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Guitar concert in Bellas Artes

By Guillermina Fonseca

Alfredo Muro

Alfredo Muro shares the joy of his musical talent by composing, teaching and performing at international guitar festivals, concerts and conferences. These three passions provide the basis for this musician’s success and his rapid development.

Guitar Concerto with Alfredo Muro.
Wed, Dec 9, 7pm
Auditorio Miguel Malo
Bellas Artes
Champagne reception, 6pm
Donation: 150 pesos
Tickets for sale at Bellas Artes
Fundraiser for Mujeres en cambio

Muro’s concerts are a unique and personal emotional experience, offering much more than a solid technical talent on stage and demonstrating an intense love of the music he chooses with great sensitivity and emotion.  Composer José Feliciano says about Muro, “The music of Alfredo Muro’s guitar rises to a higher plane … is richly eloquent.”

He has the rare ability to become the music, merging with it and transcending the sound. While this is evident in his many recordings, it is in live performance that it is clearest.

From intimate recitals to full concert halls music rises from Muro’s guitar and extends into an enclosing embrace of the audience, captivating the listener under its spell. Then the audience awakes from that spell, wondering how their hearts can feel so full and their smiles be so broad and offering their thundering applause.

Muro improvises and composes; he is both arranger and performer. Born in Peru, he started learning guitar, teaching himself and progressed quickly. He soon obtained a scholarship to study with Pepe Torres. Then, in 1971, he won first prize in a nationally televised competition over a hundred other musicians.

Muro continued his studies with two of the great masters of the Peruvian guitar, Octavio Ticona and Carlos Hayre, gaining mastery of harmony and the rich variety of Peruvian folklore. He supplemented these experiences with four years of intense study in the United States with teachers Manuel Lopez Ramos, Frank Costa and John Doan.

Muro has had the honor of representing Peru and the United States around the world in Taiwan, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria and Norway. While on tour in Europe, Muro appeared with his group Oro del Peru in a special audience in the Vatican before Pope John Paul II.

He has presented concerts in many places throughout the United States. He had the privilege of being the main artist at the Kennedy Center for the Millennium concert series in Washington, DC, at Benaroya Hall in Seattle and at the Smithsonian Museum. In March 2005, Muro was awarded the Jazz Musician of the Month award from the Jazz Society of Oregon for “Memory of Jack Rosenberg.”

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