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Six Perspectives on Latin America

New music for guitar by Chilean composer Javier Farías, in homage to the six Latin American Literature Nobel Prize winners.

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Six Perspectives in NY last November

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Javier Farias

Six Perspectives in NY last November

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Chilean Guitar Ensemble including the piece “Algo se asoma” in its CD “Recinto de la piedra”

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Javier Farias

With the release of the CD “Recinto de la piedra”, my project Six Perspectives on Latin America is coming to an end!!  Many thanks to New Music USA for giving me this award, which allowed me to compose the piece “Algo se asoma” (included in the mentioned CD), and two pieces for solo guitar that were premiered at the 11th Latin American Cultural Week in New York City last November.

I’d like to also thank members of  the Chilean Guitar Ensemble for their magnificent work.  The CD also includes works by Ginastera, Gismonti, Dan Roman, D’Rivera and American composer Ben Verdery.


Recording session

Posted on November 20, 2016 by Javier Farias

This is the Chilean Guitar Ensemble recording my piece Algo se asoma, as part of the project Six Perspectives on Latin America.


Six Perspectives on Latin-America (Seis miradas por Latinoamerica) is a series of compositions that pay tribute to the six Latin American writers and poets who have received the Nobel Prize in Literature. The honorees are: Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda (Chile), Miguel Ángel Asturias (Guatemala), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Octavio Paz (Mexico) and Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru). Their narratives blend cultural perspectives, thoughts and views about the identity, origin and future of Latin America. They have represented their personal views of our lands and culture through their written work. In this homage I seek to value their important contributions and make sure that their legacy is not lost in the new generations to come.

These new compositions are a set of eighteen original works in which the classical guitar features as the main instrument and they include some of the most important performers from the international scene, such as: Eliot Fisk, Ben Verdery, Roberto Limon, Ricardo Cobo and David Tanenbaum among others. Special guests are: Andy Summers (guitarist of The Police); jazz fusion guitarist Mike Stern; YOA Orchestra of the Americas and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano.

The first premiere was held at Wake Forest University in September 2014 and since then, I have composed a total of ten new works (Nine of them have already been premiered in the United States, Chile and Mexico).   The last event of this project will take place in 2017 in the 2017 YOA Tour to South America (Chile, Brazil and Argentina.)

Finally, I hope to count with your support to create three additional new works: two new pieces for solo guitar in homage to Mario Vargas Llosa to be premiered and played by me at the 2016 Latin American Cultural Week, in New York.  The other piece will be composed for the Ensamble de Guitarras de Chile to tribute Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral.  The world premiere will take place at the Entrecuerdas Guitar Festival in Santiago, Chile, in October 2016.


Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Wake Forest University (Winston Salem, NC)

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

PAMAR (Pan American Music Art Research, Inc.)

Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA)

Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT)

Chilean Council for the Arts

Calendar of activities and participants at www.seismiradasporlatinoamerica.com

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Historias de Guatemala (second movement)
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Second movement of the suite “Historias de Guatemala”, for solo guitar.
Homage to Miguel Angel Asturias.
Guitar: Romilio Orellana.
The music is part of the project Six perspectives on Latin America.
Published by Doberman-Yppan.


Full score of “Nazcan”, for eight guitars and two narrators (Spanish and English).
The music is based on the poem “Clearvigil in Spring”, by Guatemalan writer and poet Miguel Angel Asturias (1899-1974.) It will be premiered in January 14th, 2016, by the San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Ensemble, conducted by David Tanenbaum.
The music is part of the project Six perspectives on Latin America.

Tres ideas sobre un poeta
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First movement of “Tres ideas sobre un poeta” a duo for classical and electric guitar composed and recorded by both, Javier Farias and Andy Summers in September, 2014.
Is a tribute to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and is part of the Six Perspectives on Latin America project.
Published by Doberman-Yppan.

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new york, New York

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Composer Javier Farías has led a prominent musical career writing extensively for the guitar in varying genres ranging from solo classical and electric to full guitar ensembles as well as other instrumental combinations.  His catalogue, which includes more than 80 compositions, is representative of Farías’ devotion for the guitar in addition to his ability to…

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3 responses to “Six Perspectives on Latin America”

  1. On July 20, will be recording the piece “Algo se asoma” written for Chilean Guitar Ensemble (www.egch.cl) The piece is a tribute to Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral and it will be premiered at the EntreCuerdas Guitar Festival in next October.


  2. This coming Thursday I will premiere two solo pieces for guitar as part of the Latin American cultural week in NY city.
    Please check out the info at


    November 10, 7:00pm
    Alturas Duo (guitar and charango) and Chilean Javier Farias will perform music from Farias’ oeuvre including the world premiere of two pieces written as a homage to the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. This program is funded in part by New Music USA.
    NYPL – Inwood Branch
    4790 Broadway, Manhattan
    Free Admission

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