Based in Barcelona (Spain), Obdara Trio is formed by guitarist and composer Walfrido Dominguez (Havana, Cuba), guitarist Farid Bechara (Medellín, Colombia), and clarinetist Bartolomé García-Plata (Barcelona, Spain). They started this project in June 2012 and despite its short history, the trio has an album (Los tres golpes, 2014), has participated in guitar festivals as "GUITARREUS" in the city of Reus-Catalonia, "Guitares du Mon" in Perpignan-France, the XVth International Guitar Festival of Albacete, and has performed successful concerts in the cities of Sant Antimo and Naples in Italy.
Obdara Trio is a unique chamber ensemble featuring two guitars and a clarinet. They interpret an enjoyable variety of Cuban-inspired music, both classical and contemporary. Their repertoire consists primarily of the ensemble’s own original compositions and variations on popular and traditional music. They delightfully show the richness and imaginative variety in popular Cuban genres –ranging from afro-Cuban rhythms to reinterpretations of son, cha-cha-cha or guaguanco–, and honouring also some of the most celebrated classical Cuban composers. Each of their concerts showcases a blend of technical mastery with fun, contemporary arrangements influenced by modern genres such as jazz, blues, rock or funk.
(1954, La Havana, Cuba)
Walfrido had receive classical guitar training with renowed teacher Isaac Nicola at the Instituto Superior de Arte in La Habana, where he graduated in 1982. From the beginning, Walfrido’s career as a performer, arranger and composer focuses on genres and rhythms of Cuban popular music, for which he is intimately familiar. Walfrido Dominguez, who has been awarded in different competitions in Cuba, is the author of several songs and compositions for solo guitar and instrumental ensembles. He also composed music for theater and movies. As an interpreter, Walfrido has been part of different chamber ensembles. He integrated “Guitarra 4” (with Rey Guerra, Carlos Alberto Lloró and Eduardo Martín) and subsequently “Duo Confluencia”, with guitarist Eduardo Martin, with whom he toured Cuba, Uruguay, Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. Together, they did several recordings and featured in many radio and television programmes. Walfrido has subsequently been part of the “Cuarteto Imaginario” (with guitarists Eduardo Martín, Francisco Gamallo and José Ignacio López), and of “Habana Duet” (with guitarist Edel Muñoz), among others.
Farid Bechara Botero
(1981, Medellín, Colombia)
Farid attended the Faculty of Arts of the Universidad de Antioquia, in Medellín, where he studied classical guitar under the direction of Roberto Fernández and Jesús Marín, and he graduated in 2007. Subsequently, in this same institution he finished a MD in Art Studies and Musical Performance. After graduating he sets in Barcelona where he received a MD degree in musicology and music education from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Also, he completed his guitar training with Guillem Pérez-Quer at the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceu. He also attended master classes with Brigitte Zaczek, Alvaro Pierri, Oscar Ghiglia, Luis Orlandini, Eduardo Isaac, Andrew York, Ana Vidovic, Siewers Isabel, Pablo Marquez, among others. From the beginning of his career, he has combined his work as a guitar teacher, with an intense and constant activity as a concertist, both as a soloist and member of chamber groups as Trío de guitarras de Medellín, the early music ensemble La Corte, and the violin-guitar duo Sull Ponticello, performing concerts mainly in Colombia, and other countries such as Argentina and Spain.
Bartolomé García-Plata Gironés
(1977, Barcelona, Spain)
Bartolomé studied at the Conservatorio de Música of Barcelona and in the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceu where he graduated as a clarinetist. He also participated in several master classes given by J.Devesa, L. Passin, J. Fuster and C. Riera, among others, and has worked with musicians such as P. Busquets, K. Franke, Angel Soler and Luiz de Moura. He played in various orchestras and ensembles as the Orquestra Sinfónica de Sant Cugat, Orquestra de Cambra del Teatre del Liceu, Orquestra de Cambra Catalana, Ensemble Obert, the musical-comedy group La Trova, Dipasón chamber group and l'Ensemble de l'Associació Catalana de Compositors (ACC), touring Spain, Buenos Aires, Rosario, Seoul and Bratislava. In his role as soloist, he was awarded with the Podiums price (2006) for the best performance of a Catalan work, and the following year he toured the state of Connecticut (USA). Currently, Bartolomé is the director of the Raval's Band and Asociación Musical Pau Casals. He works as clarinet teacher at Escola de Musics JPC. He is also part of the jury of the programs musics al carrer and musics al metro de Barcelona.