Carlos Guzman-Munoz

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Carlos Guzmán-Muñoz


Carlos Guzmán-Muñoz (b. 1972, Puerto Asis, Putumayo, Colombia) is a Colombian educator, composer and guitarist.

Mr. Guzmán-Muñoz began his music studies with Juvenal Atehortúa, guitarrist of the Estudiantina Colombia. Simultaneously, he studied classical guitar with Gentil Montaña (1942– 2011) at the Luis A. Calvo Academy. In 1998, he earned a bachelor’s degree in musical arts with concentration in composition and arrangements under the guidance of Alfonso Ribeiro-Davila (1953–2016). He also studied socio-cultural history and music of the plains (música llanera) with Samuel Bedoya-Sánchez (1947-1994) in the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogota (ASAB), Department of Arts of the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. He also holds a master´s degree in composition from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) under the mentorship of Carolina Noguera-Palau, Guillermo Gaviria and Juan Antonio Cuellar.

In 2001, Guzmán-Muñoz participated in the Contemporary Music Workshop lead by the David Smeyers, Cornelius Hummel and Sven Thomas Kiebler (Trío Avancé, Germany). In 2003, he went to Barcelona, Spain, to study modern harmony and orchestration at the Taller de Musics with Carlos Uguet and Vincent Martí, and joined the course in global analysis of musical works and musicology with Joan Bonfill i Soliguer, D. in Mus. Since his return to Colombia in 2005, he has participated in several international events and workshops for symphonic bands with prestigious composers and conductors, such as Bert Langeler (Holland), Teo Aparicio Barberán (Spain), Sandy Feldstein (USA), Gustavo Fontana (Argentina), John Stanley (USA) and Rosa Briceño (Venezuela), among others.

Among his most representative works are ¡Pajarillo... Cuñao! for Symphonic Band (2000), which was awarded and considered as a Colombian historical piece by a panel of judges; Golpe de Chipola (2015), a work commissioned by Vanderbilt University and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) at the National Vanderbilt Conference, Nashville, Tennessee USA (2015); and Monólogo en Tiempo de Joropo (2008), performed during the World Saxophone Congress XVI, St Andrews, Scotland(2012) by the saxophonist Jeffery Kyle Hutchins.

As a composer and arranger, he is member of the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores-SGAE (Spain), a registered member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands & Ensembles-WASBE and member of the Colombian Association of Composers for Symphonic Band-ACCOMPAS. He is currently the director of the professional music program at the Universidad INCCA de Colombia. He also teaches musical composition and arrangements at the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Universidad del Bosque and Conservatorio de música Tolima(Colombia).

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