Doctor Waldo Garrido

Doctor Waldo Garrido

Academic Program Advisor, Music,
Music & MCMT

Senior Lecturer,
Music & MCMT


Dr Garrido was a founding member of the Australian jazz band The Catholics. He was signed to Warner Chappell Music for 16 years. He is a world renown bassist, composer, singer, and producer who has worked with various pop, Latin and jazz bands and musicians such as The Party Boys, Floyd Vincent, Disco Montego, Delta Goodrem, Swoop, Anthony Copping and Robin Loau. Dr Garrido has produced two solo albums (Dejame Tocarte, a South American release through Sony and Loco Festival/Mushroom records). Dr Garrido has had two radio hits in his native Chile, Muerdeme la Lengua and Dejame Tocarte. His song Fiesta Latina picked at number 12 in the Aria Club Charts in Australia. Dr Garrido has writing film scores including Random 8, winner of a Bronze Palm in the Feature Narrative section of Mexico International Film Festival. Dr Garrido has written songs for various films including, Strange Planet, Deja Hacer la Historia, Submerge an. Dr Garrido has published an academic book entitled Música de Chiloé: Folklore, Syncretism, and Cultural Development in a Chilean Aquapelago (Lexington Books). Dr Garrido is currently signed to a worldwide publishing contract with BMG. He is also a member of Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training at Macquarie Univesity. Dr Garrido is an adjunct fellow in psychology at Macquarie University. Dr Garrido has a worldwide distribution contract with HIGHRESAUDIO (Berlin). Dr Garrido has worked with some of Australia’s top producers and engineers including Peter Dawkins (Dragon, Australian Crawl), David Hemming (Jessica Mauboy, Crocodile Dundee II). Recently, Dr Garrido has been working in Germany producing three projects, a Latin album, a jazz album, and an album with some of Berlin’s top Oriental and German musicians. Dr Garrido’s new studio project Viaje a Chiloe, was mixed in Berlin by Frank Kerestedjian (Ganggajang, Voice of Germany). Dr Garrido published a book for Routledge with associate professor David Cashman. Dr Garrido is also part of the Moviolas, an international audio-visual ensemble led by Professor Philip Hayward from UTS. Currently Dr Garrido is completing a new jazz album with Grammy award winners Alex Acuna (Weather Report), Randy Brecker and Frank Gambale. This project also includes Jorge Vera (Billy Cobham), Cristian Mendoza (Willy Colon) Grammy awrd nominee Benito Gonzalez (Kenny Garret, Pharaoh Sanders) and Josh Meader. This album will be mixed by 7 time Garmmy award winner producer/engineer Mauricio Guerrero in Los Angeles USA. Additionally, Dr Garrido working with Berlin based Syrian oud player Nabil Arbaain, from the Arabic Music Institute Berlin  Dr Garrido is currently serving as academic supervisor for the Academic Supervisor. Dr Garrio is producing an album that mixes jazz with electronic music, the first remix out of this project Viva la Vida reached the number 4 spot internationally in the LatinhouseTraxsource charts. Dr Garrido is also working with award winning electronic drummer Cliff Hewitt (Apollo 440, Pet Shop Boys, Schiller).


This information has been contributed by Doctor Garrido.


  • PhD Macquarie University
  • BA Macquarie University
  • MDsgn University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • APRA (2020)
  • BMG (2020)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Music & MCMT
  • Music & MCMT


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  • Cashman, D. and Garrido, W. (2020), 'Performing Popular Music: The Art of Creating Memorable and Successful Performances', : Routledge 9781138585058.
  • Garrido, W., Bendrups, D. and Hayward, P. (2019), 'Musica de Chiloe: Folklore, Syncretism, and Cultural Development in a Chilean Aquapelago', : Lexington Books 9781498528856.

Chapters in Books

  • Macarthur, S. and Garrido, W. (2021), 'Nomadic improvising and sites of difference', Sound Changes: Improvisation and Transcultural Difference, University of Michigan Press 9780472132423.
  • Garrido, S. and Garrido, W. (2016), 'The psychological function of music in mourning rituals : examples from three continents', Music and Mourning, Routledge 9781472458797.
  • Garrido, W. and Hayward, P. (2011), 'Chiloe : an offshore song culture', Island Songs: A Global Repertoire, Scarecrow Press 9780810881778.

Journal Articles

  • Cashman, D., Garrido, W. and Kelly, T. (2021), 'The role of spectacle in creating successful live music performances', Riffs, vol 5, no 2 , pp 63 - 72.
  • Garrido, W. and Bendrups, D. (2013), 'Transcultural latino : negotiating music industry expectations of Latin American migrant musicians in Australasia', Musicology Australia, vol 35, no 1 , pp 138 - 152.

Conference Papers

  • Garrido, S. and Garrido, W. (2011), 'The folklore of death : 'cantos de angeles' and cultural syncretism on the island of Chiloe', International Small Island Cultures Conference, Whitsundays, Qld..

Other Publications

  • 2021, 'Isabella's Blues', Recorded Work
  • 2020, 'From Damascus To Berlin', Recorded Work
  • 2020, 'I'm Warning You', Recorded Work
  • 2020, 'Viaje a Chiloe'', Recorded Work
  • 2020, 'Dreaming in Colour', Recorded Work
  • 2015, 'Dark Shadows: The Moviolas', Recorded Work


Current Supervision

Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Intercultural Authenticity Towards Musical Connections: Composing and Producing Chilean Mapuche and Korean Shamanism Hybrid Music for Therapeutic Contexts
Field of Research:

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