Project "The Guitar in Argentina & Latin America"

State Press Magazine (Phoenix - USA)

The project

Following the suggestions of the Teachers Narciso Yepes and Eduardo Falú, in 1993 Néstor Benito created the project “La Guitarra en Argentina & Latinoamérica” with the aim of disseminating important and previously unknown guitar composers and their works for guitar.

The project immerses itself in the world of the guitar by spreading the instrument and understanding the music of the different regions of our continent.
The guitar has a vast and rich musical literature, which has been developing in the world since the 18th century.
Argentina and Latin America have been and are the cradle of great guitarists and composers, the Rio de la Plata guitar school in the first half of the 20th century has had international relevance and influence.
Our region has important guitarists and composers who have made extraordinary contributions to the evolution of the instrument, forming guitar schools from which important international interpreters have emerged that today have multiplied throughout our territory.

"The Guitar in Argentina & Latin America" proposes to rediscover those guitar pioneers and go out in search of the current composers, their music, and also the luthiers who research and contribute innovations in the construction of guitars, to improve the sound and the quality of the instrument, approaching those who have discovered their way of expression on the guitar, to spread their work and show their art.
Discover the universe of the guitar in its different facets and in the different musical genres, from classical music to popular music.
As a solo instrument, in duos, trios, quartets, in the chamber and symphony orchestra, and the possibilities of interrelation with other instruments (Flute, Violin, Bandoneon, Piano, etc),

Actions done

Néstor Benito made the first world recording of Eduardo Falú's “Suite Argentina”, in the original version for solo guitar, on the album “OBRAS” produced by the Argentine musician and composer Litto Nebbia for the Melopea label, it originated to the CD "La Guitarra en la Argentina" the first album of the project.
He also premiered the complete work for guitar by José Franchini, dedicated to him; and works and arrangements by the Argentine composers Carlos Padró, Saúl Cosentino, Antonio Luzzi, by the Nicaraguan Enrique Téllez, and the Salvadoran Carlos Payés.

Under the auspices of the General Direction of Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Argentine Republic, he has toured internationally presenting "The Guitar in Argentina & Latin America" ​​at theaters and universities in Chicago, St. Louis, Missouri, Branson, Indiana, Michigan, Los Ángeles, Fullerton, Pomona, Santa Ana - California, Arizona, Washington DC - United States, Mexico City, "LA CAPILLA" International Guitar Festival, Mexico City, Tepeji del Río, Actopan, Hidalgo, Guadalajara, JUNIO MUSICAL International Festival, Xalapa - Mexico, Bogotá - Colombia, San Salvador , Permanent International Art Festival of Suchitoto, El Salvador 2003/2004/2017. Suchitoto - El Salvador, and Panamanian Guitar Circle - Panama.
Presentations on Radio Educación, Radio Universidad, Radio XEW and TV Televisa - México, Chanel 6 Managua - Nicaragua, TTVES - El Salvador, TV Argentina and Radio Nacional Argentina.
Master Classes on Argentine and Latin American music, interpretation and guitar techniques, at Arizona State University, Maricopa Community Colleges - Glendale Music Department - Arizona, Maricopa Community Colleges - Scottsdale –Arizona, International Education Program - USA, California State University (Fullerton ) Los Angeles - United States, Veracruzana University, Faculty of Music - Xalapa - Mexico, National University of Colombia, CONCULTURA - El Salvador, and Panama.