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MP3 Manuel Obregůn - Mangorť

Successful pianist Manuel Obreg√≥n translates and interprets the work of Agust√≠n Barrios ‚ÄúMangor√©‚ÄĚ, celebrated Paraguayan guitarrist who composed over 300 pieces and became known because of his virtuosity, his talent and his eccentric stage personna.

8 MP3 Songs
CLASSICAL: Traditional, JAZZ: World Fusion


Was born in Paraguay in 1885. At 13 years of age, he became one of the youngest university students in the history of Paraguay after obtaining a scholarship to study music at Colegio Nacional de Asunción. During his musica career, he wrote over 300 hundred pieces for guitar, recorded the very first classical guitar gramophone recording, gained worldwide notoriety for his virtuosity with this instrument and studied and translated the work of the great musical masters. However, his main artistic feature was to carve his own imprint on the roots of American music.

He gave concerts all over America and Europe: he performed in the National Theater in Costa Rica in 1933 and in 1939, and lived his final years in El Salvador, where he died in 1944.

Eloquent and intense, Barrios was also involved in philosophy, languages, poetry, graphic art and journalism.


Born in San José, Costa Rica in 1961, and within a family of long political tradition, Manuel Obregón began studying the piano when he was 7 years old with his grandmother, and he continued in the University of Costa Rica Conservatory and in the Royal Superior Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain. In 1982, he enroled in the Jazz and Modern Music Room with professor Jean Luc Vallet in Barcelona, Spain, and with Silvano Bazan in the Swiss Jazz School in Brna, Switzerland.

Pianist, composer and producer, Manuel Obregón, owns 15 recordings as a soloist and many more as a guest musician, producer and musical director. He has focused his creative work in Central American music and its relation to the natural environment for the last 10 years. In January 2002, he was able to give birth to the very first Central American music iniciative known as La Orquesta de la Papaya, the Papaya Orchestra. In January 2003 this iniciative broadened with the creation of Papaya Music, a company in which professionals work together in order to rescue Central American music and making it known within and beyond its borders. Their primary objectives are recording, producing and distributing Central American music, since they consider this to be among the most interesting yet unknown artistic expressions.

In October 2000, Manuel Obregón received the Concert of the Year Award by musical critics of the city of New Orleans and he is declared Honorary International Citizen of this city by the Mayor Mr. Marc H. Morial.

His urge for experimenting has lead Manuel Obregón down the roads of theater, cinema and dance. Jazz has been the base for his ideas and the best way to get in touch with nature and with traditional music. He summarizes academic formation, tradition and experimentation.

Manuel Obreg√≥n has translated to piano the work of the talented Paraguayan guitarrist '' Barrios Mangor√© (1885-1940), and later recorded in the Klangstudio Leyhone in Germany, and ‚ÄúMangor√©‚ÄĚ was released in 2000.
He has also recorded several Cds of his own compositions: Piano Solo (1992), ‚ÄúConcierto del Farolito‚ÄĚ(1993), ‚ÄúSortilegio‚ÄĚ(1994), ‚ÄúPiano y √Āngel Ausente‚ÄĚ(1995), ‚ÄúSin Ton ni Son‚ÄĚ (1996), ‚ÄúPasi√≥n‚ÄĚ(1997), Simbiosis (1998), ‚ÄúLa Isla de la Pasi√≥n‚ÄĚ(1999), ‚ÄúG√©nesis‚ÄĚ(2000), ‚ÄúOM‚ÄĚ(2001) ‚ÄúManuel Obreg√≥n y la Orquesta de la Papaya‚ÄĚ (2002), Wade in the Water (2003) and ‚ÄúTierra de la Dulce Espera‚ÄĚ (2005)

He has received many awards from the Costa Rican Composers and Musical Authors Association (ACAM) and the Best Original Music Award in the Cremona Film Festival in Italy for the soundtrack for the Costa Rican film "Password, una mirada en la oscuridad‚ÄĚ.

Manuel Obreg√≥n is also part of the group Malpa√≠s, the most successful band in Costa Rica today. With Malpa√≠s, Obreg√≥n has released two albums: ‚ÄúUno‚ÄĚ (2002) and ‚ÄúHistorias de Nadie‚ÄĚ (2004) and has sold over 18,000 copies of them in Costa Rica alone. Malpa√≠s concerts are known to attract massive audiences in capital city San Jos√©, an accomplishment previously reserved for international artists only. Malpa√≠s has performed on Mexico City, Memphis and Managua with raging success.

At he begining of 2006, Manuel Obregón and Papaya Music produced the first edition of the Papaya Fest, their own Central American music festival, which took place in San José, Costa Rica. This festival gathered over 60 musicians from the 7 countries from the isthmus in a week-long celebration.

Today, Manuel Obreg√≥n is working on two large musical projects. Along with the Avina Foundation, he is producing the show ‚ÄúSubmarine Trance‚ÄĚ, which portrays the beautiful underwater areas endangered by human activity.

Apart from this, he is in an intense research stage to form a new orchestra: La Orquesta de las Misiones will reflect the merge between indigenous music from different regions in South America and the barroque music developed in the continent inside Jesuit Missions. He also directed the research annd recording of the CD Calypso Limón Legends, a rebirth of Costa Rica''s own calypso music, alongside calypso expert Manuel Monestel and local calypsonians. Manuel Obregón is an artist on permanent transformation, always under''''taking new genres and styles.

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