I started to play cello when I was four years old because I was inspired by my father, who played rock & roll with his guitar, and by the creativity of my mother.
Since I started to play, I didn’t stop as I always wanted to dedicate my life to music – I didn’t see myself doing another thing, only playing –. I started playing electric bass and combining classical music with modern, playing in pop bands, rock, reggae, heavy, punk... A bit of everything.
When I was 21 years old, I decided to be a mum and now that I am 24, I have two kids who are following my music career.
Right now, I have a feminine project called “eVa” in Barcelona. We are friends, sisters and colleagues. Our first CD called “Disobedience” will be out soon, a CD that won’t let anyone indifferent. I also work with Opera de Liceu orchestra and I am a member of the Spanish band “Jarabe de Palo”, with which I will start touring around USA, South America and Spain.
My career has been difficult, I am not going to lie, and most of the times I found a lot of obstacles that prevented me from reaching my goals, but I’ve never stopped chasing my dreams and I am sure that sooner or later, my dreams will come true. My motto “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today” was and will always be with me. - Andrea Amador, musician, bassist for EVA and cellist for Jarabe de Palo
A young Matsigenka mother cradles her infant child in a traditional cushma made of hand-spun cotton from deep in the Peruvian Amazon. In her hand she holds a CD containing audio recordings of a deceased elder of her community singing songs in her native tongue, recorded years before by a visiting anthropologist. We explore the complex dynamics of the communities located inside of Manú National Park in the upcoming documentary film The Trees Don't Talk Anymore. Shot #onassignment for @theoutdoorjournal @manu_project
"I am from Colombia and we have one song in Spanish which is my native language. In my country, I was homeless for three years and I wanted to know how I could make something out of this. Music was the outlet that I eventually found when started dealing with alcoholism and a lot of addiction problems. Music was like: what if I instead of destroy, I actually create with this energy? The same energy that destroys just creates. For me I decided to channel into something artistic and something really rewarding.
It got to the point that I mixed all the elements in my life: I practice Vajrayana Buddhism and meditation. So on one side I have art and on the other my spiritual life, and they both interact on so many levels and are rewarding on so many levels that they made me walk all the way through recovery. I’ve been on antidepressants so many times and they didn’t do anything, but then music became this opportunity for me, to genuinely heal what that problem was. I feel for someone who has been blessed with that opportunity to be a performer I want to pass that on to other people. If I can do it, you can. Trust me.
The name of the band comes from the fact that an "Arcane Insignia" is how I see music. Arcane is something very difficult to understand and Insignia is like a symbol. For me, music was always like a hard-to-understand symbol, meaning that this isn’t something people just dance to, this is a capacity to penetrate so deeply in the core of a person. For me music is the explanation of the entire universe. This is so much more powerful; this can help so many lives. I’d like to communicate the message of spirituality, inspiration through all of our songs." Alejandro Saldarriaga Calle - Vocalist/Guitarist and Percussion at The Arcane Insignia (Debut Album "A Flawed Design will be released in Spring 2017)
Seems like forever ago i was hitching a ride to rotorua NZ. I got a ride from this amazing girl here!
Kahu was on her way to visit with her mom and celebrate her graduation. Kahu is in the Navy and kept trying to convince me she wasnt a serious badass, but I knew the truth. We had a really great conversation but im sure she got sick of me trying to constantly talk about ship battles.
As longs as I remember, I was very clear about wanting to play guitar and, when I was 7 years old, I got into the conservatory to study that instrument that got me hypnotised. Although I was studying classical music, I was also interested in other genres, like psychedelic rock or progressive, experimental music, electronic, jazz, hip hop… I discovered these genres through years and I extended my likes to reach the person I am today. At the moment, I am finishing my classical guitar studies and I am also part of other music projects, one of them is Shared Strings.
Shared Strings project was not planned. My friend Victoria and I uploaded a video on Facebook, we were playing the soundtrack of Game of Thrones with the same guitar, only for fun. The video had an enormous success and was shared by a lot of people, reaching nearly 640,000 views. After the unexpected success of this video, we decided to keep uploading videos with four hands guitar covers and that’s how this project started, and we are growing and reaching more people every day.
To be a musician is not easy. You always want to improve and sometimes you are not satisfied with what you do, even when what you're doing is actually great. We are always looking for perfection, which is not necessary, since the most important thing with music is to transmit, not being robots who don’t fail any musical note.
My advice is never settle with what you know. Explore, research and extend your horizon. Never close yourself – in a musical way– always try and listen to something new as there are always new things to discover. Never stop learning and above all, don’t let anything or anyone destroy your dreams. We are all unique and we only have to find our own path. -
Agustín Muñoz, guitarist for Shared Strings
A young Matsigenka boy smiles through the smoke of a cooking fire in the tiny community of Cacaotal inside of Manú National Park. Living inside of the park protects his community from the often destructive forces of cultural change while imposing sometimes unwanted restrictions on development and economy. We explore the complex dynamics of this region in the upcoming film The Trees Don't Talk Anymore. Learn more @manu_project and in the feature article in @theoutdoorjournal #onassigment#peru#amazon#fujifilm#MyFujifilm#fujifeed#globe_people