We had the good fortune of connecting with Ruy Folguera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ruy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Starting out as a musician inherently means risk taking. Risk of balancing your talent and your social skills associated with creating and nurturing work relationships. Ever since beginning to study music we are faced with the missconception that it’s not a “real” career, just a hobby or a hope of making it big. Later on the specialization of composer even further outlines the search for the abstract.. and even more so when it’s applied towards film music, where instinct and people skills form a huge part of the craft. So I guess it’s immensely risky and bold as a life choice, but at the same time it’s one usually with no real escape path since it involves a passion to which there’s no clear option. It’s imperative we follow it and therefore no real risk arises since there’s no alternative.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In music your background plays a big part of your voice since along all those years of studying and practicing you are developing a technique which eventually helps you speak your soul. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 92′ I had to find a voice for my music, although I’ve wanted to make film music since I was a kid at the movies, finding my signature was no easy task. Specially when you ad up leaving behind a country at age 19, a culture, family and all… as an immigrant it felt like a tall order to find my place. Having worked on several big productions and headed large endeavors and orchestras it seems it went well. But back then only the ignorance of my young eyes shielded me from the enormous task ahead. Having proved that I can helm any project size I’m handed, no matter it’s scope, I feel confident that my background for its own exotic quality and my studies aquiring the specifics paid off and opportunity presented itself when I was ready for it, mostly. Now I’m a film composer in Los Angeles which is mecca, with a unique sensibility to tackle scores for whichever challenge ahead and that makes me very proud and it’s always a humbling experience to be a part of a group of people trying to define art once more.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles… I lived here forever and every time a friend visits I giggle at the prospect of gettin to know it better, running into new and fascinating places and communities… it really never ends. It hurts to say that now after the pandemic I have to double check if places survived it before heading out..
As a must paying a visit to film studio tours in Warner Brothers or Universal is an experience unique to our industry and the world.
Having family in beautiful Santa Barbara it always becomes a must for visitors for it’s beauty and historic scenery, For food heading to incredibly authentic Mexican food restaurants in LA, the likes of La Cabañita Montrose or La Casita Mexicana in Bell is always a trip within the trip. At the same time you find the best Italian, best Indian, best sushi, best best best food from all parts of the globe here, but going back for an amazing Argentinean meal at Malbec restaurant Pasadena never ever disappoints.
Then after loading calories in LA you’d head out to Hermosa or Manhattan beach for a heavenly beach stroll… visit The Huntington Library to be in awe with nature once more or extend the trip and visit Sequoias National Park. never to forget it. But then again, I’m still an explorer of this wonderfully cosmopolitan capital of the universe.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
In my case I was lucky that even tho my whole family was academic and filled with mathematicians and physicists, my mother had a creative and more bohemian soul as a writer herself and she supported and encouraged my first music steps from age 6 and forever afterwards bravely. Later on I have to say that I got lucky to count on at least 5 greatly guiding mentors and a handful of inspiring teachers who all played an important part in not letting me stray from my passion. Composer Quique Zalcman, director Jose Martinez Suarez, composer Lalo Schifrin and director Alfonso Arau just to name a few.. I’m totally convinced that without all this people my will would’ve wavered as it’s not an easy quest.
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With Composer Lalo Schifrin and Snoop Dog With Singer Colin Hay Acting-conducting for the film L’imbroglio new lenzuolo At the mixer with engineer Gustavo Borner Playing with singer Alejandro Fernandez With composer Lalo Schifrin and director Brett Ratner on Rush Hour