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Routes of Folklore

Guitarist and composer Cristian Amigo brings both his hybrid music and traditional music of Peru, Chile and Argentina to West Park Presbyterian Church as part of the Project of Latin Music and Art on the Upper West Side. He will be joined by legendary Afro-Peruvian master guitarist Carlos Hayre and Chilean folklorist Mochi Parra, as well as other special guests, including those from the El Taller Latino Americano musical community.

Cristian Amigo is a Los Angeles/New York-based acoustic and electric guitarist, composer and ethnomusicologist who has produced music for film, dance, theater, and live performance. His work combines elements of world music, Latin American music, electronics, "new" music, funk, jazz and noise. Cristian has collaborated with master artists from North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa in both traditional and contemporary settings. He has received fellowships and commissions from the Jerome Foundation, the American Composers Forum, The Sundance Institute, The UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance, The ASK Playwright/Composer Labs, Making Books Sing/Vineyard Theater (NY), and the Smithsonian Institute's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Recent projects include Folklore Nuevayorquino, a chamber suite of music and performance which premiered in New York at El Taller Latino Americano during the winter of 2002; a live concert session with David Ornette Cherry and Impressions of Energy for BET's Live at the Knitting Factory series; live dates in San Francisco and New York with legendary Afro-Peruvian master guitarist Carlos Hayre and Chilean folklorist Mochi Parra, concerts in Los Angeles with avant-garde composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the musical score (percussion trio and electronics) for Mexican director Joel Juarez' film Sin Azul, and the release of the CD Cristian Amigo/LA Live Sessions on BA Records. Upcoming projects include performances in New York as a featured artist at the American Museum of Natural History and in Los Angeles at the 2002 World Festival of Sacred Music and the Open Museum of Los Angeles. Cristian has also been commissioned to write the music for the theatrical setting of Mexican-American poet Juan Fermin Herrera's award-winning children's book The Upside Down Boy to be produced in New York in the Winter of 2004.

The exact date of this concert is not known, but it occurred in the marked year around this time.

Earlier Event: June 7
Later Event: June 28
Afro-Peruvian Night