Luis Valenz-Ciapara (Luis Alonso Valenzuela Ciapara)
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I am a professional musician for more than 25 years in Mexico. Guitarist, singer, music teacher, Choir conductor, arranger-composer, music teacher and architect. I am graduated from the Faculty of Music, National Autonomous University of México (UNAM). I obtained a B.A. degree in Music Education, and also studied classical guitar and singing (baritone) at the same school.

As a performer and arranger, I have experience mainly in three musical veins: 1) As a Guitar player. I play eclectic works from several styles on guitar, specifically Latin-American and classical music, blues-jazz-prog, with my own arrangements. 2) Creating sheet music (transcribing, arranging, composing and songwriting). I have composed and arranged music for several formats, like combos, choirs, ensembles or single guitar. 3) I sing traditional Mexican music with guitar accompaniment, also Spaniard, Latin-American and Italian songs.

I took courses in choral conducting with Cecilia Velázquez and Professor Jose Antonio Ávila, musical education with Jos Wuytack and composition with Lucía Álvarez. In 2001, I took a master class about chamber choir ensembles with "The King's Singers" at UNAM's Cultural Center.
While living in Mexico City, I was a member of the National School of Music Choir (Mexico City) for seven years, singing Choral-Symphonic works, operas and choral works a capella or with piano accompaniment. I was guitarist and singer in Kitzia Weiss's band specializing in Children´s music.

As part of my creative work, I composed an original music for Rudyard Kipling's musical play opus “The cat that walked by herself” and recorded an album with singer and troubadour Francisco Saucedo, and other CD with the world music group “Madre Tierra” (Mother Earth).
In Tijuana, I have been a faculty member with the Orchestra of Baja California's Conservatory of Music where I was the Children’s choir director, and I have also conducted the Tijuana Opera's children choir and The Iberoamericana University of the Northwest Choir (UIA). In addition, I performed with a musical, theatrical and interactive show for children called “¡Al ánimo!” (Cheer up!). I conducted the Children’s Choir of the Tijuana Youth Symphonic Orchestra.

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