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Un Marciano y un Ciempies
by Armando Vega Gil
Armando Vega Gil (1955 to 2019) was a Mexican composer, musician, writer and photographer. Armando Vega Gil was born on July 6th 1955 in Mexico City, Mexico. As well as later excelling as a musician and composer, he was also an anthropologist who dedicated himself to various branches of the arts, such as short film, performance and screenwriting, and on television in collaboration with comedians such as Andres Bustamante. He won a number of national literature prizes in his home country - among them the "San Luis Potosi de Cuento" for film scriptwriting at the Expresion en Corto Festival, as well as the "Alejandro Galindo Prize" for feature film screenplay writing. During his lifetime, he published thirty-two books - among them "La Ventana y el Umbral" (a book of poetry), "Diario Intimo de un Quacarroquer" (a partly-autobiographical novel), "La Musica de las Esferas" (a narrative work) and "Picnic en la Fosa Comun" (a post-apocalyptic novel), plus "Ritual del Lagarto". Gil's books for children included "Momias, Angeles y Espantos", "Se Armo la Fiesta de Muertos" and "Azahar y Agustin, Pequena Novela de Terror en Verso" (they were written for projects designed to promote reading in Mexican school libraries, through continuous education programmes and through the Organizacion Internacional Para el Libro Juvenil (or IBBY). In 2013, he published the operatic poems "El Perro de Oventic" and "Rockboy y la Rebelion de las Chicas", and hosted a film review programme called "Radio Cinema Paraiso" on the internet radio station 'Codigo Radio'. From time to time in the field of writing, he also acted as a travel journalist and later published his own memoirs. In the early 1980s, Gil co-founded the 'rock' group 'Botellita de Jerez' (later known as 'La HH Botellita de Jerez'), one of the most influential bands of that genre in Mexico, and provided vocals and bass work for them, as well as songwriting. In terms of the performance arts, he designed a multidisciplinary stage show for children during which songs are played and graphics displayed, as well as animated videos. In 2010, he co-wrote and appeared in the film "Naco es Chido", and in 2013 premiered "El Crimen del Cacaro Gumaro" (the latter was written by him in collaboration with Bustamante and Emilio Portes). In 2012, his animated short film "Como Perros y Gatos" was shown on festival circuits including the Guanajuato International Film Fest (GIFF), the FIABC in Barcelona ??and the Short Shorts Festival in Mexico City. Gil was nominated by the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of his country to receive the "Ariel" award for 'Best Animation Short of 2012', but did not win it. As a photographer, he published part of his "Letras Explicitas" work via Instagram, and his first solo exhibition was called "Retratos de lo Invisible", held at the Centro Cultural Bicentenario Mexiquense in Texcoco in November 2015. He also exhibited his series "Impresiones II" at the Fonda Garufa. Armando Vega Gil committed suicide in Mexico City on April 1st 2019, after posting a farewell Tweet to his Twitter account. He was 63, and had recently been accused of abusing a 13-year-old girl. [ Translated from: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/espectaculos/musica/confirma-botellita-de-jerez-muerte-de-armando-vega-gil
Sources: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armando_Vega_Gil
Posted: 6th May 2019
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