Devin Ulibarri is a versatile musician, passionate educator, and avid scholar. He has compositions published in Conceptions Southwest magazine, a range of teaching experience—from preschool to college-level—and has performed with artists such as Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.
He holds two college degrees in music, a BM and MM in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of New Mexico and New England Conservatory, respectively. His studies at the New England Conservatory were under the tutelage of world-renowned musician, Eliot Fisk, who he has continued to work closely with for the Boston GuitarFest (2010-present) and publication-assistance (SoundBoard Magazine).
Devin Ulibarri’s multitude of interests include Nichiren Buddhism and the study of the Japanese language—which have culminated through commissions of new works from promising composers such as Emi Inaba of Berklee College of Music and Nell Shaw Cohen. An accomplished and innovative teacher, Ulibarri has his own guitar book for the pre-reading level and a recently published work, “Thinking Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions of Talent,” co-authored with Larry Scripp and Rob Flax, which was received by Tanglewood’s Allen Fletcher as “an immensely consequential investigation of an issue at the heart of society, and a call to effective action.”
Devin Ulibarri’s latest project is research and advocacy into the implications of copyright/licensing on education and practical applications of restriction-free textbooks and learning tools for schools and the classroom. Such interest has led him to the co-creation Music Blocks (www.musicblocks.net) teaching/learning software with Walter Bender (Sugar Labs, MIT), which is a tool both for learning music fundamentals and for exploring the basics of software coding. On the topic of software freedom in education, he has given talks for Libre Planet in Boston, MA (2016) and at the 2016 Constructionism conference in Bangkok, Thailand.