Freddy Vilches is a composer, vocalist/instrumentalist, producer, and educator based in Portland, OR. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Freddy has performed extensively throughout the US and Latin America (Chile, México, Cuba). He has recorded and/or performed with several Latin bands in the Northwest, including Sandunga, Latin Expression, Caliente, Palante, Bobby Torres Latin Band, and Son de Cuba, and performs regularly with his own Matices Latin Ensemble and his Trio.
Freddy received his PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon, specializing in Latin American Literature of the 20th and 21st Centuries. His principal research interests include Southern Cone literature, connections between literature and music, Latin American film, and crime fiction in Latin America. His teaching experience covers all levels of language instruction and Latin American Literature, Music, and Film in Latin America.
He has published articles on Latin American poetry, fiction, film, and music. He joined the Lewis & Clark College faculty in September, 2006, and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of World Languages and Literatures. He is also an instructor of Latin American instruments (charango, cuatro, and Afro-Cuban percussion workshops) in the Music Department at Lewis & Clark.
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