Iván Salazar González

(b. 22 May 1983, Loja).

Ecuadorian composer of mostly chamber works and popular songs that have been performed in the Americas.

Mr. Salazar González studied composition with Roque de Pedro, Guillermo Pozzati and Eduardo Checchi, counterpoint and harmony with Santiago Santero and poetics with Lucrecia Romera at the Universidad Nacional de las Artes in Buenos Aires from 2006–12, where he earned his Licenciatura en Artes Musicales. He also had private lessons in guitar with Sebastián Zambrana and in theatre with Esteban Fagnani while in Buenos Aires. He later studied composition with Stephen Chatman and Keith Hamel at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from 2017–19 and there earned his MMus.

Among his honours are the Becario Convocatoria Abierta 2016 from SENESCYT–IFTH in Ecuador (2017–19, which enabled his studies in Canada), the Ernst Wesley Cubitt Sharpe Memorial Scholarship from the University of British Columbia (2018–19) and an honourable mention in the composition competiton of the Cayambis Institute for Latin American Studies in Music in Virginia (2020, for Danzas de Chakana). His music has been performed in Argentina, Canada and Ecuador.

He is also active in other positions. He wrote the books El Pasado Mañana (2012, poetry and a story) and Un puente de versos (2015, poetry and a libretto, both Editorial Gustavo Serrano de la Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana Núcleo de Loja). He co-founded with Daniel Ortega the rock group Chakana Bit in Ecuador in 2014, for which he is the guitarist and vocalist and with which he recorded the album Gran mundo (2018).

He taught ensemble, harmony and music language at the Conservatorio Superior Salvador Bustamante Celi in Loja from 2014–17, where he was also a resident musician. He has taught composition, computer applications for music, ensemble, and harmony at the Universidad Nacional de Loja since 2019.


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COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS (note that all works are self-published except where noted)


Humano Es (suite músico teatral), 2 flutes, 4 saxophones, guitar, electric guitar, charango (10-string lute from Bolivia), cello, double bass, piano, 2 marimbas, 2012 (also shorter concert version of one section for marimba, percussion)


Mi hombre peñasco, 2013

Cuvivíes, small orchestra (flute, harp/piano, charango/guitar, percussion, strings), 2018 (film score for Cuvi Cuvi; may be performed as a concert work)

Marina, string orchestra, 2018


Cuarteto de cuerdas, string quartet, 2010

Cuarteto de maderas, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2011

Un Fuego, trumpet, bass trombone, marimba, 2017

Humano Es, marimba, percussion, 2018 (shorter concert version of one section of stage work)

Pisando, clarinet, piano, 2018

Sueño Extraviado, flute, 2018 (Cayambis Music Press)

Yupaychani Mama, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2018

Apagón, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 2019

Danzas de Chakana, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2019 (Cayambis Music Press)


Verbales Aguas (text by the composer), mixed chorus, 2019


Tres canciones (texts by Miguel Ángel Asturias, César Vallejo, the composer), soprano/tenor, piano, 2007


Abuelo Tabaco, 2017


Cuvi Cuvi, small orchestra (flute, harp/piano, charango/guitar, percussion, strings), 2018 (Patricia Zapata Cueva) (may be performed as a concert work as Cuvivíes)

POPULAR SONGS FOR CHAKANA BIT (text by the composer except where noted):

Kenyu, 2013

Venganza (Kenyu p. 2), 2014

Apagón, 2015

Ayawaska, 2015

Blues animal, 2015

Dentro de ti, 2015

Gran mundo, 2015

Marina, 2015

Nerdcita sexi, 2015

Palabras precisas (text by Rómulo Salazar), 2015

La pizza, 2015

Placebo, 2015

Señor del pasado, 2015

El viento (text by Rómulo Salazar), 2015

2-2-0-2, 2016

El pozo, 2016

Pedalea, 2017

Umbral, 2017

Bocanada, 2018

Víctimas, 2019

El ciclo, 2020

Crisol, 2020

Entre nos, 2020

Llueve (y sale el sol), 2020

Rosetta, 2020

Ser vivo, 2020

Una vez más, 2020

Recíbeme, 2021