Alfredo Muro in Concert
By Monica Hoth
Alfredo Muro strongly believes in quality music, whether it is classical or popular. “I believe in good music,” he says.
Fri, Jan 22, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
He is a virtuoso Peruvian guitarist who executes with insatiable curiosity and perfection many styles of music from Bach, Vivaldi, Albeniz, Villalobos, and Barrios to Piazzola, Baden Powell, Pixinguinha, Nazareth, Jobim, and from a minuet, bourrée, prelude, and Spanish music to jazz, Peruvian waltz, tango, milonga, zamba, takirari, samba, bossanova, afro-samba, and choro, as well as performing with chamber orchestras.
He is also a composer, arranger, and soloist. His first CD (Journey Through the Strings) was presented by José Feliciano, who said, “His music elevates the guitar to a higher plane than most that I have had the opportunity to hear; it is richly eloquent.” His two-part CD, Alma Brasileira, was presented by the great Brazilian composer and founder of the bossanova movement, Carlos Lyra, who said, “Alfredo Muro demonstrates that there are no frontiers between classical and popular music; he glides in a very elegant way between these two styles.”
Muro is a fine and sophisticated accompanist. “Harmony is one of my passions,” he adds. He has shared the stage with Tito Puente, and has accompanied Tania Libertad, Cecilia Barraza, and Chabuca Granda. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution as well as with his group called Oro del Peru for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. In 2005 Muro was selected for the Jack Rosenberg Memorial Outstanding Musician Award, by the Jazz Society of Oregon in their Jazzscene magazine.
Up to now, he has recorded over 40 CDs and has made seven as a solo performer. His last production, recently released, is called Passionate Guitar. After having performed in Mexico, including San Miguel de Allende, Alfredo and his wife, Rosemarie, have permanently settled here, where he has begun to teach students of all levels. He has developed his own guitar-teaching model, and one of his projects here is to teach guitar to young people and adults in communities outside of San Miguel de Allende. Muro knows the power of music and is aware that it can be used as a tool for social transformation.
A tireless traveler, Muro finds his guitar is not only an international passport that has taken his art to three continents, but his music has reached people’s souls. For him, the closest instrument to the heart is the guitar, therefore, the music has to reach the audience’s hearts and that is what he always aspires to so that afterwards people rise from their chairs with an overflowing sense of joy. That is how it’s supposed to be.
Alfredo Muro is performing Friday, January 22, at 7 pm, at Teatro Ángela Peralta with Victor Monterrubio on drums, cajon, and percussion; Rubén Olivera on bass; and special guests Zen and Federico Azus, vocalists. www.alfredomuro.com.