Rodrigo Montoya

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He was born in São Paulo and has been dedicating to free improvisation since 2003. His main work in Brazil is with Abaetetuba collective since 2004. He had played soprano saxophone until 2006, later he moved on to guitar. In 2006 he specialized in the shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese instrument. He began studying it at Minyo Association of Japanese Culture, in Liberdade (São Paulo’s Japantown), and in 2013 he started playing another Japanese instrument called Biwa. In his music, he develops an original language in his instruments, always seeking different ways to approach them. In 2008 he left Brazil to live in London where he actively joined the European free improvisation scene. In 2011 he returned to Brazil and resumed his project with the Abaetetuba collective. He has played with musicians and artists from various parts of the world such as Antonio Panda Gianfratti, Marcio Mattos, Yedo Gibson, Renato Ferreira, Thomas Rohrer, Luiz Gubeissi, Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Alex Ward, Steve Noble, Moshi Honen, Lê Quan Ninh, Roger Turner, Javier Carmona, Ricardo Tejero, Paloma Carrasco Guillaume Viltard, Raymond Macdonald, Sabu Toyozumi, Caroline Kraabel, Luo Chao-Yun, Terry Day, Damo Suzuki, Toto Alvarez, Ignacio Moreno Fluxà, Eddie Prévost’s workshop series, Orquesta Foco (Madrid), London Improvisers Orchestra and many others. He has collaborated in projects with cinema, theater, poetry, dance, and performance in countries such as England, Spain, Holland, Australia, Chile, and Brazil.