Ayala was born in Concordia (Entre Rios) in 1914.
His musical career was principally as an accompanist to tango
singers in Argentina.
The singer of tango is usually accompanied by a guitar quartet.
Héctor Ayala played with Roberto Grela´s guitar
quartet, a very famous quartet in Argentina.
Héctor Ayala had a deep knowledge of many traditional
and emblematic forms of music in Latin America. In 1962 Ayala
composed “Serie Americana” (American Series) which
is a collection of seven pieces for guitar.
It is really amazing the remarkable ability of Héctor
Ayala to compose different musical characteristic pieces from
several countries in South America which every one has a unique
The seven pieces of the “Serie Americana” are:
1 - Prelude
2 - Chôro (Brazil)
3 - Takirari (Bolivia)
4 - Guarania (Paraguay)
5 - Tonada (Chile)
6 - Waltz (Perú)
7 - Gato y Malambo (Argentina)
The origins of the word “Chôro” are not
precise. It is believed that it derives from the Portuguese
word “Chôro” that means to cry. Maybe this
explains the nostalgic character always found in the Brazilian
The Brazilian Chôro is well known around the world
because of the musical work by the Brazilian composer Heitor
Villalobos who wrote a number of "quite erudite”
The Chôro is principally an instrumental piece and
due to its harmonic and rhythmic patterns it is usually associated
with all the instrumental Brazilian music.
Classical Guitar Music