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Manuel Barbará is a young, up-and-coming guitarist and composer from the East Coast of the United States. Inspired to take up the guitar by Iron Maiden and Pink Floyd, Manuel successfully auditioned for Berklee College of Music, graduating in 2020 with a degree in Guitar and Composition.

At Berklee, Manuel discovered an interest in traditional “classical” music and composition, especially more modern styles, in addition to the love of progressive rock and heavy metal that had brought him there in the first place. Manuel’s goal is to bring both of these spheres of music together in his writing, whether it be for metal band or chamber ensemble.

His guitar playing is precise and disciplined, his compositions are carefully constructed pieces, full of ambiance and color.  Talking about his music Barbará says: "The purpose of music for me, after all the craft and technique and study are done, is to draw the listeners in and allow them to experience totally new worlds. The details of those worlds will be up to each individual person". 

 His first album Moonrise was released in March, 2021. 

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