Ismael Barrios

Ismael Barrios Orozco

Percussion Tutor

Ismael Barrios grew up with the cuatro, the small four-stringed Venezuelan guitar, as well as with the percussion instruments of the Afro-Cuban music of his native Venezuela. In 1982 he came to Austria, where he initially studied classical guitar, but his passion for percussion eventually took hold.

Collaboration with artists in the classical field:
From 2008 to 2016 touring with Martin Grubinger in different lineups, live recording in the Cologne Philharmonic of the Percussive Planet DVD and in the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Camerata Salzburg live CD recording, opening of the Vienna Festival (2012), Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna (2015). Concerts with Martin Grubinger and the Camerata Salzburg, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Lichtenstein Orchestra conducted by John Axelroth, Ariel Zuckermann, Christian Järvi, Christian Vazquez, etc., as well as with soloists Benjamin Schmid, Pekka Kuusisto, Andreas Schnieder, Trilok Gurtu etc.
at the Musikverein Vienna and Graz, Konzerthaus Vienna, Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, Berlin, Cologne and Bremen Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Canary Islands, Barcelona, Munich (Am Gasteig) etc.

Festivals and concert halls: Jazzsommer Graz, Saalfelden Jazz Festival, Murszene Graz, Porgy & Bess, Freudenhaus Lustenau, Orpheum Graz, Kasematten-Bühne Graz, Burg Arena Finkenstein, Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt, styriarte, Psalm, La strada, Serenata, Salzburg Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival, Beethoven Festival Bonn, Berliner, Bremer, Kölner and Münchner Philharmonie, Musikverein Wien, Stefaniensaal Graz (Musikverein), Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, Canary Islands, Barcelona, Madrid, London, Amsterdam, Strasbourg, Budapest, Rome, Marburg, Ljubljana, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Zagreb, Bratislava, Caracas and others. a. cities in Venezuela, Jamaica, Bahamas etc.

Collaboration in ethno, jazz and blues:
Karen Asatrian & Armenia Spirit, Arnoldo Moreno & Orinoquia, Jon Sass, Wolfgang Puschnig, Mark Murphy, Karl Ratzer, Berndt Luef Jazztett Forum, Ripoff Raskolnikov, Ian Sigal, Markus Schirmer with Scurdia, Alegre Correa, Mamadou Diabate, Gert Schuller, Peter Herbolzheimer, Karlheinz Miklin, Erich Kleinschuster, Toti Big Band (Slovenia), Sigi Feigl Big Band South etc.
Pop and rock section:
Papermoon, Opus, STS, EAV, Tim Tim, Marianne Mendt, Wolfgang Ambros, Falco etc.
Theater and Musical:
Faces & Places by Günter Meinhart and the Studio Percussion Graz
Zumbi by and with Augusto Boal (Schauspielhaus Graz)
Die Geierwally (the most successful musical in Styria by Reinhard P. Gruber with music by Andreas Safer and Reinhard Ziegerhofer)
The Jungle Book by Robert Persché (Stadttheater Klagenfurt)
Simba oder das Löwenland (by Herwig & Brigitta Thelen: Graz Opera, Klagenfurt and Vienna)

current own projects:
El camino a la libertad (music by Rubén Blades, Silvio Rodríguez, Ariel Ramírez uva. & traditional folk music from Venezuela, presented at Psalm 2019 in Helmut List Halle/Graz, instrumentation: violin, cello, flute, accordion, bass, drums, percussion, marimba, cuatro, bandola, tres)
Ismael Barrios Salsa Explosion (11-13-piece salsa band, 4 horns, 4 singers, rhythm section)
Buena vista project (6-piece band in the footsteps of the Son Cubano)
Teaching activity:
Workshop leader for percussion for the Ministry of Culture Vienna as well as for cultural institutes in Vienna, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia and percussion seminars at the Landeskonservatorium Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Graz.
Rhythm courses for children and teenagers
Lecturer for percussion at the International Seminar for body-related psychotherapy, body therapy and body art in Bad Gleichenberg/Styria
Speaker at the Austrian Percussion Camp
Seminars for dance & percussion with the vice world champion in salsa dance Anke Obermeyer
Teacher at Studio Percussion School Graz
Senior Lecturer for Percussion at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG, Department of Music Education)
Senior Lecturer for Percussion at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW, IPOP)