Growing up with music, living from music, producing music, performing music, studying music, is not a cacophony, they are different states that a music lover can go through.
Either involved with one or several roles on the subject simultaneously. It is true that their development is transversed by music as a field that requires developing cognitive, motor, intellectual, and social skills, and even those required by the industry, such as those related to negotiation and marketing.
This means that music involves memory for the need to learn, remember and evoke; it involves dance as a pleasant form of non-verbal communication; it involves musical performance for the execution in various disciplines; it involves ingenuity and creation, to make arrangements and compositions; it involves social interaction, for the role of music in dances, concerts, programs, parties, festivals, competitions, orchestras and groups and finally it involves a field that very few are concerned with, such as research.
But even though for the music lover music occupies a transversal axis, his daily life demands him to fulfill the necessary requirements to live in society, in them, the need to work, study, and take care of the family without neglecting to cultivate himself as a person simultaneously with enriching his spiritual demands.
Linked to all this panorama is a basic principle based on birth as a source of explanation of what men and women will be and will do. We came into the world unprotected, it was our parents who at that stage facilitated our adaptation to life, and as we grew up they unconsciously drew up a script for us about what we would be in the future, often being disappointed by not seeing any of their projections fulfilled.
During the first years of life, the school and the family took the reins of our formation, socialization and the transmission of values, but in this process, the influence of the environment played a preponderant role by carrying behind it a hidden curriculum whose function was to transmit information to us, different from what the school or the family could have covered. In my personal growth,
the influences received by the environment that offered me living in a neighborhood such as the Marín neighborhood in the parish of San Agustín del Sur in Caracas were decisive.
It was living my adolescence in the ’70s, wrapped in the confluence of uses, customs, traditions and a whole diversity of socio-cultural practices inherent to the daily life of the neighborhood all culminating in shaping my tastes, my preferences, my interests, my way of being, of saying and acting. How to escape, for example, from the practice of a neighbor located at the top of the neighborhood who habitually listened to salsa amplifying it for the whole community; to coexist with the Saturday rehearsals of Frank y su Tribu and Mon Carrillo and his sextet or the almost daily practices of Alfredo Padilla studying his timbal on the balcony of his house, or Pedro García “Guapachá teaching the youngsters his tumbadora techniques; or waiting every year end for the street descargas; dancing in the parties and temples enjoying the song “Rómpelo de los Dementes, “Guasancó” by Sexteto Juventud or “Pao Pao” by Federico y su Combo Latino; listening to the salsa hour with Phidias Danilo Escalona was a must at lunchtime, and at night “Quiebre de Quinto” with Cesar Miguel Rondón.
Obviously, what I have said in this account is nothing more than a brief synopsis of how much influence I may have received, but when added together they give as a result of the support of my expansion through a cultural world that was seasoned by pop music and the expressions of the hippie movement during the 70s.
I continued my formal education studying Psychology at the Central University of Venezuela, simultaneously I studied Theory and Solfeggio with Professor Eduardo Serrano and then at the José Lorenzo LLamozas School, another part of my time was dedicated to studying Traditional Dances at the National Institute of Folklore.
In 1977, a group of musicians and young people from the Marín neighborhood promoted the creation of the Madera Group, through which we were able to channel all those concerns experienced in everyday life.
Maintaining the activity with the group, I got involved with Choral Singing at the Vinicio Adames Foundation. At the Bigott Foundation, I studied percussion with Professor Alexander Livinalli and popular singing with Professor Francisco Salazar.
I was a member of the group “Afroamérica” formed by Jesus Chucho Garcia, Miguel Urbina, Benigno Medina, Orlando Poleo Johnny Rudas and Faride Mijares. Since 1988 I dedicated myself to the production of Didactic Encounters of percussionist musicians teaming up with Jesús “Totoño” Blanco (R.I.P) and José Agapito Hernández.
In 1993 I was chorister of Marianella y su Orquesta. I was part of the Editorial Board and at the same time an article writer of the magazine “Así Somos”, a publication of the Ministry of Culture.
Pending not to neglect my academic interests, I dedicated myself to pursuing a Doctorate in Education at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.
Moving on to another facet, I had participated as an actress in the film “Pelo malo” by Mariana Rondón (grandmother Carmen) obtaining the award for a best supporting actress at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York (2014), in the Venezuelan Film Festival-Cinelco (2014) and the Municipal Film Award (2015), then I participated in the video clip of “De tú a tú” of Lasso’s promotional album in 2014.
Awarded as “Honorary Teacher” of the National University of the Arts (Unearte), in recognition of the cultural work developed.
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Article of Interest: Professor MSc. Carlos Colmenárez and his “WRITTEN SALSA”