"Actually, my first guitar was a picture of an album cover which I pretended to play. This happened when I was nine. Finally, my mother took notice of this fascination and bought me my first guitar when I was 11 years old. Once I got my hands on the guitar, (a beautiful japanese Teisco with its amp and Vox distortion pedal, "Thanks Mom!") I never stopped playing!. I spent hours listenning to such music greats like Eric clapton, Hendrix and John Maclaughing. I confess that I was really confused with John's style, but this symbolized my entrance into the jazz-fussion genre at 17 something I'd never noticed before 1968.
In 1989 I formed the "Joel Barraza Band" and began playing my own music. Titles like "Olocuilta Blues", "Pizco en Cuzco" and others (Check videos below). All this happened in Rio De Janeiro where I'd been living for 20 years.
I lived in the United States for 5 years. One year in the East Bay San Francisco (1998) and 2 years in Atlanta (1999-2001), sharing music experiences with local musicians, including participating and winning the Mar's Guitar Contest in Atlanta playing Clapton't Crossroads. This was very funny because at the time I just wanted to play guitar and network with the musicians in the Atlanta scene. The rest of the time in the USA I lived in Miami where I worked as a landscaper and where nothing happened for me as a musician, probably because I didn't know how to play "La Cucaracha" well enough!
Now, I am settled in San Salvador, working on 2 different CD projects of my own stuff, teaching and composing music for several local theater scores.
What gear do you use?
Ibanez SABER, pro radio. 25 years old!!
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Return to Forever - Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Visions of the Emerald Beyond