Hector Ibarra

My name is Hector, and I am a music major wrapping up my time in college and a musician of over ten years. I lost most of my vision after a diagnosis of a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma shortly after I was born, and was left totally blind after a relapse when I was ten. Around that time, I first fell in love with music after my brother introduced me to the music of the Finnish metal band Children of Bodom. Though I was taking piano lessons through an organization for the blind at the time, I wasn’t that interested in music. All that changed when I heard the magic that Children of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman could pull from his instruments, and I’ve been hooked for life. Since then, I’ve picked up various instruments including organ, guitar, drums, bass, banjo, mandolin, dobro, and more. My love for music and learning led to an explosion in my musical taste, and I love and have studied everything from classical, jazz, rock, and various world genres over many different instruments. I have played and performed with many bands and ensembles across many genres, as well as handling recording and live sound for various projects I’ve worked in. Aside from my love of music, I have also studied programming and sound design aimed at developing software and games that can be enjoyed and utilized by both the blind and sighted.


Current Projects:

Pato Productions: software and game development, production tools, and other digital media.