“If for every thousand notes of anger, despair and pride, a chord of hope, a trill of love and a scale of wisdom were played, peace on earth would be an eternal concert.”
Carlos Eduardo Arellano
In the Beginnings
He was born in Ciudad Bolívar, Bolívar state in Venezuela on February 22, 1957 and at the age of 4 his family moved to the Táchira state in the south west of the country. At age 8 he began his musical studies with maestro Emilio Biggi and at 10 he entered the Miguel Ángel Espinel School of Music in the city of San Cristóbal and carried out formal studies in classical guitar, harmony, history and music theory.
In his adolescence and thanks to the powerful sound movements of the 70s, Carlos discovers various musical aspects that dramatically influence his musical career, ranging from traditional Andean and Afro-Venezuelan to rock, blues and jazz.
Youth in the 70s
At the age of 14 he began to play the electric bass, but a year later his passion for the guitar and especially the electric one was born, an instrument with which he established an intense but wonderful relationship in his musical career.
At the same time, he partners with a friend and starts an amplification company to liven up parties, with which his devotion to musical engineering is awakened and with which he delights his fans by playing the most acclaimed musical hit among the boys of the time. “Samba Pa Ti” by Carlos Santana.
In this stage he discovers his natural talent for electronics and audio and with the curiosity of a scientist and innovative technologist he ventures to experiment with interesting recording modes with home-made equipment in cassette format, which, in his first attempts had uncertain destinies and family annoyances.
At the age of 17 he began his studies at the Román Valecillos Normal School where he received piano instruction from important teachers such as Tomasso Romano and obtained, three years later, the degree of music teacher.
At the same time and in parallel he is studying at the Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira (UNET) in the career of industrial engineering. There, Carlos excels in music and in the field of electronics, technology, audio and recording. He is actively involved in the construction of the Audiovisual Media laboratories that were equipped by Japanese engineers.
He joins the Cine Club UNET, composes and produces the music for several films and plays that participated, and won, in national and international festivals. Such is the case of “Las Novias del Mendigo”, a work written by the distinguished Venezuelan novelist Rómulo Gallegos, directed by filmmaker Carlos Molina and winner at the Agua Linda International Film Festival, Brazil, with a mention for the best original music.
At the same time, he organizes and directs Latin rock and jazz groups such as the band “Kristal” that alternated with prominent national and international musicians and bands, such as Vitas Brener, Ilan Chester, Frank Quintero, Roberto Blades and many others.
At the age of 20, Carlos Eduardo is part of the jazz quartet of the pianist Virgilio Armas, participates in regional rock festivals and is the president of the company Novus Música Producciones with which he carries out countless works of musical production, public events, promotion of artists and recording.
He owns, directs and manages a studio with state-of-the-art technology for the time, which not only allows him to compose a large amount of brocasting music and jingles for radio and TV, both regionally and nationally, but also catapults him as a pioneer in the development of audio, recording and music production technologies from the west of the country.
Innovation and challenges
He has been an arranger, composer and performer in record productions for artists and institutions such as Enrique Hidalgo, Gualberto Ibarreto, Gerardo Chacón, Virgilio Armas, Rotary Club International, Televisora Regional del Táchira, Rajatabla, Televisora Niños Cantores del Zulia and Niños Cantores del Táchira.
In 1989, at only 32 years old, he assumed the musical direction of the Regional Television of Táchira, where, under his design, the first MIDI digital technology studio for music production in the West of the country was created. He composes all the original music for the television channel and makes a considerable number of commercials for regional and national television for important companies nationwide in conjunction with the video post-production department.
In 1995, he recorded and produced the CD called “Navidad Hoy” in which he includes 11 songs of popular Venezuelan Christmas music arranged with touches of modernity in which the renowned and late musician Domingo Moret and excellent national singers participate.
Carlos Eduardo has shared stages with countless musicians as a guest or as a band member at festivals, concerts, tours or recordings, such as Andrés Briceño, Pablo Gil, Roberto Koch, Gustavo Caruccí, Julio Andrade, Thomas Scarbee (Denmark), Scott Lerner (USA), Julio Flores, Miguel Chacón, María Virginia Ramírez, Otmaro Ruiz, Alexander Livinalli, Kitimba Jazz, María Rivas, Gualberto Ibarreto, Gerardo Chacón, Rubén Soto, Benjamin Carriel, Cheo Cárdenas, Pedro López, Víctor Cuica, Pedro Castillo, Miguel Hernández, Rodner Padilla, Gonzalo Micó, Ilan Chester, Luis Alvarado and Vitas Brenner.
He has been present at various events and festivals such as New Jazz at the Ana Julia Rojas hall in Caracas, concerts in Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), educational concert tour in Puerto Ordaz, San Cristóbal Jazz Festival, Merida Jazz Festival, with Pablo Gil and Andrés Briceño, 2nd. International Festival of Urban Music and the Jazz in Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) program, among others.
His musical approach is broad, with a varied prism of atmospheres, rhythms and trends, ranging from genres such as Latin jazz, jazz and samba fusion from Brazil, through world music and indigenous and Afro-Venezuelan music. His exhibition as a soloist revolves around the guitar, both electric and acoustic, and scat or improvisation-singing simultaneously to the instrument.
Carlos has dedicated more than 40 years to teaching and instructing instrumental musicians with his school for advanced musicians and students of audio and music production. There are more than 300 Venezuelan students and other nationalities who have sought your musical and technical guide in a personalized way or online.
Carlos is director and CEO of JamForeverMusic.com, a portal where you can find products related to the music and audio market, his own musical works and creations, videos and informative material; in addition to original music for accompaniment or backing tracks created in a variety of musical styles and in which he displays his capacity as a composer, arranger and special interpretive versatility.
Carlos Eduardo Arellano currently works as an independent consultant in the area of music production and carrying out activities and jobs as a Beta Tester, creator of demos and presets, technical support, host, main moderator in forums for companies and developers in the area of music and music computing. audio such as: PG Music (Band-in-a-Box) Overloud, Rob Papen, UJAM, Synapse Audio, Sugar Bytes, kv331 SynthMaster, DS-Audio, Feel Your Sound, Modern Audio, Cable Guys, Scaler (Plugin Boutique), VirtualGuitarForum (Boss Roland libraries), WA Production, Venomode.
In recent years he has been delving into the subject of electronic music, whose rise is generating a new vision and perspective to the world musical universe, thanks to digital computer media of musical production, without losing the essence and human sense and in fusion with different styles.