RADIO FUTURA has been acclaimed by radio stations and music publications alike as the “Best Spanish Group of the 1980s,” and also, according to a 2004 poll of broadcasters for Spanish National Radio and Radio 3, the “Best Spanish Band of the last Quarter-Century.”
Since 1984, Santiago Auserón has been researching the roots of “son cubano,” and has produced a five-album compilation of Cuban traditional music called Semilla del Son (1991-1992). He has collaborated with the organization “Encuentros de poetas y soneros cubanos” on performances at Madrid’s Casa de América (1993), and also on the project titled “Encuentros del Son y el Flamenco,” by Seville’s Luis Cernuda foundation (1994 and 1995).
1993 saw the debut of a new musical project for Santiago Auserón: As JUAN PERRO, Auserón has recorded Raíces al viento (1995) in Habana, and in 1997, La huella Sonora. In 2000, between tour segments in Mexico and the EEUU, he recorded Mr. Hambre, and in 2002, Cantares de vela. Together with Luis Auserón, in 2006, Santiago Auserón recorded an album of rock and soul standards: Las malas lenguas, released in 2006, spurring a tour ofSpain (2005—2007).
Santiago Auserón’s work can also be heard on albums by Compay Segundo, Kiko Veneno, Raimundo Amador, La Barbería del Sur, Malevaje, Pau Riba, Carlos Cano, Pancho Amat, Guerrilla Gorila, and took part in the project De Granada a la Luna (1998), a tribute to Federico García Lorca. In 1995, Auserón was named the best musician of the year by Cambio 16 magazine, and author of the best Latin rock album in Spanish (Raíces al viento) by Los Angeles music magazine La banda elástica, which in 2000 also gave him an award for “best artistic career”. In 2001, Auserón was awarded the Spanish-speaking theatre world’s Premio Max de las Artes Escénicas (2001).
Since 1977, Santiago Auserón’s writings on music, art and philosophy have found a constant home in the press. In 1992, Auserón translated the book La Ciudad Infinita by Catherine François (Pre-Textos, Valencia). He has been very successful on the lecture circuit at the universities of Madrid, Granada and Valencia, where his favorite presentation topics include the new wave of traditional music in the Basque Country and in Madrid, as well as philosophy, and music in general. His writings include La imagen sonora: Notas para una lectura filosófica de la nueva música popular (Episteme, Valencia, 1998); Canciones de Radio Futura (Pre-Textos, Valencia, 1999), and an article titled Notas sobre Raíces al viento, published within the book Las culturas del rock.
Santiago Auserón was awarded Premio Nacional de Músicas Actuales 2011 by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. This award for contemporary music prized his great versatility, his continuous research in the field of music and the poetic quality of his lyrics.
In 2010 toured throughout Spain's geography and lectured in the Universityof Murciaand the Universityof Valencia. He also participated as a lecturer in the 10th Anniversary of La Música Contada and in the following Poetry Festivals: Festival Perfopoesía (Sevilla) and Festival de Poesía (Almería).
Released Río Negro (La Huella Sonora 2011), JUAN PERRO's fifth album. Río Negro was acclaimed as one of his best recordings and thus successfully toured throughoutSpain.
Auserón is about to present two new projects: Casa en el aire (acoustic duo with Joan Vinyals) and Juan Perro & Zarabanda, a thrusting show which will gather ten renowned musicians on stage