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Peruvian guitar virtuoso Alfredo Muro comes to town


Take advantage of a rare opportunity to see Peruvian guitarist Alfredo Muro live. His unique blend of styles is unlike anything else you’re likely to find in the region.
  • Take advantage of a rare opportunity to see Peruvian guitarist Alfredo Muro live. His unique blend of styles is unlike anything else you’re likely to find in the region.
Even when one considers the impressively diverse array of touring musical talents who make their way through the region on a monthly — usually, even weekly — basis, there are always some surprising gems for local music fans to encounter. One such singular talent is Peruvian guitar virtuoso Alfredo Muro, who might not be a household name in the United States, but certainly holds international acclaim.

A student of masterful Peruvian guitarists Octavio Ticona and Carlos Hayre (and, later, the tremendous Mexican classical guitarist Manuel López Ramos and American harp guitarist John Doan), Muro’s wide-ranging style draws upon classical music, Latin American folk traditions, tango, samba and bossa nova, synthesizing these varied influences into a deeply expressive, not-easily-categorized sound. Perhaps one of the best summaries of Muro’s talents comes courtesy of Puerto Rican musician José Feliciano:

“The music of Alfredo Muro elevates the guitar to a higher plane than most I’ve had an opportunity to hear.”

Muro, regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on and premiere performers of Brazilian music, has participated in a variety of international guitar festivals, been honored as a featured artist at the Kennedy Center, and performed for Pope John Paul II at a special audience at the Vatican. In addition to touring throughout the U.S. this year, Muro is currently planning to record new LPs dedicated to the music of Astor Piazzolla and Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as a new suite by Brazilian composer José Barrense-Dias.

Muro, joined by pianist Abe Minzer and guitarist Jim Bosse, performs on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Manitou Springs; on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Minzer/Schreuder residence as part of the Classically Alive Concert Series; and Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Dale J. Miller Center for Guitar Studies. Meanwhile, new music is coming soon from local emcee TMC, who drops his latest LP, La Luna, on Sept. 25. The good news doesn’t end there, however, as TMC is also undertaking a statewide tour in support of the new album with a whole slew of friends in tow, and locals can catch him at the Black Sheep on Saturday, Sept. 21, with Audible, TEQNiK G, Juz J and Clydesdale Ent in support.

In the meantime, you’ll definitely want to check out the excellent music video for the dynamic (near-)title track, “Luna,” which was directed by Swahv and features production by the Denver-based _chefsoul. Other stops on TMC’s La Luna tour include a Sept. 20 performance at Fort Collins’ The Colorado Room with Anville, Mitchell James and One Peace; the official album release show on Sept. 25 at Denver’s Lost Lake Lounge with Lyrical LandLordz, Mike Wird and Tone ET; and a Sept. 28 stop at Smitty’s Greenlight Tavern in Pueblo with Bullhead*ded, martyr thompson and DKG. Wherever you decide to make a night of it, just be sure you leave with a brand new copy of La Luna in your hands.

Elsewhere, the week’s musical happenings at Lulu’s Downstairs come courtesy of Bluebook, the captivating duo of Julie Davis and Jess Parsons. If you happened to miss the pair’s appearance at the 2019 Underground Music Showcase, you can catch them on Friday, Sept. 20, joined by prolific and celebrated Denverites Porlolo. Until then, you can sample Bluebook’s hypnotic sound by checking out their 2018 EP, The Astronaut’s Wife.

Finally, on Friday, Sept. 20, Ivywild School plays host to the conservation-minded Denver musical collective Lost Walks, who combine music and dance in their intriguing collaborative performances. The group features an array of veteran Denver musicians including, among many, Tin Horn Prayer and Dust Heart’s Andy Thomas, and Chad “Chadzilla” Johnson, who has performed with some of the most prominent figures of the “Denver Sound” scene, such as Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Munly & The Lupercalians and Tarantella. Local favorites Briffaut join Lost Walks at their Ivywild appearance.

In live performances, Lost Walks’ 2017 conceptual LP Wolf, Woman, Man is brought to life through music, a team of four dancers, and visual elements created by Denver artists. Proceeds from the band’s recordings and live shows are consistently donated to organizations dedicated to the protection of endangered and threatened wolves, such as the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project.

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