Journey into the Heart of Latin American Roots Music with Alegria Real
Interpreting the songs that represent a rich and diverse treasure of living folkloric musical traditions throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, the duo 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. Songs are sung mainly in Spanish and Portuguese, and also include Native-American languages such as Quechua from Bolivia and Peru. As the name "Alegria Real" (real joy) suggests, for this duo 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. They intersperse musical selections with stories and information that give the songs cultural, historical, and cross-cultural contexts giving listeners a richer connection to what they are hearing and establishing a rapport with the musicians. As well, audience members are invited to become involved in playing certain instruments or singing on some of the songs creating an impactful and more palpable understanding of the music.
Alegria Real is comprised of Christina Audas and Armando Rivera. The duo also enjoys collaborations with a variety of guest musicians on performances of all types.
Alegria Real has had the pleasure of performing for many private and public events including educational workshops at the University of Oklahoma, performances at the Norman Music Festival and appearance with the Canterbury Choral Society.
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