Oct. 19: Alfredo Muro

@ The Falls Church (Episcopal)

The concerts of Alfredo Muro unfold for audiences as a personal and unique experience of emotional awakening, bringing much more than just strong technical talent to the stage. He brings an intense love for the music he chooses and performs with such great sensitivity and emotion. He has the rare ability to become the music, losing himself in it and enabling the audience to transcend their own experience and share his. While this is evident on his many recordings, it is in live performance where this manifests most strongly.

From intimate house concerts to packed concert halls and each time the music rises from where he sits and extends his embrace to those in attendance. It bows to our inner dancer, extends it’s hand and draws us under his spell. Sometime later the audience awake to their own thundering applause, wondering how their hearts can be so full and their smiles so wide. This is how it’s supposed to be.

Oct. 19 program

Peruvian Waltz Suite: 
Cuando llora mi Guitarra (A.Polo Campos)
Inocente Amor (Alicia Maguina)
Idolatria (Oscar Molina)
Takirari (Hector Ayala)
Milo (Jorge Cardoso)
Bach Visits Brazil (J.S.Bach/Barrense-Dias/ P.Nogueira
In Tientos (Alfredo Muro)
Asturias (Isaac Albeniz)
Malaguenas (Celedonio Romero)
Classical Gas/Round Midnight (Mason Williams /Thelonious Monk)
Deixa (Baden Powell)
Gente Humilde (Garoto)
Aquarella do Brasil (Ary Barroso)
Manha de Carnaval/Samba de Orfeu (Luiz Bonfa)
Sambanovo//Chara/O Astronauta (Baden Powell)

As a Peruvian interpreter, composer, arranger and improviser, Alfredo Muro began his guitar studies teaching himself to play his beloved instrument and he progressed rapidly. He was soon awarded a scholarship to train with Maestro Pepe Torres.

In 1971, he along with his sister Connie Bieberach won the year-long TV program, Trampoline to Fame. At age thirteen, Alfredo took the top prize in a nationally televised competition, featuring musicians from more than one hundred schools.

He continued his studies with two of the greatest Peruvian guitar masters know, Octavio Ticona and Carlos Hayre, gaining mastery of harmony and the rich variety of Peruvian folklore. These experiences were complement by four years of intense studies with great masters Manuel Lopez Ramos, Frank Costa and John Doan.

Alfredo Muro had the honor of representing Peru and the USA in several International Guitar Festivals in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Dominican Republic as well as Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria and Norway.

While on tour in Europe, Alfredo Muro played with his group Oro Del Peru for the late Pope John Paul the Second at a “Special Audience” at the Vatican.

Alfredo Muro has presented concerts in many venues throughout the United States. He had the privilege to be the featured artist at the Kennedy Center for the Millennium Concert Series in Washington D.C, at Benaroya Hall in Seattle and at The Smithsonian Museum.

In March of 2005, Alfredo Muro was selected for the Jack Rosenberg Memorial, Musician of the Month Award, by the Jazz Society of Oregon in their Jazzscene magazine. The Centinela Newspaper in Portland, Oregon, featured Mr. Muro as the “Hispanic of the Month”. The Hispanic Yellow Pages Directory introduced him as the “Pride of the Hispanic Community”.