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What to do in Oklahoma on March 10, 2013: Hear Alegria at Norman Depot

by Brandy McDonnell Published: March 10, 2013

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NORMAN – Enjoy Alegria Real as they take you on a journey into the heart of Latin American roots music tonight at the Norman Depot, 200 S Jones Ave. “Sunday Jazz at the Depot” welcomes Christina Audas and Armando Rivera, joined by guests Miranda Arana, Raul Reyes Bueno, and Erick Walschap, for today’s 7:30 p.m. concert. Admission is $10 ($7 for students.)

Interpreting the songs that represent a rich and diverse treasure of living folkloric musical traditions throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, Alegria Real entertains, educates, and embraces audiences with eclectic and captivating sounds. Collectively, their repertoire of songs includes an impressive variety of over twenty-five acoustic string, wind and percussion instruments that interpret particular styles and rhythms ranging in complexity from such regions as Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Peru and Spain.

As the name “Alegria Real” (real joy) suggests, the act of playing live is rooted in deep appreciation of the unique and dynamic spirit of each song and its musical power to transform both musicians and listeners. Their music is interspersed with stories and information that give the songs cultural, historical, and cross-cultural contexts, giving listeners a rich connection to what they are hearing.

Christina Audas sings and plays the Siku (Bolivian pan-pipes), rhythm nylon-string guitar, the charango (Bolivian ten- stringed instrument), as well as the cavaquinho (Brazilian four-stringed instrument). She earned a degree in classical guitar performance with an emphasis in Latin-American folkloric music from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Armando Rivera performs percussion on a wide range of instruments that includes several types of cajón, bombo, tan-tan, bongo, congas, and many more of Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban traditions. A versatile and innovative percussionist hailing from Guadalajara, Mexico, Armando has been living and performing in the Oklahoma City area for 25 years.

Miranda Arana studied flute at the Eastman School of music and earned a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan. She studies traditional Vietnamese flute playing with master artists, teaches world music at the University of Oklahoma, and has performed with numerous musical groups.

Raul Reyes Bueno earned degrees in piano, bass, composition, theory and arranging in his native Cuba, where he received many honors and recognitions professionally. Since coming to Oklahoma in 2010, Raul has played professionally in various ensembles and teaches music performance, theory, composition, and production.

Erick Walschap has been playing saxophone professionally since he was 16 and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Music at the University of Oklahoma in Saxophone Performance. A Norman native of Columbian-American descent, Eric also teaches privately.

Sunday Jazz at the Depot concerts is made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Norman Arts Council, Mark and Dianne Williams, Fred Schneider, Nancy McClellan and Jaci Williams.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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