Composer, performer and writer Elbio Barilari was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He studied in his country as well as in Brazil and Germany and moved to the US in 1998. His music has been performed by such organizations as Orchestra of the National Radio and TV (Madrid, Spain), Chicago’s Grant Park Festival and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo, to name a few. He has been a composer in residency at various institutions including the Indiana University School of Music, Saint Francis University and the Ragdale Foundation.. His opera, “The Tenth Muse” was premiered in 2010 at The Goodman Theatre, Chicago. Besides collaborations with the Ondas Ensemble, he has also worked with other chamber groups including the Avalon String Quartet the Conjunto de Musica de Camara del SODRE (Uruguay) and with solo artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Danilo Pérez, and Orbert Davis. As a musician, he performs electric guitar, electric viola and sax in the electric experimental band Volcano Radar. Barilari is a Prof. of Latin American Music at UIC, Artistic Diretor of the Latino Music Festival, and hosts the internationally syndicated radio program Fiesta!