Leo Lara | Music

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Leo Lara | Music

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I am a native of Ecuador—of African and Indigenous descent—and have played music professionally since 1971. Since 1979, I have been working in Minnesota as a performer and educator of South American folkloric music. Each year, I perform in various venues and conduct residencies in a wide range of Minnesota schools. I interpret the traditional songs and rhythms of Latin American countries using a wide variety of authentic instruments, including the charango, cuatro, bombo, quena, panpipes, and many others

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Residencies

Cultural Bridges Through Latin American Music

Create bridges of understanding to Latin American people, their music and their history. Learn musical folklore, children’s songs and games. Hear Andean music and the African influence in Latin American music. Residencies include an opportunity to build and play folkloric instruments.

Note: Requires combination with a performance. Minimum of four workshops a day

 

Music & Culture of South America

My residencies involve a rich combination of historical information, demonstrations, songs, and hands-on cultural and musical activities. Students learn about the nature and use of resources for instruments, various sounds and how to reproduce the sounds of nature.

 

Workshop

Cultural Bridges Through Latin American Music

Create bridges of understanding to Latin American people, their music and their history. Learn musical folklore, children’s songs and games. Hear Andean music and the African influence in Latin American music. Workshops may include an opportunity to build and play folkloric instruments.

Note: Requires combination with a performance. Minimum of four workshops a day.