Julio Santillan

Born: January 1, 1974    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Julio Santillan

Julio Santillán is a composer and guitarist 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 was a faculty member at Manhattan College from 2004 until 2009 (New York) and Escola de Musica Diesi from 2009 until 2012 (Barcelona)...
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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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Buenos Aires

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Julio Santillan
Buenos Aires (Argentina) 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 Palermo (Buenos Aires) Lesson Rates: $50/h 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: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday

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 25 years.
Education & Training: I have graduated from Instituto Superior de Musica (Argentina) and Berklee College of Music (Boston)
Personal Statement: During my 25 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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