Jorge Drexler

Poet and musician. Oscar Award winner.


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Jorge Drexler is an Uruguayan singer and composer, with a prolific career linked to music and the arts. He has recorded thirteen studio albums and has toured all over the world. In 2005 he was awarded the Oscar for Best Original Song for "Al otro lado del río", included in the soundtrack of "Diarios de motocicleta" (Walter Salles, 2004).

Drexler was in charge keynoting the first TED Talk in Spanish in 2017: "Poesía, música e identidad" (Poetry, music and identity). In this presentation, Drexler passionately analyzes the cultural interdependency that originates through music, as well as the complexity and richness of artistic expressions from different parts of the world. In this way, Drexler demonstrates his great value as a speaker as he not only focuses on his interesting and vast career but also analyzes the musician's creative process, the history of music and the very essence of cultures.

Drexler's musical career began in 1989, when he began writing songs while studying at university. Only three years later, in 1992, he released his first album "La luz que sabe rodar" as he graduated as a doctor from the Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay. Four years and two albums later, Drexler settled in Madrid, where he still lives and composes today. He now has more than ten original albums and several reissues, in which he has collaborated with the greatest singers and songwriters in Spanish. In addition, his songs have been reinterpreted by a wide range of artists from the music scene, including Shakira, Pablo Milanés, Jovanotti and Miguel Ríos.

In 2005, Drexler's career gained global relevance when he received the Oscar for Best Origianl Song for "Al otro lado del río", part of the soundtrack of "Diarios de motocicleta" (Walter Salles, 2004). His "Al otro lado del río” was the first Spanish-language song to be ever be awarded this distinction. Since then, his albums have accumulated successive nominations for Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, as well as the Spanish Music Award. In addition, his songs are featured in many films, such as "Lope", with which he won a Goya.

In 2008, the film director Manuel Huerga filmed as a documentary the tour of Drexler's eighth album, "Cara B". The film received the Audience's Silver Biznaga at the XXII Malaga Film Festival, and was included in the official section of the London Film Festival and the Havana Film Festival.

His approach to cinema pushed him to develop new artistic facets, such as that of interpreter: he starred in Daniel Burman's film "La suerte en sus manos" for which he was nominated for Best New Actor at the Premios Sur de Argentina. In 2012 he wrote his first ballet, "Tres Hologramas", premiered by the Ballet Nacional Uruguay and directed by Julio Bocca. At the end of that same year, Drexler released "n", a project with which he experimented with the record format and with which he produced new songs that the public could intervene from a tablet or smartphone. Drexler continued experimenting with sound and in 2017 released "Salvavidas de hielo", in which voices are only accompanied by guitars. For this work he won three Latin Grammies.

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