Arthur Kampela (b. 1960 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), winner of the 1995 International Guitar Composition Competition (Caracas, Venezuela) and winner of the 1998 Lamarque-Pons Guitar Composition Competition (Montevideo, Uruguay), is internationally recognized as both composer and virtuoso guitar player. Kampela has broken new ground in two particular ways: first, in his native country as a sort of Brazilian Frank Zappa, he has fused popular and vernacular styles with contemporary textural techniques. Second, he has developed new extended techniques for acoustic instruments. In his series of Percussion Studies for solo guitar, Kampela has created an entirely new playing technique, denominated Tapping Technique, combining in a compelling and seamless manner, traditional techniques and noise oriented, percussive effects. He has received numerous commissions and awards, from the Rio-Arte Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, New Music Consort, Carioca Guitar Quartet, Helsinki Biennial and fellowships from the Brazilian Government (CNPq) and Columbia University, among others. Recent achievements (1995-00) include: Festival Archipell (2000), Switzerland, with Quimbanda for electric guitar played by Wieck Hijmans; lecturer, guest composer and juror at the International Guitar Competition, in Caracas, Venezuela (97); participation in the Sonidos de las Americas - American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, NYC (96); selected for the ISCM'96 and '97, in Copenha...
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