Federico Parra, born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) is a Contemplative Musican and Chant teacher and has performed and taught in Argentina, Chile, Peru, France, India, and the US, including a graduate level course at Lesley University, an ongoing full program of Contemplative Music at Samadhi Integral (Newton), and a 6 month Chanting course at Takiwasi Rehabilitation Center (Peru). Federico has studied and performed with some of the most renowned Contemplative Musicians in the world: Master Francisco Sicilia (Argentina), Lama Gyurme (Bhutan), David Hykes (US) -forming part of his Harmonic Choir and participating in several concerts in Europe and in the International Festival of Sacred arts, in India-, Gagik Gasparyan (Armenia). As a Western Composer, Arranger, Vocal teacher, Pianist, Drummer, Federico studied in the University of Tres de Febrero and later in the Juan Jose Castro Conservatory (Argentina), as well as privately on mentoring relationships with the finest Piano, Percussion, and Vocal and Harmonic Singing teachers in Buenos Aires, an overall 15+ years of music career. He collaborated in some 10 CDs and recorded and composed a few of his own. He also composed and performed the soundtrack for 3 independent films.
An advanced meditation practitioner, Federico started with Zen meditation for almost a decade, and then moved to France for 2 years to study with the Venerable Lama Gyurme, a Master from Buthan, living later on in his Buddhist center in retreat; in 2011 he moved to the Boston area for deepening his meditation studies and practice with Dr. Daniel Brown and Rahob Rinpoche, in an ongoing mentoring relationship that is ongoing to this day.
Federico completed a Core Integral level 1 course in Integral Studies, a philosophical framework that integrates traditions of knowledge East and West, and have in depth studied Integral theory for more than 6 years. He currently studies Psychology in a distant learning program of Paris University.
In 2012 Federico received an O-1 Visa from the US immigration office, a Visa granted to "individuals with extraordinary abilities or/and achievements", for his work as a contemplative music teacher and performer internationally.
David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir
Levon Minassian / Gagik Gasparyan (Duduk/Armenian music)