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Julio Santillan

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Born: January 1, 1974    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Julio A. Santillán is a New York-based composer and guitarist originally from Tucumán, Argentina. His compositions combine elements from his home land folk music, jazz improvisation and classical music.
He has studied classical guitar at Instituto Superior de Música (Argentina) under the direction of maestro Pablo González Jasey. He graduated summa cum laude with a dual major in Classical Composition and Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA). He also studied jazz improvisation with Mick Goodrick.
As a composer/arranger he has produced music for documentary films, theater, recordings and live performances for artists around the world...
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Kunstgegen Foundation 2007 Music for Modern Dance Performance Competition
2004 Van Lier Fellowship
Louis Armstrong Jazz
Arif Mardin
Contemporary Writing and Production Achievement
”Santillan and company have found a way to weave together startling tapestries of color that splash both surprise and warm feelings everywhere as they move a cultural fusion into the future.” -BOSTON HERALD
”Passion in music is always good; passion shaped by elegant concepts is even better. Argentinean native Julio Santillan leading this trio's compelling blend of classic guitar, argentinean folk and jazz, is even better.” -THE VILLAGE VOICE (New York)
“...Each (piece) has a color of its own and the grain becomes all the more vibrant through the array of instruments that come into play, fleshing out the compositions and making them throb with vitality” -ALL ABOUT JAZZ
”A Striking combination of jazz sensibility applied to argentinean folk rhythms.” -BOSTON HERALD
”...a passionate and encouraging blend of northern folk music, the vertigo of jazz and the solid compositional techniques of a classicl ensemble.” -LA VOZ DEL INTERIOR (Argentina)
”Julio A. Santillan has confirmed once again, the mastery, the cleverness, not to mention all the unrefined soul thal inhabits his spirited compositions “ -WORLD RHYTHM CALENDAR (Boston)
”Santillan has an open style of playing. His notes are eloquent and speak intimately to the listener.” -ALL ABOUT JAZZ
”(Nãnn review) With its stripped-down arrangements and balanced pacing, this can be the soundtrack to simplifying one's life.” -BUCKS COUNTY COURIER TIMES (Philadelphia)
”Santillan meld styles from down south into a fresh distinctly jazz sound.” -TIME OUT NEW YORK
As a Leader

Desde el Norte
BigSur Records

Cinco Estudios Criollos vol. I
BigSur Records

Anit Negra
BigSur Records

BigSur Records

El Bosque de la Memoria
BigSur Records

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Sunnyside, NY

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Julio Santillan
Sunnyside, NY 11104 (Queens) Email:
Instruments: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar, Theory, Ear Training, Composition, Arrangements
Musical Styles: Rock/Pop, Alternative, Jazz, World, Acoustic/Folk, Classical, Experimental, Latin American Folklore
Skill Levels: All levels
Website URL:
Teaching Experience: 15 Years
Teaching Location: Studio in my home in Sunnyside (Queens) and student's home Lesson Rates: 35 per 45min. lesson. an additional fee will be applied for instruction at student's home
Discounts: You can share the class and pay half ($25 per hour).
Cancellation Policy: I am flexible, I just need to know in advance if you are cancelling the lesson.
Teaching Hours:
Sunday: Monday: 4pm to 9pm Tuesday: 9am to 9pm Wednesday: 4pm to 9pm Thursday: 9am to 6pm Friday: 9am to 6pm Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Musical Influences: Paco de Lucia, Egberto Gismonti, Dino Saluzzi, Igor Stravinsky, Luis A. Spinetta, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Mozart, Bach, The Beatles, Genesis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Djavan, Pat Metheny, Vicente Amigo, Tchaikovsky, etc
Performing Experience: I have being playing for 20 years.
Education & Training: I have graduated from Instituto Superior de Musica (Argentina) and Berklee College of Music (Boston)
Personal Statement: During my 15 years of experience as a teacher I have developed a method to teach students concepts that will help them continue on their own. No matter what style you play, no matter what level. For more information please visit my webpage. Feel free to contact me for any question. Thank you.

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