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Let The Sun Shine on Me and Make Me Feel Special


You can now download for free three excerpts from the latest Arturo en el Barco work “Let The Sun Shine on Me and Make Me Feel Special” at

“Let The Sun Shine on Me and Make Me Feel Special” marks the first undertaking of the newly-reformed Arturo en el Barco. This collection of six new songs explore feelings of isolation, abandonment, longing and desperation through layering of strings, voices, accordions, horns, toys and electronics. The three songs presented here in this demo are an excerpt from the complete work which was recorded live during a performance of the ensemble on January 31st, 2010 at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC.

Special thanks to José A. Olivares for mixing the tracks and Leonardo Velázquez for the beautiful artwork!

Also, now you can follow us on twitter at

First show of the year at LPR


Arturo en el Barco will be performing in Redhooker’s CD Release Party this Sunday January 31st at (Le) Poisson Rouge.  This show it’s going to be really nice and I can’t wait to play again with everyone!


We are now an ensemble!


When I started Arturo en el Barco five years ago, I originally thought of the project as a live chamber ensemble even though it took the form of a solo endeavor.  But now it’s finally happening! We are finally an ensemble. I’m very happy to announce the debut of the new AEEB as part of the great Archipelago Series from New Amsterdam Records. We’ll be playing on Friday Nov. 20th at the lovely Galapagos Arts Space premiering a set of six new songs under the title “Let the Sun Shine on Me and Make Me Feel Special”.  Matt Marks (french horn), Andie Springer (violin), Insia Malik (violin), Evelyn Farny (cello), Beth Meyers (viola, banjo) and José Olivares (electronics) will join me in this new adventure!

Missy Mazzoli’s awesome Victoire will also be playing that night previewing  some new material from their upcoming NewAm album!

You can get tickets for a discounted price at: if you use the discount code: NEWAM

Hope to see you there!

Performing @ FMEL 2009


FMEL 2009 is a space that unites electronic and digital concepts of sound, music and art created by Latin American artists with a global perspective for its fusion and diffusion. As such, the objective of our festival is to expand and enhance Latin American digital culture in Chicago through global cultural connections.

Friday, August 28, 2009
8 PM

National Museum of Mexican Arts
1852 W. 19th Street
Chicago, IL

Suggested donation: $5

Arturo en el Barco (NY, Carte Postale/Observatory)
Manrico Montero (MX, Mandorla)
Algorythm & Blues (MX, Static Discos)


Juan Pablo Villegas (MX, Treelike)

about being underwater…


I’ve been kind of quiet here but I’ve been working on new songs mostly in my accordion but also including José and Javier in additional instruments.  We plan on playing some shows this summer so please keep checking back soon for upcoming shows.

Performing tomorrow night!

I’ve been so busy with other stuff that I completely forgot to announce this! We’ll do a special set tomorrow night at the Gowanus Creative Sessions in Brooklyn. It promises to be a very cozy and intimate night.


Even more distant.


I’m happy to announce my latest release “Alejandro” which contains 8 new pieces from and inspired by the theater piece of the same name. The CD is a limited handmade edition in collaboration with the theater company Y No Había Luz (original artwork by Julio Morales) and features original compositions for electronics, shruti box, accordion, music box, voices, toys and found sounds.  At the moment the album is only being sold at live shows but if you’re interested in a copy please feel free to e-mail me for more information. You can download the track “Jonás” from this album here.

Also, Arturo en el Barco will be playing on February 16th at Le Poisson Rouge with my friend Phyllis Chen. Please check the live section for more information.

There’s a bird inside my accordion…


Welcome to the new Arturo en el Barco website.

It’s been a long time and a lot has happened. Arturo en el Barco has become a miniature chamber ensemble with three members for my live shows. I’m playing accordion, piano, violin, music boxes and singing while José is collaborating on laptop and synths and Javier is playing banjo, bass recorder, musical saw and homemade electric mbira.

Also, I have a lot of new songs that at the moment we’re just playing in our live shows but I will soon be recording them for my next album.

Here are some of my latest appearances in compilations:

V/A Goodbye, Said The Rain

My song “Burbujas” appears on the compilation titled “Goodbye, Said The Rain” by At At Records from Mexico. The compilation features music by Carrie, Lucrecia, Kate Simko, AGF and many other great female artists from the US, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Chile.

V/A – Electronica Unplugged

I contributed a song to the mp3-compilation “Electronica Unplugged” on the Aerotone netlabel! my song is called “Mi Barco” and it’s a preview of the new material. Go ahead to Aerotone and download the compilation for free!

V/A – Pero ese olor en el cuarto del piano fue el primer perfume que necesitó en su vida

My song “Candy Tucker” appears on the compilation “Pero ese olor en el cuarto del piano fue el primer perfume que necesitó en su vida” by the brazilian label “Si No Puedo Bailar, No Es Mi Revolucion”  with other Latin American and Spanish artists such as Carrie, Childs, Souvlaki, .Tape., Caramelitus and many others. Please visit I promise you’ll have fun!