“One of the brightest artists to have emerged from the new music scene in Argentina”
Manu Sija young Argentinean multi-instrumentalist from Tucuman who successfully blends improvisation with Latin folk languages, delivering in a very unique way his original arrangement. His palet goes from Violeta Parra, Atahualpa Yupanqui, to Juan Falu, Lucho Hoyos and other Argentinean composers with a jazzy treatment without leaving the folkloric roots. Manu has made presentations in United States, Argentina, Colombia,Venezuela and Ecuador.
He has played as a guest with Carlos Vives, Marta Gómez,Leon Gieco, Nano Stern, and Divididos among others. In the past years Manu has opened a new musical path, earning recognition from many Argentinean folklore masters He studied violin career in the Conservatory of Tucumán, and guitar in the school of music of the National University of Tucumán. Manu Sija developed a natural ability to play all the instruments. “I learned by intuition, my father passed me the first chords on the guitar and then I continued alone,” says the Tucuman musician, who today, at 21, begins a cycle of three Thursdays at the Bebop Club, Moreno 364. Last year the musician, composer, arranger and singer released his live album, Manu Sija Trío, in which he masterfully reinterprets works by Violeta Parra, Chivo Valladares, Atahualpa Yupanqui and Lucho Hoyos. “I used to sing them at home and little by little I came up with a personal way of doing them, they have a lot to do with me because I’m from there, and there are other influences that come from other music, like Jean Luc Ponty or Pat Metheny, He opened his head musically.” In 2013, Pat Metheny discovered his skills from a video that Manu Sija recorded in the back of his house in the rural area of Balderrama, 50 kilometers from the capital of Tucuman, performing a version of “First Circle”, by Metheny, playing all the instruments: guitar, bass, keyboards, violin and drums. “Pat saw me in that video and three years later we met in New York, he came to see me at a concert in a jazz club and he invited me to his house to play, I still cannot believe it.”
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