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Desmar Guevara

A composer and pianist, is a champion of new music idioms in Musical Theater and Latin Jazz. He studied at the Escuela Libre de Música in Puerto Rico and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since the early ‘90s, he has worked on numerous theatrical projects and stays active in the Latin jazz concert and studio circuits. Guevara has collaborated, performed, and/or toured with important musical artists such as Danny Rivera, Celia Cruz, Tito Nieves, Andy Montañez, Soledad Bravo, Xiomara Fortuna, Cucco Peña, Pedro Martínez, Willy’s NYC Salsa Project, Viento de Agua, Afromantra, Felix D’Oleo and Willie Colón among others. Also he work for different advertisement companies producing TV/Radio commercials like Ashley’s Furniture, Folgers coffee, Coors Light, Coca Cola, Burger King, Amoco just name a few. He is founder and director of chamber jazz ensemble Taller Sicá, with whom he released a full-length CD in 2005 and is now preparing a second.
His recent theatrical scores, Grados Inefables for Piano and string quartet, Harlem Hellfighters on a Latin Beat 2010, Game Over 2008, a Latino musical theater adaptation of The Book of Job, The Exchange, Betsy, Pregones Theater’s The Red Rose/La Rosa Roja, won him multiple ACE and HOLA awards; he also produced the original cast recording CD released in March 2006. In February 2008 was the Premier of Marina Y Aurora a symphonic work dedicated to the 1937 Ponce Massacre’s victims commissioned by MULTICULTURAL MUSIC GROUP.
Guevara is also recipient of a 2012 NPN Creation Fond Commission, 2006 Career Advancement Fellowship from Ford Foundation, and was previously a NYFA Fellow in Music Composition, a Bronx BRIO awardee, and a grantee of the TCG/Pew Trusts National Theatre Artist Program. He composed Cantata a Palés a tribute to Afro Puerto Rican Poet Luis Palés Matos musicalizing the poems on a four vocal part harmonies and orchestra, His film-scoring credits include score Camino Bravo, Consensual Injustice and Clasificados. He is traveling to Europe to collaborate on a new project, a virtual art school with artists in Belgium and Slovakia.