Leo and Kathy Lara have been active as performers and educators within the Midwest since 1979. Leo is a native of Ecuador who is involved with the study and performance of Andean folk music. Kathy is a music, Spanish and elementary education teacher. They interpret the traditional songs and rhythms of various Latin American countries using a wide assortment of authentic instruments.
Latin American Folkloric Music - Musica, Lengua, y Cultura
Latin American folk music blends indigenous, European and African elements and traditions. These diverse sounds and stories come to life as Leo and Kathy perform. Hear the legend of the armadillo-shelled charango, simulate the sounds of the rainforest, sing a Cuban lullaby and more.
All Ages Note: There are additional charges for community and evening performances. Please contact COMPAS staff for details.
The Role of Music Within A Culture
Music is a vital part of Latin American life, expressing love, hope, grief and joy. Dance and sing a healing song that Ecuadorian children use when a friend gets hurt, play a musical game that teaches a life skill, and recreate the excitement of a bullfight. Discover the various functions of music within cultures in this interactive program.
All Ages Note: Additional fees are applicable for community and evening performances. Please contact COMPAS staff for more information.