Alfredito Villamizar one of the most spectacular and sensational Venezuelan percussionists
It is fitting to honor in our salsa column one of the most spectacular and sensational Venezuelan percussionists, as is Alfredo Villamizar, born in Caracas on August 2.
Welcome Maestro Alfredo to “Salsa Escrita” and International Salsa Magazine, www.salsamundi.com, it is a pleasure to have you as our special guest.
Thank you Professor Carlos, for inviting me to your renowned Salsa Tribune for all Venezuelans in my country and also for those of us who are currently abroad.
Well, let me tell you that for me it is already a commitment to support the musicians who make Afro-Caribbean music and you in particular Alfredito, you could not miss this appointment with the assiduous readers; now, tell us how did you get started in Latin music? I started with the “Renovación” orchestra of Nico Monterola, whom I consider my teacher, I continued to acquire knowledge on the timbal with Alfredo Padilla and I learned with Alfredo Franchesky (Cutuflá).
Alfredo, you are considered one of the timbaleros with a high level technique in the rhythmic execution of this instrument and you are catalogued as one of the best worldwide; let’s see, tell us with which orchestras have you participated? Carlos, I can mention among many others Oscar D’León’s orchestra, Evio Dimarzo’s Adrenalina Caribe, Hildemaro’s Orchestra, Nico Monterola’s Orquesta Renovación, Andy Durán’s Orchestra, Erick Franchesky’s Orchestra and Urbanda de los Hidalgo, among others.
Excellent Alfredo, and at an international level, who have you accompanied? I have accompanied Celia Cruz in Spain, as well as Papo Rivera and Alex de Castro in Venezuela. By the way, Alfredo, I understand that you have composed some songs. In fact, my friend Colmenárez, the songs I wrote are Malditos jelos, El brujo Pincumpán, Canto a la vida, Luna llena; which are included in a production recorded in 2005 and also of my authorship stands out the theme “Allá va el lobo” from the collection “Venezuela Demo 2”, vocalizing Aníbal Vegas.
Let me tell you Professor Carlos, that I have given workshops and clinics of timbal, in the 23 of January of Caracas and in the Museum of Keyboard of Mamera, next to the teachers Edgardo Morales and Alberto Borregales.
Currently, since 2017, I am living in Chile, performing various activities and hoping to return to Venezuela soon, God willing. Alfredo, for me it is a great satisfaction to have you in Salsa Escrita, because I have always followed your career and your way of executing the rhythm with the drumsticks in the pailas.
Finally, we would like you to give us your digital platforms and a farewell message. Very well Professor Carlos Colmenárez, thanks for your good concepts towards me, you can contact me at the email: firstname.lastname@example.org and in Facebook: Alfredo Villamizar.
Thank you very much professor for allowing me to interact through the Barquisimeto Salsa Column, as is “Salsa Escrita”, which I think should be called with your permission “La Columna Salsera de Venezuela”, for the support you give to all the salseros of my dear country. Blessings and continue like this, Professor Carlos.
Briefs: Recently Oscar Pitín Sánchez, musician, director and arranger of the Peruvian hall, passed away. On August 15, Asocosalsa Barquisimeto arrived at its first anniversary.
Salsa Ephemeris: (21-08-1962) Gilberto Santa Rosa “El Caballero de la Salsa” was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Extraordinary and versatile sonero of outstanding participation in bands such as “Mario Ortiz’s Orchestra”, “La Grande Orquesta”, “La Puerto Rico All Stars”, “Willy Rosario’s Orchestra”, “La Puertorriqueña”, “La Primerísima de Puerto Rico”, “El Combo de Ayer” and his own orchestra. (21-08-1953) was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Argenis Carruyo “The Volcano of America”. Extraordinary interpreter of remembered participations with bands like “Guaco”, “El Súper Combo los Tropicales”, “La Dimensión Latina” and his own orchestra. (22-08-1942) was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, José Luis Pastrana Santos “Joey Pastrana”. (24-08-1919) born in Santa Isabel de las Lajas, Cuba, Bartolomé Maximiliano Moré Gutiérrez “Benny Moré”, “El Bárbaro del Ritmo”. He was one of the first in soneo. He had the honor of baptizing Don Ismael Rivera as “El Sonero Mayor”. Extraordinary interpreter of the son and pioneer of the current salsa brava, who was with “El Conjunto Cauto”, “Conjunto Matamoros”, “Orquesta de Bebo Valdés”, “La Orquesta Aragón” and its “Banda Gigante”.
Did you know: “There in the Marín neighborhood, my people from Venezuela, you can still hear a song, it is the one of the Madera Group, look! Que son de primera” sang Cheo Feliciano, as a tribute to this Venezuelan group in the final chorus of their song “Sobre una tumba humilde”, a song included in their production “Sentimiento tú” from 1980, the same year in which La Falca (boat style), which sailed over the Orinoco and carried the members of the group, capsized on its way to San Fernando de Atabapo, drowning in its sinking the lives of 11 musicians and artists from the Marín neighborhood of the San Agustín parish in Caracas.
Salsa lexicon: “Combo”, it is a type of orchestra that is developed in Cuba at the end of the 50s and prolific throughout the 60s. The orchestra was made up of several sections (winds, strings, percussion, among others), but only one instrument per section: a reduced orchestral formula, adapted to the small clubs of Havana.
Radio: Program “Al Ritmo de la Salsa Escrita”, with Carlos Colmenárez and Alicio Silva by Gerencia 91.7 FM, Saturdays and Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. Program “Por la Maceta Internacional” with Augusto Felibertt, through http://opcionfmradio.blogspot.com/, Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. Program “Archivo Caribeño”, with Gherson Maldonado, through Salsa Caribe 102.3 FM, Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m.
Remember not to leave your house…! Until next time and let’s keep salting!