AEA Sessions: Vicente Chavarria – La Bruja

Vicente Chavarria’s mesmerizing vocals and nylon guitar

In this intensely intimate performance of Mexican folk song, ‘La Bruja’, guitarist Vicente Chavarria sings of a witch who flies at night to drink the happiness of children. The R84 captures the deep, soft tones of Chavarria’s voice that lays atop the mesmerizing, hand-strummed chords sounded by his nylon string guitar, captured by two spaced N22’s. An R88 captures the room from afar to complete the sound.

Watch Vicente Chavarria perform “La Bruja”

Behind the Scenes

  • AEA R84 - Vocals
  • N22s Spaced - Nylon Acoustic Guitar
  • R88 - Room
  • RME Fireface UFX
  • Nuendo 4 @ 96k/24bit
About The Artist

Conductor and composer VICENTE CHAVARRIA is a native of Miami, Florida. He served for four years as Artistic Director of Fra Angelico Chamber Choir and the Sibelius Camerata at the University of Miami, leading performances of Latin American Baroque music, Ramírez’s Misa Criolla, Mozart’s Requiem, and the Miami premiere of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (concert version), among others. He also served as Artistic Director of Amazonia Vocal Ensemble, touring Southwest Florida and Puerto Rico. While at the University of Miami, he conducted the premiere of a short work by James Progris with the UM-Frost Symphony Orchestra and served as cover conductor for the Schumann Chamber Orchestra and the Existential Orchestra. He made his international conducting debut in September 2008 with the Sinfonia Bucharest in Romania, conducting Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Haydn. As a conductor, he has prepared ensembles for Alberto Grau, Scott Seaton, Cristian Grases, and Ruben Valenzuela. He currently serves as Artistic Director of the early music ensemble Flos Campi in Los Angeles (currently in its third season), the newly-formed Baroque ensemble La Monarca, and Director of the Gloria Dei Choir in La Habra, California. He recently premiered works by composers David Asher Brown and Jeffrey Parola with different ensembles in Los Angeles, and prepared a program of 15th-century English carols in a collaborative performance for the Getty Museum.

Mr. Chavarria has composed and arranged music for several artists and ensembles, including the GRAMMY-award winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer (after being declared co-winner of the Chanticleer Composer Competition in 2006), flutist Sir James Galway, soprano Helen Donath, and various ensembles at the University of Miami, the University of Southern California, and Clemson University. The UM-Frost Chorale performed his compositions and arrangements on tour in Ecuador in 2008 and again in Spain in 2011. He has also written incidental music for two short plays by Drew Larimore, which were premiered in New York. His choral arrangements are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

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