengue as his favorite genre.

Gorgias Sánchez

(MMus University of Kansas, 2002; BMus Jacobs School of Music IU, 1999). Venezuelan clarinetist born in Caracas in 1974. After his return to Venezuela in 2003, he was part of both the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra until 2019 where he worked with relevant figures of the symphonic world. At the same time he taught at the National Music Conservatory. He also has extensive experience as a chamber musician and recitalist, having performed in various countries in America and Europe. He has been a member of the Simón Bolívar Contemporary Latin American Music Ensemble, the Caracas Renaissance Camerata, the Caracas Clarinets Quartet and founder and member of more avant-garde ensembles such as El Sagrado Familión. He has collaborated as a clarinetist and saxophonist on numerous recordings of different artists and genres, including soundtracks for films. In 2019 he recorded “De Luz y Sombra”, an integral album of Andrés Barrios' compositions for clarinet. He currently lives in Mendoza, Argentina, where he develops his career as a soloist, chamber musician, arranger, composer and pedagogue while also integrating the Symphony Orchestra of the National University of Cuyo in the West of Argentina. As a clarinetist and pedagogue, he feels the duty to contribute with studies, methods, practical exercises and compositions for clarinet, the result of many years of musical and pedagogical exploration.