On this occasion it is appropriate to honor in our salsa column one of the most spectacular and sensational Venezuelan percussionists, Alfredo Villamizar, born in Caracas on August 2nd.
Welcome maestro Alfredo to “Salsa Escrita” and International Salsa Magazine, www.SalsaGoogle.com, it is a pleasure to have you as our special guest.
Thank you Professor Carlos, for inviting me to your renowned salsa tribune for all Venezuelans who are in my country and also for those of us who are currently abroad.
Well, let me tell you that for me it is already a commitment to support musicians who make Afro-Caribbean music and you in particular Alfredito, you could not miss this appointment with regular readers; now, tell us how did you get started in Latin music? I started with the orchestra “Renovación” of Nico Monterola, whom I consider my teacher, I continued acquiring knowledge in the timbal with Alfredo Padilla and I learned with Alfredo Franchesky (Cutuflá).
Alfredo, you are considered one of the timbaleros with a high level technique in the rhythmic execution of this instrument and you are catalogued as one of the best worldwide; let’s see, tell us with which orchestras have you participated? My friend Carlos, I can mention among many others the Oscar D’León Orchestra, Evio Dimarzo’s Adrenalina Caribe, Hildemaro’s Orchestra, Nico Monterola’s Renovación Orchestra, Andy Durán’s Orchestra, Erick Franchesky’s Orchestra and Urbanda de los Hidalgo, among others.
Excellent Alfredo, and at the international level, who have you accompanied? I have accompanied Celia Cruz in Spain, as well as Papo Rivera and Alex de Castro in Venezuela.
By the way, Alfredo, I understand that you have composed some songs. Indeed, my friend Colmenárez, the songs I have composed are: Malditos celos, El brujo Pincumpán, Canto a la vida, Luna llena; which are included in a production recorded in 2005 and also of my authorship stands out the theme “Allá va el lobo” of the collection “Venezuela Demo 2”, vocalizing Aníbal Vegas.
Let me tell you professor Carlos, that I have dictated workshops and clinics of timbal, in the 23 de Enero de Caracas and in the Mamera Keyboard Museum, next to the teachers Edgardo Morales and Alberto Borregales. Currently, since 2017, I am based in Chile, performing various activities and hoping very soon to return to Venezuela, God willing.
Alfredo, for me it is a great satisfaction to have you in Salsa Escrita, because I have always followed your career and your way of playing the rhythm with the drumsticks in the pailas. Finally, we would like to give us your digital platforms and a farewell message.
Very well professor Carlos Colmenárez, thank you for your good concepts towards me, you can contact me by email: [email protected] and on Facebook: Alfredo Villamizar. Thank you very much professor for allowing me to interact through the Barquisimeto salsa column, as it is “Salsa Escrita”, which I think should be called with your permission “La Columna Salsera de Venezuela”, for the support you give us all the salseros of my beloved country. Blessings and keep it up, Professor Carlos.