Argentinian cello player, arranger, producer and improviser, born in Buenos Aires in 1987. For more than a decade he has taken part in several projects in which contemporary and popular music and dance intersect.
He is an original interpreter, open to sound and body experimentation. He is a cello teacher, graduated from Conservatorio Superior de Música Astor Piazzolla, and actually doing a Master in Music performance, in the Universidade Federal de Rio grande do Norte, Brazil. He also holds a degree in Sociology, awarded by Universidad de Buenos Aires, which enriches his experience through his art.
He has taken part in Hugo Pilger (Brasil), José Pedro Ottonello, Pedro de Alcántara, Gastón Colloca, María Eugenia Meneghini, Jacques Morelembaun y Pablo García cello masterclasses.
He studied with Maestro Stanimir Todorov (specializing in repertoire for cello solo of the 20th and 21th century, as Britten, Feldman, Lavista, Franciosi, Frey, among others) and contemporary dance with Marta Lantermo and Martín Piliponsky.
He has performed live and in recording studios, as an arranger and interpreter, in several experimental music groups, improvisation, classical music, popular music and children’s music groups.
As an orchestra performer, he is part of Orquesta de Música Popular de la Universidad de Buenos Aires and ARRE! cello ensemble (conducted by Claudio Peña). As a popular player, he has excelled in his performances, live and in recording sudios in several projects, such as Cássio Carvalho, Diego Marchionatti, Lucas Cervetti, David Lebón, Jairo, Diego Schissi, Pim Pau, Alfredo Casero, Los Periplos, Romina Péchin, Florencia García, Las Cosas Invisibles, Eduardo Herrera, Delfina Saraví, Carolina Forteza, La Fanfarria del Capitán, Matías Paz, Ine Guemes, Agustina Cuello, La Magnísima Gronda, Adrián Berra, Federico Gamba, Los Mandrachos, Olivia Houssay, Jerónimo en Vuelo, Dúo Cardozo and Gustavo Nasuti, among others. Furthermore, he has taken part in contemporary music proposals with Ezequiel Menalled, Claudio Peña, Julián Galay, Marcelo Delgado, Federico Barabino, Adriana De Los Santos, Javier Bustos, Andrés Gerszenzón, Miguel Teubal, among others
Regarding his dance profesional experience, he is an improviser and interpreter. During his performances, the body and the cello interact to look into the relationship between sound and silence, movement and stillness. He has participated in numerous plays, performing in the most prominent dance festivals in the country and also performing in Latin America and Europe. It is worth mentioning he has worked with Martín Piliponsky, K. J. Holmes, Elía Mrak, Marta Lantermo, Ana Garat, Gustavo Lecce, Lucía Fernández Mouján, Luciana Arias, Camilo Vacalebre, Yésica Alonso, Mariela Puyol, Julieta Gros, Dani Umpi, Victoria D´hers, Jésica Josiowicz, Lucrecia Badía...
Juan Ignacio Ferreras has worked with the most renowned young experimental contemporary dancers and artists.
In 2016 he was invited by the experimental luthier Javier Bustos to play his peculiar sound devices. The works Aerodrones (2016), Mediaciones (2017) y Cuarteto #2 para sillas autónomas (2017 y 2019) stem from this joint work.
Beteween 2014 and 2018 he worked with the dancer Jésica Josiowicz in the making and performance of the piece Pro (XY) Mo which was put on in the following festivals: Ciudanza (Usina del Arte, 2015), Mirá! (Espacio Sábato and Facultad de Economía UBA, 2015), Diagonales y Ciudades que Danzan (La Plata, 2015), Festival Buenos Aires de Danza Contemporánea (Buenos Aires, 2018)
In 2016 he performed the piece “Afecto” together with the dancer Martín Piliponsky and in 2018, Sutil (put on in Buenos Aires, La Plata, Perú, Spain, among others.) Both are still being presented live. In 2019 he puts on “900 bees are humming” together with K. J. Holmes.
During the last years, he has devoted himself mainly to the study of a repertoire for cello solo by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries (Britten, Lavista, Frey, Franciosi, González Gamboa, etc.), also performing concerts via streaming. He participated by playing this repertoire and improvising in dance and improvisation classes with Martín Piliponsky and Elia Mrak at the University of the Arts and at different international festivals; his music was broadcast on radio programs in Argentina and Europe and he recorded his own and other’s arrangements on numerous song albums.