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"Colombian maestro calls Mosman home"

Colombian maestro calls Mosman home



RAFA Godoy's parents must have had a glimpse into the future when they named their son after his grandather, acclaimed Colombian composer Rafael Godoy.

Because true to his name, Rafa has developed a passion for music (although he's dropped the ``el'' of his name to make it different).

Rafa is trained in classic guitar and began learning at the age of 10 with Antonio Zapata in Caracas.

He moved to the US to study music while still young but was not happy with that nation's music scene and, aged 20, he sought out musical freedom in Australia.

He now lives at Mosman.
``Australia is very friendly. Australians are not afraid to listen to music from other cultures,'' he said.

Rafa now combines his guitar talent with his own compositions and electronic sound.

Last year, he released a CD, Nostalgia, featuring traditional music from Venezuela.

He has recently launched a new EP entitled Dialogo which showcases his synthesis of styles.

``It takes a lot of courage to come to a country on your own without family and friends so the rest is not so difficult,'' he said.

Rafa will perform at Sol's Deck Bar at Taylor Square at 8pm on August 23.
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© 2006 Cumberland Newspaper Group
- Cumberland newspaper Mosman Daily


-Rafa Godoy. Nostalgia. 2005 (A collection of Venezuelan music) Acoustic guitar and vocals.
-Rafa Godoy. Dialogo. 2006 (A mixture of Electronic and World music). Released through MGM/Green Media Distribution.


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Rafael Ernesto Godoy was born in Caracas-Venezuela in 1980. The grandson of Colombian composer Rafael Godoy, started studying classical guitar and Venezuelan music with Antonio Zapata at the age of 12. As a teenager Rafael played in several rock-pop bands, however, at the same time he never forgot about Venezuelan traditional music.

At the age of 19 Rafael moved to Sydney-Australia, where he studied classical guitar, composition, performance and electronic music with Dr. Trevor Pearce, Ken Burns, Kemo Bunguric and Shannon O'Neil.

Media has also played an important role for Rafael Godoy. In 2003-2004 Rafael produced and wrote music for three short films in Sydney .

In 2005 Rafael released Nostalgia, a CD containing traditional music from Venezuela . In August 5th 2006 ::Dialogo:: was successfully released in Sydney. This EP is an eclectic mixture of electronic and acoustic music.

:: B.A Music and Performance (UNE) Australia
:: Grad. Dip. MAP (UTS) Australia
:: Grad. Dip. Ed. MUSIC (UNE) Australia
:: Dip. Audio Engineering (TAS) Venezuela

Festivals Rafa Godoy has performed includes:

Manly Jazz Festival 2004

Newport Arms Festival 2004

Autumn Festival Armidale 2005

South American Bondi Festival 2006