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José Galván, Director, Arranger, and Baritone
I was always known for my stubbornness, even when I was very young. Music was always one of my biggest obsessions: I would spend the entire day singing endlessly!
That’s how I got into a church choir with the legendary Zavala Family and I discovered my passion for vocal ensembles. A little before this happened, though, I’d also eagerly await the annual concert that the Marimba Nandayapa would always present at my grade school. I remember that it was during those concerts that I became enchanted with Mexico: its sounds, its colors, and its music.
Some years later I began vocal studies at the National University School of Music. That’s where I met Sonia. I fell in love with her voice (and indeed, with all of her), and as the saying goes, “There’s always something that’s broken for something that needs mending”. Our common obsessions led us to share our lives and to invent this adventure called “Voz en Punto”…
As a singer, I’ve benefited from the wisdom of my dear teachers Margarita González, Lupita Pérez Árias, and Manuel Peña. As a choral director, I had the pleasure of graduating from the Cardenal Miranda Institute, under the guidance of Padre Xavier González. Twenty years after having founded Voz en Punta, sometimes I myself am surprised to see that so many of my dreams have been fulfilled…It’s incredible to have known so many great artists along the way, like the great sculptor Sebastián, the writer Carlos Fuentes, and musicians like Don Zeferino Nandayapa, Daniel García Blanco, Armando Manzanero, Rubén Fuentes, The King’s Singers, and Bobby McFerrin!
As a human being, I’m so grateful to God for having had the privilege of living for and from music, as well as for the blessings I’ve received from the most beautiful of my creations: my little daughter Sonita…
“… Swingle was amazed at the originality of director José Galván’s arrangements…Voz en Punto has a tremendous ability in its management of an audience’s attention span. Despite the complexity of the arrangements that they sing, no-one appears to be tense when singing. This shows the preparatory level of work from the group’s director, José Galván, and it’s evident that he knows what he’s doing”.
Interview with Ward Swingle in Arnhem, Holland. Reforma/ Mexico City
“His arrangements have a wonderful Latin-Mexican feel.” The King’s Singers.
“The group sings a rhythmic, colourful repertoire, as brilliant as the Mexican Sun! These were modern, attractive melodies, ably arranged by director José Galván. There was movement and life: the effect was demolishing”
La Presse/ Montreux (Switzerland)
“José’s work is a definitive factor in the group’s success, for his arrangements are very original. Each tune acquires its own personality; none was like the other and each had its own seal. The audience maintained a rapt state of ecstasy…”
María Teresa Castrillón, Unión Mexicana de Cronistas de Música y Teatro.