Music is my life,I'm a crazy music lover,and I'm thanks to God for giving me the opportunity of sharing my feelings and emotions through the magic of music.
Roberto Zayas has been based in Taiwan since 1984. His music style combines elements of classical, jazz, folk, ethnic and popular music, into a unique and personal sound.
Born in Asunción, Paraguay, Zayas began his musical training at the age of five, studying with one of the finest classical guitarists in the world, Maestro Cayo Sila Godoy at the Escuela de Bellas Artes of the Universidad Nacional del Paraguay.
He received the first prize as best guitar student in the opening year of the Conservatorio Municipal de Musica in Asunción. And after studying the art of classical guitar, later the Paraguayan Folk Harp with Maestro Santiago Cortesi, the very young Zayas began to perform on radio, TV and in small concerts.
Along with his family, in 1969, he moved to Argentina perfecting his guitar studies with Maestro Vicente José Elías at the Carlos Lopez Bouchardo Conservatory of Music, in Buenos Aires.
In 1976, Zayas opened his own guitar institute, where for eight years he served as both educator and director.
During this time, Zayas was also invited by the Centro Cultural "Juan de Salazar" to be their Director of Guitar Studies.
For the challenging task of rescuing the origin and roots of the Paraguayan music called "Recopilaciones", Zayas was commissioned as a musical director compiling this music dating back to the 15th century into a unique series of four record sets. This was a project based on the research of the anthropologist Antonio Gomez Perazzo and on the very important needs of an audio reference.
In this period, he produced a record, perform and toured with the most famous Paraguayan singer Gloria del Paraguay.
He form a band called Allegro, integrated with the best musicians of the country. Zayas also was performing with Spanish flamenco groups, Argentinean tango orchestras, and with various South American folk ensembles.
Zayas has been based in Taiwan since 1984, arriving after an extensive year long tour in Japan with his South American Trio "Las Estrellas del Paraguay".
In Taiwan, Zayas has become deeply involved in the music scene, arranging and performing for such stars as, Su Rei, A Mei, Guo Fu Chen, Andy Lau, Wang Li Hong, Chao Yiong Hwa, Wen Chang, Hong Rong Hong, composer Lee Tai Hsiang, among many others. In 1990 the song "Lonely Highway", performed by Wu Su Kai and arranged by Zayas, won the Golden Melody "Best Recording" Award. The Golden Melody Award in the category of "Song of the Year" for 1991, was awarded to the singer Chen Hsu Hwa for her song "Waiting All My Life", which was again arranged and performed by Zayas and marked the first time a foreign arranger had ever received this recognition.
He has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra as an accompanist for Placido Domingo. His warm guitar sound now can be heard on over four hundred different albums in Taiwan.
In 1992, Zayas successfully established the first foreign operated international music, video, publishing and concert promotion company in Taiwan, Sol Y Luna Productions.
Zayas performed island wide with Taipei Sinfonietta, his composition in three movements for classical guitar and orchestra, his "Fantasia Oriental".
Form and directed the bands: Barrio Latino, Equinox, Sur, Euronova, Orfeo, Arasy, among others, performing Latin Jazz, Folk and/or ethnic music.
Composed music for TV series drama, film music, computer game Tetrix, etc.,and appeared on numerous MTV's with Taiwan superstars.
Zayas have been performed and collaborated with Taiwan greatest Art companies and foundations, such as the "Cloud Gate" Modern Dance Troupe, Godot Theatre (Musical), Min Hwa Yuan (Taiwanese Opera), Taipei Philharmonic Choir, Century Choir, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra (Chinese Traditional Instruments), National Symphony Orchestra (N.S.O.), Taipei Sinfonietta, Taipei Performers Union, Dizzy Jazz Band, Yellowstone Harmonica Foundation, among others.
Almost every year performed with his band Equinox or as guest guitarist at the "Taichung International Jazz Festival". It was program adviser of this festival in 2008, and did the grand opening with his band Equinox with special guest, the famous American saxophonist Eric Marienthal.
Zayas have been collaborated with or under the baton of great Maestros and Conducters such as Mr. Eugene Kohn, Mr. Henry Mazer, Dr. Raymond Torres Santos, Mr. Gerard Akoka, Mr. Dirk Tu Hei, Ronald Smart, Maria Guinand, Mr. John Van Deursen, Dr. Lisa Chen, among others.
Also alternating other performances, Zayas have been recognized as one of the pioneers in Hotels and business clubs in Taiwan and the area. To name a few places were his performance was well received: Gran Hotel Ita Enramada (Asunción), Yacht y Golf Club (Asunción), The Bankers Club (Taipei), The Exchange Club (Taipei), The City Club (Taipei), Club 97 (HK), Tien Lai (Taipei), The Sherwood Hotel (Taipei), Fortuna Hotel (Taipei), The Howard Plaza (Taipei), CJW Clubs (Taipei, Shanghai and Beijing), The Westin Hotel (Taipei), The Westin Chosun (Seoul), Hilton (Seoul), Pacific Club (HK), The Pacific Club (Singapore), Washington Hotels (All around Japan), Okura Hotel (Japan), Shima-Sekitei (Japan), Nagoya Castle Hotel (Japan), Kempinski Hotel Lufthansa Center (Beijing), Brown Sugar (Taipei), Miramar Garden Hotel (Taipei), etc.
Founder and member of the two Paraguayan Guitar Associations "Agustin Barrios" and "Gustavo Sosa Escalada".
Member of the Sindicato Argentino de Musicos.
Representative in Asia of the Agustin Barboza Foundation.
Board of directors and consultant of the Ethnomusicology Department at the Universidad Catolica de Asunción.
President of APESA (Paraguayan Residents in Taiwan).
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