I am a self-taught musician and singer. I play Spanish guitar, Bolivian
charango, Venezuelan Cuatro, Colombian Triple and a bit of Bolivian Quena.
I have written more than 50 songs. I have been singing in Scotland for
more than 30 years, becoming perhaps the oldest Latin-American performer
in Scotland. I always sing in Spanish. My music and style have been inspired
by the great Chilean folklorists, Violeta Parra, Victor Jara and by the
"New Song" movement of the Americas of the 60s and 70s. My music
also has been shaped by important events in recent Chilean history: The
Presidency of Salvador Allende (1970-1973) and the Pinochet dictatorship
(1973-1990). As I have been widely exposed to the Scottish folk scene
I have also been influenced by Scotland musical culture.
have performed all over Scotland, in Britain and abroad - in Chile, Peru,
Canada, Italy and Sweden. I have performed many times in live shows for
BBC radio ("Travelling Folk", "The Usual Suspects",
Burns Supper celebrations, etc.) In December 2003 I featured for a half
hour BBC radio programme called The World on our Streets". "Arredondo
has the kind of voice that could chant the Santiago telephone directory
and still tug the listener". Alastair Clark, The Scotsman.
promote other people's music
songs and music of Chileans songwriters Violeta Parra, Victor Jara, Patricio
Manns, and of the Chilean band Inti-illimani have always been part of
my repertoire. I also sung songs by Argentinean Atahualpa Yupanqui, Leon
Gieco, Mercedes Sosa. I also sing Chilean traditional songs and songs
from the Latin American repertoire. Also sing songs from what we call
in Chile "El repertorio popular" ("the "Popular Repertoire"):
boleros, tangos, Peruvian waltzes, and love songs. I have always encouraged
to have in my cultural activities Scottish musicians and singers.