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Biography

(Montevideo, Uruguay 1960)

gustavo.vuurland.2.kleinI came into contact with the guitar as a child and we have been inseparable ever since.

My first classes were with an old teacher in the El Cordon district of Montevideo. It was he who helped me make the transition within a few years from the classical guitar of Sor and Carcassi to the traditional gaucho guitar of the milonga,  vidalita and estilo. These latter guitar put their musical stamp on me once and for all thanks my experiences from early childhood and adolescence in the countryside around Tacuarembó, in the heart of Uruguay. There the guitar sings and makes people dance during rural fiestas. Years later, I sporadically received more academic training with the Uruguayan guitarist Magdalena Jimeno  from NEMUS (Núcleo de Educación Musical Institute) and in Amsterdam, for a couple of years, at the Sweelinck Conservatory. But my true (more self-taught than academic) training occurred on stage with other musicians. I had already started performing in public at the age of 19 going onto play in groups, solo and in several cases accompanying singers; activities I used to engage until some years ago. It was during this time that I created my first songs, musical poems.

In this period some recordings were made, prior to the digital era: El Retorno (1983), Vida y Oficios (1984) and Aparceros (1988).  My first instrumental CD for works by two guitars appeared while I was living in the Netherlands called Papas Calientes (1998), with the Dutch classical guitarist Esther Steenbergen.