Improviser, researcher and interpreter of baroque and contemporary music, Cesar Villavicencio obtained the Soloist Diploma in recorder at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, The Netherlands. He completed his PhD (2008) at the University of East Anglia, UK, with the thesis “The Discourse of Free Improvisation; A Rhetorical Perspective on Free Improvised Music”. Presently he holds a research grant for investigating the application of rhetoric in contemporary improvisation at the University of São Paulo.
One of his main interests is the development of new techniques, which give his instrument – the recorder – possibilities of interacting with electro-acoustics. He created, in cooperation with the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, a MIDI counter bass recorder (e-recorder), which interacts with the environment of improvisation and live electronic music.
With the e-recorder he has played with improvisers such as Richard Barrett, James Fulkerson, Evan Parker, Jonathan Impett, among others. Villavicencio’s performances have been presented by Steim in Amsterdam, Metronom in Barcelona, Logos in Ghent, FIU in Miami, WORM in Rotterdam, and Felix Meritis in Amsterdam. He has played in baroque orchestras conducted by Ton Koopman and William Christie.
During three years Villavicencio was guest teacher at the Classical Department and the Ancient Music Department at the Royal Conservatory. Since 2003 he teaches at the Oficina Internacional de Música de Curitiba, Brazil. He has also given workshops and presented works at the University of California – San Diego, University of California – Santa Barbara, University of Nevada – Las Vegas, University of California – Santa Cruz, at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) and at several universities in Brazil.