By Miguel de Jesús
The Peruvian Maestro Alfredo Muro will present the concert: The Art of Brazilian Guitar and More! The concert will benefit the Rural Educational Institute.
The Art of Brazilian Guitar and More
By Alfredo Muro
Sat, Mar 25, 6:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
200, 300 pesos
Having learned by teaching himself to play the guitar, Muro later won a scholarship, thus becoming a student of master Pepe Torres. He won the top prize in a televised competition in his native Peru when he was only 13 years old.
Since then, he has studied and performed with many other masters and virtuosos of the guitar, among them his admired teacher, Carlos Hayre. He has taken his music throughout the world, with multiple appearances in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, and Dominican Republic, as well as Taiwan, Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Norway.
We recently Miguel de Jesus Rangel had a chance to hear about his artistic activities, music and inspiration, and what it is like for him to bring his wonderful interpretations to audiences around the world.
Miguel de Jesús: The Art of Brazilian Guitar and More concert features the sounds of Latin America’s largest country, the cradle of samba and bossa nova. During his concert, you will perform songs from renowned musicians such as Tom Jobim, Baden Powell, and Sebastiao Tapajos. Tell us how these artists have inspired this event and your own compositions.
Alfredo Muro: If one were to write the most comprehensive encyclopedia about the guitar, it would be incomplete without a chapter for Brazilian guitar music, for its high quality of melody, harmony, and rhythm. Brazilian music has transcended the borders of other countries. … I like to sum up the Bossa Nova in the following equation: Samba+Jazz+Debussy.
MJ: Besides Brazilian music, what other kind of music you will perform?
AM: I will include my other passion. That is the folkloric richness of Latin America and Spain, embracing the music of my country Peru, Argentina, Spain, of course adding my own creativity, but being very respectful of the form.
MJ: We know that The Art of Brazilian Guitar and More! is an unparalleled event. In your opinion, why is it a can’t-miss?
AM: Thanks for calling my show unparalleled. I only know that [in] playing a concert, I fulfill a very special mission that God has given me: to reach the soul and emotions of the audience no matter how large or small the stage. For me, to see smiling faces full of emotion, is worth more than a standing ovation.
MJ: Tell us, what is your daily routine?
AM: I am a very restless artist, and I am always either composing, studying something new, transcribing, making arrangements, practicing, and teaching. That is the most important source of learning. One learns much from the questions and curiosity of the students. If there is something beautiful in music, it is that one never stops learning!