Ikaro Valderrama

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Ikaro is a traveler musician, singing master, performer and writer from the Colombian Andes. He defines his self as a kind of modern nomad, open to explore different geographies, traditions and rhythms. Therefore, his art is an intersection of multiple influences and experiences. Since five years ago he has been living in a transit between many countries of Latin America and Siberia, assimilating the cultural heritage and developing a very unique style of music.

During his travels Ikaro performs as a soloist and in cooperative projects with different artists (photographers, musicians, poets, dancers, film makers, martial artists…). As a musician he has launched two albums; the first one, Sonido Nómada (Nomadic Sound) was recorded in Bogotá with the Altaic singer Chedergen Tadyrova. On July of 2014 Ikaro launched his second album, TransBaikal 2.1., with a big concert in Olkhon Island, Siberia.

As a writer he has published a book of Short Stories (Cuentos de Minicuentos, 2010; 2013, signed with the heteronym of Tundama Ortiz), Ventanas del silencio / Windows of silence (haikus with photos of Andres Vergara); and Siberia into your eyes, an autobiographical book inspired on his travels in Siberia, published by El Peregrino Editores (Inmigrantes 4, 2014).

Ikaro has studied different kinds and techniques of singing, for example, Indian classical singing (with the international Masters Anandita Basú and Makhua Mujerkje); siberian and Tibetan throat singing (in the Ural Mountains with the master Ilham Baibuldyn and khoomei with teachers from Tuvan Republic); ritual music from the Andes and Amazonian Rain Forest (with different ethnic groups in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru), and another oriental techniques, as the Kotodama, from Japan. He also plays a wide range of musical instruments from different countries.

Now he is making concerts and workshops in many cities of Russia, South America and India.

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