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Victor Martinez Parada 

Chilean-born, Victor Martinez Parada is recognised as one of the world’s finest classical Latin-American avant-garde solo guitarists. An accomplished performer, composer & teacher, he has an extensive list of music in his repertoire, ranging from classical to modern to South American folk to avant-garde. He has composed pieces for solo guitar, ensembles including duos, trios, quartets, sextets, as well as for guitar & ensemble, & guitar quartet & symphony orchestra.

Classically trained, over the course of his career he has developed a unique style which generates a world of sound by interpreting music from the classics, folk, jazz, country & pop using multiple techniques. By listening to his fantasies on pop tunes such as Stevie Wonder's ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’, Daniel Alomia Roble’s ‘El Condor Pasa’, Laura Branigan's ‘Self-Control’ and Harold Arlen's ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ you will understand not only how music has shaped him but also how he has shaped music. Audiences cherish his performances which reflect a professional music career spanning more than 50 years.

After nurturing the musical careers of his family and touring the world for many years with his sons Andro & Dauno Martinez as the guitar trio, Martinez Akustica, Victor Martinez Parada has returned to his roots & is taking his unique talent back on the road as a soloist.

A performance by Victor Martinez Parada is not to be missed. He is a musician’s musician who plays from the heart.

‘The Chilean Hendrix’ – Syke on Stage

'Victor’s ear is such that he’s able to peel away the thump & swish of epic early eighties Brit-pop production to find the heart of a song not even its writers seemed to recognise'. - Syke on Stage 30 Nov 2020

'He honours the composition, rather than his own virtuosity. This humility, an abject absence of vanity, is a hallmark of his musicianship. Indeed, it’s the defining characteristic. It’s emblematic of Parada’s truly rare & precious gift for arrangement. And it’s a talent that comes to the fore again & again throughout the evening.' - Syke on Stage 30 Nov 2020

‘You Are the Sunshine of My Life’ is one of the greatest songs ever written. And, if it’s possible, Victor’s Fantasy on it only but enhances its status in the popular canon. In his hands, it becomes around a ten-minute opus. It’s as if he’s rolling out a red carpet for the tune, which progressively & unmistakably insinuates itself. The rhythmic flavour of flamenco informs the arrangement & imbues a passionate urgency. It’s a virile, avant-garde take on a Wonderful song. The Chilean Hendrix does it again.’ – Syke on Stage 30 Nov 2020

Reviews for Martinez Akustica, Victor Martinez Parada’s trio formed with his sons Andro and Dauno Martinez.

'Martinez Akustica had an interesting approach to jazz and pop, highly energetic jazz laced with flamenco flair and modern improvisation by three great guitarists.' - George Benson

'Their live show left me inspired each night of the tour. Definitely some of the most talented musicians I have ever seen.' - Michael Franti – Spearhead

'The music benefits from their intensity & passion.... so does the listener!' - Jeff Hamilton (Diana Krall)

'This is probably the greatest acoustic guitar band in the country – and yet another must-see at Bluesfest'. - Byron Bay Blues Festival

'The band has an endearing, inspiring & infectious energy, & it shows in their performance. - Sunday Telegraph - March 2010

'The Gypsy Kings are happy. It has been incredible playing with the musicians Martinez Akustica. Our concert has been a great success in Sydney. We hope to play together next time in another place on Earth.’ - The Gypsy Kings

www.victormartinezparada.com


$45 incl venue entry, seating + $20 bar tab