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Soto, Pere

Pere Soto

Pere Soto

Born in Badalona (Catalonia, Spain). Guitar player, composer, arranger, music producer. His family was of humble class, and for this reason, he could never afford a quality electric guitar until he was 20 years old, seeing his dad who was accumulating credibility thanks to his concerts, radio programs and the local press decided to buy his first guitar, a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. It was the first left-handed Gibson guitar that came to Spain, they told him at the New-Phono music store in Barcelona. Until that moment He had always been asking for borrowed a guitar to anyone, either by a friend or like once happens by a missionary from the Carmelite Church, where he was playing every Sunday in the church band. That missioner lent him a guitar "Framus" for a long time. Perhaps that is the reason that at present he can also play the guitar with the strings upside down (since he is left-handed) because of the habit of playing with "normal" borrowed guitars for so long.

At age 17 he decided to finish his studies in mercantile expertise after a problem of mental exhaustion because he worked ten hours a day, and another four continued his studies at night and on weekends playing wherever he could. Apart combined all that with his favourite hobby was to play Ping Pong (table tennis) at a club in the city and becoming champion of Badalona later on. That took him to a level of stress that caused an emotional relapse and nervous breakdown of great magnitude. Then he had no choice but to stop working on anything that was not music which caused him a big problem with his father, who was an entrepreneur and one of the best European printing technicians. It should be added that every time he tried to study at the music conservatory in his city, regularly he was forbidden to examine and get the degree, himself because he was left-handed and in those moments that the country was governed by the dictatorship of General Franco that was forbidden. He understood that his training should be self-taught and launched for it.

Self-taught musician.

He is known in the international scene for his esthetical flexibility that covers styles as unalike as gypsy jazz, free jazz, Avantgarde, jazz fusion, Bebop and, in classical music, contemporary and electroacoustic music, mostly XX century styles. Currently, his work as a composer exceeds the amount of 1000 registered compositions at the SGAE, (Sociedad General de Autores de España) among Jazz music and classical music. He is also currently active as a music producer, with his own recording studio and as a consultant-engraver for music publishing companies, schools, etc. He is publishing his works with three publishing Co.; from Catalonia - Clivis publication and La Ma de guido, and from Denmark - Bergmann Edition.